Condobolin High School hosts Grandparents Day

• Adrienne Richards with her grandfather Dick Richards at the Condobolin High School Granparents Day, which was held last Wednesday. Festivities included morning tea, Family Tree Planting, Family Portraits, Classroom Displays and Presentations, Bocce, Croquet, Golf, Barbecue Lunch, Cutting of the Celebration Cake and Musical Performances. MB

• Marcelle May with her granddaughters Chelsea May and Macaylee Weber. MB

• Dick Richards and Colleen Helyar cut the celabratory cake. MB

Hannah and Mitch say “I do”

Hannah Bremner and Mitchell Deeves were married on Sat 7th October in front of family and friends in Condobolin.

Milby bush bash back for 2017

Enjoying the Greasy Pole at Milby. 

Barrel races are always a popular event.

Milby Sports Gymkhana returned to the spotlight after a 12-month hiatus last Saturday.

The event had to be called off in 2016, as floodwaters rose across the Lachlan Shire. Families and visitors flocked to the 2017 Gymkhana, with the Committee hailing it “very successful.” “Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event. To all of our sponsors we are very grateful to have you all on board as without you our event would not be able to go ahead,” a post on the Official Milby Sports Gymkhana Facebook Page read. The crowd enjoyed a Bushman’s Challenge, Motorbikes versus Horses, Poddy Calf and Steer Rides, Bogeye Races, Wood Chop, Ping Pong Drop, Jumping Castle, Greasy Pole, Merry-Go-Round, Foot Races and so much more. Image Credits: Photos by Sonia/Sonia Buerckner.

Danielle selected as baton bearer

Condobolin’s Danielle Hoskins will carry the Queen’s baton on its way to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on 29 January. Image Credits: Kristi Hoskins

 

Condobolin’s Danielle Hoskins has been chosen to carry the Queen’s baton on its journey to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Talented netballer Danielle, will carry the baton in Parkes, and was selected through a community nomination program.
The baton has been handed from runner to runner around the world on a 230,000 kilometre relay that began in London in March.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes into the baton at the commemcement ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and entrusted it to the first baton bearer.
That message will be on the home straight on its journey to the April Games when it travels through Parkes and Forbes on 29 January.

Lachlan Shire Australia Day award nominations now open

By Melissa Blewitt

 

Nominations are for the 2018 Lachlan Shire Council Australia Day Awards are now open.

Council is encouraging residents to nominate people who really make a difference in their communities.

The Awards and nomination Certificates will be presented at an official ceremony that will be held on Australia Day, 26 January 2018.

Categories that will be awarded at each ceremony are:

  • Lachlan Shire Citizen of the Year
  • Lachlan Shire Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Lachlan Shire Australia Day Award (Community Service)

Australia Day provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise and acknowledge members of local communities who have made positive contributions and to honour those who have made personal achievements in a range of pursuits including sports, the arts, or study.

It is also an opportunity to acknowledge those individuals who volunteer so much of their time to ensure much needed community services, sporting events and various other activities are conducted across the Shire.

Mayor of Lachlan Shire John Medcalf said Australia Day is a time to say thank you to those who enrich our lives in our communities and who have gone above and beyond.

“The Australia Day Awards allow us to recognise the contributions that many individuals make to their local community each year and Council is proud to recognise individuals and groups whose contributions and achievements illustrate the true meaning what it is to be Australian,” he said.

Nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards close Friday, 17 November 2017.

Forms can be downloaded from the Lachlan Shire Council website www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au or hard copies are available from the following locations: Burcher (Burcher Hotel, Bena Street, Burcher); Condobolin         Lachlan Shire Council Office (58 Molong Street,   Condobolin); Lake Cargelligo Lachlan Shire Council Office (Foster Street, Lake

Congratulations 2018 leaders!

Condobolin High School Principal Jeff Ward (far left) along with Year Advisor Melissa Hughes (far right) congratulated Adrienne Richards (Vice Captain), Madison Jolliffe (Captain) and Valmai Coe (Vice Captain) at a morning tea last Wednesday, They are the 2018 Leadership Team for the School. MB

 

 

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams are under way.

• Condobolin High School students Tyannua Goolagong, Piper Thomas, Emma Kennedy and William Press began their HSC on Monday, 16 October. MB

 

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams are underway.

Condobolin High School (CHS) students are among 70,000 young people across NSW, who began their exams on Monday, 16 October.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first HSC exam.

