By Melissa Blewitt
Australian Aboriginal children are approximately three times more likely to be involved in road related fatalities and hospitalisations compared to that of non-Aboriginal children. Research shows that with the correct use of child seat restraints, these injuries can be greatly prevented, however, the use of correct child seat restraints still remains low.
Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service (CAHS) Senior Aboriginal Health Workers, Emma Dargin and Tanya Sloane said while a lot of people were conscious about using child restraints these days, it was still important to get information out there on tips for usage, such as the importance of attaching the restraint to a proper anchorage point.
They said that while some families might not even have a car, when it came to having their children travel with family, it was important to have a child restraint available. The pair hosted a child restraint safety and information barbecue for local residents at CAHS earlier this month.
“We want to promote, facilitate and support the effective use of motor vehicle child restraints by our Aboriginal families in Condobolin,” they explained.
“The information session and barbecue helped to raise awareness about road safety benefits of the appropriate use and fitting of child restraints in motor vehicles.
“This event enabled us to show families how to fit a car seat properly, talk about what child restraints are appropriate for certain age groups and make them aware of the dangers of not protecting children through the correct car seat.”
Local resident Natarsha Blair was presented with a child seat at the event, and said she was “happy” to receive such a generous gift that would protect her child.
By Melissa Blewitt
A Young Ag Challenge is coming to the Condobolin Show.
New for 2016, the relay will take place on Saturday, 27 August at 6pm.
A total of $800 in prizemoney will be up for grabs – First gets $500, Second $200 and Third $100.
There will be four stages – Egg Find Challenge, Tyre and ATV Challenge, Whip Crack Challenge and Tyre Roll Challenge.
It is open to teams of four, aged between 18 and 35 years. Each team must have at least one female and one male member.
Organise your team and nominate at the Showground Office before 5pm on Friday, 26 August.
Waivers must be signed by all team members.
Phone 0499 597 844 or call into the Showground Office for more information.
If you are interested in entering, here’s what you have to do:
TASK 1 Egg Find Challenge
Team members sift through straw to find their carton of eggs. Members must throw the eggs to other team members to fill their cartons.
TASK 2 Tyre & ATV Challenge
Put tyre on ATV and then steer ATV through course. Take tyre off at end.
TASK 3 Whip Crack Challenge
Use the whip to crack an apple from the top of a pedestal.
TASK 4 Tyre Roll Challenge
Roll tractor tyre down challenge course.
By Melissa Blewitt
Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has a new Director of Infrastructure Services.
He has replaced Phil King, who left in June this year.
Tekohi Rivera, is no stranger to Condobolin, having previously worked for the LSC in 2009 in a temporary role (maternity relief) as acting operations manager.
Tekohi, who is fine with being known as TK, is excited to be back in a place where he formed fond memories and friendships.
“I remember many people from my time here and they remember me, so I am very happy to be back,” he said.
Prior to commencing work in his new position, TK worked as Project Manager for the Roads and Maritime Services at Parkes in their Infrastructure Development and Delivery section.
Before that he had an overseas posting on the island nation of Nauru, working for their government leading its phosphate mining and land rehabilitation operations.
TK said he has worked in various parts of Australia, including five years in the Pilbara region during the recent resource sector boom. There he gained valuable experience in the project management of a range of engineering works in remote locations. However, TK was quick to add, that he has always kept a close eye on the Lachlan Shire.
“I have been watching the Lachlan Shire for the past eight years, as to how it has been travelling through the drought and most recently the NSW Government amalgamation process,” he explained.
“They [LSC] have faced significant challenges. They have always proved themselves to be resilient in the tough times.
“I am very grateful that the opportunity has come up now and that I was in the area where I could take up the position.
“My wife and three children are also looking forward to living in Condobolin.” As soon as he finds suitable accommodation in the Shire, TK said he will relocate his family.
TK believes LSC has a strong future, and he is looking forward to being part of a leadership team that grows and develops with the community.
Seven beautiful young ladies were part of the 2016 Condobolin Showgirl competition. Rachel Brasnett was announced as the winner, with Lesley Jean McKenzie named Runner-Up and Tori Whiley was Third.
