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RSL Club donates to community groups

• Brian Prothero of Condobolin RSL makes a donation to students from the CHS.















By Dominic Geiger

 The Condobolin RSL Club has recently made two significant donations to local community organisations.

The first donation of $500 was awarded to the new generation of Condobolin High School model car racers, Illusion Engineering, while a second donation of $1000 was given to the Condobolin branch Can Assist for the retiling of the local palliative care unit.

RSL Treasurer, Brian Prothero, said the donations were about supporting both the youth and the elderly in the local community.

“We’re very aware of the good job Can Assist does with local residents,” he said.

“It’s a very important part of Condobolin.”

Illusion Engineering team manager, Daneil Heinrich, said the team was incredibly grateful for the donation.

“It’s- going to help us buy better material and help with travel expenses as well as uniforms,” he said.

President of Can Assist Condobolin, Judy Price, said the money would really help the hospital.

“The palliative care unit at the hospital has been flooded two years in a row,” she said.

“There’s been a lot of damage done [to the carpet].

“This will help towards getting tiles on the floor.

“It’s helping us so we don’t have to raise the money ourselves.”

$500,000 proposed for Condobolin Hospital upgrades

Members of the United Hospitals Auxiliary Condobolin Branch outside Condobolin Hospital's dilapidated nursing quarters. L-R: Mary Glen, Jill Broadley, Dawn Thomas, Francis Gavel and Joan Jamieson. DG

By Dominic Geiger

Member for Murrumbidgee, Adrian Piccoli, has announced $500,000 has been proposed for much needed upgrades to the Condobolin Hospital.

The upgrades will allow for improvements to be made to the hospital’s wards including painting, floor coverings, soft furnishings and air-conditioning.

The announcement comes after members of the United Hospitals Auxiliary Condobolin Branch established contact with Mr Piccoli earlier this year with a number of letters voicing the group’s concern about the existing problems affecting the hospital.

Last Friday, Mr Piccoli made representation for the group to the NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner.

“I am very hopeful that we might see some funding flow to the works that are so desperately needed at the hospital shortly,” Mr Piccoli said.

“The concerns of the Auxiliary have now been examined and the Minister has responded.

“I was informed that Condobolin has recently had $145,000 in expenditure to upgrade duress alarms for patient and staff security.

“In addition, Condobolin has been listed with another 18 facilities on the current Asset Strategic Plan for future capital investment.”

Hospital Auxiliary treasurer, Francis Gavel, said the group was incredibly grateful Mr Piccoli had helped bring the problems at the hospital to Ms Skinner’s attention.

She also said however, that the group had been raising concerns about the hospital for the past ten years and that one of the group’s principal concerns, the state of the hospital’s nursing quarters, looked as though it might miss out on funding.

“The auxiliary sent a letter [to Mr Piccoli] in March which was mainly in regards to the poor condition of the nurses’ quarters,” she said.

“There have been various replies over the months and in the latest development there has been money allocated but not to the nurses’ quarters.

“The trouble is that maintenance has been left over the years and things that should have been done haven’t been.

“There are five single nurses’ complexes in the nursing quarter which are very shabby and very neglected.

“The hospital will never get staff if we don’t have decent accommodation facilities to offer them.

“It’s difficult to get nursing staff in the country as it is; we won’t get people from other areas if there’s no where to stay here.”

Minister Constance speaks at Yawarra

Minister Constance listens to concerns from locals. DG

By Dominic Geiger

The NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, held a public seminar at Condobolin’s Yawarra Aboriginal Corporation last Wednesday to discuss ways the state government could improve services for Aboriginal people with a disability.

Condobolin’s Googar dancers welcomed the minister to Yawarra with a song and dance performance.

The seminar, which was organised through the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW, was part of Mr Constance’s ongoing tour of a number of Western NSW towns during which he hopes to gather community feedback on the best way to implement reforms to state disability services.

Mr Constance said the focus of the reforms was to put disability funding in the hands of the individual with a disability, their carers and family.

“What we’re doing as the new Government is reforming disability support so rather than funding disability services, we’re going to provide the funding on an individual basis,” he said.

“This will mean [the person with a disability] can pick and choose their services rather than be dictated to.”

Mr Constance said the seminars would also help him gain an understanding into the needs of disabled people living in rural and remote areas of the state.

