Furniture One Parkes 50th Birthday Sale Friday 29th and Sat 30th July

Parkes Furniture One celebrate 50 Years with a 25% off store wide this Friday and Saturday

Youth Deadly Awards and Winter Wonderland

The Youth Deadly Awards and Winter Wonderland Fundraiser were a great success.

Editorial Opinion. Draft Cemetery Policy

Editorial Melissa Blewitt.

This is very hard for me to say. It was a sad day for democracy in the Lachlan Shire last Wednesday. Councillors who have been elected to “represent” me, don’t seem to “represent” me at all.  Solar lights are now no longer allowed in the lawn section of the Condobolin Cemetery despite the Cemetery Committee and staff recommending they be allowed.  I feel so deflated that those that were elected to represent me, failed in their duty to give me a voice on such an important and emotional issue.

For 28 days the Draft Condobolin Cemetery Policy was on display. By the end of the display period there were four submissions received, two of which verbalised a strong dislike for solar lights. As a consequence of these two submissions and the support of Lachlan Shire Councillors, solar lights will no longer be permitted in the lawn section of the Condobolin Cemetery.

The Condobolin Cemetery Advisory Committee recommended two solar lights measuring 30 centimetres or less be allowed, but that was rejected in favour of no solar lights at all.

Lachlan Shire Councillors decided to go against the Condobolin Cemetery Advisory Committee, even though they voted for the Draft Policy as it was exhibited. To me, this doesn’t make any sense.

Two members of the community in their submissions described solar lights as “absolutely terrible” and “disgusting”. I don’t understand, what could be described as, the irrational hatred of solar lights. Grief is grief. When a loved one passes away, it changes people inside. Everyone should be able to express it in a way that helps them. Even those who disagree with the way I choose to honour my loved ones. I do not go to the cemetery to judge how others honour their loved ones. No one else should either.

To some residents solar lights may be “disgusting” to others they brighten up the night for their loved one. Some parents may want to put up solar lights so their child is not alone in the dark. I, for one, don’t think I have the right to say they can’t. I’ll leave that up to those that think they know better than the wider community to tell grieving parents that.

For the record I am on the Condobolin Cemetery Committee. For months some members argued for a little less restriction. Then after a marathon meeting in June, supported by over 15 community members,  a consensus was reached where mementos and trinkets were permitted as long as they were confined to the plinth area and were under 30 centimetres high. Two solar lights, yes two, not four or 10, would be allowed as long as they measured up to 30 centimetres.

It was a hard fight. At the May meeting a motion was rushed through with no serious debate, where the Policy would have had allowed only two trinkets under 10cm high,  no solar lights and a significant increase in fees associated with burial costs. Three members of the committee (one of them was me) wrote to Council asking that it be deferred back to the Committee for review. Councillors agreed to do that, and so the Draft Policy was reached.

When community sentiment is overridden by the actions of a few, then I think we have a problem.

Councillors are elected to represent the entire community not just a small section. There was no cemetery policy until December 2014. Then an Advisory Committee was formed early this year to debate and form policy. This was in response to a community backlash against the original policy.

At last week’s meeting a councillor declared “They [the cemetery committee] are just an advisory committee. They don’t make the important decisions.” So my question is. If Councillors know better than the community, why is there a need to have a committee at all? Perhaps if you belittle the community’s role in decision making, that is why the Shire is struggling to find people who want to make a valuable contribution. Just a thought.

Before the vote the question “So you all know what you are voting on?” was asked. All other councillors indicated they did. So there you have it. Councillors Scott, Brady, Saunders, Hall, Phillips, Frankel and Ridley have made a decision and now they have to defend it. As ratepayers you have the right to ask why they made the decision. I hope you do.

This debate is not about solar lights. It is about the principle of letting the community have their say and feel like they are being heard. Why does Condobolin Cemetery have to conform to other town’s ideas of what a lawn cemetery should look like? I think we have lost our way, when policy becomes about prettiness and not about the people in the community.

