By Sally Willoughby
The Lake Cowal arm of the world’s largest gold mine Barrick Gold relaunched their innovative Community Partnering Program last week in an initiative designed to support sustainable economic development and encouraging positive outcomes in the communities they work.
Since the establishment of the program in 2000, $650000 has been committed to the local communities to build community capacity and establish projects aimed at improving the socio-economics of the region.
Community Relations Manager at Lake Cowal, Richard Savage, said the program was aimed at developing and maintaining a positive relationship with the local communities.
“We are committed to making a difference for the people in the communities where we work and this allows the community to capitalise on a range of initiatives,” Richard said.
The program revolves around the four key areas of health, environment, regional economic development, community development and community events.
Richard explained that preference would be given to projects that delivered long-term, sustainable benefits to the community and could demonstrate broad support from the community.
Last year, Barrick Gold donated $1000 to the Lachlan Shire Youth Services which enabled sporting equipment to be bought for Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo.
Heather Blackley said the initial funding has continued to expand with country rugby league competitions and netball gala days evolving from the original donation.
The project exemplifies the focus of the Cowal Community Partnering Program which is to support sustainable initiatives that continue to grow.
In the 125th year of Condobolin PAH & I Association (Show Society), there will indeed be something for everyone at this year’s Condobolin Show to be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August.
Show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf said, “We have probably never crammed so many wonderful attractions into one show, nor had so many celebratory highlights in the same year.
“For a start, the committee obviously did not have to look far for the person they would like to open this year’s Show.
The 116th Annual Condobolin Show will be officially opened by the 2010 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl, Clare McDonald, who was also the 2009 Condobolin Showgirl.
At the opening ceremony you will be introduced to your 2010 Condobolin Showgirl, Georgina Sutherland and runner-up Amy Watt, who were announced at last Saturday’s Show Ball, and joining them will be the 2010 Young Achievers, a fantastic band of Condobolin youth who involve themselves in various stewarding roles at the Show after facing interviews the previous week.
SUREWAY BUSHMAN’S RELAY
It won’t be all sashing and speeches for Clare who, as a member of the Condobolin Show committee for the last couple of years, has stewarding duties which include organisation of the Sureway Employment & Training-sponsored Bushman’s Relay with $500 cash for the winning team.
To be staged in front of the bar area on the Show’s second night the challenge of the relay’s various stages causes great entertainment both for competitors and spectators. Entries should be made at the Secretary’s Office at the SRA Ground by 5 p.m. on the first night of the Show.
THE AUSTRALIAN WOOL FASHION AWARDS
A major coup for this year’s show will be the staging of The Australian Wool Fashion Awards (TAWFA) parades. Now a major wool industry event the awards are designed to showcase the use of Merino wool by national and international fashion designers and students and TAWFA parades are a major feature of the Sydney Royal Easter Show with the national awards taking place at that venue.
All garments are “one-offs”, both young and innovative, with many created by young designers, secondary school or tertiary college students, all promoting wool to the consumer in a creative way.
“With TAWFA managing director, Liz Foster, a bus-load of models of the New England region and some 75 woollen garments heading for Condobolin, the parades should attract spectators from throughout the Central West,” said show president, Bruce Patton.
THE PIED PIPER SHOW
Fashion parades with a difference will be part of another major attraction, that of the Pied Piper Show.
Based on a reputation of some 25 years of delighting crowds throughout Australia at local and Royal shows, Brian Harrington’s feathered friends will waddle down another catwalk at this year’s Condobolin Show, parading the latest in designer and duck fashion.
Along the way colourful and talented ducks (yes, ducks) play musical chairs with their racing pig friends and when not parading will be wandering around the showground showing off the latest fashion trends. Visits will also be paid to local schools on the day prior to the Show.
Returning to Condobolin due to popular demand is Crocodile Encounters, sponsored by Country Energy, a mobile reptile display presented by recognised reptile expert, Mark Richmond who said, “This is a totally hands-on experience with members of the audience encouraged to handle the animals.
“All animals have been specially conditioned to take part in this kind of performance and will be selected from a range which includes a variety of lizards, pythons, turtles and fresh and saltwater crocodiles.”
AUTO SPORTS CLUB
The Show Society is also delighted to announce that our own acclaimed Condobolin Auto Sports Club members will be staging a performance following Saturday’s Grand Parade and Presentations. A great crowd favourite, this display will captivate everyone.
