Wizard of Oz coming to Condo RSL 6th July

By Melissa Blewitt


The Youngstars2.com’s production of The Wizard of Oz Show is coming to Condobolin.

It will be playing at the Condobolin RSL Club on Wednesday, 6 July at 3.30pm.

Local children will be able to click their heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and colourful characters.

They can get ready to rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of Frank Baum’s evergreen story.

“Our shows are really about inviting kids to get up and move around, to relate to our music and to laugh and have a great time,” director Brian Laul said.

This show is no sit-down-and-watch affair – the kids are even invited to come dressed as their favourite characters to celebrate their visit to the Wizard. Live action comes together with 3D animation on screen, catchy tunes and loads of interactive fun in this ‘toto-ally Oz-some’ treat ideal for  two to eight year olds.

Asked how Oz provided the inspiration for this popular kids interactive show, Brian said, “Besides having all the ideal elements of fascinating entertainment, it also carries a powerful message of hope so necessary for young people today – that somewhere over the rainbow, you can make your fondest dreams realities if only you dare to believe that you have the power within you to do so.”

Residents have the opportunity to win a prize pack containing tickets anf a DVD by filling out the entry form on page 13 of this edition.

• The Youngstars2.com’s production of The Wizard of Oz Show will be playing at the Condobolin RSL Club on Wednesday, 6 July at 3.30pm. Residents have the opportunity to win a prize pack containing tickets and DVD by filling out the entry form on page 13 of this edition. Cont

Driving local learning

By Melissa Blewitt

• The Automotive TVET course sees Condobolin, Tullibigeal and Lake Cargelligo students undertake theoretical and practical components at Condobolin TAFE Campus. There is a mandatory workplace component of the course, which is 70 hours over two years, and roughly equates to one week per year. MB

Local students are using a TAFE-delivered vocational education and training (TVET) course as a pathway to a trade or employment.

The Automotive TVET course sees Condobolin, Tullibigeal and Lake Cargelligo students undertake theoretical and practical components.

According to teacher/instructor Jeremy Reid the class is made up of students from Years 10, 11 and 12.

“Normally students would get the chance to do it in year 11 and 12, but as the students in this area are isolated and remote, this is a composite class,” he explained.

“Units out of this course can count towards their ATAR, so some of these guys will opt to do the HSC exam in this subject, and others will use it as a pathway to a trade or future employment.

“One student last year was offered an apprenticeship, and I would never say that it was a direct result of this course, but I believe it helped because it showed they had an aptitude for learning.

“Some of these units are directly linked to a Trade course, so they have some recognition in the beginning if they start a Trade.

“It shows these students can study and undertake practical components of learning if a potential employer wants to put them through a course when they go through apprenticeship they are capable of undertaking written and practical exams to complete their course.”

There is a mandatory workplace component of the course, which is 70 hours over two years, and roughly equates to one week per year.

“This is an opportunity for employers to give them a go, as well trial them outside the school environment to see if they would fit into their business team or to see if they have the correct aptitude for the trade or not,” Mr Reid said.

The students learn about all things light vehicle automotive as part of their course.

“They learn basic servicing, learn basic engine operating principles, also do an overview of mechanical systems of a car, and cooling systems. They have done servicing, engine repair, minor and major, transmission, and clutch. We try to give them a real live variety of what’s involved in being a mechanic in day to day activities,” Mr Reid stated.

“Most don’t like doing the theory but it is part of the task. It’s not all theory and they do get a chance to work on actual vehicles. We have actually been doing some work on a student’s vehicle, looking at the cooling system.

“They are more interested when it is their vehicle as they have a vested interest in fixing or finding out solutions to problems. It is actually a real job and of benefit to them. They enjoy it more if it is an actual job.

New Cemetery Policy for Condobolin on display

By Melissa Blewitt


It’s now time for Condobolin residents to have their say on the Draft Cemetery Policy.

The Condobolin Cemetery Committee met on Wednesday, 8 June and after a marathon discussion, tabled changes to the existing Policy that was put to the monthly Council meeting (15 June).