“Our aim is to put people back at the heart of decision making and to try and drive greater services available to particularly those living in Aboriginal communities and those who are in rural and remote areas.”

“I’m at Yawarra to hear from the Aboriginal community directly about the needs of people with disabilities around Condobolin as well as the Western Plains and Central West,” he said.

While speaking to the crowd of approximately 150 people, Mr Constance said the current state of disability services in NSW was “stuffed” and there “are a million and one issues you probably want to bend my ear about.”

Despite this, he said the situation was improving.

“With the new Government we have the opportunity for $20 billion of growth funding which we’ll be rolling out over the coming years to try and better meet the needs of people with disabilities living in rural and remote areas,” he said.

After announcing the proposed reforms, Mr Constance fielded questions and concerns from the audience.

Currajong disabilities Manager, Ann Hunter, said while the proposed individualised funding might work in metropolitan areas, it may create difficulties for people in remote areas.

“It may not be enough for servicing one family if the person lives on a farm and has to travel large distances for treatment,” she said.

“We have only one client in Lake Cargelligo and it’s difficult to provide her with services because it costs so much.

“The lack of numbers [of disabled people in certain rural areas] will create problems; one model doesn’t fit all.

“We need to work together in the country.”

Coordinator at Yawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Brian Clemson, said it was a privilege for Yawarra to host the seminar.

“There are a lot of carers here to talk about the gaps in disability care that exist in Condobolin,” he said.

“One of the main things we’re trying to achieve is emergency overnight accommodation in the town.

“We are also trying to establish full time, culturally appropriate accommodation for elders and people with disabilities under an Aboriginal banner.”

Left: Condobolin’s Googar Dancers. Right: Representatives from Condobolin’s Yawarra Aboriginal Corporation and the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW. DG

McAlister Kemp at Condobolin RSL

McAlister Kemp will perform at Condobolin RSL Club.This year’s Golden Guitar winner for ‘Best New Talent’, McAlister Kemp, will be bringing their explosive country rock show to the Condobolin RSL on Friday August 12.

The band is currently riding high from the release of their debut album ‘All Kinds of Tough’, which reached number eight on the ARIA Country Sales Chart.

One half of the country rock duo, Drew McAlister, said he and Troy Kemp would be looking to blow the Condobolin crowd away with a high energy performance.

“I want people to bring their dancing shoes,” Drew said.

“We haven’t played in Condobolin before, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’ll be doing stuff off the most recent album as well as a few covers, so I think people will enjoy the show.”

Drew said he wanted to show the Condobolin audience that contemporary Australian country music is evolving and changing.

“The things that make our songs country is the stories behind them, though we maintain a contemporary sound as well,” he said.

“We’ve both got that country background and that never leaves you; I’m from Moree and Troy is from Kempsey.”

Drew said the duo usually took it easy before going on stage on the night of the performance.

“We don’t have any real ritual, we just drink a lot of water and put together the set list,” he said.

“We have a new bass player for this tour though, so that will be interesting.”

Further details of the band’s upcoming tour can be viewed on

Quota offers hope for hearing

The Condobolin branch of Quota International has its ear to the ground this month with volunteers aiming to collect discarded ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids to help their fellow Quotarians in Ba, Fiji, give the gift of hearing to impoverished people in their village.

The campaign is being held in the lead up to National Hearing Week, set to take place from August 21 to August 27.

Vice President of Quota Condobolin, Ros L’Estrange, said it didn’t matter if the hearing aids were in working order or not, as Tom Shepherd, an audiometrist working in Ba, can make a good hearing aid from three discarded ones.

“Many people in Fiji have hearing problems as there is no vaccination program for rubella as we have here, and little or no help from their government,” she said.

“So check to see if you or any of your friends have any old ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids and just bring them down to Shortis and Timmins Pharmacy where we have a collection box.

“It is a simple way to give a wonderful gift, the gift of hearing, to disadvantaged people.”

Teaming up to tackle men’s mental health issues

The Richmond Fellowship of New South Wales, the Parkes Spacemen Football Club and Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor John Magill are launching ‘men only’ information evening in Parkes, enabling central western men to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness amongst males in rural settings.

It’s believed the evening is the first of its kind in Central Western New South Wales.

WHEN: 11.30am, Thursday 4th August, 2011

WHERE: Cooke Park, Clarinda St Parkes.

The ‘men only’ evening will be held at the Broadway Hotel, Parkes, on Thursday 18th August at 7.00pm.