COUNTRY ENERGY KITCHEN
Another 2010 Condobolin Show highlight will be the Country Energy Kitchen providing cooking demonstrations throughout the second day, showcasing lamb recipes along with other quick and easy family favourites such as Chocolate Rocky Road and, demonstration chef, Tracey Tullier, will showcase her Chocolate Shots recipe of her well-known former Bathurst restaurant.
Regional general manager, Chas McPhail, said “Country Energy is proud to continue its long standing support of the Condobolin Show.
“We are a big part of the Condobolin community – our employees live and work in the area so investing in the future of the town is good business sense.”
Demonstrations will take place under the Country Energy marquee in the Ray Davis Memorial Skillion hourly during 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With information available on energy efficiency, Show patrons can enter a draw at the kitchen site to win Energy Efficiency Packs valued at $250, $100 and $50.
Also playing “Pied Piper”, as they have done for over 50 years, Condobolin’s RSL Club Pipe Band supplemented by visiting band members of other centres will start their march in town through to the showground on the second day leading the procession of Show patrons to the ground.
New to the region – Carbon Expo
This year’s Show has been selected to host the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority and Centroc Carbon Expo – an exciting new venture that will deliver climate adaptation advice into the communities of the Lachlan River catchment – to be found to the south of the pavilion along ringside.
HISTORIC TROPHY DISPLAY
As this year we celebrate 125 years since the formation of the Condobolin PAH & I Association, the display of trophies that was mounted for the Celebration of Condobolin last November will be on show in the main Pavilion and anyone who has a treasured trophy in the past is invited to contact the Show Secretary within the next few days if they would like this trophy displayed along with its background.
And there’s still more!
There is just too much happening at this year’s Condobolin Show to go into further detail – you really just have to be there!
However a suggestion is that you visit on Friday to cover the Pavilion and the large range of trade, machinery, agriculture displays and exhibitions, thus allowing time on Saturday to take in the various scheduled performances of our feature attractions as well as visiting those competitions that are only held on the Saturday, such as the Cattle and Poultry classes.
Don’t forget you can dine throughout the day at Bill and Colleen Doyle’s Restaurant off the main pavilion, savouring morning and afternoon tea, lunch and barbecue and wash it all down with a cleansing ale at the Show Bar.
Lachlan Shire Council has been busy for weeks preparing the showground and the Show Society is indebted to them for the genuine care and attention given by administrative and outdoor staff to presenting a spectacular backdrop for the greatest Show in the State.
As well, Heather Blackley and her Work for the Dole participants have again had great input in complementing the work of Council and the Show Committee in preparing the grounds for the many activities that will take place.
While the Show Society not only has a small band of willing Committee members and a band of wonderful volunteers (e.g. the stewards of the various classes in the Pavilion) as well as a number of enthusiastic and greatly appreciated High School students, and of course the dedicated Young Achiever entrants, numbers are increasingly lighter to cover all areas required to present your Condobolin Show, such a large and multi-faceted event.
Therefore, further volunteers are sought to help in such areas as showjumping rail-lifting and ground parking stewards. If you think you could spare a few hours to become actively involved, please call at the Showground Office or phone 6895 4025.
Twenty-three year old lawyer Georgina Sutherland was sashed as the 2010 Condobolin Showgirl at last Saturday’s Champagne Show ball attended by 330 patrons.
Georgina’s ambition to “further promote agriculture by bridging the city-country gap and encouraging more positive policies, laws and decisions for agriculture and rural communities,” saw her named as the 47th Condobolin Showgirl.
The daughter of Anthea and John Sutherland, Georgina completed a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Law degree and has spent the past year working as a farm hand for Paraway Pastoral Company.
Field Agronomist Amy Watt was the runner-up on the evening with her passion for agriculture shining in front of the judges.
Amy said she wanted to be an ambassador for women in agriculture and hoped to be recognised as an expert in her chosen field of agronomy and work toward the continual productivity of farming practices within the region and in assisting farmers to achieve their goals.
The other entrants were 19 year old Stephanie Gardiner who is currently undertaking a traineeship in business administration and hopes to go to university to become a primary school teacher and 20 year old Lyndall Taylor who is a cadet accountant at Boyce Chartered Accountants in Dubbo and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business in Accounting.
The 2010 Showball Steward, Sue Henley, said the evening was well supported by the town and went off extremely well.
“The Ball went off fantasticly and we had four lovely showgirls to present which was wonderful,” Sue said.
