Condobolin Sports Club

Local venues are now taking bookings for Christmas.

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day.

Lots of choices to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day. Breakfast and lunch at the Sports Club, lunch and dinner at the Royal, jewelery to die for at Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre, gifts, Darrell Lea chocolate and cards at the Condobolin Newsagency, beautiful flowers and gifts at Florist Le Fleur and pjs, robes, bags, scarves and much more at Shortis and Timmins.Why go out of town. It is all in Condobolin.

Meet NSW Farmers President Derek Schoen


Presdient of the NSW Farmers Association Derek Schoen will be in town on 20 April to attend a Condobolin Branch meeting. It will be a chance for members to ask questions and advise him of farming issues within the Shire. Cont


By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin Branch members of the NSW Farmers Association will have the chance to meet with President Derek Schoen, on Wednesday, 20 April.
He will be in town, along with new Regional Services Manager South West Simone Norrie, to meet with members and non members at the Condobolin Sports Club from 6.30pm.
Mr Schoen will give an update on issues NSW Farmers is currently working on, including the much anticipated new draft biodiversity laws which are expected to be released for consultation this month.
It will give local landholders a chance to ask them both questions and let them know of farming issues in the Condobolin region.
The Association has recently undergone a restructure with the dissolution of District Council’s, and Mr Schoen and Ms Norrie feel now more than ever, that the Condobolin Branch is an important asset to our community and a great platform to have our voices heard at a State and Federal level.
Nibbles will be provided.
For more information contact Simone Norrie on or phone 0427 773 495.

Matthew loses his locks

. Matthew Brasnett just before he loses his hair to raise money for the Leukeamia Foundation. KP

Matthew braves the clippers. KP

A new fashion and holding the hair he will donate to make a wig for a cancer sufferer. KP

By Melissa Blewitt


Matthew Brasnett lost his locks but raised over $1,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

He braved the clippers at the Condobolin Sports Club last Friday night.

According to his dad, Steve, Matthew had a bout of nerves prior to the haircut, but has now settled into his new look.

“There were quite a few onlookers at the Club when he did it and the reality of the situation probably set in, just before the hair came off,” he said.

“He is fine with his look now, the first morning after he went in to do his hair, and realised he didn’t have to spend as much time on it now”.

“I cannot say enough about how proud I am of Matthew and all that he achieved. He approached people and asked them to be part of his World’s Greatest Shave journey.”

“He had to raise a minimum of $550 and he doubled that, so he has done very well.”

“We would both like to thank the Condobolin community for all their support.”

Every day 34 Australians are given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.

Matthew will send his locks so that it can be made into a wig for someone with cancer who has lost their hair.

Shaving for a Cure

• Matthew Brasnett is shaving his hair for a very good cause. He is participtaing in the World’s Greatest Shave event, that is held during March. He will be lopping his locks on Friday, 11 March at the Condobolin Sports Club. He is looking for sponsors, so make sure to support this worthy event. Every day 34 Australians are given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. Every dollar Matthew makes will go towards helping the Leukaemia Foundation and those that need its help and support the most. Make sure to donate and make a difference! MB/KP

Condo Picnic Race Club hosts presentation dinner.

Race goers from accross the Central West will be set for  big night on 26 September.

Condobolin Race Club is hosting the Central West Picnic Race Association Presentation Dinner.


Compiled by Anne Coffey

The Condobolin Picnic Race Club is hosting this years’ presentation dinner for the best Trainer, Jockey and Horse for the Central West Picnic Race Association.

The dinner will be held at the Condobolin Sports Club on Saturday the 26th of September at 7.30pm.

Local residents and race enthusiasts are encouraged to support the Club and attend.

Tickets are available from Leading Appliances or Owens Rural Supplies for $25pp and ticket sales close on Monday the 21st September.

George Wright has scored 81.5,  the most points in the Trainers Point Score Competition and has been the winner over the last six years. Rodney Robb came in second on 47 points.

The jockey with the most points in the Jockeys Point Score Competition was Tim Phillips who scored 109.5 points with  Rickey Blewitt second with 68 points.

All Rounder, trained by Andrew Molloy with 22 points, was the Equimec Horse of the Year with Had your Chance scoring 21 points as a close second.

The Presentation Dinner is shaping up to be an enjoyable night with local entertainment supplied and a great crowd of racegoers.

Get your tickets early and support your local club.


Telstra hangs up on Condo farmers

There will be no upgrade to mobile services for farm areas surrounding Condobolin in the near future.

• Condobolin branch President of NSW Farmers Graham McDonald, Federal MP Mark Coulton, Mayor Des Manwaring, Telstra Area Manager Scott Curtin and NSW Farmers executive Peter Wilson at last Thursday’s AGM and blackspot meeting. KP

By Anne Coffey

There will be no upgrade to mobile services for farm areas surrounding Condobolin in the near future.

“It’s a simple game of economics,” said Scott Curtin, Area Manager for Telstra as he delivered the news to over eighty people at the Condobolin Sports Club last Thursday.

Mr Curtin was speaking as a guest of the Condobolin Branch of the NSW Farmers at their AGM and Mobile Black Spot Meeting.

“I am your local contact […] I am passionate to help,” he said. He then went on to explain that a new mobile tower would cost anything from $500,000 to $1 million and an additional $30,000 a year to maintain. They are not able to be built without usage and the numbers are just not enough in this area.

While the township of Condobolin will see its third upgrade when the 4GX network, which will help the currently overloaded 3G and 4G, is rolled out next year, farms more than ten kilometres from the town will likely see no improvement in service.

The only glimmer of hope for areas north west of Condobolin is the possibility of a tower on Yellow Mountain.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was also a guest speaker at the meeting.

He has applied for a tower on Yellow Mountain, as one of three for his electorate, under the Federal Governments’ Black Spot Program.

Mr Coulton noted that he had been working with local farmers Roger Todd and Fred Colless and the Lachlan Shire Council to put in the submission. He said that, while he can’t make any guarantees, “I will be asking questions if it is not successful.”

Many questions and discussion followed the presentations from queries about cheaper options for small communities, the future of NBN services, the right equipment to make use of the current available signal and the possibility of joint Telstra and community funding for towers.

The Government’s unfulfilled promise to set aside over $2 billion from the privatisation of Telstra to upgrade services was questioned.

Guests then listened to a lively presentation from Jennie Borg from Roads and Maritime Services and presentations from NSW Farmers staff and executive.

In closing the meeting, Condobolin NSW Farmers Branch President Graham McDonald thanked all the presenters.

“We didn’t hear too many positives,” he said. “It doesn’t look like our phones will be helped until the 4GX upgrade in 2016. However it has been a very worthwhile night.”


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