Guest speakers – including sufferers of depression and alcoholism – will bravely talk about battles with mental illness and what men in rural areas can do to help themselves of family and friends who may be suffering.

The RFNSW is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with mental illness. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a foremost mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 30 years.

Did you hear about the hearing van?

Central West Manager for Australian Hearing, Sunila Kumar, checks Delma Brennan’s hearing. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The Australian Hearing bus was on site in Bathurst Street, Condobolin, last Wednesday afternoon to offer residents the chance to test their hearing ability and to emphasise the importance of regular hearing checkups.

Condobolin resident and former childcare worker, Delma Brennan, said hearing tests were important for people of all ages.

“In an area like this that doesn’t have established hearing services, it’s incredibly important to check kids’ hearing before a certain age,” she said.

“If you don’t, the children retaliate against their frustration of not being able to hear with anger.

“I think it’s a great thing bringing this service to Condobolin.”

Australian Hearing Manager for the Central West, Sunila Kumar, said the van was set up on Condobolin’s main street in order to provide a visual effect in order to encourage people to get their hearing tested.

“If people see the van in a very public place they’re more likely to act on impulse and step inside,” she said.

“Even young people who have ok hearing drop by and they leave with a sense of confidence after they’re told their hearing is fine.” Sunila said the hearing van often provided 40 to 60 people with hearing checks each time it visited a new town.

“We’re really trying to get people to take their hearing seriously,” she said.

“We’re trying to get them to add it to their annual health check.”

Anyone interested in having their hearing tested can call 131 797 to arrange a screening in their local area.

10,000 trees to be planted

Emma Patton (3) has a big job on her hands helping her parents Bruce and Wendy Patton plant their 10,000 trees.By Dominic Geiger

Planting 10,000 trees is a bit tougher than your average Sunday garden tidy-up.

But for members of the Ootha-Derriwong Landcare group, Wendy and Bruce Patton, the end result will make all the hard work worth it.

“We lost a lot of trees during the drought, so now we’re planting new trees to help prevent wind and soil erosion as well as to encourage bird life,” Bruce said.

“The trees also help to provide shelter breaks for stock and lambing ewes.”

Bruce said when all 10,000 trees were planted, there would be 15 kilometres of tree line through several private properties.

“We’re linking remnant vegetation to create biodiversity corridors,” he said.

“We got two government grants as part of the Caring for Our Country initiative, with one ending this August and the other ending this time next year.”

Wendy and Bruce’s efforts are particularly relevant this week, with thousands of green thumbed volunteers across the nation set to get their hands dirty in support of National Tree Day on Sunday July 31.

For information on National Tree Day activities with the Ootha-Derriwong Landcare group, go to Planet Ark’s website at

Condobolin Wiradjuri Alliance Group formed

Members of the Condobolin Aboriginal community and government representatives met last Monday for the inaugural meeting of the Condobolin Wiradjuri Alliance Group.

Various representatives of the Condobolin Aboriginal community met at the Condobolin Aboriginal Land Council building last Monday July 18 for the inaugural meeting of the Condobolin Wiradjuri Alliance Group (CWAG).

CWAG spokesperson, Kevin Read, said the group had been formed in order to address many of the issues currently creating disadvantages for Aboriginal people in Condobolin.

“We’ll be working within the whole community to create better outcomes for Aboriginal people in the future,” he said.

The group is comprised of a collection of community members including government representatives, elders and young people.

“We aim to ensure maximum opportunityiesfor the voices of Aboriginal people living in Condobolin and to reach decision makers in all levels of community, service providers and all level of government and its agencies,” Kevin said.

The CWAG will meet every second Monday of each month.

Attendees at the meeting included Tanya Atkinson, Mark Powell, Rebecca Shepherd, Allana Newman, Shirley-Ann Merritt, Rebecca Merritt, Amanda Coe, Kevin Read and Kendall Clarke with apologies from Neil Newman, Margie Williams and Kevin Griffiths.

Sport, sumo suits and STORMCO at family support

WPRD and STORMCO conducted a sports day to entertain Condobolin youth over the holidays.By Dominic Geiger

Sumo suits were all the rage at last week’s Condobolin Family Support Services youth sports day.

Throughout the day, children had the opportunity to battle it out against one another sumo-a-sumo, jump on a jumping castle, join in games of volleyball and league tag as well as play a number of less physically strenuous games such as duck duck goose.