I believe when a councillor is elected, they represent the entire Lachlan Shire. Not just the town/area they live in. I believe it is time for change. If you want to see change or send a strong message, then you can stand or vote at the September Council elections. I want to be proud to say I am from the Lachlan Shire. I want the councillors elected to represent me to stand up for what is in the best interest of the Shire.  I want integrity, honesty and compassion. I don’t think Lachlan Shire residents should have to settle for less.

Note. The opinions expressed in this editorial are mine alone and do not represent the views of The Condobolin Argus newspaper.

Let there be no light

• Solar lights such as these will no longer be allowed in the Condobolin Lawn Cemetery. During last week’s council meeting Lachlan Shire Councillors voted unanimously in favour of not allowing these devices.

By Melissa Blewitt

Solar lights are no longer allowed in the Condobolin Lawn Cemetery.

Residents will have two months to remove solar lights before Lachlan Shire Council staff enforce the new Policy.

Lachlan Shire Council voted unanimously to support a motion put forward by Councillor Graham Scott at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting.

The resolution states “That Council adopt the draft cemetery policy for Condobolin cemetery as presented to the last meeting of the Condobolin Cemetery Advisory Committee with the following amendments: a) Burials can only be undertaken at the Condobolin Cemetery under the control of a registered Funeral Director and; b) The clause in relation to allowing the solar lights in the lawn cemetery be deleted and replaced with “no solar lights or any other forms of lighting be permitted in the lawn section of the Condobolin Cemetery.” This motion was moved by Councillor Graham Scott and seconded by Councillor Les Saunders.

Councillors Scott, Dennis Brady, Les Saunders, Mark Hall, Paul Phillips, Max Frankel and John Ridley all voted in favour of the motion. Councillors Des Manwaring and Brian Nelson did not attend the meeting. Mayor John Medcalf did not vote.

Three of the four councillors (Graham Scott, Dennis Brady and Les Sanders) are on the Cemetery Advisory Committee, and had previously agreed to allow two solar lights up to 30 centimetres in height to be permitted. But at last week’s meeting back-flipped on their decision and went essentially against themselves, to vote in favour of the new motion.

The Condobolin Cemetery Advisory Committee recommended two solar lights measuring 30 centimetres or less be allowed, but that was rejected in favour of no solar lights at all.

In the Environmental Services and Development Officer’s report to Council it stated “Council staff believe a compromise has already been reached with the use of solar lights by limiting their height to 300mm. It was noted that some people have children buried there and their children were scared of the dark, so they want to keep a light on for them at all times in order for them to rest in peace. It is considered, therefore, that the use of solar lighting (as outlined within the draft Policy) should remain.”

Councillors chose to ignore the recommendation from Council staff and proceeded with the motion provided at the meeting.

The Condobolin Cemetery Draft Policy was placed on exhibition for a period of 28 days and four submissions were received. Two submissions were totally against solar lights in the Lawn Cemetery, with the authors describing solar lights as “absolutely terrible” and “disgusting”.

In the report it said “The third submission congratulates the Shire for putting effort into trying to clean up the Condobolin Cemetery, especially in the lawn cemetery section; however, they object to the use of solar lights in the lawn portion saying they look “absolutely terrible”.

In relation to the fourth submission, the report said “The fourth and last submission states: “It is disgusting that the shire intends to allow solar lights in the lawn portion of our cemetery…..”

Of the two other submissions received, one was in relation to headstones in the Lawn Cemetery and the other called into question the legality of some of the wording in the Policy.

One of the submissions took the issue of plaques one step further, asking why reasonably sized headstones could not be used.

The report said “The submission listed six reasons why headstones should be permissible: (1) it is hard to read the plaques when they are flat; (2) after a while the letters get difficult to read; (3) a headstone is easier to read; (4) a headstone is a lot more personal to the family; (5) over a period of time it is a lot easier to find a relative when someone visits the town; and, (6) there is a lot of people who would like a headstone that matches the headstone of a family member who is buried in another town.” The author of the submission also provided a photograph of the new Dubbo Cemetery, where headstones have been allowed.

Councillors rejected this submission.