RACHEL BRASNETT (Winner) is the 21-year-old daughter of Peter and Debra Brasnett. She is currently completing her Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney, having last year completed her Bachelor of Science (focusing on nutrition) at the University of Wollongong. She is is also currently working as a Department of Human Services Customer Support Officer. Her hobbies include reading, gym, healthy cooking, dance and netball.
The focus of Rachel’s current study is directed by her passion for assisting critically ill children, particularly those from rural and remote communities. Her long term goal is to have the experience and knowledge to work abroad with malnourished children and assist with food security issues in developing countries. To provide experience for this goal she hopes next year for placements in Alice Springs and the Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
KATE GIBSON is the daughter of Joy and James Gibson and she is currently working as a technical assistant at the Ag Research Station. Kate, who is 23-years-old, last year completed her Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) degree at the University of Wollongong. She has taken the opportunity of a 12-month work opportunity in Condobolin before pursuing her career in the sciences industry. She enjoys yoga, tennis, reading, cooking, travel and studying German, the latter two interests being encouraged by a University exchange in Germany recently. For the future, Kate hopes to make a meaningful contribution to research of disease and medicine, to keep experiencing new things and to travel as much as possible.
CHLOE HOUSTON is the 18-year-old daughter of Gregory and Melanie Hodgess. Having attained her Higher School Certificate last year, Chloe is having a year working locally as both a grocery assistant and packer, and a kitchen hand. Next year, she plans to head to University where she hopes to study Criminology. Chloe enjoys cooking, socialising with friends, going to the gym, fishing, netball and touch football.
ALODIE (ALI) MARTIN is the daughter of Ralph and Bev Martin. The 22-year-old is in her third year of study for a Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She is also a long term assistant at Condo Clothing and a lifeguard and kiosk worker at Condobolin Swimming Pool during her university breaks. Ali’s immediate aim is to find employment in her chosen career, and long term to live a happy life, encouraging and equipping others towards a similar aim. A keen swimmer, Ali also loves a game of basketball and enjoys touch footy, travelling, cooking, painting, singing and playing the piano.
LESLEY JEAN MCKENZIE (Runner Up) is the daughter of Bernard McKenzie and Everlien Gardner. The 21-year-old is a full time distance education student towards a Bachelor of Education (an Honours degree in Secondary Art) at University New England Armidale. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga last year. Along with her studies, Lesley Jean manages to fit in work as a casual shearing shed hand and lamb marker.
Her sporting interests include netball, horse riding, swimming and gym. For relaxation she enjoys painting and reading. Lesley Jean’s long term aspiration is to teach at Condobolin High School. She would also like to undertake voluntary conservation work in New Zealand next year, and follow up with teaching English in rural communities in Tanzania and Cambodia.
ZOE RODGERS is the daughter of Kellie Pawsey and Anthony Rodgers. She is an 18-year-old Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Wollongong with an ambition to work in Public Relations. When home during University breaks, Zoe works at Condobolin Newsagency and also at the Condobolin Sports Club. Zoe’s sporting interests include dancing and watching football, and she relaxes with cooking and yoga.
TORI WHILEY (Third) is the daughter of Sharon Lee Bevill and Leslie Whiley. Aged 20, Tori is a receptionist at Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service. She attained a Business Service Certificate in 2013. Her hobbies include gardening, movies, camping, fishing and being outdoors with family and friends.
She also enjoys netball, and having played JRL as a child is now a keen supporter of the Bulldogs.
Tori plans to complete her next Certificate in Business Services to further her administration knowledge, thus opening further pathways.
Her strong passion for health and wellness is also driving her to complete an Enrolled Nurse course.
By Melissa Blewitt
There will be at least one female councillor representing the Lachlan Shire after the Local Government election next month.
Councillor Candidates have nominated for the upcoming election, to be held on 10 September.
There are five new nominating candidates, three of whom are women.
Candidates in Wards A (John Medcalf and Brian Nelson) and E (Mark Hall and Paul Phillips) have been elected unopposed.
Long serving Councillor Des Manwaring has chosen not to re-contest the 2016 election.
He represented B Ward.
Residents will head to the polls to decide B, C and D wards.
The candidates for B Ward are (all candidates appear in the same order as they will on the ballot paper) Melissa Blewitt, Melissa Rees and Les Saunders.
C Ward will see four candidates contesting for two councillor positions – Peter Harris, Graham Scott, Dave Carter and Dennis Brady.
