By Melissa Blewitt
He’s the local farmer, whose images, showed the country and the world, the extent of flooding across the Lachlan Region in September and October 2016.
Even as his own winter crops were under water, Brad, took to air and boat to capture the devastation and share his images online.
The photographs and videos proved so effective in raising awareness of the natural disaster, he selected 13 of his best images, and produced a 2017 Flood Relief calendar.
He then decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of the calendars to Lions Clubs in Condobolin and Forbes.
Brad presented $3,500 to each community group after selling 800 copies of the calendar in just three months.
The $25 calendars were sold locally, nationally and internationally. They show the progress and aftermath of the flooding across Eugowra, Forbes, Condobolin, Lake and Nerang Cowal.
Brad’s photograph of a truck making its way through flooded farmland along a rural road attracted mainstream media attention, as well as thousands of social media followers.
He hosted media in a bid to raise awareness of how the flooding was impacting those making a living from farming.
His videos showcased waves across paddocks, aerial footage of a closed Newell Highway and the relentless way in which water spread across the land.
Lachlan Shire Council is excited to announce the approval of a $200,000 grant from State Library New South Wales. This grant is the maximum grant available to councils and will be used to extend the existing Condobolin library from 260m2 to over 500m2.
The new section will extend onto the Council owned vacant block in Bathurst Street on the western side of the existing building. Previous Councils had the foresight to purchase the adjacent lot for expansion of the library in the event that funding became available.
“This is a great result for the Condobolin community. It will extend the size of the high use facility up to the State Library of NSW recommended standards and will enable Council to provide a better service to the users,” Lachlan Shire Mayor John Medcalf said.
“The extension will include more computer terminals, seating areas for study and social gatherings for community members and disabled amenities. It is also planned to make a new entrance that opens onto the main street to enable better access for users.” Media Release
By Melissa Blewitt
Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has committed to extending the Condobolin Library.
The project, valued in excess of $700,000, has been boosted by the announcement of $200,000 worth of funding through the 2016/17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant Program.
The expected final cost of the project is estimated to be $796,000. LSC staff will manage the project themselves, in a bid to reduce overall costs.
At its Ordinary meeting in September 2016, Councillors committed to putting $520,000 in cash the 2017/18 budget to complete the project, as well as make a submission for a $200,000 grant from the State Library of NSW. The motion was moved by Councillor Dave Carter and seconded by Councillor Melissa Blewitt.
Director of Community Services and Governance, Luke Taberner in his report to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 28 September last year said: “Council purchased the block next door to the library about ten years ago with a view to extending the library. The current Library is 260m2. SLNSW guidelines indicate that a town the size of Condobolin have a library of 470m2. Council has never provided in its budget to extend and refurbish the library, nor has it applied for grant funding.
“The library service is a very visible one to the community and the level of service and programs offered are limited by the size of the library.
“The current Condobolin Library building is inadequate for a town the size of Condobolin. People Places – the State Library publication giving guidelines for library facilities recommends that a town of Condobolin’s size has a library of about 470m2.”
An audit of the Condobolin Library was conducted by Consultant Phillipa Scarf from Public Library Services in May 2016. She said that visits and usage of the Condobolin Library had “increased significantly” and described it as “a welcoming, inclusive space.”
In the previous 12-month period, there had been 580 new members and 5,109 visits to the Condobolin Library.
In her summation, she concluded “The Condobolin library is below the size recommended for the population served and this limits programs, events and access to community space. An increase in the size of the library would enable a broader program offering, meeting rooms and internet pods, study and reading areas, children and youth areas and a local history room. New display stands to highlight the collections and mobile shelving would create a flexible space.”
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We wish all our readers a Happy Easter.
By Melissa Blewitt
Centacare’s men and family worker Otis Williams has been running a cooking program in collaboration with community health.
The last week of the Marang Dhali Men’s and Deadly Dads cooking program is now complete.
“This week we showcased our skills in front of the Condobolin community at the careers expo where we cooked beef nachos and pizza, to serve as an entrée to the starving customers,” Otis explained.
“This program has been a great success and we were advised we are the first men’s group to complete the program which covers the western region.
“Community health also stated we were also the best group to work with, and today they presented the eight men with a bag of goodies which included an apron and many fancy cooking utensils along with menu’s.