Another submission called into question the legality of some wording of the Policy, saying funeral directors in NSW are not licensed and may set up business without any specific training or qualifications.

“This draft policy item is certainly a denial of natural family rights to conduct appropriate, lawful funerals of our loved ones”, says the submission maker in reference to the Policy stating: “Burials can only be undertaken at the Condobolin cemetery under the control of a licenced funeral director.” The submission maker would much prefer it to be worded: “In NSW, executors of deceased persons will have the legal authority to organise their funeral, burial or cremation as long as they comply with government and health regulations,” the report to Council said.

“Extensive researching of legislation and searching on the internet cannot find anything to refute what is stated by the second submission maker.”

The report recommended changing the wording in the Policy to “Any person, with the legal authority to organise a deceased person’s funeral, burial or cremation is to do so in compliance with the Local Government Act 1993, the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013 and the Public Health Regulation 2012. To ensure this is done, Council must be consulted prior to making funeral arrangements.” This was rejected.

A total of 14 recommendations were made to Councillors in the report, one of which was to put the Draft Condobolin Cemetery Policy back to the Cemetery Committee with the recommended changes for reconsideration. Councillors chose not to implement any of them, instead voting in favour of Cr Scott’s motion.


Nominate for Local Government

Nominate for Local Government

Now is the time to start thinking about nominating for the Lachlan Shire Council election. Nomination forms are available on the website on the Candidate Information button. There is also a help desk number for candidates 1300 088 942. Nomination forms ARE NOT AVAILABLE at the Lachlan Shire Council offices. The $125 nomination deposit can be dropped off at Council. It must be in cash or bank cheque. Nominations should be made well before the deadline of 12 noon Wednesday, 10 August, as they are sent to Sydney and will be sent back if there are any errors, and cannot be re-submitted after the due date. Mayor John Medcalf and General Manager Robert Hunt are more than happy to talk to prospective candidates.

Uneccessary restrictions on moving farm machinery removed

By Melissa Blewitt

The removal of uneccessary restrictions on the movement of tractors between rural properties for local landholders is about to become a reality.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay made the announcment at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference recently.

The announcement will allow farmers to move tractors, that are not required to operate under a permit or notice, without travel restrictions, provided they use a flashing light.

NSW Farmers President Derek Schoen has called the announcement a breakthrough for many farmers impeded from performing the basic function of moving farm equipment from one property to another.

“This step is a welcome move from Minister Gay that will remove frustration of many farmers who have had travel restrictions placed on the registrations of their tractors,” he said.

“Our members had been reporting that different travel restrictions were being placed on the same model tractor in the same town.

“For many years the economics of agriculture has meant that farmers have been required to increase the area of land they farm by buying new properties.

“To efficiently farm on different properties, farmers need to be able to move their tractors and other farm machinery between their holdings.

“The decision by Minister Gay recognises these realities and will enhance the ability of our members to get on and do the job of growing food and fibre.”

Little piggy not for market

• Landholders are reminded it is an offence to capture, keep and transport live feral pigs, with offenders facing fines of up to $20,000. Cont

by Melissa Blewitt

Central West Local Land Services biosecurity staff discovered an attempted sale of a live feral pig while conducting routine inspections at regional saleyards recently.

Under the direction of Local Land Services stock inspectors, this animal was withdrawn from sale and destroyed.

The consignee will be held liable for all costs incurred during this process and may also face fines for breaches under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

Biosecurity officer Alicia Whiley said people need to understand that selling and keeping feral pigs really isn’t worth the risk.

“As a declared pest in NSW, it is an offence to capture, keep and transport live feral pigs, with offenders facing fines of up to $20,000,” she explained.

“Rather than turning a profit, you could end up facing large fines and council fees.”

A feral pig is defined as any pig born in the wild or has at any time run in the wild and can be identified by traits such as either multi or black colouring, coarse hair, long snouts and potentially aggressive and erratic behaviour.

“Selling live feral pigs in a domestic pig sale threatens market access and the biosecurity of all pig producers,” Miss Whiley said.

“Feral pigs can also carry potentially fatal diseases which are transferable to both animals and humans, such as leptospirosis, brucella suis and Q-fever.

