Condobolin Community Centre

Funding success

• Vad Carey (Condobolin Community Centre), Heather Blackley (WPRD), Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Anne Coffey (WPRD) were all smiles last Thursday. Mr Coulton was in town to congratulate community groups on successful funding applications for Volunteer Grants. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

The Condobolin Community Centre will benefit from a $4,200 funding boost through the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.
The funding will be used to purchase a reverse cycle air conditioner for the facility, which will be installed into the Pottery Room. Western Plains Regional Development assisted the Condobolin Community Centre in writing the grant application.
Community Centre spokesperson Vad Carey said the new air conditioner would enable the potters to be comfortable in both winter and summer.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton visited Condobolin last Thursday, to congratulate the Community Centre on securing funding.
“The grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 enable organisations, like the Condobolin Community Centre, to better support their volunteers by purchasing much-needed equipment, training and transport,” he explained.
“The energy, expertise and time our volunteers give to our community supports those most in need and represents what Australian communities are all about – giving a helping hand.
“I’m glad to see that local organisations in Condobolin and around the Parkes Electorate, will have this support to continue their valuable work.”

Seniors Week on the way

By Melissa Blewitt

There’s something for everyone during Senior’s Week activities in Condobolin from Monday, 6 March to Friday, 10 March.
Senior’s Week in Condobolin will give you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones with a number of events planned.
The week will start off on Monday with Getting Connected from 10-11am at the Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD).
Then on Tuesday, 7 March: Getting Connected will again be on from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from1-2pm at WPRD. Those interested can also attend a Seniors Lunch and Entertainment at Condobolin RSL Club. Make sure to be there at 11:30am for 12pm. The cost of the event is $5.
Wednesday, 8 March the community can get involved in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD.
Thursday, 9 March has a full schedule with Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD; and HACC day trip to Orange for Elders Olympics. Transport for this event departs HACC Centre at 7.45am.
On Friday, 10 March residents can participate in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD. The International Women’s Day Dinner, which will showcase Nepal, will commence from 6:30pm at the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information call Western Plains Regional Development on 6895 3301.

Assembling amazing art

Condobolin is hosting the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition. Lachlan Shire Council in partnership with Western Plains Regional Development and Lachlan Arts Council will host the event at the Condobolin Community Centre from 25 June to 18 July. It will showcase 130 artworks from across 27 Local Government Areas. The official opening of the Exhibition and announcement of Category Winners will take place on Saturday, 25 June from 11am. A ‘Collage Workshop’ with Bathurst artist Dean Mobbs will also feature from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is encouraged to attend. The Waste 2 Art initiative is designed to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, encouraging the audience to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The theme for 2016 is “Used Tyres”.  MB/ Photos by Kathy Parnaby

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin is hosting the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition.
It will take place at the Condobolin Community Centre from 25 June to 18 July, and will showcase 130 artworks from across 27 Local Government Areas.
The event is being hosted by Lachlan Shire Council in partnership with Western Plains Regional Development and the Lachlan Arts Council.
The official opening of the Exhibition and announcement of category winners will be held on Saturday, 25 June from 11am at the Condobolin Community Centre. The Condobolin community and all Lachlan Shire residents are encouraged to attend the free event.
A ‘Collage Workshop’ with Bathurst artist Dean Mobbs will be held in conjunction with the official opening from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf said Waste 2 Art is a fantastic way to draw attention to the issue of waste management.
“Managing waste is a major issue for today’s society and Waste 2 Art opens your eyes and challenges the way you view waste,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to view this exhibition and congratulate everyone involved.”
The Waste 2 Art initiative is designed to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, encouraging the audience to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The theme featured for 2016 is “Used Tyres” however, artworks are made from a wide range of recyclable materials.
The regional exhibition will feature the winners from the Waste 2 Art competition held in each local government area. They will be on display in Condobolin, and the Exhibition will be open to the public free of charge for the entire period.
For the duration of the Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition, Netwaste Environmental Learning Adviser Sue Clark is offering tours of the Exhibition to schools that would like to learn more about waste while enjoying the Waste 2 Art Exhibition Experience. To organise a time please contact Sue on 0400 336 508 or email ela@netwaste.org.au

Lift for Community Centre on the way

After more than two years of planning and fundraising, the Condobolin Community Centre is expected to have a lift by the end of March 2015.

• The Condobolin Community Centre will soon be accessible to all with the installation of a lift early next year. LP

By Lara Pearce

After more than two years of planning and fundraising, the Condobolin Community Centre is expected to have a lift by the end of March 2015.