“The feedback has been unbelievable from the community. Centacare will be looking to run another cooking program throughout the year.”
Otis added he wanted to extend a big thanks to the men who engaged on the program, Community Health, Amanda Coe, Shirley Ann Merritt and Zara Codemo.
• Condobolin Ladies Day was a great success, according to organisers. There were specials galore and Goody Bags filled with wonderful surprises. One of which, was the chance for one lucky lady to win a real diamond. Angela Coceancic was the lucky winner, which was donated by Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre. Colleen Helyar and Rose Leighton from Trundle won the $100 WLT cards, Janine Crouch was named Best Dressed Lady, and special guest speaker Pip Job (Rural Woman of the year in 2014) had a full house for her presentation – Communicating in Family Business – at the Royal Hotel. Heather Blackley, Lindy Watt, Pip Job, Marjorie McDonald and Lisa McFadyen were all smiles after the Ladies Lunch event. More on Condobolin Ladies Day on Page 6. MB
Looking for a fantastic day out filled with lots of bargains and surprises? Then look no further then Condobolin Ladies Day to be held on Friday, 3 March.
LOCAL LADIES ARE URGED to support your local town and turn out for a fun day or bargains and surprises. Goody bags can be picked up at Ray White Condobolin on the day and will deliver little surprises and specials for the day. There will be special morning and afternoon teas and lunches with a Mini Fashion Parade, a Style Consultant, Wine and Cheese sampling, Health Checks at the Pharmacy, specials and discounts in the shops with up to 50 per cent off in some retail outllets. There will be a special guest speaker at the Royal for lunch.
Pip Job, Rural Woman of the Year in 2014 will do a brief presentation on the issues of Communication in Family Business, something many face at times.
By Melissa Blewitt
There’s something for everyone during Senior’s Week activities in Condobolin from Monday, 6 March to Friday, 10 March.
Senior’s Week in Condobolin will give you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones with a number of events planned.
The week will start off on Monday with Getting Connected from 10-11am at the Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD).
Then on Tuesday, 7 March: Getting Connected will again be on from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from1-2pm at WPRD. Those interested can also attend a Seniors Lunch and Entertainment at Condobolin RSL Club. Make sure to be there at 11:30am for 12pm. The cost of the event is $5.
Wednesday, 8 March the community can get involved in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD.
Thursday, 9 March has a full schedule with Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD; and HACC day trip to Orange for Elders Olympics. Transport for this event departs HACC Centre at 7.45am.
On Friday, 10 March residents can participate in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD. The International Women’s Day Dinner, which will showcase Nepal, will commence from 6:30pm at the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information call Western Plains Regional Development on 6895 3301.
By Melissa Blewitt
Galloping horses and dazzling dresses will all be part of the Tottenham Picnic Races on Saturday, 4 March.
Enjoy the best of country hospitality at one of the Central West’s leading country picnic race meets, featuring the Western Machinery Tottenham Picnic Cup and over $20,500 in prizemoney plus trophies.
The six race program gets underway at 2pm, following a free luncheon for everyone, which is sponsored by Delta Ag. Entry for 17 years and over is $20.
It’s a family fun day with free kid’s entertainment, including Jumping Castle, Merry Go Round and Face Painting.
Racegoers will also have access to Sky Channel, bar, barbecue and afternoon tea.
A courtesy bus will be running from the hotel at half hourly intervals from 12pm to 2pm with return trips after the races.
As part of the off-track attractions, the annual Fashions on the Field contest will be held.
Distinguished judges will cast their vote on the day and winners will be awarded fabulous prizes for their flair.
Lachlan Valley Railway will be running the train again to the Tottenham Picnic Races. Everyone will be able to take a step back in time. Those on board will ride in the LVR’s 1920s open-windowed CPH Railmotors to the races from Forbes, Parkes, Bogan Gate or Trundle.
For more details visit www.lvr.com.au or phone (02) 6342 4999.
After the last race has been run, Under the Radar will perform and please remember there is NO BYO or entry after 8pm.
Major Sponsors of the event are Western Farm Machinery, Tottenham Hotel, TJM Plumbing, Foodworks Tottenham, TDG Contracting, Sincock LVM, West ‘n’ Owens, Jemalong Wool and Robinson Grain.
For more information contact Leslie Hillam on 0429 038 276.