Local Land Services biosecurity officers regularly attend sales and conduct random property inspections to ensure compliance.

For more information about feral pigs and how to control them on your property, please speak to a biosecurity officer at your nearest Local Land Services office.

Condobolin Aboriginal Health receives more funding

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service will receive $212,000 new funding annually from the NSW Government.

The funding boost will be for initiatives and activities that support healthy lifestyles, prevention and management of chronic diseases and support for families affected by alcohol and drug misuse.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said the boost in funding would help the service to further link Aboriginal patients to programs that contribute to improved health outcomes.

“The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service does a tremendous job, working with the local Aboriginal community to treat and prevent a range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions,” he explained.

“This funding will help the service refer more people to healthy lifestyle and treatment programs such as the Go4Fun child obesity program and the Get Healthy Coaching service as well as providing interventions for quitting smoking and alcohol abuse.”

Chronic diseases account for the greatest contribution to the gap in morbidity and mortality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in NSW.

Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward said the life expectancy for Aboriginal people falls well below that of non-Aboriginal people.

“Ensuring local services are equipped to address the health needs of the local Aboriginal communities is key to improving life expectancy,” she said.


Craft and creativity combined

For a small country town, local residents, Eryn Mullins and Vikki Stuckey believe the town is big on creativity.

“We are such a clever little community, people are making and creating all types of wares from their kitchen tables, in backyard sheds or from the garden, explained Vikki.

As a result of realising just how many artists, weavers, knitters, jewellers, bakers, photographers, sculptors, gardeners and decorators call Condobolin home, Eryn and Vikki decided to provide an opportunity for these people to share their goods with the rest of the community.

On Saturday, 30 July, these “makers and creators” will be showcasing their items at the Condobolin Arts and Crafts shop.

According to Eryn, the “aim is to gather a tribe of likeminded makers and creators within the Craft Shop, to not only display their unique products, but to revitalise the Community Centre Craft Shop.”

Eryn and Vikki believe that whilst many people appreciate the Community Centre as a venue, the Craft Shop itself is underutilised. By inviting a fresh crowd of artisans on the shelves, the couple hope to not only reinvigorate the shop, but  also to encourage the community to step away from the “techno and tune into doing more of what makes them happy.”

The new stock will include hand painted cushions, chunky crocheted baskets and floor mats, bohemian jewellery, knitted baby toys, wire lamps, fresh herbs, preserves and cakes, potted plants, wall hangings and framed photographs, plus much more.

To further highlight the innovation within our local community, Warren Chad and Leonie Mcguiness will also be discussing their new App, Vita. Due to be launched in the App Store in August, Vita is designed to improve the process of collecting and recording personal information. The App is a multi–faceted tool, enabling users to recall personal information at difficult times such as writing a eulogy and/or for documenting milestones and celebrations throughout life.

For those wanting to tap into their own creativity, an applique workshop will be also be conducted by Annie Worthington from Dubbo.

“We provided the community with a small teaser of what was to come when we opened the Craft Shop doors during the Waste to Art Exhibition. The response was really positive so we can’t wait to make it bigger and better on the 30,” Eryn and Vikki concluded.

For further details contact Vikki Stuckey 0427 962 926.




Super rig on show

Local car lovers will have the opportunity to see the Goggomobil when Shannons brings it to the Condobolin Show. The Shannons Super Rig display, is a huge Mercedes semi-trailer that unfolds into an eight metre by eight metre state-of-the-art hospitality, entertainment and information centre. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Local car lovers will have the opportunity to see the Goggomobil when Shannons brings it to the Condobolin Show.

The diminutive Goggomobil was catapulted into the limelight after actor Tommy Dysart appeared in a 1990s Yellow Pages television advertisement alongside one.

Mr Dysart played the role of a Scot repairing his small Goggomobil sedan and on the phone trying to find a spare part. “G O G G O, that’s Goggomobil. No, No not the Dart!” were the words that would become famous around Australia.