Director of Community Services and Governance at the Lachlan Shire Council, Gordon Thomson, says the development application for the project should be resolved by early next week.

“It is a longstanding project that has had a series of setbacks, largely due to the nature of the Community Centre itself, the building fabric, the difficulty in getting suitable materials and the heritage considerations,” he said.

The lift will be a standalone lift, positioned at the rear of the building and opening upstairs near the kitchen, allowing for the easy transportation of cooking supplies for community functions.

The community has been fundraising for a lift since 2012. An additional $20,675 in funding through the State Government’s Community Building Partnership program was announced last Friday, securing the financial position of the project.

Funding has also been provided by the Council, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and a number of community groups.

The Lachlan Shire Council owns the building, which is run by a committee composed of local community members Heather Blackley, John Hassan, Vad Carey, Fay Boys, Rex Press and Gail Copeland.

Committee members say they are very pleased that the lift will soon be a reality.

“Lots of community groups have worked together and donated money, ranging from the Garden Festival to the Condobolin Drama Group and […] there is still some money out in the community that people have pledged,” Heather Blackley said.

“The building needs to have access for the elderly and young people with prams. We also need to have access for catering purposes so people can get the food and everything upstairs to the kitchen and to the gallery area.”

“It is actually stopping us from having lots of functions because people are finding it really difficult. [The lift] will enhance the building and make it easier to use.”

Not only will the Centre be getting a new lift; the heritage-listed building, the original part of which was built in the 1890s, will also be getting a facelift. New stainless steel sinks and benches will be installed in the ground floor kitchen, the upstairs balcony will be repainted, doorways will be widened to facilitate wheelchair access and fret work will be reinstalled in the coming year.

There also has to be structural strengthening work done to the building to allow for the installation of the lift.

“It is one of those jobs that have taken a long time to bring to completion, but I think both the Community Centre committee and the community generally will be really pleased with the end result,” Mr Thomson said.

He acknowledged the community’s efforts in helping make the lift a reality. “Without their support, the project would have had difficulty in proceeding,” he said.

Further information on the project will be released early next year.

A diary displayed on canvas

A culmination of a lifetime of painting was on display last weekend at the Community Centre, showcasing local artist Ann Tunks' later works.
• Jamie Coffill talking to the crowd at Ann Tunks’ art exhibition. SC
A culmination of a lifetime of painting was on display last weekend at the Community Centre, showcasing local artist Ann Tunks’ later works.
• Ann Tunks at the opening of her exhibition with an artwork of mixed media – one of many sold over the three days. SC

By Scott Chamney and Lara Pearce

A culmination of a lifetime of painting was on display last weekend at the Community Centre, showcasing local artist Ann Tunks’ later works.

Featuring watercolours, acrylics, pastels and mixed media, the display highlighted works from 2000 through to the present day.

“I was considering calling the exhibition ‘From Behind the Couch’, as that has been where so many of the works have been stored,” Ann Tunks said. “I’m not likely to ever hold another exhibition, but you never know I just might as I still have a lot of paintings planned in my head!”

At the opening night on Friday a crowd assembled and were treated to wine and nibblies before the official opening by Jamie Coffill. “No-one has ever seen all these paintings by Ann together in the one place so it’s a real treat for all of us,” he said. “They represent Ann’s enthusiasm for life; she is always trying something new and experimenting with new techniques, mediums, colour and subjects.”

“These works are a personal diary of her life that she is sharing with us tonight”.

He then went on to thank Rex Press for his help in sorting, pricing and hanging the works.

Ann first started drawing as a very young girl, concentrating on horses, but her art was put on hold as she married and raised a family on the property “Homesworth”, north of Condobolin. She then picked up a brush in the 1960’s when she attended a local workshop held by Robert Eadie.

She continued attending workshops and by the 1990s had moved into her favourite medium, watercolours. She was heavily influenced by Hans Heyson-Handolf and visited the artist at his home in South Australia with her late husband John in 2004. “It was a great day for me,” Ann declared.

Having moved from horses to landscapes and florals, Ann commented on the joy of recording special moments of her life on canvas. “ It’s a way of keeping things alive, whether a beautiful floral display for a special occasion, or a landscape of somewhere I’d holidayed or which held special significance for me,” she said.

The exhibition was a resounding success with many of the works having been sold by the close of the exhibition on Sunday.

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