Children were also treated to free morning tea snacks and a sausage sizzle.

A combined initiative of Western Plains Regional Development and STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters), the sports day was set up to provide entertainment for children over the school holidays.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said he thought the kids had really enjoyed themselves throughout the day.

“It’s just been a lot of fun,” he said.

“We’ve estimated there were about 100 children with their families who showed up.”

Jesse said far from being a one off event, STORMCO would be back next school holidays to maintain a positive relationship with Condobolin children.

“Basically we want to put our name out there and offer a positive influence for the kids,” he said.

“We want to offer the children something to look forward to on the holidays.

“We plan to build on what we’ve done today over the coming years.”

Sports day participant, Andrew Towney, said he’d had a great day.

“I’ve been having heaps of fun wearing sumo suits and tackling people,” he said.

“The jumping castle was good too.”

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2011 Condo Winter B&S

Party-goers dressed to the Heroes and Villains theme at the Condobolin Winter B&S. DGThe Condobolin SRA grounds were the centre of B&S universe last Saturday night with approximately 700 people boot scooting the night away at the annual event.

Featuring a Heroes and Villains theme, the Condo Winter B&S attracted caped crusaders from as far away as western Queensland and Victoria.

Entertainment for the evening included Doug Bruce and the Tailgaters, Kris Cummins and 4play.

Despite lower than average numbers, Licensee Kathy Parnaby said she’d received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended.

“It was a good ball and the majority of the crowd were well behaved,” she said.

“Three different bands played from 3pm until 1am and that’s something we’ve never done before,” she said.

“We also had a bucking bull and a lot of people were riding that.”

Kathy said the night wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers who helped out.

“Our volunteers were excellent,” she said.

“Without them the event simply wouldn’t run.”

A Condobolin Police spokesperson said police were generally impressed with the crowd’s behaviour.

“There was the odd fight but it was much better than previous years,” the spokesperson said.

“The whole event seemed to go successfully.”

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It’s not easy finding your way home from Bogan Gate

Eddie Marold and new found friend Bob Smidey releasing pigeons at Bogan Gate.

By Dominic Geiger

The skies over Bogan Gate were filled with pigeons last Saturday as part of the start to Cowra Racing Pigeon Club’s 2011 season.

Approximately 132 pigeons made the 116km journey home from Bogan Gate while a second group of birds were released from Grenfell.

Despite clear skies at the time of release, progressively worsening conditions throughout the day saw only 90% of the pigeons return to Cowra.

President of the Cowra Racing Pigeon Club, Greg Wright, said the pigeons used the magnetic pull of the poles to orientate themselves.

“Many birds are able to sense the earth’s magnetic field,” he said.

“They can also apparently see up to 150 miles in front of them,” he said.

Greg said the pigeon’s ability to navigate would truly be put to the test over the coming months.

“Bogan Gate was just early days; we’ll be there again next week before slowly moving north to Tullamore, Tottenham and Nyngan,” he said.

“By the end of the season we’ll be letting the pigeons go from incredible distances including Charleville and Cunnamulla in Queensland.”

The flock of pigeons will be released at 12pm this Saturday in Bogan gate.

Anyone interested in finding more information on the Cowra Racing Pigeon Club can visit the club’s website at

Eddie and Bob watch the pigeons soar away.


Life memberships recognised at Condobolin Sports Club

Recognised for their support: Derm Carey, Earle Harding, President Doug Parnaby, Keith Hartin and Owen Cannon. Absent: Lionel Turner, Ella Adams and Joan Keeley. Photo Kathy Parnaby

The Condobolin Sports Club made a presentation of badges and certificates to life members of both former Bowls and Golf clubs last Sunday during a Life Members Bowls Day.

President Doug Parnaby, who gave the awards on behalf of the Club said, “The life members had never received any badges or certificates in the past and with the amalgamation [of the Golf and Bowls Clubs] we decided to recognize them for all the work they have done.”

The recipient Life members are: Derm Carey, Earle Harding, Keith Hartin, Owen Cannon, Lionel Turner, Ella Adams and Joan Keeley. Lionel, Ella and Joan were unable to attend though Ella’s grandson Stephen Taylor and Joan’s son Tim were there on their behalf.

Derm Carey said, “It was a nice surprise and a good idea to be updated to the new club. We all appreciated the lunch and presentation.”