The Dart will be part of the Shannons’ Super Rig display, a huge Mercedes semi-trailer that unfolds into an eight metre by eight metre state-of-the-art hospitality, entertainment and information centre.

“The 24-metre long rig has a roof-top deck, barbecue facilities and plasma screens, state-of-the-art driving simulators and gaming consoles on board,” Shannons’ Jo Hemming explained.

“People at the Condobolin Show can look through the purpose built rig, especially made for Shannons for motoring enthusiasts, and drive the simulators.

“Thousands of people at other major car shows have visited the rig.”

Condobolin Car Club President Malcolm Parnaby expects the Shannons semi-trailer to be one of the major attractions at next month’s Show.

“There will be plenty of things for people to look at, we’re expecting to see at least 60 classic cars, tractors and motorcycles at the Show,” he stated.

“You don’t have to be a motoring fanatic to visit the Big Rig, it’s something the whole family will enjoy.”

Condobolin Retirement Village taking new residents

Consultant Patrick Herd, Lachlan Shire General Manager Robert Hunt, RSL LifeCare Deputy Chief Executive Carolyn Kwok and Mayor John Medcalf. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

The Condobolin Retirement Village will take new residents during the transition phase between RSL LifeCare, Whiddon and Lachlan Shire Council (LSC).

RSL LifeCare Deputy Chief Executive Carolyn Kwok gave assurances that the organisation would be taking new residents at the facility at two public meetings held last Tuesday.

She also said RSL LifeCare along with Whiddon, would facilitate a plan to help local families, who had to source appropriate care for their loved ones in another location during the negotiation process, to find a place in the Condobolin Retirement Village, if that is what they wanted.

Consultant Patrick Herd gave an overview of what had led to this point and what stage the process was up to now.

“After the community meeting in May, the Council then launched a formal expressions of interest process,” he stated.

“We then contacted over 20 aged care organisations in and around the NSW region. Seven organisations showed interest and some visited the site for inspection.

“From that two lodged formal expressions of interest and LSC voted to accept the proposal from RSL LifeCare.”

Ms Kwok said RSL LifeCare had 27 nursing homes throughout the state and the ACT.

“We look after around 3,500 people and the majority of those are in country NSW,” she said.

“Our smallest facility is in Eden (27 beds) and our biggest is Narrabeen (800 beds).

“We are committed to being part of the Condobolin community. We have a policy of dealing locally if at all possible.

“Not much will change at Condobolin as all contracts between residents and the Whiddon Group will transfer over to us. Visiting doctors will also remain the same.”

Retention of staff was a more complicated matter, as LSC and Whiddon had to resolve their issues before contracts could be moved across to RSL LifeCare.  “We all want what is in the best interest of the community,” Ms Kwok said.

Condobolin Tafe Campus to be sold?

By Melissa Blewitt

The future of Condobolin TAFE Campus is unclear, after wide-ranging reform to the sector was announced by NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro last week.

TAFE Western will go, which includes the Condobolin Campus, as 10 autonomous TAFE institutes are merged into a single, multi-campus entity.

It is expected campuses will be sold and a new digital education headquarters will be created in regional NSW.

Mr Barilaro described the proposal a “once-in-a-generation” reform.

The NSW Government said the changes would expand TAFE’s reach and reverse a huge decline in student enrolments.

According to the NSW Department of Industry, NSW has lost half its students in the past three years, down from 539,146 students in 2012 to 255,781 in the third quarter of 2015.

The NSW Teachers Federation fears back-office jobs will be cut and campuses will be sold in the major restructure.

“The Baird Government is not dealing with the fundamental problem facing NSW TAFE which is that vocational education is now unaffordable for many students,” NSW Teachers Federation Acting President Denis Fitzgerald said.

He added courses had been cut, student fees increased and 5500 teacher jobs had disappeared.

World at Wayne’s feet


Condobolin’s Wayne Sloane is running towards competing in the New York Marathon

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin’s Wayne Sloane is running towards competing in the New York Marathon.

He finished his first ever half marathon at the Gold Coast on Sunday, 3 July, as part of the 2016 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad.

