Once in a lifetime experience – free concert on Tuesday – 6.30pm – 25th July at Condo RSL

Roland Amanya one of the Watoto choir. Contr

Media Release.

In January 2017, Watoto launched a whole new Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders that celebrates the joy of salvation. The choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, will present new worship music from the Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God.
“This production is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles. It demonstrates that each of our daily lives are signs and wonders of God’s work in us. This is evidenced by the miraculous transformation that Jesus works in people who were once lost, but are now found. We see this through the innocence of the child telling of their transformation from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them,” says James Skinner, Creative Director: Watoto Choirs.
Roland Amanya (12) is among 18 children who will tour Australia for six months as part of the Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders. During the 6 months of training back home in Uganda, he stood out as a leader who speaks confidently and clearly.
He is already a role model to the other boys on his team.When asked about going on tour, he says, “I look forward to sharing my story with many people so they can know more about God. I hope it will be a blessing to everyone we meet. “Roland loves playing soccer, reading and watching movies. With Science as his favourite subject, he looks forward to becoming a medical doctor one day.He wasn’t always that optimistic about life though. After the death of her husband, Roland’s mother struggled to take care of her five children. When she learned about Watoto through her sister, she felt led to apply to be a housemother. After careful screening and training, Stella became a housemother in 2013. Roland gladly joined her in their beautiful Watoto home. “Since coming to Watoto, we have enjoyed a good life. We were struggling before and my mum didn’t know how we would survive. Now, we have a lovely home, food everyday and I am receiving quality education,” says 12-year-old Roland. Roland quickly adjusted to life in the Watoto villages. He grew to love his new siblings and it didn’t take long for him to make friends either.“I love my brothers and sisters. The gardens surrounding our house are big and beautiful and there are so many children to play with. I love it here.”

Rodney recognised

• Rodney Campbell with wife Gwen at his presentation. Cont

At the last meeting of the Tottenham Lions Club, Rodney Campbell was presented with a Lions Community Service Award by President Bill Berryman in recognition of the countless hours of voluntary work he has undertaken with the club.
Rodney is the longest serving Lions member of the club, having joined Canowindra Lions in 1975, then transferring to Tottenham in 1982 when he moved to the district with wife Gwen and family.
Speaking at the presentation, Lion Ben Nicholls spoke of Rodney’s dedication to the club and community and said that Rodney had attended almost every working bee over his many years as a member of Lions – a wonderful record.
Coincidentally, Rodney had also received the same week, a certificate and commemorative stencil for 50 years as a registered wool classer. Congratulations Rodney.
Contributed by Jenny Day.

Road concerns from residents

• Lachlan Shire ratepayers are concerned at the level of failure on the Fifield Road and are wondering why such damage is occurring. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Concerns have been raised by Lachlan Shire ratepayers over the current condition of Fifield Road.
The road is experiencing widespread failure of the seal on the newest section, and it has ratepayers worried.
A ratepayer contacted The Condobolin Argus, posing questions about the state of the road, and who was responsible for footing the repair bill.
“This stretch of road has just recently being reformed and resurfaced. The pot holes and damage runs the entire length of the resurfacing from the railway crossing over the hill and onto the Trundle Road approximately four or five kilometres,” the ratepayer explained.
“I was just wondering if the ratepayers of Condo will have to foot the cost of repairs, a second time?”
The Condobolin Argus approached LSC for a response to these questions, and an explanation for the current condition of Fifield Road.
“Council is disappointed with the widespread failure of the seal on the newest section of Fifield Road (immediately north of the rail line),” Lachlan Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Tekohi Rivera stated.
“Council staff are working closely with its sealing contractor to determine the reason for the “peeling” of the seal.
“This type of “peeling” failure is rare so there will be ongoing monitoring, measurement and investigation by Council and its sealing contractor until the full extent of the failure is revealed.
“Once a cause is determined, removal and replacement of the seal will be done. Council asks road users to be patient during this time and to drive to the conditions at all times.
“Any further enquiries may be directed to the Director Infrastructure Services, Mr Tekohi Rivera by calling 02 68951900 or emailing council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au who will endeavour to respond to all enquiries.”


Public Speaking Success

Ambassador and Adjudicator for the State NAIDOC Public Speaking Challenge, Luke Carroll, with Condobolin Public School students Rylee Ogston, Mikaela Harris, Kaitlyn Maloney and Corey Herbert. Cont



Condobolin Public School had two teams participating in the Macquarie NAIDOC Public Speaking Challenge held at Dubbo West Public School last week.
Children were required to participate in teams of two and speak about the topic “Our Languages Matter.” There were 22 teams, (44 speakers) participating in this round and the School was very proud to have two teams in the top four.
Corey Herbert and Kaitlyn Maloney were awarded second place which means they will now go through to the next level of competition. Rylee Ogston and Mikaela Harris (substituting for Emma Buckland), were also very strong in their delivery, with the adjudicator commenting on what a tough decision she had in selecting third place. They were fourth overall.

Sustainable Soils

Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) hosted Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery (centre, front) taking him on a tour that showcased the Lachlan Shire and the surrounding region recently. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery believes to save the soil is to save the planet.
Mr Jeffery has spent the past four years developing strategies to protect and maintain agricultural lands in the face of threats from soil and water degradation, erosion and harmful land-use practices.
Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) hosted Mr Jeffery and his wife Marlena, on Tuesday, 20 to Thursday, 22 June showcasing the Lachlan Shire and the region.
As well as being active on many other committees throughout Australia, he is currently Australia’s Advocate for Soil Health. The role entails the development of nationwide soil research, development and extension strategy.
Major General Jeffery and CWFS have recently been working together as part of the newly established Co-Operative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (CRC-HPS), along with other research groups. The CRC for High Performance Soils will receive nearly $40 million over 10 years and aims to help farmers’ bridge the gap between soil science and farm management.
Mr Jeffery said Australia’s 130,000 farmers were under heavy pressure to produce food cheaply, while managing 60 per cent of Australia’s land mass. He believes there should be a national objective to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape.
As Soil Advocate since December 2012, Major General Jeffery has worked hard to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays (integrated with good water and vegetation management) in underpinning sustainable productivity, delivering high quality ecosystem services and helping to meet global challenges including food security and climate change.
Major General Jeffery, his wife Marlena and Soils for Life chief of staff, Natalie Williams met with CWFS staff and CWFS Executive members, and NSW DPI Manager Ian Menz, at the Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station before touring the Station and the CWFS Lachlan Irrigation Research Site, on the first day of their visit.
An informal dinner with CWFS staff and CWFS Executive Committee members capped off the first day’s visit where Major General Jeffery gave some interesting insights into his highly distinguished career as well as his passion for soils and the agricultural industry.
Major General Jeffery, Marlena and Natalie spent the second day touring towns within our region. This included visiting the CWFS’ Tottenham Regional Site where trials are conducted to locally validate research undertaken by the GRDC. This was followed by a tour of the CWFS lime trial at Tottenham High School, which is designed to introduce high school students to research agriculture and to demonstrate the impact soil acidity has on agriculture. Major General Jeffery was very impressed with the students’ involvement in this trial and their understanding of the need for improving the health of our soils.
The group then travelled to Trundle to visit both Trundle Central School and St Patrick’s Primary School. Major General Jeffery spoke to the students about leadership and overcoming locational disadvantage, as well as his life as a Governor General and his military experiences.
Major General Jeffery’s wife, Marlena, also engaged with the community and talked to the students at the local schools (Condobolin, Trundle, and Bedgerabong) about the various aspects of her life as an army spouse as well as her role supporting a Governor General.

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