“There was a great crowd, good music and I’m really happy with how the whole evening turned out,” she said.
Best dressed on the night were Matron of the Ball Sally Weber, Belle of the Ball Laura Kunkel and Best Dressed Gentleman Richard Peadon of Bombala.
By Sally Willoughby
Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten were visited by Scallywag the Scarecrow and Farmer Fran last week as part of a farm safety education program that is focused on providing young children with safety awareness knowledge and information to enable them to better assess dangers and behave in a safe manner when living on or visiting a farm and at home.
With one child dying on a farm every 15 days in Australia through a farm related incident, the interactive farm safety education program saw the children learn what to do if they are faced with a farm hazard.
The program revolves around five key aspects of keeping ourselves safe, water safety, machinery safety, chemical safety and animal safety which was conveyed to the children through a puppet show, songs and talk.
The fire safety education performance that attended Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten was funded by local business houses including Ag ‘N’ Vet Services, Cooneys & Son, Owens Rural Supplies and Lachlan Agencies.
Under the tutelage of renowned feature and documentary film maker Victoria Waghorn, Condobolin budding film makers fought the elements last week to create a professional two minute short film on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the home.
‘Picket Fence’ was written, directed, edited and compiled by Bianca Wighton, Lewis Coe and Jack Hudson with the help of Victoria and will be judged in a NSW short film competition in August 2010.
Funded through Condobolin Youth Services, the Metro Screening program revolves around raising awareness and telling the local stories that revolve around drugs and alcohol.
“The focus of the film is on engaging discussion about drug and alcohol abuse in the area and getting people to question whether this is really what they want for their, and their childrens, future,” Victoria said.
“These guys have been able to make a professional looking short film that can be taken seriously by the community and beyond with all images coming from a mobile phone which is a piece of equipment most people have access too,” she said.
With the group bringing the film they describe as a “visual film” from concept to reality over 72 hours, ‘Picket Fence’ highlights the irony of the Australian ideal which inside the home isn’t always as it seems.
“The film is also about raising awareness,” Bianca said.
“To let people know that this is the real effects of drug and alcohol abuse and is what is really going on and it should be stopped,” she said.
The short film is entered in the PlayNowActNow short film competition which is designed to act as a springboard for young people to share their talents, ideas and stories through creativity and originality in presentation and content.
Locals are encouraged to support Condobolin’s budding talent and jump on the PlayNowActNow website to view ‘Picket Fence’ and vote it as their favourite entry. It can be found at playnowactnow.com.au.
Prominent Condobolin couple Kevin and Biddy Brady celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Saturday with over fifty family and friends descending on the Royal Hotel to commemorate their six decades of marriage.
With Biddy hailing from Ipswich, they were married in St Joseph’s Cathedral in Brisbane on 3 May 1950 with the couple saying they were always fortunate and blessed to have had a happy marriage.
Eldest daughter Annie Joseph expressed a renowned quote saying, “they say ‘the greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother’.
“If that’s the case,” Annie said, “we were absolutely gifted because their marriage was clearly based on one of great love and respect”.
Training as a nurse after school, Biddy nursed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Orange before marrying with the couple travelling long distances during their courtship to spend time with one another.
After marrying in 1950, Biddy moved to Condobolin where the couple spent three years on Kevin’s parents farm ‘Waitohi’ before relocating in 1953 to their own property ‘Riverstone’.
After the birth of their three children Annie, Paul and Jill, Biddy went back to work as a nurse but had to gain employment in Ivanhoe because of Kevin’s involvement as Chairman of the Condobolin Hospital Board.
With Kevin working as a grazier, their property bred quality Merino sheep while Biddy was committed to her career as a nurse and worked her way up the ladder to become the Director of Nursing at Condobolin Hospital before retiring in 1990.
In 1976 the couple moved across the river to ‘Coolronan’ where they remain today.
With a strong connection and love for Condobolin the couple have always been involved in the community with Kevin one of the founding members of the Condobolin Pony Club, past President and lifetime member of the Condobolin PAH&I Show and an advocate for the Condobolin Lions Club which during his tenure supported the hospital in fundraising initiatives for machinery and equipment. He was also very council-minded joining the Municipal Council.
With an extensive list of commitments to the local community, Biddy was a strong supporter of Condobolin Hospital housing the best medical equipment as well as a golf enthusiast through Condobolin Sports Club.
