October 2017

Lachlan Shire Australia Day award nominations now open

By Melissa Blewitt

 

Nominations are for the 2018 Lachlan Shire Council Australia Day Awards are now open.

Council is encouraging residents to nominate people who really make a difference in their communities.

The Awards and nomination Certificates will be presented at an official ceremony that will be held on Australia Day, 26 January 2018.

Categories that will be awarded at each ceremony are:

  • Lachlan Shire Citizen of the Year
  • Lachlan Shire Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Lachlan Shire Australia Day Award (Community Service)

Australia Day provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise and acknowledge members of local communities who have made positive contributions and to honour those who have made personal achievements in a range of pursuits including sports, the arts, or study.

It is also an opportunity to acknowledge those individuals who volunteer so much of their time to ensure much needed community services, sporting events and various other activities are conducted across the Shire.

Mayor of Lachlan Shire John Medcalf said Australia Day is a time to say thank you to those who enrich our lives in our communities and who have gone above and beyond.

“The Australia Day Awards allow us to recognise the contributions that many individuals make to their local community each year and Council is proud to recognise individuals and groups whose contributions and achievements illustrate the true meaning what it is to be Australian,” he said.

Nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards close Friday, 17 November 2017.

Forms can be downloaded from the Lachlan Shire Council website www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au or hard copies are available from the following locations: Burcher (Burcher Hotel, Bena Street, Burcher); Condobolin         Lachlan Shire Council Office (58 Molong Street,   Condobolin); Lake Cargelligo Lachlan Shire Council Office (Foster Street, Lake

Congratulations 2018 leaders!

Condobolin High School Principal Jeff Ward (far left) along with Year Advisor Melissa Hughes (far right) congratulated Adrienne Richards (Vice Captain), Madison Jolliffe (Captain) and Valmai Coe (Vice Captain) at a morning tea last Wednesday, They are the 2018 Leadership Team for the School. MB

 

 

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams are under way.

• Condobolin High School students Tyannua Goolagong, Piper Thomas, Emma Kennedy and William Press began their HSC on Monday, 16 October. MB

 

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams are underway.

Condobolin High School (CHS) students are among 70,000 young people across NSW, who began their exams on Monday, 16 October.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first HSC exam.

CHS Principal Jeff Ward encouraged all students to focus and prepare.

“As the HSC exams have begun,  the school community would like to wish all our HSC students the very best,” he stated.

“Even the staff are most anxious at this time as we too have those pre nerves in anticipation for our students. Just remember have a good breakfast, arrive at the exam centre with plenty of time and once you begin, try and stay calm, focused and drink plenty of water and use the full three hours.

“I am very proud of what the students have achieved to get this far and am very confident that they will do their very best.”

Students Tyannua Goolagong, Piper Thomas, Emma Kennedy and Will Press said they were relieved to get the first exam out of the way.

“It really wasan’t as bad as we thought,” they explained.

“It was really pretty good and we are happy with how it all went.”

MB

Condo Elders visit Seven Sisters Dreaming Sites

Chris Johnson, Dorothy (Dolly) Towney, Evelyn Coe, Maria Fitzgerald, Lindsay (Dick) Richards, Shirley Merritt, Beryl Powell, Daphne Richter, Robyn Tomkinson, Mervyn (Joe) Coe, Elona Barlow, Todd Coe, Bonnie Merritt, Eugene Coe and Marlene Coe standing before Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai, on Tuesday, 10 October. Photo by Merrill Findlay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wiradjuri elders and younger people from Condobolin visited one of the region’s most significant cultural heritage sites, Seven Sisters Ridge near Yarrabandai, on Tuesday, 10 October, to learn more about their ancient sky lore.
Seven Sisters Ridge is one of many knowledge sites on the Seven Sisters Dreaming Track, or Songline, that is featured in the National Museum of Australia’s new blockbuster exhibition, ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’. These Dreaming stories tell of seven young women, known as the Mulayndynang in Wiradjuri language, who leapt into the sky to become the stars of the cluster we now know as the Pleiades.
Many on the bus trip, including Marlene Coe from Yawarra Aboriginal Corporation’s Aboriginal Disability Service, had never heard of the Seven Sisters Ridge before this excursion.
“For me, the trip was a big, eye-opening experience’,” Ms Coe said. “I am now beginning to understand how significant the Seven Sisters Ridge and its stories must have been to our ancestors, and I want to know more. After that trip, I feel it’s very important that we recover and record these old stories and pass them on to our younger generations.”
The Elders will soon have an opportunity to record their memories of the stories their own grandparents told them through the Wiradjuri Skywriters Pilot Project, an initiative of Condobolin’s Wiradjuri Study Centre. This project is facilitated by author Dr Merrill Findlay, with the support of the Callara Family History Group and the Murie Elders Project.
Dr Findlay was born in Condobolkin and retains strong family links with the town.
“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to support Condo’s Wiradjuri community to recover and record their stories,” she explained.
“We hope this project will inspire many new creative works, including dances, songs, weavings, paintings, poetry and videos, as well as an Star Fest at the Study Centre to celebrate Wiradjuri astronomy and sky lore, including the Seven Sisters stories.”
Dr Findlay also hopes that many of those on the bus trip will be able to visit the Songlines exhibition at Canberra’s National Museum of Australia see how senior custodians of Australia’s Central and Western desert regions have shared their Seven Sisters.
“After visiting that exhibition I’m sure they’ll to return to Condo with some amazing ideas about what they can do to share their own Seven Sisters heritage.” Dr Findlay said.

 

School celebration photos available from the Condobolin Argus

Local schools celebrated significant milestones over the October long weekend.
The town was filled with students who returned to mark the sesquicentenary of Condobolin Public School and the 50th Anniversary of Condobolin High School.
CHS started proceedings with markets, open classrooms and photographic displays in the school grounds last Saturday. That was followed by by an Anniversary Dinner at the Condobolin Sports Club.
Condobolin Public School held a Meet and Greet at the Railway Hotel last Saturday, which was followed by a ‘Step Back in Time’ photographic display, official opening and cake cutting; and Family Fun Bush Dance last Sunday.
MB

Condobolin Schools celebrate

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