CHS Principal Jeff Ward encouraged all students to focus and prepare.

“As the HSC exams have begun,  the school community would like to wish all our HSC students the very best,” he stated.

“Even the staff are most anxious at this time as we too have those pre nerves in anticipation for our students. Just remember have a good breakfast, arrive at the exam centre with plenty of time and once you begin, try and stay calm, focused and drink plenty of water and use the full three hours.

“I am very proud of what the students have achieved to get this far and am very confident that they will do their very best.”

Students Tyannua Goolagong, Piper Thomas, Emma Kennedy and Will Press said they were relieved to get the first exam out of the way.

“It really wasan’t as bad as we thought,” they explained.

“It was really pretty good and we are happy with how it all went.”

MB

Condo Elders visit Seven Sisters Dreaming Sites

Chris Johnson, Dorothy (Dolly) Towney, Evelyn Coe, Maria Fitzgerald, Lindsay (Dick) Richards, Shirley Merritt, Beryl Powell, Daphne Richter, Robyn Tomkinson, Mervyn (Joe) Coe, Elona Barlow, Todd Coe, Bonnie Merritt, Eugene Coe and Marlene Coe standing before Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai, on Tuesday, 10 October. Photo by Merrill Findlay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wiradjuri elders and younger people from Condobolin visited one of the region’s most significant cultural heritage sites, Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai, on Tuesday, 10 October, to learn more about their ancient sky lore.
Seven Sisters Ridge is one of many knowledge sites on the Seven Sisters Dreaming Track, or Songline, that is featured in the National Museum of Australia’s new blockbuster exhibition, ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’. These Dreaming stories tell of seven young women, known as the Mulayndynang in Wiradjuri language, who leapt into the sky to become the stars of the cluster we now know as the Pleiades.
Many on the bus trip, including Marlene Coe from Yawarra Aboriginal Corporation’s Aboriginal Disability Service, had never heard of the Seven Sisters Ridge before this excursion.
“For me, the trip was a big, eye-opening experience’,” Ms Coe said. “I am now beginning to understand how significant the Seven Sisters Ridge and its stories must have been to our ancestors, and I want to know more. After that trip, I feel it’s very important that we recover and record these old stories and pass them on to our younger generations.”
The Elders will soon have an opportunity to record their memories of the stories their own grandparents told them through the Wiradjuri Skywriters Pilot Project, an initiative of Condobolin’s Wiradjuri Study Centre. This project is facilitated by author Dr Merrill Findlay, with the support of the Callara Family History Group and the Murie Elders Project.
Dr Findlay was born in Condobolkin and retains strong family links with the town.
“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to support Condo’s Wiradjuri community to recover and record their stories,” she explained.
“We hope this project will inspire many new creative works, including dances, songs, weavings, paintings, poetry and videos, as well as an Star Fest at the Study Centre to celebrate Wiradjuri astronomy and sky lore, including the Seven Sisters stories.”
Dr Findlay also hopes that many of those on the bus trip will be able to visit the Songlines exhibition at Canberra’s National Museum of Australia see how senior custodians of Australia’s Central and Western desert regions have shared their Seven Sisters.
“After visiting that exhibition I’m sure they’ll to return to Condo with some amazing ideas about what they can do to share their own Seven Sisters heritage.” Dr Findlay said.

 

School celebration photos available from the Condobolin Argus

Local schools celebrated significant milestones over the October long weekend.
The town was filled with students who returned to mark the sesquicentenary of Condobolin Public School and the 50th Anniversary of Condobolin High School.
CHS started proceedings with markets, open classrooms and photographic displays in the school grounds last Saturday. That was followed by by an Anniversary Dinner at the Condobolin Sports Club.
Condobolin Public School held a Meet and Greet at the Railway Hotel last Saturday, which was followed by a ‘Step Back in Time’ photographic display, official opening and cake cutting; and Family Fun Bush Dance last Sunday.
MB

Condobolin Schools celebrate

Once in a lifetime experience – free concert on Tuesday – 6.30pm – 25th July at Condo RSL

Roland Amanya one of the Watoto choir. Contr

Media Release.