Councillors voted unanimously to put the amended Condobolin Cemetery Policy on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

There are numerous changes the community need to be aware of.

If adopted, the Policy states burials can only be undertaken at the Condobolin cemetery under the control of a licenced funeral director.

A Funeral Director in charge of a funeral will be liable for the payment of any charges incurred in relation to the funeral.

Council at its discretion may enter into an agreement with any Funeral Director to allow a 30 day line of credit for the payment of any costs incurred in relation to funerals under the control of a Funeral Director.

In relation to Plaques and Monuments; Plaques are to be fixed to the plinth provided in lawn cemeteries and shall be a standard size of between 70mm x 30mm and 380mm x 280mm, etched in bronze with raised lettering.

The placement of plaques is also to be a duty of Council.

When plaques are received by Council, the family will be notified that plaques are going to be installed by Council, and Council will remove the temporary cross. Family members have the option to collect the cross from Council if they wish.

Two months after a burial, Council staff will level off the dirt in the Lawn Cemetery.

Vases, pots, ornaments etc are permitted to be placed on graves for a period of up to twelve months from the date of burial.

After this period ornaments or trinkets under 300 millimetres (mm) high be allowed wholly on each plinth space and that this condition will be retrospective and commence on 1 November 2016.

No motion activated devices are allowed in the Lawn Cemetery and a maximum of two (300 mm high or less) solar lights will be permitted.

The community can have their say on the amended draft policy by making a submission to Council by 4.30pm on 14 July.

Submissions may be sent to Council via  email: Council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au, by mailing them to PO Box 216, Condobolin, NSW, 2877 or delivering them to the LSC office in Molong Street. A copy of the Policy can be obtained at the LSC office, the Condobolin Library or at www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au

Auctions coming up for Ray White in Condobolin

Paddy Reardon new face for rural sales at J N Straney and Son



Paddy Reardon is the new face for rural property sales at J N Staney and Son.

• After selling his own farm last year, and 46 years in the rural industry around Condobolin, Paddy Reardon is joining Blue at J N Straney as the Rural Specialist. MB

Blue is happy to welcome Paddy to the team. His extensive experience in the rural industry and his previous Stock and Station experience made him the obvious choice when considering expanding J N Straney’s  rural property sales portfolio.

Paddy, who is a licensed Stock and Station Agent and Real Estate Agent, is looking forward to joining the team.

“I will take care of the rural property side of the business. Sue Henley will still do the residential sales.” Paddy said. “I am looking forward to working with Blue and Sandra and getting out and meeting existing farmer clients and new ones.”

Paddy has over 46 years in the rural industry in Condobolin. Firstly working on the family farm, running his own place, and working with other rural businesses in the area.

Two  years with Sam Rees at Doyle and Rees Stock and Station Agents, in the early 90s, taught him a lot about the Agents game. He also spent 9 years selling machinery for Greg Sealy when he operated FITMS.  After that he worked with Alan Reddel for 4 yrs before going back to farming for 10 years.

A change of career beckoned last year and Paddy and Genene decided to sell the farm. Since that time Paddy has been studying to renew his licenses and is looking forward to getting back into the rural property area.

“ We are delighted that Paddy has agreed to join our team at J N Straney. He brings a lot of experience to the table, he knows the people, the area and the industry and will be a great asset to our team.” Blue Reardon said. “We  look forward to working with him and introducing him to our clients”.


Fletcher feedlot approved

By Melissa Blewitt


Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has approved a 40,000 head sheep feedlot for Condobolin.

Conditional approval was given to the designated and integrated Development Application (DA) at its last monthly meeting on 15 June.

The development is worth $560,000, and Dubbo based Fletcher International Exports will build the facility.

The site of the proposed feedlot is located approximately 16 kilometres west of Condobolin on the northern side of the Lachlan River on the “Glenlee” part of “Kiagarthur Station”.

According to Lachlan Shire Council Director of Environment and Planning Andrew Johns, the feedlot will create positive economic benefits and employment opportunities in the Shire and wider regional area.