The Gold Coast Half Marathon symbolises the half-way point to the squad of 12’s ultimate goal of running the world famous New York City Marathon in November.

Wayne said crossing the finish line of the half marathon was a major milestone, and that he hoped to inspire the younger generation.

“I feel like all the hard training I have done in the past two months has paid off after completing my first half marathon,” he said.

“It makes me feel more confident in what I can achieve and made me stronger both mentally and physically. I’m proud of the effort I put in and I feel like it’s a massive step in the right direction for our youth back home in our communities to look up to.

“I knew I could do this because I had confidence in my mentors, my training and myself.”

The IMP, a core program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), is a health promotion charity established in 2009 by world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella, which uses running to drive social change and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement.

Each year a group of Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 are selected to run in the world’s largest marathon; most have no running experience. It is also compulsory for the group to complete a Certificate III in Fitness to provide on-going career and education pathways.

Spotlight on illegal hunting. Pig hunters fined $3,253

By Melissa Blewitt.

Local Police conducted Operation ‘Spotlight’ in the Condobolin and Tottenham areas over the June long weekend.
The purpose of the operation was to target illegal hunting and trespassing onto private property as well as compliance with the Companion Animals Act with regard to proper identification of hunting dogs.
Local Police were assisted by Rural Crime Investigators from Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee Local Area Commands and a ranger from the Lachlan Shire Council.
Over the period, Police stopped about 20 vehicles that were hunting in the region.
The majority of the vehicles stopped were found to be doing the right thing. One notable exception was at 9pm on the Saturday night. Police stopped a vehicle near the Tottenham `five ways’ intersection. The vehicle had seven dogs on the back and had two dead pigs hanging from the side of the crate.
After stopping the vehicle a strong smell of cannabis was evident. A 23 year old Nyngan man was subsequently searched and a small amount of cannabis located in his possession.
He was issued with a cannabis caution notice. The 23 year old male driver and a 24 year old female passenger, also from Nyngan, were spoken to and the dogs were scanned for identification microchips. None were found to be properly identified. The pig carcases hanging from the side of the vehicle were dripping blood onto the road surface.
The trio were issued with fines totalling $3,253 for offences including possessing unregistered dogs, having an unsecured dog on the rear of the vehicle, being in possession of dogs that were not properly identified (not micro-chipped) and for allowing liquid/waste material to drip onto a road surface.

Condobolin lends a helping hand in Fiji after cyclone

• Ralph Martin will fly to Fiji to take part in the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project. He will be joined by five other members of the Condobolin community. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Six local Condobolin residents will be heading to Nairai Island in Fiji to rebuild a school library and community church as part of the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project.
Ralph Martin, Dave Hall, Scott Elliott, Caleb Bartlett and Tom Kennedy will fly out to the remote island on 18 July.
Some $8,000 of building materials and equipment will be used to make a difference in the lives of locals.
The Project, began after the men met Malachi, a Fijian man, who was working at Pat Kennedy’s property.
“He told us how Cyclone Winston totally destroyed his home. and so people donated a generator and tools for him to take back,” Project organiser Ralph Martin said.
“We [local residents] wanted to help and so began fundraising for the Cyclone Winston Recovery Project, to take materials and tools across to complete the work.”
The Condobolin community can help raise funds for the Project by attending a ‘Fiji Cook Up’ on Sunday, 10 July from 12 Noon at the Condobolin Sports Club.
The event will feature Condo’s finest bush cooks, Crocket’s famous smokers, Nine holes of golf, barefoot bowls, nearest the pin, and an open mic session.
There will be lots of great prizes to be won. Tickets will cost $30 per person and $10 for Under 16 Years. Tickets available from Condobolin Sports Club or Condo Clothing. For more information contact Dave Hall 0427 633 784.