She also played the organ and was a member of the Parish Council of St Joseph’s Catholic Church and continues to coordinate and take part in water aerobics at the Condobolin pool during the summer months.
The couple now have nine grandchildren, many of whom travelled home to celebrate their six decades of marriage, and one great-grandchild.
By Sally Willoughby
In an innovative approach to educating children through current social technology, Condobolin Primary School has purchased an Ipod Touch Library.
The 30 Ipod’s are used in the classrooms as a resource tool to help them with their studies.
CPS S2D teacher, Kelly Downs, said the initiative was designed to engage the students and use resources that are relevant to the society they live in.
“The Ipod library is used to reinforce learning and give additional knowledge on classroom studies,” Ms Downs said.
“They are not used as a teaching tool but a consolidated tool,” she said.
The Ipods will assist students with their studies with its uses including e-books, audio books, educational videos and educational applications including Mathematic and English drills and can be used as a recording device and pod casts.
Ms Downs said the Ipods don’t yet have music loaded onto them but will eventually have the school song and national anthem at some stage.
Andrew was born in Western NSW and lived in Binnaway on a farm most of his life.
In 2006 Andrew moved to Dubbo before proceeding onto university to study Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics at University of Notre Dame.
As someone who has grown up in the Parkes area, Andrew says he recognises the importance of regional issues and is willing to fight for them.
“If selected to represent Parkes, I will fight for Condobolin to have a helicopter pad at the hospital,” Andrew said.
Andrew says it’s important for regional towns like Condobolin to be able to transport someone to a hospital straight away.
Another main focus for Andrew would be to ensure the upgrade of the weirs to secure the town water supply and ensure progress like the Building the Education Revolution scheme is maintained for towns like Condo.
Andrew got into politics after the work choices policy became an issue in 2007 which he believes is still a major issue today with the possibility of aspects coming back under a Liberal government.
John has lived and worked in the Macquarie and North Western NSW area over the last twenty five years. He is married to Charmaine and has four children; Joanna, Martin Owen and Liam, all born in Narromine. He currently lives near Wee Waa.
With a mixture of business and political and community experience which includes being contracted to Cotton Australia and NFF to develop a water property rights campaign and he is also a Councillor on Narrabri Council and delegate to the Mine Related Councils royalties for regions subcommittee.
“I think for myself and I’m committed to working with the intelligent and effective operators on both sides of politics to put policies into place that are best for the people of the Parkes electorate” Mr Clements said.
John has committed himself to some key areas during his campaign which he says he will carry through his term if elected.
Health issues revolving around the Commonwealth Health reform including getting the local health boards set up as well as the Mineral Resources Rent Tax are two such areas.
John agrees with the need to elevate resources rent of mining activities saying , “the regional infrastructure fund that is delivered by this resource rental tax needs to have the detail discussed, and again I want to see benefit to our communities.”.
He is also an advocate for the Property Rights campaign.
“I want to ensure that our area, the seat of Parkes, is represented by an effective and experienced political negotiator who is able to think for himself and engage with regional people.”
“Working for independents, I have learnt the practice and processes of government and politics.”
Mark is the current member for the Parkes Electorate elected to Parliament in 2007 after three years as the Mayor of the new and progressive Gwydir Shire Council.
Mark says he has had a life-long association with western NSW having gone to Warialda Public School and onto Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School as a boarding student.
After completing the HSC he returned to the family farm and in 1981 married Robyn and had three children, Claire, Sally and Matthew, who were all born at Warialda Hospital.
Mark says that the Nationals have outlined a series of policies that if elected in a Coalition Government will provide diverse and significant benefits to the people of Condobolin.
“The Coalition has a plan for the Murray Darling Basin that delivers certainty for irrigators and communities in towns such as Condobolin. We will invest in fixing inefficient irrigation systems, securing water supplies for production and the environment, and building resilient local economies,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Nationals have a $1 billion Regional Education Fund that will ensure students at Condobolin have access to the best quality education. “We have a plan for regional hospitals, roads and schools, because the Nationals are the only party solely dedicated to representing the people of regional Australia,” he said.With a vision to work with the Coalition Government to create more jobs, opportunity and prosperity in regional towns, Mark said the people of the Parkes electorate were doing their fair share to drive the nation’s economy but were not getting their fair share back.“I was driven towards Federal politics because I have an unshakeable belief in the future of inland Australia, despite the social, geographical and political challenges it is forced to endure. I had a burning desire to see the people of regional NSW get the recognition, services and voice they deserved,” Mr Coulton said.