In January 2017, Watoto launched a whole new Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders that celebrates the joy of salvation. The choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, will present new worship music from the Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God.
“This production is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles. It demonstrates that each of our daily lives are signs and wonders of God’s work in us. This is evidenced by the miraculous transformation that Jesus works in people who were once lost, but are now found. We see this through the innocence of the child telling of their transformation from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them,” says James Skinner, Creative Director: Watoto Choirs.
Roland Amanya (12) is among 18 children who will tour Australia for six months as part of the Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders. During the 6 months of training back home in Uganda, he stood out as a leader who speaks confidently and clearly.
He is already a role model to the other boys on his team.When asked about going on tour, he says, “I look forward to sharing my story with many people so they can know more about God. I hope it will be a blessing to everyone we meet. “Roland loves playing soccer, reading and watching movies. With Science as his favourite subject, he looks forward to becoming a medical doctor one day.He wasn’t always that optimistic about life though. After the death of her husband, Roland’s mother struggled to take care of her five children. When she learned about Watoto through her sister, she felt led to apply to be a housemother. After careful screening and training, Stella became a housemother in 2013. Roland gladly joined her in their beautiful Watoto home. “Since coming to Watoto, we have enjoyed a good life. We were struggling before and my mum didn’t know how we would survive. Now, we have a lovely home, food everyday and I am receiving quality education,” says 12-year-old Roland. Roland quickly adjusted to life in the Watoto villages. He grew to love his new siblings and it didn’t take long for him to make friends either.“I love my brothers and sisters. The gardens surrounding our house are big and beautiful and there are so many children to play with. I love it here.”

Rodney recognised

• Rodney Campbell with wife Gwen at his presentation. Cont

At the last meeting of the Tottenham Lions Club, Rodney Campbell was presented with a Lions Community Service Award by President Bill Berryman in recognition of the countless hours of voluntary work he has undertaken with the club.
Rodney is the longest serving Lions member of the club, having joined Canowindra Lions in 1975, then transferring to Tottenham in 1982 when he moved to the district with wife Gwen and family.
Speaking at the presentation, Lion Ben Nicholls spoke of Rodney’s dedication to the club and community and said that Rodney had attended almost every working bee over his many years as a member of Lions – a wonderful record.
Coincidentally, Rodney had also received the same week, a certificate and commemorative stencil for 50 years as a registered wool classer. Congratulations Rodney.
Contributed by Jenny Day.

Road concerns from residents

• Lachlan Shire ratepayers are concerned at the level of failure on the Fifield Road and are wondering why such damage is occurring. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Concerns have been raised by Lachlan Shire ratepayers over the current condition of Fifield Road.
The road is experiencing widespread failure of the seal on the newest section, and it has ratepayers worried.
A ratepayer contacted The Condobolin Argus, posing questions about the state of the road, and who was responsible for footing the repair bill.
“This stretch of road has just recently being reformed and resurfaced. The pot holes and damage runs the entire length of the resurfacing from the railway crossing over the hill and onto the Trundle Road approximately four or five kilometres,” the ratepayer explained.
“I was just wondering if the ratepayers of Condo will have to foot the cost of repairs, a second time?”
The Condobolin Argus approached LSC for a response to these questions, and an explanation for the current condition of Fifield Road.
“Council is disappointed with the widespread failure of the seal on the newest section of Fifield Road (immediately north of the rail line),” Lachlan Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Tekohi Rivera stated.
“Council staff are working closely with its sealing contractor to determine the reason for the “peeling” of the seal.
“This type of “peeling” failure is rare so there will be ongoing monitoring, measurement and investigation by Council and its sealing contractor until the full extent of the failure is revealed.
“Once a cause is determined, removal and replacement of the seal will be done. Council asks road users to be patient during this time and to drive to the conditions at all times.
“Any further enquiries may be directed to the Director Infrastructure Services, Mr Tekohi Rivera by calling 02 68951900 or emailing council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au who will endeavour to respond to all enquiries.”

 

Public Speaking Success

Ambassador and Adjudicator for the State NAIDOC Public Speaking Challenge, Luke Carroll, with Condobolin Public School students Rylee Ogston, Mikaela Harris, Kaitlyn Maloney and Corey Herbert. Cont

 

Contributed

Condobolin Public School had two teams participating in the Macquarie NAIDOC Public Speaking Challenge held at Dubbo West Public School last week.
Children were required to participate in teams of two and speak about the topic “Our Languages Matter.” There were 22 teams, (44 speakers) participating in this round and the School was very proud to have two teams in the top four.
Corey Herbert and Kaitlyn Maloney were awarded second place which means they will now go through to the next level of competition. Rylee Ogston and Mikaela Harris (substituting for Emma Buckland), were also very strong in their delivery, with the adjudicator commenting on what a tough decision she had in selecting third place. They were fourth overall.