Residents in D Ward will choose between Elizabeth Levy, John Ridley or Max Frankel.
Lachlan Shire Council is reminding residents that they can vote before Election Day as a pre-poll or postal voter if you:
Pre-poll voting will be available at Lachlan Shire Council Office 58 – 64 Molong Street Condobolin from Monday, 29 August until Friday, 9 September.
For more information the votensw.info website outlines how, when, where and who has to vote so please visit votensw.info or phone 1300 135 736.
The seventh annual Moogenilla Bull Auction to be held at Forbes Livestock Exchange took place last Friday.
The results on the day reflected the strong beef market, with a 100 per cent clearance and an average up a little on 2015, the highest average in the seven years of Moogenilla auctions.
Bulls went to many repeat clients from the Lachlan Shire; Tottenham, Tullibigeal, Condobolin, Mount Hope and Euabalong.
Bulls also went to Wanganella in the South West, Ivanhoe in the West, Orange and Bathurst, Parkes and Forbes, Cowra and through to Adelong and Gundagai in the Eastern Riverina.
The top price bull, Moogenilla K35, went to Brett Jones from Parkes, a new client for Moogenilla Angus. K35 is a Carabar Docklands son with exceptional calving ease EBVs.
Sarah Wrigley, Moogenilla Angus would like to thank all the bull clients who supported the sale and wishes them the best with the upcoming Spring season.
She said she was really pleased to achieve another 100 per cent clearance on the bulls, keeping the record of full clearance intact for all seven of the Moogenilla auctions held in Forbes since 2010.
“The average price was only $400 up on last year, helping us to achieve our goal of supplying world class Angus genetics to commercial beef producers at viable prices,” Sarah explained.
“We are happy to keep our bulls relatively affordable and keep our clients with us for the long term.” Contributed
By Melissa Blewitt
There is no doubt Condobolin Public School’s Kiara Harris shows kindness and guidance to other students.
She was presented with the Stage 3 Leadership Award at the Wudhagaragarra Awards late last month.
These Regional Aboriginal awards recognised a number of Kindergarten to Year 12 students from locations such as Condobolin, Lithgow, Menindee, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Wilcannia, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Mudgee and Dubbo.
Special guests at the ceremony were the Relieving Secretary of Education, Peter Riordan, the Executive Director, Wagga Wagga, Graham Kahabka, and Regional Director Maree Angus.
CPS Principal Deborah Nay attended the event with Kiara.
Allan Hall, Learning and Wellbeing Advisor, and Yvonne Hill, Aboriginal Education Consultant, were both recognised for their extensive contribution to schools in our area over a number of years.
Quota International of Condobolin held their Christmas in July Dinner at the Royal Hotel recently.
The Dinner was an opportunity for members to farewell Quotarian Elaine Lavender. Elaine and husband Norm have retired and are heading to the North Coast to live. Elaine has been a very active member of our Club & will be greatly missed. The Dinner was also an opportunity to celebrate President Sue Kendall’s birthday.
Lynne Hawley has just returned from the International Convention in Brisbane where, together with the 20 other Regional Directors, she was installed as the Director of Region 12. Following the Convention Lynne did the 6 day post- Convention Tour with a group of 42 Quotarians. They visited Darwin, Alice Springs & Uluru finishing up back in Sydney for a Dinner Cruise on the Harbour. Whilst in Alice Springs they visited the School of the Air and the Flying Doctor Base.
On 14 August 2016 five Club members will leave for a trip to Norfolk Island. During their 5 days there they will help QI of Norfolk Island celebrate their Club’s 37th Birthday at a High Tea to be held at Government House. Cont.
By Melissa Blewitt
Lily Ward is more than happy to be back in Condobolin.
She is the dentist at the Condobolin Aboriginal Dental Health Service, and is settling into her new role with support from her colleagues and the community.
“I just love working in Condobolin,” Dr Ward said.
She is passionate and dedicated to ensuring locals have access to great dental care and promoting good dental health.
“This is such a modern facility with two full equipped treatment rooms and state-of-the-art amenities,” she explained.
The entire Condobolin community is able to access the Condobolin Aboriginal Dental Health Service.
“The service is for everybody in the community.
“Sometimes there is a misconception that the service is not available to all, and that is simply not true.