Excellence at Eisteddford

• Condobolin piano students Thomas Girle (front) with Jessica Kiss and Halle Doyle achieved excellent results at the recent Forbes Eisteddfod. MB

Condobolin piano students competed successfully at the recent Forbes Eisteddfod, bringing home the following awards: First place, second place, three Highly Commended and three Merits.
Thomas Girle achieved first place in the 14 Years and Under Jazz Solo, Highly Commended in the 12 Years and Under Own Choice Solo, a Merit in the 14 Years and Under Classical Solo and Highly Commended in the Duet Any Age (Halle Doyle) section.
Jessica Kiss achieved second place in the 12 Years and Under Own Choice Solo and a Merit for the Duet Any Age (Halle Doyle) section.
Halle Doyle was awarded a Highly Commended in the 10 Years and Under Classical Solo, a Highly Commended in the Duet Any Age (Thomas Girle), a Merit in the 10 Years and Under Jazz Solo and a Merit for Duet Any Age (Jessica Kiss).


A great adventure

• David Geeves and his children Charlie and Erica along with Mark Leighton and his children Holly and Jock are urging the local community to support ‘Team Condo’ in the Scrapheap Adventure Ride 2016 which will take place over the October long weekend. MB

By Melissa Blewitt


David Geeves is building a bike and riding to Tilpa all in the name of a great cause.

He, along with Mark Leighton and “Team Condo”, will be participating in the Scrapheap Adventure Ride 2016, which will see them destined for Kallara Station, Tilpa where they will enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment from 30 September to 2 October.

The Scrapheap Adventure Ride is a unique fundraising event which involves motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country purchasing a bike for no more than $1,000 and doing it up for an adventure ride through the Aussie outback, all while raising money for people with Down Syndrome.

They will begin in Condobolin and make their way to Tilpa with their families all in the name of having fun, raising awareness and funds for Down Syndrome NSW.

Mr Geeves has already raised over $2,000 and is hoping the local community will help him raise more.

“If you can, I would love it if people and businesses could donate to such a wonderful cause,” he said.

“It’s not only about raising money but raising awareness. You can still be a part of ‘Team Condo’, just get in touch.”

Whilst all bikes are welcome, the idea is to start with a bike costing less than $1,000 and spend any additional sums on the bike to make it roadworthy.

All machines participating must be registered.

Mr Geeves has purchased a ‘Scrapper’ in the form of a Yamaha DT 100, while Mr Leighton has purchased a “half decent” 2013 Honda CRF 450 for the ride.

The event’s target for 2016, is 100 riders raising $100,000 for Down Syndrome NSW.

For more information contact David Geeves on 0409 266 888, Mark Leighton on 6896 2899 or visit to make a donation.

Ian Simpson’s new beginnings

• Ned Hamilton, Stacey Clarke and owner Ian Simpson outside the newly opened business Ian Simpson and Co. Cont.



After 5 years as the well known Rural Property Sales Principal with Ray White Rural in Forbes, Ian Simpson has set up his own new independent, locally owned and staffed, Real Estate Agency, which  opened its doors for the first time, as Ian Simpson & Co, on Friday 1st July.

Ian’s team comprises himself, Tammie Simpson, Stacey Clarke and Ned Hamilton who will provide the same strong service they gave when they were operating Ray White Rural – Forbes.

Ian’s new business will build further on the award winning business Ray White Rural – Forbes forged by Ian and his team over the past 5 years.

Smaller rural lifestyle property sales, residential property sales and property management will be included in the range of services offered.  In addition Ian Simpson & Co will have a much larger geographic footprint covering rural property sales in areas around Cowra, Grenfell, West Wyalong, Canowindra, Wellington and places further afield.

Services we provide in the new business are: Rural Sales – large scale through to hobby farms; Rural Property Leasing; Residential and Commercial Sales; Residential and Commercial Property Management and Water Trading

Ian Simpson & Co. is a family owned business with local people who will work for you. We are dedicated to providing excellent customer service to not only vendors but also buyers.

We are a very active business and involved heavily in the local community. We take auctioneering to a new level with researching and reporting second to none. We listen to what you have to say! We are interested in you because your success is our success.

If you are looking for that special property to lease or sell, want more water or are wanting to buy an investment home, or delving into the home market for the first time, then call in and see Ian and his team at the newly opened Ian Simpson and Co, 88A Lachlan Street, Forbes. Phone 68 511 911.

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