“Being a designated DA means it required the lodgement of an Environmental Impact Statement, which was done and used to assess the application,” he said.

“Integrated means approvals are needed under other acts, which are administered by other state regulatory bodies, such as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The DA needed an Environmental Protection Licence from the EPA as it had the potential to pollute, and thus need a licence from the State Government to go ahead.

“There was some conjecture about noise and the EPA wanted a full noise assessment conducted, however, the LSC argued on behalf of the proponent against that, as the nearest residential dwelling was over five kilometres away and a feedlot in a rural area is a pretty common thing.

“The DA has been approved subject to 21 conditions.”

Lachlan Shire mayor John Medcalf said the project will boost the local economy and provide opportunities for local farmers.

“I think it will give them a little bit of confidence that there’s development happening around them,” he said.

“But also with a 40,000 [head] lamb feedlot there’s opportunity for grain suppliers as well.

“This is a very positive development for the Shire.”

Managing Director of Fletcher International Exports, Roger Fletcher, said the feedlot will complement existing regional business activities undertaken by the company, including managing “Kiagarthur Station” and their sheep processing plant in Dubbo.

“We were looking to expand our sheep finishing operations using an intensive grain feeding system,” he said.

“Kiagarthur Station is very conducive to producing the grain, hay and silage that will be used in the feedlot, so we will utilise that.

“We will be aiming to produce lambs for a range of domestic and export markets.

“We still have a lot to learn, but will be trying our best to ensure the feedlot is a success for Fletcher’s and the wider Condobolin community.”

Mr Fletcher added the feedlot would be up and running “as soon as practically possible.”

“Approvals for feedlots take a long time and there is a lot of red tape involved. That’s just the nature of these things,” he said.

“LSC have been very good to us. We will be looking to employ more people as the venture becomes established.” The feedlot will be implemented in two stages.


Valmai rewarded for her excellent efforts

Top. Lachlan Shire Mayor John Medcalf, Valmai Coe, State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Condobolin High School’s Matt Heffernan; BOTTOM LEFT: Valmai Coe (centre) with her grandmother Sandra Ritchie and her mother Isabel Coe; BOTTOM RIGHT: Valmai Coe with her tutor Amy Jacometti. MB

By Melissa Blewitt


Condobolin’s Valmai Coe has been announced as the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year for Barwon.

The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.

Valmai’s mother, Isabel Coe, said her daughter was determined to lead by example at school and in the community.

“We are just so proud of her,” she said. “She has done so well and worked really hard for her success.”

State Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, presented the award to Valmai at a special presentation at Condobolin High School last Wednesday.

“I was pleased to nominate Valmai and thrilled when she received this award,” he said.

“Valmai is a wonderful representative for both indigenous and non-indigenous youth in the Barwon Electorate.

“By volunteering her time to those around her she quietly promotes cohesion and leads by example.

“Students like Valmai are the leaders of tomorrow and it makes me very happy to see such encouraging young adults coming through.”

As recognition of her achievements, Mr Humphries presented Valmai with a certificate and a gift voucher. He also invited her to attend the Emerging Leaders Forum in Sydney in August, where she will meet with Aboriginal, business and Government leaders.

Rain is coming grass will grow




Cut grass and trim time with Massey Ferguson’s MF50-22ZT Zero Turn Mowers.

Where can you find them in Condobolin?

At Equipment and Service Co, of course. They are having an End of Financial Year special, where you can purchase one at just $4950 (GST inclusive) until 30 June.

The MF50-22ZT is compact, powerful and efficient, making it the perfect machine for cutting large fields.

It’s Zero-Turn technique lets you turn on the spot without any turning radius. This makes mowing much more efficient and thus cuts down your mowing time.

The MF 50-22 ZT gets navigated with the two rear wheels which are driven by two individual hydrostatic transmissions: With a lap bar for each wheel the driver controls the internal hydrostatic oil flow of both transmissions to choose the driving direction, to change speed or to turn.