“The staff here have been absolutely fantastic. They are a really relaxed and friendly team.”
Dr Ward spent five years training to become a dentist, and is relishing being back in her home town.
“I always wanted to do something in health, and I had a great dentist growing up, so that was a positive argument for me to go into the profession,” she said.
Dr Ward is the daughter of Mark and Danni Ward. She lives on a property with her fiancé, which is between Condobolin and Forbes.
Major Show Fundraiser – Support your show.
An Evening with the Show Committee, the 2016 Condobolin Showgirl entrants and the 2016 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Runner-up Miss Emily Madge will be held on Saturday the 13th August at the Condobolin Motor Inn commencing at 7.00pm.
Dress Black Tie
There will be a roving meal, bar facilities and fabulous Silent Auction Items up for grabs.
Tickets $65.00. Available at Fancy Feet (no EFTPOS) until 10th August or tickets sold.
Enquiries-Sue Henley 0428 954 164
* Penrith Adventure Package, donated by Penrith City Council
– 2 nights accommodation
– 2 tickets to an adventure activity
– Dinner for 2 at a local restaurant
* Livestock cartage to Forbes Saleyards. Donated by Shannon Barby Livestock & Excavations
* Two tiered Special Occasion Decorated Cake, to order. Donated by Ronelle Karsten
* Sheep – dressed, packaged, delivered on your specified date. Donated by Fletcher International Exports
* Bottle Rosnay Organic Grand-Père Reserve Shiraz Mourvedre 2013 + Cold Pressed Olive Oil, donated by Haydn Jobson
* Family Show Pass
– Two Adult and two Children Gate Tickets + vehicle access to racetrack car park
– Family passes for rides in Showmens Guild area
Number 1 Ringside Car Park
(Car driver must sign waiver)
The National Malleefowl Monitoring Team will be holding a ‘Malleefowl Monitor Training’ day at Mt Hope on Wednesday 17th August.
The day will commence at the Mt Hope Hall at 10:00am with an overview of the National Malleefowl Monitoring Program and the National Database, followed by a ‘hands on’ session with monitoring methods & equipment.
A BBQ lunch will be provided at 12:00pm, followed by a field visit to a couple of Malleefowl nest mounds for some more’ hands on’ training.
Monitoring Malleefowl will not in itself save them, but it is an extremely important tool in understanding how the species is going. If there was a sudden crash in any population, we need to be aware of the situation ASAP. Annual monitoring is also essential if we are to understand long term trends that may vary due to many factors including climate change.
Malleefowl exist right across Australia so we need to ensure everyone is monitoring in the same way.
Over many years we have developed a method of monitoring Malleefowl that doesn’t upset the birds, doesn’t place more demands on the people doing the work than necessary and is scientifically robust.
We have developed a system that uses modern technology and is easy to use. Volunteers are supplied with smartphones with our own monitoring app installed.
At the training we will show you how to use the equipment and we will visit nest mounds and go through the real thing!
Apart from learning how to take part in this important Citizen Science project, you will be mixing with lots of very knowledgable Malleefowl people.
If you would like to attend please RSVP to Graeme Tonkin at email@example.com or phone 0427 824 228.
Parkes Decor Shoppe was established by Barry and Margaret Robinson in 1975 at the southern end of Clarinda Street. While Barry passed 10 years ago the shop is still going strong with Margaret at the helm and four casual staff.
The business was originally started as a wallpaper and lighting centre. In the 1980s wallpaper had reached it’s used-by-date and the pair started selling curtains, blinds and awnings. Today window furnishings constitute a major part of the operation.
Around the same time, the business joined Lighting Network, a buying group with 50 stores down the east coast of Australia. “This has enabled us to offer our customers a bigger range of home lighting at very competitive prices,” says Margaret.
Margaret is still enthusiastic after four decades at the shop. Most weekends she offers a home consultancy business, offering practical advice on all aspects of lighting and home decorating. For 20 years she has regularly covered areas like Peak Hill, Cudal, Orange, Grenfell, Young, Eugowra, Forbes, Condobolin and smaller outlying areas.
“We pride ourselves on solid customer service and attention to detail,” says Margaret. Advertorial
Currently Parkes Decor are visiting Condobolin, Totteham, Trundle and Tullamore over the next two weeks and are offering a free consultation including measure and quote on blinds, curtains, shutters and lighting. Phone 68622677 -See classified ad on classified page.