Sustainable Soils

Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) hosted Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery (centre, front) taking him on a tour that showcased the Lachlan Shire and the surrounding region recently. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery believes to save the soil is to save the planet.
Mr Jeffery has spent the past four years developing strategies to protect and maintain agricultural lands in the face of threats from soil and water degradation, erosion and harmful land-use practices.
Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) hosted Mr Jeffery and his wife Marlena, on Tuesday, 20 to Thursday, 22 June showcasing the Lachlan Shire and the region.
As well as being active on many other committees throughout Australia, he is currently Australia’s Advocate for Soil Health. The role entails the development of nationwide soil research, development and extension strategy.
Major General Jeffery and CWFS have recently been working together as part of the newly established Co-Operative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (CRC-HPS), along with other research groups. The CRC for High Performance Soils will receive nearly $40 million over 10 years and aims to help farmers’ bridge the gap between soil science and farm management.
Mr Jeffery said Australia’s 130,000 farmers were under heavy pressure to produce food cheaply, while managing 60 per cent of Australia’s land mass. He believes there should be a national objective to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape.
As Soil Advocate since December 2012, Major General Jeffery has worked hard to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays (integrated with good water and vegetation management) in underpinning sustainable productivity, delivering high quality ecosystem services and helping to meet global challenges including food security and climate change.
Major General Jeffery, his wife Marlena and Soils for Life chief of staff, Natalie Williams met with CWFS staff and CWFS Executive members, and NSW DPI Manager Ian Menz, at the Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station before touring the Station and the CWFS Lachlan Irrigation Research Site, on the first day of their visit.
An informal dinner with CWFS staff and CWFS Executive Committee members capped off the first day’s visit where Major General Jeffery gave some interesting insights into his highly distinguished career as well as his passion for soils and the agricultural industry.
Major General Jeffery, Marlena and Natalie spent the second day touring towns within our region. This included visiting the CWFS’ Tottenham Regional Site where trials are conducted to locally validate research undertaken by the GRDC. This was followed by a tour of the CWFS lime trial at Tottenham High School, which is designed to introduce high school students to research agriculture and to demonstrate the impact soil acidity has on agriculture. Major General Jeffery was very impressed with the students’ involvement in this trial and their understanding of the need for improving the health of our soils.
The group then travelled to Trundle to visit both Trundle Central School and St Patrick’s Primary School. Major General Jeffery spoke to the students about leadership and overcoming locational disadvantage, as well as his life as a Governor General and his military experiences.
Major General Jeffery’s wife, Marlena, also engaged with the community and talked to the students at the local schools (Condobolin, Trundle, and Bedgerabong) about the various aspects of her life as an army spouse as well as her role supporting a Governor General.

Tattoo will be terrific

 

The NSW Police Pipe Band will be performing at the Condobolin Tattoo on 16th September  

Media Release.

On Saturday 16th September 2017, the Fourth Condobolin Tattoo will be hosted by the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band in conjunction with the Condobolin RSL Club.
Organisation for the 2017 Condobolin Tattoo is well underway with world recognised Pipe Bands, Dancers and other performers confirming their attendance.
We are very fortunate to have secured the New South Wales Police Pipe Band to perform at the Condobolin 2017 Tattoo and to celebrate with them their 70th Anniversary.
The Band was formed in 1946 by then Police Commissioner William John MacKay, at the request of a group of experienced police pipers and drummers on the proviso that the ancient tartan and the crest of Clan MacKay be adopted. The Clan motto “Manu Forti” translates to “with a strong hand”.
In August 2017, the Band will be appearing for the second time at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. The first time being in 1975.
A shortage of serving police able to play pipes and drums saw the introduction in 1973 of “special constables.” These were civilians playing with the band on a full-time basis and, like serving members, they were equipped and recompensed. More were to join the band over the next 5 years and when the State Government of the day disbanded the unit in 1989 there were 22 members, 10 serving police and 12 special constables.
A group of the band’s ex members reformed the band in unofficial capacity for the Anzac Day march in 1990 and 1991. The band has continued since that time achieving great results and attaining a well-established reputation within the NSW Police Force and the community.
The New South Wales Police Pipe Band provided a substantial contribution to both Edinburgh Military Tattoos held in Sydney in 2005, 2010 and Melbourne in 2016 and was widely recognised by many participants and spectators of those tattoos.
Today, both serving and retired police come together with community volunteers to proudly serve the people of New South Wales as an official State Band. Most noticeable in their striking red doublets, the band continues to produce a splash of red (and tartan) amongst the sea of police blue uniforms.
The 2017 Condobolin Tattoo would not take place without the support of the community and our Gold sponsors – Condobolin RSL Club, Lachlan Shire Council, Evolution Mining, CMOC – Northparkes Mines, Chamens Supa IGA & Liquor and Penrith City Council.
Tickets go on sale on 1st July 2017 online at www.123TIX.com.au Adults $40 Children $10 (3-17yrs). This is an outdoor all weather event. Get your tickets before they are all sold out!! For more information please contact: Rob Neal Pipe Major on 6896 2917 or Heather Jones Secretary on 0429 548 796.
Media Release