Call into Equipment and Service Co at 15 Harding Avenue, Condobolin or call 6895 4222 for more information.  Advertorial

Moogenilla Bull Sale 5th August

Following a hugely successful sale last year Moogenilla will present 50 breedplan recorded quality bulls at the Forbes Livestock Exchange on the 5th August this year

Honda Dollars up for grabs

Great end of year deals at Don Lark Mororcycles. Up to $2000 for June only. You Bloody Beauty


“You Bloody Beauty” finally a sale that calls primary producers to get in before the end of June and save, save, save!

Honda Motorcycle, run by Don Lark Motorcycles in Condobolin, are offering a range of new ATVS, Side by Sides and Ag Bikes at drastically reduced prices and no repayments for six months.

Just some of the great bargains on offer are; $1000 Hondadollars on the TRX420FA6. With its double wishbone independent rear suspension it is durable with  comfort built in. The TRX250TM, manual 2WD,   is tried, tested and proven, built tough for tough conditions. It comes with $1250 Hondadollars thrown in. Couple this with up to $750 Honda dollars on the SXS and Ag bikes and you have a sale worth remembering.

This genuine End of Financial Year Sale has unbeatable savings and cracking run-out deals. Be quick, stocks like this will ride out the door. Sale started 1 June and ends on 30 June. Conditions apply so talk to Kim and Don to see what they can do for you.

Stockpro become Te Pari Racewell sheep equipment dealer



The Racewell handler makes sheep work a breeze and improves the safety of the sheep and farmers. Cont

Central NSW sheep farmers can now access world-leading stock handling technology on their own back doorstep.

Stockpro Livestock Equipment has become an authorised dealer of the top quality Racewell Sheep Handler, which is manufactured by Kiwi firm Te Pari Products.

Owner David Dietrich along with his sons, say the family owned business is excited to take on the Racewell agency, given that sheep handlers are the “talk of the industry”. “With bigger flocks and less available manpower, farmers need all the help they can get to manage their sheep. This machine makes the job so much easier and more efficient for everything from weighing, drafting and dagging to administering vaccines and tagging stock. It is really easy on the sheep too.”

“What we like about the Te Pari Racewell range is that one supplier makes everything. This eliminates the blame game that can occur with incompatible parts.”

The Te Pari Racewell range has several models including a full trailer handling system and also a dedicated auto-drafting unit. “We believe there are great opportunities for these products in the local market. We know a few innovative farmers who have used Racewell sheep handlers for a few years and are very happy with them.”

The Racewell Sheep handler can be used for weighing, drafting and crutching to drenching, vaccinating and tagging and because it holds even big animals still, it allows farmers to handle large sheep without risk of injury.

Stockpro Livestock Equipment is providing full sales and after-sales backup and support for the Racewell products including parts and servicing.

Te Pari, the company, is “delighted” to have Stockpro Livestock Equipment as part of the Te Pari network. “We have high confidence in this well regarded family firm and are pleased it is joining our growing Team of specialist dealers throughout Australia, who deliver the level of back end support these machines deserve and the client demands.”

For more information contact Stockpro Livestock Equipment on 1800 354 415 or www.stockpro.com.au or www.tepari.com



Assembling amazing art

Condobolin is hosting the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition. Lachlan Shire Council in partnership with Western Plains Regional Development and Lachlan Arts Council will host the event at the Condobolin Community Centre from 25 June to 18 July. It will showcase 130 artworks from across 27 Local Government Areas. The official opening of the Exhibition and announcement of Category Winners will take place on Saturday, 25 June from 11am. A ‘Collage Workshop’ with Bathurst artist Dean Mobbs will also feature from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is encouraged to attend. The Waste 2 Art initiative is designed to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, encouraging the audience to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The theme for 2016 is “Used Tyres”.  MB/ Photos by Kathy Parnaby