Matt Parmeter stood as the Greens candidate in Parkes in the 2007 election; and is running again in 2010.
He has lived in Dubbo for 13 years, and has 2 children. He is a civil engineer, and worked for the NSW Office of Water, prior to resigning to contest the election. He has worked on town water supplies and sewerage systems, covering an area of Bathurst to Broken Hill with drought and water security issues he sees as very important.
In the early to mid 1990s Matt lived in Condobolin where he worked on stock and domestic farm water supplies around the Condo area and across western NSW.
Matt has also announced a Renewable Energy Plan for the Parkes Electorate.
“When standing for the election, I thought about what the Australian Greens, and myself specifically, could offer the people of Parkes.
“[The Renewable Energy Plan] lists the renewable energy potential of our area, and highlights the jobs and investment that are possible,” Mr Parmeter said.
“There are 16 towns of between 1000-4000 people; with a power load of about 3-10 MW.
“The solar thermal power plant under construction at Lake Cargelligo shows what can be done – it will be able to supply much of the peak load to the town, and provide jobs during construction, and there will be some ongoing employment,” he said.
Working over the electorate for the last 20 years, Matt says he is familiar with the issues that the electorate faces and believes the Greens havea unique position in Australian politics and offer a view on issues that other parties do not.
He believes the four main issues of the 2010 election campaign are: the economy, health, climate change and asylum seekers which he says the Greens have strong policies regarding.
Mick Colless – Independent
Independent Mick Colless is also a candidate for the Parkes electorate. He was unable to submit information before the Argus deadline.
The Condobolin RSL has unveiled its latest addition to the RSL kitchen with Bob and Lisa Wong from Sydney and originally Hong Kong, making the tree change to indulge our tastebuds.
Bob’s Kitchen has moved into the RSL club with an array of authentic Chinese food and Australian cuisine.
Bob has over forty years experience as a chef in Western and Chinese dishes and has worked in some of the largest hotels in Sydney as well as the Repulse Bay Hotel in Hong Kong.
“I love the country, it’s quieter here and something different,” Lisa said of their lifestyle change.
“Every day it’s been very busy and we thank Condo for supporting this new business,” she said.
With lunchtime specials offered everyday for $11 including desert, the tasty menu includes Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour pork homemade wonton soup and a mix of Australian cuisine including chicken schnitzel, scotch fillet and seafood basket.
With the large meals filling up even the hungriest patron, few people pass up on the delicious desserts including home-baked apple pie, crème caramel and deep fried icecream.
Bob’s Kitchen is open seven days a week for dine in or take away. They can be phoned on 6895 3842.
Earlier this year people from the Condobolin Aboriginal community participated in cultural heritage surveys at Woggoon Nature Reserve recording many sites of cultural significance including several scar trees and a large quarry site.
National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger, Silvana Keating said 15 people from the Condobolin Aboriginal community participated in the cultural heritage surveys with support from staff.
The project is a joint initiative between the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NPWS and Country Cultural Heritage Divisions) and the Condobolin Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“During the surveys, participants were trained in using a variety of survey equipment and on how to accurately record sites.
“Participants were also mentored in cultural heritage site identification and assessment,” Silvana said
“Over the 5 days of survey work many sites of cultural significance were recorded including several scar trees and Aboriginal objects.
“The group also recorded a significant find at an old stone quarry that contained hundreds of scattered stone flakes and stone objects in a concentrated area.
“This site will be recorded as an area of significant cultural value and will be managed and protected by the NPWS in consultation with the local Aboriginal community.
“There is potential to develop cultural heritage education programs at Woggoon Nature Reserve using the resources on site along with the skills and knowledge of the local Aboriginal people.
“The participants were also trained to identify Malleefowl, an endangered bird species of the area.
“The surveys were a huge success, with participants noting they had gained a great sense of connection with Country.
“The staff from Lachlan Area NPWS and the North West and Far West Country Cultural Heritage Division would like to thank all survey participants and the Condobolin LALC who made the survey such a success,” Silvana said.
Moogenilla Angus, Condobolin held an auction of 44 Angus bulls at the Forbes Livestock Exchange on Friday 6th August.
After 20 year of Breedplan recording and private treaty bull sales, this was Moogenilla’s first auction.
