Almost 150 single men and woman flocked to Deniliquin with the hope of finding love at the third annual Matchmakers Festival.By Tyla Harrington
According to organisers, the 2013 Deniliquin Matchmakers Festival has provided a ‘‘huge economical boost’’.
It is estimated to have brought in a minimum of $40,000 into the community over the weekend.
An initiative of the Deniliquin Business Chamber, just under 150 people gathered together in search of love or friendship.
Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges said of the 150 people, 95 per cent of them were from out of town.
‘‘We estimate a minimum of $40,000 has been put back into the local community,’’ she said.
‘‘Overall we are extremely happy with the weekend.
‘‘From a chamber perspective, our main aim for the event was to bring visitors to town and provide that economic boost for the area — economic benefit is a big thing.
‘‘We had many favourable comments from people that had never been to Deniliquin before but came purely because of Matchmakers.
‘‘It ticked many boxes and was a great success.’’
Businesses also reaped the benefits, with some hairdressers booked out until Saturday afternoon.
‘‘A lot of people ventured into town.
‘‘I know one lady spent $300 (in one shopping spree).’’
Mrs Berges thanked the Deniliquin RSL Club, who provided for participants as the event’s headquarters.
‘‘The RSL did a great job, the food was excellent — no one went away hungry.’’
Matchmakers began Friday night, when singles gathered at the Deniliquin RSL Club for a ‘meet and greet’, dinner and organised speed dating.
Group activities were held at McLean Beach the following day as well as barefoot bowls.
But it was the gala ball on Saturday night at the RSL that really brought people together.
Sunday was the last day, which invited people to taste the serenity of the town, including bush walks, fishing and golf after breakfast.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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