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin is hosting the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition.
It will take place at the Condobolin Community Centre from 25 June to 18 July, and will showcase 130 artworks from across 27 Local Government Areas.
The event is being hosted by Lachlan Shire Council in partnership with Western Plains Regional Development and the Lachlan Arts Council.
The official opening of the Exhibition and announcement of category winners will be held on Saturday, 25 June from 11am at the Condobolin Community Centre. The Condobolin community and all Lachlan Shire residents are encouraged to attend the free event.
A ‘Collage Workshop’ with Bathurst artist Dean Mobbs will be held in conjunction with the official opening from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf said Waste 2 Art is a fantastic way to draw attention to the issue of waste management.
“Managing waste is a major issue for today’s society and Waste 2 Art opens your eyes and challenges the way you view waste,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to view this exhibition and congratulate everyone involved.”
The Waste 2 Art initiative is designed to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, encouraging the audience to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The theme featured for 2016 is “Used Tyres” however, artworks are made from a wide range of recyclable materials.
The regional exhibition will feature the winners from the Waste 2 Art competition held in each local government area. They will be on display in Condobolin, and the Exhibition will be open to the public free of charge for the entire period.
For the duration of the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition, Netwaste Environmental Learning Adviser Sue Clark is offering tours of the Exhibition to schools that would like to learn more about waste while enjoying the Waste 2 Art Exhibition Experience. To organise a time please contact Sue on 0400 336 508 or email ela@netwaste.org.au

Essential to vote No

By Melissa Blewitt

Essential Energy workers from Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Trundle are being urged to “vote no” in a ballot for a new workplace agreement.
Unions are accusing management at the NSW Government owned electricity distributor of trying to avoid the matter being determined by the independent industrial umpire.
Unions have warned that the management initiated ballot, if successful, would result in a cut to real wages and massive regional job losses. The electronic voting process began on Saturday, 4 June, and closes at 5pm on Thursday, 9 June.
The management proposal offers a single 2.5 per cent pay increase over three years in return for workers agreeing to allow potentially unlimited redundancies, along with cuts to employment conditions, reduced consultation over future changes, and cuts to take home pay.
The Electrical Trades Union, United Services Union and Professional Australia, which represent Essential Energy employees, said the ballot was a last ditch effort by management to avoid having the Fair Work Commission determine the outcome of the long running dispute.
“Last week, the Fair Work Commission triggered a 21 day bargaining period that will be followed by automatic arbitration if no agreement is reached between the company and its employees,” ETU secretary Steve Butler said.
“That decision was welcomed by unions as it potentially takes the decision making process out of management’s hands, allowing for independent assessment of the case by the industrial umpire which would then hand down a binding decision.
“After refusing to budge for 18 months, management has decided to have one final crack at getting their antiworker agenda through in the form of this management initiated ballot.”
USU general secretary Graeme Kelly said power industry unions were urging workers to make sure they vote over the coming days, ensuring a clear rejection of this attempt to cut jobs and employment conditions.
“We are urging our members to make sure that they vote, that they vote no, and that they encourage their colleagues to do the same,” he said.
“We believe it is in the interest of Essential Energy workers to overwhelmingly reject this offer and instead allow the independent umpire to decide the outcome through arbitration.
“In 18 months of negotiations, Essential Energy management have refused to budge on their determination to slash hundreds of regional jobs and cut conditions that were fought for and won by previous generations.
“Essential Energy management, at the bidding of their masters in the Baird Government, continue to push for a workplace arrangement that will allow them to slash regional jobs and cut the quality of services available to power consumers.”

When it rains, it pours

Jaren plays in the water, after 94 millimetres (mm) of rain was recorded on his parent’s property at Kiacatoo. The Lachlan Shire received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the region. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

When it rains, it really does pour across the Lachlan Shire.

The region received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the Shire.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Condobolin has recorded 85.2mm. There have been reports of 94mm at Kiacatoo and 110mm at Tullibigeal. Lake Cargelligo has seen a little less, with only 58.8mm in the gauge. West Wyalong scored 72mm, Cobar 40.2mm, Parkes 21.2mm, Forbes 53mm and Dubbo 53.8mm.

According to AGnVET Services Condobolin agronomist Olivia Wright, farmers will be looking for sunshine, which will enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their sowing and spraying programs.

