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Wimmera River challenge to return

Tyson Briggs at the 2018 Dimboola Fishing Classic.

The Wimmera River at Dimboola will host a Wimmera River Challenge.

By Colin MacGillivray
Community groups and healthcare organisations will join members of the Wimmera Aboriginal community at Dimboola’s Riverside Holliday Park on November 30 and December 1 for a weekend of fun and activities on the Wimmera River.
Aboriginal co-operative Goolum Goolum’s annual Wimmera River Challenge will return for its fifth installment after a death in the Aboriginal community last year led to its temporary cancellation.
The challenge was started as a way to foster closer ties between Victoria Police and the Aboriginal community, but has since expanded to include several other organisations.
Co-ordinator Deanne King said interest was higher than ever in the challenge, which would take a new format this year.
“This year on the Friday we’re doing the first ever organisation challenge,” she said.
“It’ll be an Amazing Race sort of thing – the organisations will be split up into four different teams and each team will be given an Australian animal with its Indigenous name.
“They’ll have to complete a few different challenges and games to get information and work out what their animal is.
“We’re going to mix the teams up so that all the organisations are mixed in with each other and everyone gets to meet each other.”
Ms King said Indigenous groups would stay after the conclusion of Friday’s challenge to participate in a barbecue and movie night, with other activities also planned.
On Saturday the Aboriginal community and members of Victoria Police will paddle from Horsham to Dimboola on the Wimmera River.
Ms King said anyone who wanted to join in the paddle was welcome to bring their own boat.
“It’s not a race in the boats, it’s just a good paddle to get everyone involved,” she said.
“We like to put members of the community and police in the boats together if we can.”
Some of the groups supporting this year’s challenge are Headspace, Wimmera Health Care Group, Grampians Community Health, Victoria Police and Horsham and Hindmarsh councils.
Ms King said anticipation was high for the event, with the caravan park booked for the weekend.
Ms King thanked Goolum Goolum’s Dean O’Loughlin and Jeremy Newell for their assistance in reviving the challenge after a year off.
People wanting more information can contact Ms King by calling 0439 092 164.

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