$250,000 to help youth

• Participants and mentors in the successful “Back Track” Program at Lake Cargelligo.

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo will benefit from a $250,000 grant that is aimed at helping troubled teens and preventing youth crime.
Minister for Police Troy Grant and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries made the announcement on Monday, with funding being secured through the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s Community Safety Fund.
The program will be delivered as a collaboration between Western Plains Regional Development Corp., Lower Lachlan Community Services, and Central West Family Support Service.
WPRD Executive Officer Anne Coffey said the funding will be used to extend the best elements of ‘Back Track’, which will now be known as ‘Down the Track’ in Lake Cargelligo.
“This program was originally funded through Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and has been extremely successful with engaging 12 young men who have since all received part time employment,” she stated.
“We have held very successful shearing schools and a fencing school, which included a Certificate II in Agriculture. There is a very strong mentoring component into the program, similar to the ‘Back Track’ program at Armidale, where mentors support individual young men to overcome barriers to employment and to guide youth into more positive behaviours.
“This approach, not only provides success for the individual involved, but leads to a safer community for all.
“Part of the program will be extending youth centre hours for older children and widening the intake to include young women, non-Indigenous youth as well as young Indigenous men.
In Condobolin, the project will extend youth engagement activities including using the ‘Drop In’ centre for targeted youth needs, with an intensive intervention program aimed at referred disengaged young people in the community, as well as skills development for staff, mentors and participants.
The recent Growing Lachlan Report, which was undertaken by the Community Connection Officers, highlighted the need for more programs for youth and the need to improve Community Safety which was used as a basis for the grant.
Mr Humphries said the project will provide troubled teenagers in the region with mentoring to improve their skills, boost their self-esteem, and strengthen ties with their families and their communities.
“Lachlan Shire faces many community challenges, including high youth unemployment, crime rates above the State average in many categories, and problems with drug and alcohol abuse.
“Helping troubled youths turn their backs on lives of crime and anti-social behaviour will have major benefits for the safety and prosperity of our community.”
The Community Safety Fund has already delivered close to $5 million in support for crime prevention initiatives across NSW.

Council Dumps Tip Fees for domestic waste

Council resolved to scrap tip fees for domestic waste for a 6 month trial starting July.

By Melissa Blewitt

Lachlan Shire residents will no longer have to pay tip fees for domestic waste from 1st  July.
Lachlan Shire Council will waive tip fees for residential users at the gate for all tips for a six-month trial period. Commercial fees will still apply.
The decision follows a motion put forth by Councillor Melissa Rees at the May Council meeting. It was seconded by Councillor Peter Harris, and unanimously supported by all other Councillors.
“A trial period of six months has been determined to assess if the community will work with Council to improve recycling, show correct waste disposal behaviour in designated areas and keep the tip areas clean and tidy,” Lachlan Shire Mayor, John Medcalf explained.
“Lachlan Shire Council recognises the importance of providing effective waste service in delivering positive public health, environmental and economic outcomes for the community.”
Tip fees still apply to commercial/industrial/agricultural waste. This includes waste collection contractors, commercial volumes of waste; for example, a demolished house or large volumes like agricultural waste or grain tarps.
Domestic waste is defined as waste that is generated as a result of ordinary day-to-day use of a domestic premise and either: 1. Taken from the premises by, or on behalf of, the person who generated the waste; or; 2. Collected by, or on behalf of, a local government as part of a waste collection and disposal system.
Commercial Waste is generated by businesses, industries, schools, hospitals, other institutions and government offices.
“We are seeking community support to prevent rubbish and litter dumping and help Council to maintain our landfill areas in a clean and tidy condition,” Mr Medcalf concluded.

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