“Conditions were really quite favourable before this [the rain],” she said.

“I have heard of falls from anywhere between the high 60mm to over 100mm around the district.

“Many were starting to begin their in-crop spraying program, and the rain will slow that down. It [the in-crop spraying program] will be quite delayed now. Farmers will need good weather to enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their programs.”

Ms Wright added that water-logging and germination issues may also be a concern for local landholders.

“With such significant rain, there are some paddocks that are under water, and could remain that way for some time,” she said.

“This means the seed can take on a lot of water quickly and burst. Water on the ground is not so much of a problem for established crops, but can affect those that are quite young, which is the category most crops within the Lachlan Shire fit into at the moment.

“There are some farmers who still have a bit of sowing to go. So the rain means it will take longer for them to get back onto their ground, which may lead to a less than ideal sowing window.

“If the area had around 25mm (one inch) instead of the three to four that some received, it would have been ideal. However, some farmers I know have had over 130mm in the last two weeks alone.

“There will be a lot of farmers hoping for sunshine from now on.”

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The ugly truth about domestic violence

Peter Garrett, who did the voice over in the film and introduced the film at the launch, and Senior Constable Daniel Greef, LAC Crime Prevention Officer who assisted in the making of the film. MB

The Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee who initiated the film made by Earthstar Productions, with Peter Garrett and Daniel Greef. MB


Peter Garrett, Police, the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee and Fran Dobie, with Amadeo Marquez-Perez, from Earthstar Productions who directed and produced the film.MB

Editorial by Melissa Blewitt.

‘Little Towns, Big Voices’ is a film that lays bare the ugly truth of domestic violence. It showcases the harrowing experiences of local people and the effects it has on their families. It is 28 minutes of raw and confronting truth, which portrays the brutality of domestic violence unflinchingly.

There is no other label, other than monster, that is befitting of the man who inflicted years of physical and mental torture on the woman, whose experiences are the main focus of the documentary.

The abuse began on her wedding night. “He had too much to drink and gave me a hiding,” she said in the documentary. From there it only got worse, and she tried to protect her children as much as possible. She recalled how one night, her husband “had too much to drink” and began arguing with the children about what was on the television.

“I knew what was coming, so I asked him to take it out on me instead of the kids. And he did.” She said he never really touched her face, but chose areas that could be concealed under clothing.

He was a “good looking” man, and this often blinded outsiders to the extent of his sadistic nature.

“When I went to doctors, they never once told me to go to the Police. I wondered later why they never told me to,” she said on the documentary.

If she was two minutes late getting home from work, he would have the masking tape sat on the top of the fridge waiting.

He would tie her up on a chair and inflict unimaginable horror on her body.

Not content with belting her, he would also throw steaming hot cups of coffee over her, as she lay in agony from the beatings.

There came a point where she became “dead inside”. There is no way many of us could understand what it feels like to get to such a point. Why didn’t she leave? “Where would we go?,” was her answer.

On the night she worked up the courage to leave, she took her daughter out of the front door and across the paddock and walked up the road. “I contacted my son, and he told me to hide in the grass, so he couldn’t find me. So I did.

He came and told me that his girlfriend was following him, and that we should get in her car, as he was going to sort him out.”

Not content with the mental and physical pain he inflicted, her husband burned the family home to the ground after she had gone.

“There was nothing left.” “It took the Police two days to find him, and when it went to Court his mother hired a barrister and he got off with 200 hours of community service.”

The fear of him returning haunts her every day. “He always said, if I left him he would come back and finish me. I have a local policeman on speed dial, because I believe he will.”

I want to congratulate the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee on their brilliant documentary. It just goes to show what a DV Committee in a small town can achieve if it puts its mind to something.

This has been a 10-year long project, which began with a vision to create a film on domestic violence and the effects it has on women, families and children.

And now it has become a reality. What an amazing achievement. A special mention for Heather Blackley, whose determination and commitment ensured the project came to fruition. She is a community force to be reckoned with. Thanks must also go to Director Fran Dobbie, Producer Amadeo Marquez-Perez, Earthstar Productions, LAC Crime Prevention Officer Daniel Greef, NSW Police and Western Plains Regional Development.

