New Tip fees now in force

• New tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire. The fees came into effect on 1 February. This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site. The new fees are pictured ABOVE. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire.

This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site.

However, Lachlan Shire residents are not paying as much when compared to  neighbouring Parkes Council.

The charge for a 240 litre bin in Parkes is $4.60, as compared with LSC’s $3.00.

A trailer load of rubbish costs $16.50, compared with $8.00 in Lachlan.

If you have a light truck or 4×4 load of rubbish then it will set you back $18.50. In Parkes for a small truck (single axle) you pay a whopping $97.00.

To dispense with a car tyre in Parkes, it will cost $13.00, but in Lachlan only $8.50.

Each of these facilities will no longer be open 24/7 as they have been in the past, and will be operated by a Council employee on specific days.

The fees form part of Lachlan Shire Council’s Waste Action Plan, which will see a nominated fee charged for different types of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural waste.

Rural ratepayers of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham, Tullibigeal and Burcher will not have access to the Bin Banks in other areas.

These residents will receive 13 waste coupons each quarter that will be available from Council upon request.

“Council understands new fees are never popular, however, we want to ensure the long term viability and continued improvement of all Shire waste facilities,” LSC Director of Enviornment and Planning Andrew Johns said.

 

Mixed response to budget in LSC towns

By Dominic Geiger

The smallest towns of the Lachlan Shire have been the most vocal in their response to council’s budget in a series of public Draft Management Plan meetings over the past week.
Not breaking with tradition, Condobolin recorded the lowest attendees at its public meeting last Wednesday evening with a total of zero non councillors appearing at the council chambers to discuss the budget.
Leading the shire with the highest number of public attendees were Fifield and Tottenham, with 15 people each.
Tullibigeal was close behind, with 14 members of the public attending its Draft Management Plan meeting.
Lake Cargelligo and Burcher were at the lower end of the list, with ten and four attendees respectively.
Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said he wasn’t surprised the meetings in the smaller towns had attracted more visitors than in Condobolin.
“It’s just always been the case,” he said.
“The smaller towns suffer from a few road problems and that brought people out, whereas in Condobolin (the roads aren’t) such an issue unless you go to the outskirts.
“In Lake Cargelligo the Merri Abba pipeline brought a few people out, as did the airport project in Tottenham.
“But roads were definitely the major issue in Fifield and Tullibigeal.”

Call for nominations for Local Citizen of the Year

Lachlan Shire Council is searching for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year for Australia Day 2011.
Do you know someone who has done countless volunteer hours for a service organisation, a local sporting or community group or an educational facility? Do you know someone who has an outstanding achievement in their work or studies?
Lachlan Shire Council and the Australia Day Council of NSW invites you to nominate this individual for the 2011 NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards.
The Awards are presented at official ceremonies throughout Lachlan Shire on Australia Day, 26 January 2011.
“The Awards allow us to recognise the contributions that many individuals make to their local community each year”. The Mayor, Councillor Manwaring said.  Council is proud to recognise these individuals whose contributions and achievements illustrate our Australian culture and what it means to be Australian.
The people of Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Fifield, Tullibigeal and Tottenham are invited to nominate fellow citizens for awards in the following categories:
•    Citizen of the Year
•    Young Citizen of the Year; and
•    Community Event of the Year.
Nominations for the 2010 Local Citizen of the Year Awards close Wednesday 12 January, 2011.   Nomination forms for the appropriate area can be obtained on the Lachlan Shire Council website or 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 Cargelligo
Tullibigeal      Tullibigeal Co-op – Wattle Street, Tullibigeal
Tottenham    Tottenham Post Office – 69 Umang Street, Tottenham
Fifield    Fifield Hotel – Slee Street, Fifield
For more information on the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards program please contact Renea Meacham on 6895 1900, or your local Councillor.

NSWFA re-elects local farmers

Two local farmers have been re-elected to their respective positions for another year with in the NSWFA.
John Ridley from Burcher has been re-elected for a second year as Senior Vice President.  Mark Hoskinson from Kikoira has been re-elected to the position of Chairman of the Grains Committee within the NSWFA as well as being re-elected  as a Region 5 Executive Councillor.
With two high profile and committed NSWFA representatives in our area local farmers can be assured they are being well represented.
A motion of interest that Tullibigeal District Council was successful in putting forward and becoming Association Policy was one concerning rail crossing stop signs.  The Association will now try and convince the appropriate authorities to have the stop signs we have at present returned to give way signs.  A situation that disparately needs addressing before the upcoming harvest.