There is no doubt Jenny Lincoln is a caring and compassionate lady. For over 40 years the local Childhood and Family Health Nurse has been looking after the needs of mothers and babies. The Condobolin Health Service gathered for a morning tea, to help Jenny celebrate a very special milestone – a career that has spanned over 40 years in the nursing profession. ABOVE: Community Based Service Manager Lynne Hawley (left) and Health Service Manager Kate Power (right) congratulate Childhood and Family Health Nurse Jenny Lincoln on her 40 years of commitment to the nursing profession. MB
By Melissa Blewitt
Health Services Manager Kate Power said Jenny had been unwavering in her dedication to nursing and the local community.
“Nursing is a very rewarding, very demanding profession. It’s a hard job and to achieve 40 plus years is a great achievement,” she explained.
“I feel it is very important for all of us to recognise Jenny and her career success. She has worked at the Condobolin Health Service since approximately 1990 and should be recognised by all for her amazing achievements.”
Jenny was presented with a beautiful bouquet and a special gift at the morning tea.
“Everyone has been very supportive and I have learned a lot whilst I have been here. Condobolin is the first place that has ever felt like home and I’m staying. Thank you all so very much,” she said.
She has been a key member of the Condobolin Community Health Team for more than 23 years. She commenced work at Community Health as the District Midwife, supporting and educating pregnant mums, seeing them through labour and delivery in the days when the Hospital provided birthing services in Condobolin.
Jenny has continued to provide consistent, supportive and nurturing service for local women through the ante-natal period with her Ante-natal classes through to Post-Natal home visits and immunisation of those babies up to five years of age.
She has worked extremely hard in her Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Strategy role, helping young mums achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their babies at an important stage in their lives.
Jenny has also co-ordinated the School-based immunisation Program since its inception several years ago, conducting four clinics per year at both Condobolin High School and the Condobolin MET School.
Her driving passion, is ensuring children within the community are fully immunised. She is almost single-handedly responsible for the high level of immunisation compliance throughout the local community.
She is extremely diligent in the follow up or recall of children who are behind in the immunisation schedule and works hard every day to bring these children up to date.
Jenny is a quite achiever, always putting others before herself. Her work in Thailand after the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 was selfless and inspiring. An active member of the Christian Revival Church, Jenny also set up the ‘Days for Girls’ group in Condobolin, who make and prepare washable feminine hygiene kits for disadvantaged girls in third world countries.
By Melissa Blewitt
Stage two of the Condobolin SRA Hall project is underway.
The old building was demolished last year, and now local contractor Warren Ross, from Ross Bros Pty Ltd, was engaged to construct the large pad needed for the proposed new facility.
“The new Hall will be in a new position, facing the Showground itself,” Manager Building Services Alan Townsend said.
“The new building will be made with steel and brick, and feature an amazing six metre verandah.
“Environmental factors such as solar power and gas, have all been at the forefront of the design.
“Stage one was demolition of the building, which was completed last year.
“The beginning of Stage Two is the construction of the pad, and then the commencement of building the new Hall.
“Tenders will go out for the building of the facility, and I encouarge locals to put in for it. We have some incredible local businesses that could complete this project.
“Local businesses could do a joint tender, with several companies working together to complete the job.”
It is hoped the Hall will be able to be used for the 2017 Show Season.
• The 2017 Condobolin Picnic Races were a huge success. The meet featured $28,000 in prizemoney plus trophies. A highlight of the day was the $8,000 Royal Hotel Picnic Cup, which was won by Double Halo (Gilgandra) ridden by Ricky Blewitt. The victory means the points score will help the horse qualify for the $50,000 Picnic Championship Final at Dubbo in September. The brand new 1700 metre race, sponsored by Graincorp, was also a wonderful spectacle. Condobolin Picnic Race Club is unique, and organisers felt that gave them the opportunity to best meet the needs of owners, jockeys and racegoers. The weather was perfect and racegoers were entertained after the last race by Lawson Shire. Ladies had their fascinators ready and gentlemen donned their suits, in a bid to capture $1,500 in cash prizes including the RB Sellars Clothing Fashions in the Field. Bottom Right: M’Liss Reardon (Condobolin) was named as the winner of the Millinery Award; and Bottom left: Melissa Rees (Condobolin) was sashed Most Elegant Lady. MB/Photos by Kathy Parnaby.