A reminder that the third round of the Club championships are on this coming Saturday.

Condobolin blood donations not in vein

Betty Ticehurst,  Dorothy Keefe and Kellie De Grande with nurses Jacky Chapman, Therese Goodacre and Sue Rollin. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Approximately 50 Condobolin residents rolled up their sleeves to donate blood last Wednesday when the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Central West Donor Mobile visited the town.

Blood Van nurse, Gale Turnbull, said it had been a slow start to the morning, but by ten o’clock a good number of donors had shown up.

“We’ve had 40 people who have actually booked today however we estimate there were another ten or so who just showed up,” she said.

“It’s always a better idea to book ahead though.”

Gale said she thought the turnout was fantastic, however many of the donors hadn’t been drinking enough water prior to their visit.

“We are encouraging people to drink four to five glasses of water before they come in when we visit next time,” she said.

“We will be back in Condobolin here at the RSL Club in three months time on October 13.”

Gale said she wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in the town who donated.

“There are now a lot of very appreciative people out there,” she said.

“Each donor can give enough blood to potentially save three people.

“So from today that’s around 150 products for people who really need it.”

Appointments for the Blood Van’s next visit in October can be made by calling 13 14 95.


Family support STORMCO sports day

STORMCO aims to provide entertainement for  Condobolin’s youth over the school holidays. DG

Condobolin Family Support Services will host a youth sports day this Thursday July 14 from 10am until 4pm at its office on William Street.

The sports day is part of a STORMCO (Service To Others Really Matters) initiative which aims to help provide entertainment for Condobolin’s youth over the school holiday period.

Team Leader for STORMCO, Jesse Herford, said the group would be working with Condobolin youth throughout the week in the lead up to the sports day.

“In particular, we’ll be hanging out with the kids from Willow Bend because they’re the ones who invited us here,” he said.

“We’ve already received a lot of positive feedback.

“Throughout this week we’ll be running a kids club which will involve games, songs, crafts and just generally getting to know the kids and hanging out with them.

“On Thursday we’ll be having a bunch of sporting events including league tag as well as a sausage sizzle.

“It’s open to all kids and families who want to come along.”

STORMCO is run through the Southern NSW Seventh day Adventist Church.


Improved viewing at the Condo Sports Club

Manager of the Sports Club Michael Waller and Chairperson Doug ParnabyCondobolin Sports Club patrons will now be able to keep up with all the latest news and entertainment with the addition of three new digital television screens to the club’s main bar area.

Installed last week, the screens are connected to a computer which allows the user to choose what will appear on the monitors.

Sports Club Office and IT Assistant, Karyn White, said the installation was good progress for the club.

“Instead of having a noticeboard with [large amounts of] paper all over it, people will now be able to get a clear message from the screens,” she said.

“It’s great for communicating to everyone who visits the club what’s coming up, what’s happening, and what’s just happened.

“We can put golf and bowls results, menus, winners of various championships and messages for people’s birthdays up.”

Manager of the Condobolin sports club, Michael Waller, said he was thrilled to finally have the screens up and running.

“They’ll be used for running our Monday afternoon Bingo as well as badge draws and raffles,” he said.

“We’re also able to jump online and get current news to scroll along the bottom of the screens.”


Rugby league oval to be named

Condobolin's Rugby League oval will be named the 'Pat Timmins Oval'By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin’s Rugby League oval (pictured above) will be named the ‘Pat Timmins Oval’ following a request from the Condobolin branch of the Men of League group.

The decision to name the oval was made at last Wednesday’s Lachlan Shire Council meeting.

Representative of the Condobolin branch of the Men of League, Rowan Johnson, said the oval would be named after Pat Timmins because Pat had played the most first grade games in the history of Condobolin Rugby League.

“He began playing first grade for Condobolin when he was 16,” Rowan said.

“He was the top footballer here for a long time, and he played most of his football for Condobolin from 1951 to 1969.

“He also represented group eleven Western Division in both school and senior competitions.

“He never got paid; he just played for the love of the game.”

Rowan said plans were underway to invite Pat back to the town for the official naming ceremony.

“We’ve invited Pat, his friends and family, and any old players back for the ceremony,” he said.

“A date for the ceremony is yet to be set, though could be sometime in the next five to six weeks.

“Pat is currently suffering from a medical condition and we’re going to hold off on the ceremony until his medical conditions allows [him to travel].”

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