News in Brief

POPPERS IN THE PINES

Tractor engines will once again start on the weekend of the 18 and 19 September for the 2010 Poppers in the Pines event held in the town of Burcher.
The event will feature a twilight vintage tractor pull and display, craft stalls, vintage engines, motor bikes, car and farm machinery and market stalls and static displays. More information on page 14.

NEW MEDIA ADVISOR

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry John Cobb MP has a new Media Advisor –  former local Condobolin girl Samantha Neal. She replaces Charles Croucher who is pursuing his journalism career in Darwin.
She is contactable via samantha.neal@aph.gov.au, via mobile 0438 300 101 or in the Orange Office 6361 7138.

ACTING FAST

It is National Stroke Week from September 13-19 and people need to act FAST.
FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time is critical – call 000 immediately.
The FAST message is designed to raise public awareness of the signs of stroke – Australia’s second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability.

SPELLBOUND

Sixty-five students from 19 local schools will participate in a Western NSW Regional Final of the 2010 Premier’s Spelling Bee on Tuesday, 14 September. Lachlan Shire schools include: Condobolin Public, Tottenham Central and Tullamore Central.
The Dubbo ACKnowledge Centre is hosting the event, which is one of 38 regional finals being held across the State.
The Premier’s Spelling Bee encourages students from Government schools across NSW to focus on their spelling in a fun and competitive format.
The Winner of the Juniors is Madeleine Waller (Condobolin PS), runner up is Molly Baker  (Tottenham C. S).
The winner of the Seniors is Steven Holmes (Tottenham C. S.), runner up is Phoenix Aquila (Orange P. S.)

POLICE GOLF DAY

The annual Police Golf Day which raises money for charity will be held on Sunday 24 October with a special Melbourne Cup display up for auction.
The limited edition display shows Makbe Diva and Phar Lap and was donated by Senior Sergeant Neville Glover. Tickets are available at the station.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR

An effective learning initiative that is operating successfully in almost 60 schools across the Western NSW Region, including Condobolin, will go ‘on show’ at a forum in Orange on Thursday, 16 September.
The Positive Behaviour for Learning forum will give the schools a chance to review their progress and share ideas with other schools that are interested in adopting the initiative.
Guest speaker is Dr Tim Lewis (University of Missouri) who has been pivotal in assisting with the adaption of a similar United States program into New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Poppers in the Pines

Burcher's Poppers in the PinesBe Ready to Start your Engines for Poppers in the Pines 2010
Tractor engines will once again start on the weekend of the 18 and 19 September for the 2010 Poppers in the Pines event held in the town of Burcher.
The Burcher Progress Association in conjunction with the South West Antique Engine Society will hold this event for the fourth time to celebrate and provide insight into vintage tractors and agricultural engines.
The event will feature a twilight vintage tractor pull and display, craft stalls, vintage engines, motor bikes, car and farm machinery and market stalls and static displays.
Indications are that there will be strong support from stall holders travelling from a wide area. Some examples of items on display and sale are wood carvings, garden ornaments, antique items, chilli products, ceramics and wooden toys, strawberries galore, ice-cream products together with clothing and needlework. Importantly there are activities for children and the young at heart with two jumping castles, entrance fees for these will be affordable.
Volunteers will be supplying food and drinks throughout both days which includes a hot breakfast on Sunday, these will be at a nominal cost to patrons. The Corinella P&C will serve a hot meal on the Saturday night. The cost for this is $15 for adults and $12 for children.
Event organiser Bryan McKenzie is enthusiastic that this year will attract a large crowd thanks to the support of sponsors.
President Mr Crerar said “Poppers in the Pines is a strong event for our community and has been successfully organised for four years now thanks to the support of the South West Antique Engine Society, Burcher Hotel, Lachlan Shire Council and Barrick Gold. Importantly Industry & Investment NSW is providing major funding towards the cost of staging the event through the NSW Government’s Enterprising Regions Program.”
“It is thanks to this financial and in kind support that the Burcher community can showcase their achievements during the Poppers in the Pines event and also showcase the Lachlan Shire to the region as a place to visit for a weekend holiday or for a week or two with family and friends.”
Poppers in the Pines is an event with something for everyone over the weekend, with the tractor pull, kids activities, live music and a gold coin donation for entry to the event, this is certainly an event for the whole family,” said Mr Crerar.
For those who would like to participate in this event strict NHMA safety rules apply to all engines and tractors attending this meeting.
For more information on the Poppers in the Pines event, please contact Bryan McKenzie on (02) 6972 5296.

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