It is hoped that a major network will pick up the film and get the message into mainstream media. The DV Committee is now also in the process of having the film put through the Australian Teachers of Media for a study guide, which will then be able to be implemented into all schools PD/H/PE curriculum. This was made possible by donations from Aboriginal Strategic Direction Crime Prevention Grant, NSW Police Force; House With No Steps, Forbes, Forbes Evening CWA Branch and Begderabong CWA Branch.

Domestic Violence can happen anywhere in any home.

It could be happening next door to you.

It took so much courage for this particular woman to come forward and share her story.

I ask, now that the community also have courage, and report any incidents of domestic violence to Police.

We must all speak up to ensure that those that need our help most, know that there is hope.

We must not hide the ugly truth of domestic violence any longer.


Breaking the Silence

• Condobolin may be a small town, but it has big plans to help break the silence on domestic violence with a powerful documentary highlighting the stories of local people.The premiere of ‘Little Towns, Big Voices’ was launched by activist, and former Labor Minister, Peter Garrett in Condobolin, last Thursday. The stark reality of the impact domestic violence has on families and communities was showcased in the confronting 28-minute film. It unflinchingly lets local residents share their harrowing experiences of domestic violence. ‘Little Towns, Big Voices’ was the brainchild of the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee, and it is hoped that the film will be a step in decreasing domestic violence Australia wide. MB 

By Melissa Blewitt

Confronting. Harrowing. Raw. Honest. Unflinching. These are all words that could describe the powerful 28-minute documentary, ‘Little Towns, Big Voices.’
It tells of the stories of several victims, men and women, who have been victims or witnesses to domestic violence. The material is shocking and at times distressing. However, the main objectives of the film is to create change and promote action on domestic violence across Australia.
The documentary was launched by activist, and former Labor Minister, Peter Garrett at the Condobolin RSL Club last Thursday.
An interview with Mr Garrett became the documentary’s narration. He believed he was already involved in the cause, and was the father of three daughters.
Mr Garrett said while he had long been involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns, he was moved by the stories of those portrayed in the film.
“It’s really good to be out here seeing this community joining together to lift the covers off domestic violence, which has been an issue for far too long. It deserves to be seen by as many people as possible,” he said.
It is a project that is the brainchild of the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee, and has taken over 10 years to bring to fruition.
The Domestic Violence (DV) group started a basket weaving class to help women relax, provide a safe place to talk and learn a new skill.
“The DV group also had men and women from the Work For the Dole program at the same time making White Ribbons for White Ribbon Day (25 November). During these programs we had a vision to create a film on domestic violence and the effects it has on women, families and children,” Senior Project Officer with Western Plains Regional Development said.
She added the DV group, in conjunction with project partners NSW Police, had seen the need to break the silence on domestic violence.
Unfortunately, the three Local Government Area within the LAC are all in the top 20 NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) rankings for the reporting of domestic assaults. Forbes is ranked at 11, Lachlan at 16 and Parkes at 17.
Superintendent Chris Taylor said Police would not resile from using all the tools that they have available to bring perpetrators of domestic violence to account for their actions.
“Congratulations to all those involved in the concept and production of this very worthwhile endeavour,” he said at the launch.
“It is an excellent production, which although made here in Condobolin, is not location specific but applies right across Australia and has relevance as an education tool.
“Nowhere is immune from domestic violence. I wish the Lachlan DV Committee all the best in their production of this resource.”
It is hoped that a major network will pick up the film and get the message into mainstream media. The DV Committee is now also in the process of having the film put through the Australian Teachers of Media for a study guide, which will then be able to be implemented into all schools PD/H/PE curriculum. This was made possible by donations from Aboriginal Strategic Direction Crime Prevention Grant, NSW Police Force; House With No Steps, Forbes, Forbes Evening CWA Branch and Bedgerebong CWA Branch.

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