Woman refused bail after warrants executed

A Condobolin woman was refused bail after three outstanding warrants were executed and a number of charges laid earlier this month.
Letitia Johnson, 26, was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug (cannabis), two counts of goods in custody and trespassing. The warrants were in relation to offences committed in 2016.
It is believed a member of the public contacted Parkes Police shortly after 6am on Thursday, 8 February claiming they had been approached by a female who was acting strangely.
Police were given the registration number of a vehicle the woman was seen with. Checks revealed the different front and rear plates, and the vehicle itself were all stolen from Condobolin on Wednesday, 7 February.
Allegedly, several personal items belonging to Johnson were found in the vehicle along with items belonging to the owner of the vehicle.
Police were alerted to her whereabouts, but it is believed she ran away on foot jumping over a number of fences.
It is alleged Johnson ran through a house in Dalton Street, where the residents were seated at the table eating breakfast, before she was caught by police and arrested.
Johnson appeared in Forbes Local Court on Thursday, 8 February and was refused bail to appear in Parkes Local on Friday, 9 February.
She was refused bail after appearing on Friday, 9 February, and will remain in custody until she is due to appear in Parkes Local Court on Friday, 6 April.

Preschool celebrates the start of a new learning year


Condobolin Preschool and Childcare Centre celebrated the commencement of the 2018 Year of Learning, with a special ceremony last Thursday. Dick Richards delivered a beautiful Welcome to Country, while Ralph Martin gave a blessing to the Centre. The Boys Aboriginal Dance Group amazed the crowd with their wonderful performance. Michael Coe lent a hand, cooking the barbecue. The Centre want to thank all of the families who attended to help celebrate the delightful occasion. Centre Director Melissa Nesbitt said the event was held to mark the beginning of another year of learning for staff and children. “As another year gets underway, we look forward to it being filled with playing, learning and growing together,” she explained. “Everyone is looking to have a fun-filled year, cherishing new experiences and learning opportunities.” MB

Fashion and Fun




• The 2018 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 Spinning Dawn, who is trained by Condobolin’s Steve Beattie, and was 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 weather was perfect and racegoers were entertained after the last race by Duble. 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. ABOVE: Cameron Beattie and Odessa Kynast had an absolutely fantastic time at the event, and were also named Best Dressed Couple. MB/Photo by Kathy Parnaby.

Starting something special


The Scots School Bathurst is offering scholarships for 2019. Scholarships are available in the following categories: Academic, All Rounder, Music, Pipes and Drums,Highland Dancing, Agriculture, ICPA and Indigenous . Scholarships will be honoured for the duration of the students’ time at the School. 


Late in December, 2017, the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church (NSW) purchased All Saints’ College Bathurst from the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst.
It is the desire of The Trustees that The Scots School Bathurst and Lithgow will come together with All Saints’ College to combine the best of the two schools. It is also expected that both campuses will be utilised.
The exciting planning for the integration of the schools has already begun. Staff are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for the students.
It is the aim of the Presbyterian Church that the integration of the two schools will benefit the students, staff and parents of both schools and expand the educational opportunities in the City of Bathurst.
Some Year 11 students are enjoying the benefits of greater choice of subjects by being able to study across the two campuses in 2018.
Working Groups have been formed and include past and present stakeholders from both schools.
Together, they will contribute ideas as to the best way to integrate these two wonderful schools. A new name, new crest, new colours and new structure will be a decided upon for the new school.
The integration of The Scots School and All Saints’ College will take place in Term One, 2019
The Scots School Bathurst is offering scholarships for 2019.
Scholarships are available in the following categories: Academic, All Rounder, Music, Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancing, Agriculture, ICPA and Indigenous. Scholarships will be honoured for the duration of the students’ time at the School. For more information about enrolling in 2019 or to apply for a Scholarship, visit www.scots.nsw.edu.au. .

Trial Launched- Local solutions for suicide prevention

The Western NSW Primary Health work (WNSW PHN) has responded to an urgent need to address suicide prevention in Lachlan and Weddin Shires.
The National Suicide Prevention Trial will provide training and raise awareness in the community to localised strategies for suicide prevention.
Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD) has been engaged by WNSW PHN to deliver the program. They will work collaboratively with frontline services including police, schools, Aboriginal organisations, youth workers, paramedics, hospitals and doctors to build knowledge, skills and confidence for suicide prevention.
“This program acknowledges that a suitable approach for suicide prevention is different in different areas and that a tailored local response is essential for this challenging issue, especially within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” said Andrew Harvey CEO, WNSW PHN.
“We will use our strong local connections to develop skills and integrate suicide prevention through all relevant health and human services,” said Anne Coffey, CEO of WPRD
WPRD has recruited a Senior Project Officer and a Project Officer experienced in community services that will be based in Condobolin covering both Lachlan and Weddin areas.
This program also provides funding for local residents to gain tertiary qualifications in suicide prevention roles.
Mark Coulton Federal MP for the Parkes Electorate said “This will be a great program for the isolated areas who suffer from lack of services and high suicide rates. The opportunity to have key frontline responders and key services involved through developing a local response is much needed and the Federal Government is proud to be able to fund this  program through the Primary Health Network to solve local needs.”
The National Suicide Prevention Trial is funded by the Australian Government to target areas with higher than average suicide rates. Outcomes from the twelve trial sites across Australia will inform the future response and service development for suicide prevention in Australia.
WNSW PHN is one of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia that work to support and strengthen primary health care. WNSW PHN funds a range of services to meet identified health care gaps and currently provides around $10.3 million in funding for mental health, alcohol & other drugs and suicide prevention programs.

Truck crashes into yard

By Melissa Blewitt

A truck crashed into the front yard of a Parkes Road home at Condobolin last Thursday afternoon.
Police and other emergency services attended the scene. It is believed the driver sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Home owner Josh Morgan was stunned when he realised what was happening.
“I had just shut my front door to hear all hell breaking loose behind me, I open my door to see the truck still coming down my front lawn and stopped at the bush,” he said.
“I rang 000 straight away as other motorists pulled over. The driver was bleeding from his head and right arm. We have been told he was fine in the end.
“The driver said he felt faint, and the last thing he remembered was driving past the BP fuel station. I think he pulled over because he felt faint and then lost consciousness.
“In terms of damage, a light pole, tree and my garbage bin was obliterated. The bullbar of the truck came clean off and the fuel tanks were badly damaged, it was leaking diesel for two hours before it stopped.
“I have never been so thankful to park further forward than I usually do.”

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.”


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.

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.

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