Ted Little WIN
2016 started well with Mathew and Korina Aveyard’s flock winning the Ted Little Merino Ewe Competition. This makes two first placings of Plevna blood sheep in the last three years. The judges agreed the qualities that placed these sheep highly were their heavy cutting fleece, high fertility and an overall great modern style sheep.
On Farm Classing
We offer a visual classing service to all existing, new clients and on a commercial basis for outside breeders. This can be a benefit when running two enterprises such as a typical first cross and straight merino and determining which ewes are to go to which breeding program. Putting off type ewes to a terminal sire and better types to your merinos will fast track quality and still provide another income stream.
Field days and workshops
• The Modern Merino was run in September.
• Pastoral Profit targets business management skills in order to improve the bottom line of sheep, sheep meat, and wool.
• Sheepsmart Solutions ran two Life Time Ewe Management courses; aiming to understanding what our breeding ewes need to perform well.
We look forward to seeing you at our next day on Monday the 8th of August.
By Melissa Blewitt
Utes in the Paddock is being relocated from Ootha to Condobolin.
Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has purchased a 60 acre block on The Gipps Way, which will be used for the outdoor gallery. The land is next to the stables opposite Forbes Road, past the Pony Club on Diggers Avenue.
LSC is in the process of obtaining a design for the co-location of the Jockey’s Memorial and Utes in the Paddock, hoping to create a major tourist attraction for the town.
The land will have to be prepared as it is in a flood zone and fencing would have to be erected around the site, according to LSC General Manager Robert Hunt.
He added that LSC was hopeful of starting to move the utes before Christmas.
Utes in the Paddock was a concept brought to fruition by Jana and Graham Pickles of Burrawang West Station. It has significantly increased visitation to the Central West region over the last eight years. Lachlan Shire Council is honoured to be entrusted as caretaker of the gallery and has committed to dedicate time, energy and marketing resources to further develop and promote the outdoor gallery into the future.
LSC Mayor John Medcalf is pleased the gallery is being relocated as the attraction will significantly contribute to the growth and resilience of the local economy and Councillor Medcalf is confident the town of Condobolin will be overjoyed to welcome the gallery into the town.
Businesses, residents and local farmers, donated several of the utes for canvasses used for the gallery and have always been supportive of this unique attraction at Ootha,” he said.
“It will be fantastic to feature the gallery in Condobolin as an ultimate bush experience on offer in the Heart of NSW and Council has dedicated resources to ensure the successful relocation and promotion of the attraction.
“Signage, promotional flyers, website development and the development of collectible Utes in the Paddock merchandise being among the top priorities along with a program to repair and revitalise any of the “uteworks” which have significantly deteriorated over the last eight years.
“Council would like to thank each of the artists for supporting the relocation of the Utes to Condobolin and Council looks forward to working with all artists to ensure they are widely recognised as one of the talented and creative “Ute Artists”,
“Utes in the Paddock is considered as one of the top ten experiences in our region and Council is dedicated to ensuring that the reputation of Utes in the Paddock is further developed for generations of local, national and international visitors to enjoy.”
By Melissa Blewitt
Zara King’s passion is for sharing local stories through photography and film.
As an amateur film maker and photographer. Zara is already capturing the attention of the industry.
She made a short film starring her Kelpies (Molly, Joker and Ralph), and has since been contacted by the team making the new Red Dog: True Blue movie.
They invited Zara to send them her video so that they may potentially share it on Instagram as promotion for the upcoming film.
“It may not seem like much but it is a very big achievement for me,’ she said.
The 15-year-old, is focussed on bridging the divide between city and country communities.
She loves nothing more than to roam her family farm with her beloved Kelpies.
“Lots of people think the country is not a place they can connect with. Especially those that live in the city,” Zara said.
“Our area is beautiful and the people of the Shire have amazing stories to tell. Our farm is a place where I feel free, and I want to share that with those that watch my films or look at my photography.”
Zara explained making mini films started out as a hobby, and now she works on them during the holidays.
“I use any type of camera, like my phone or a small digital camera,” she said.
She is currently in Year Nine at Red Bend Catholic College, where she takes photography as an elective.