Sarah Wrigley said, “We decided to move to an auction to give all our clients equal access to the top bulls, and to access some new clients from further east. Luke Whitty, KMWL & Co, conducted the auction, and his enthusiasm was another factor in the decision to move to an auction system for selling the Moogenilla bulls.”
The auction was a resounding success, with a total clearance of the 44 bulls at an average of $4594 and a top of $9250. The top priced bull was Moogenilla D52, a 918 kg Te Mania Yorkshire son with a birth weight EBV of +2.9, 600 day of +110 and CAAB $ index of +121. He was sold to Cowra, however local buyers Stuckey Bros, Jon L’Estrange, Scott Worthington, Alan Geeves, Terry Ireland and Jim Davis also secured top quality bulls.
Other local bidders missed out on bulls due to the strong demand, assisted by the good season in western NSW and SW Queensland.
Eight bulls sold to Cunnamulla and five to Ivanhoe. The western NSW & QLD buyers were existing Moogenilla clients returning for more bulls because they were pleased with the Moogenilla bull’s performance in the pastoral areas.
One Cunnamulla client has been particularly impressed with the Moogenilla bull’s performance over Brahman cows in Mulga country in SW Qld. Bulls also went to Lightening Ridge, Tullibigeal, Quambone, Wallendbeen, Cumnock, Woodstock, Greenthorpe, Bathurst and Orange.
Sarah Wrigley, Paul Sinderberry, the Wrigley family and Luke Whittey and the KMWL & Co staff expressed their thanks to the local bidders, underbidders and local agents Greg Moncrieff and Darren Frankel for supporting the first Moogenilla bull auction.
Next year Moogenilla will have more bulls on offer, and hope to service all client’s bull requirements – let’s just hope the season stays good for all beef producers out there!
2010 Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl, Clare McDonald, was recognised for her tremendous achievement and representation of Condobolin last week in a formal civic ceremony at Lachlan Shire Council Chambers.
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Des Manwaring addressed the ceremony saying it gave him great pleasure to acknowledge Clare with the formal ceremony in conjunction with the Condobolin PAH & I Association and presented Clare with a cheque on behalf of LSC in recognition for her accomplishments.
“Clare has put in a lot of hard work over the years, and especially this past year, and her achievements in Condobolin and abroad are something I’m very proud of,” Mayor Des said.
Clare’s commitment and passion for the agricultural sector and country life saw her crowned the 2009 Condobolin Showgirl and move swiftly through the ranks to be crowned the 2010 Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl in April this year.
With the past year being a blur of functions, speeches and event openings, Clare spoke of the vital role showgirls play in bringing the bush to the city in her address at the ceremony and expressed her love for Condobolin and the Condobolin community.
“There are two important messages to spread in rural NSW,” Clare said.
“One is get involved and get the younger people involved.
“The second message is to do something for yourself…something to better yourself, learn more about yourself and be the person you can be,” she said.
Clare was also recognised by President of the Condobolin PAH&I Society Bruce Patton who thanked Clare for doing the Condobolin community and Condobolin Show Society proud and presented her a life membership to the show.
Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf who was the master of ceremonies for the evening said Clare was the epitome of a showgirl – self-assured, poised and graceful.
The challenging hills and mallee trails took their toll on this year’s competitors of the Yellow Mountain Cross-Country race with local rider Jacob Smith overcoming a fall on the first day to win outright in an overall time of five hours fifteen minutes and ten seconds.
Coming in seven minutes behind Jacob, was second placed Matthew Fish with a time of five hours twenty-two minutes and eleven seconds, and third placed Stuart Bennett with a time of five hours twenty-six minutes and fourteen seconds.
With 208 competitors registering for the popular race, only 150 completed the two day rally with a number of mechanical problems and injuries forcing 58 competitors out of the race.
Coming in a minute ahead of champion Jacob Smith on the first day, Jake Haddrill’s bike broke down six kilometres from the start line on day two.
“It was a really well ridden race,” said Condobolin Motorbike President James Deeves.
“It was nice and wet and the local boys rode really well with Jake [Smith] doing a great job to come in first especially after a fall on the first day,” he said.
Covering approximately 250 kilometres over the two days, James said the consensus was the 2010 Tottenham to Condobolin track was one of the better rides with less dust and only a few bog holes that brought some of the riders undone.
The top ten outright winners were: Jacob Smith, Matt Fish, Stuart Bennett, Lee Stephens, Brett Emerson, Scott Dunn, David Geeves, Scott Thomas, Dave Claypole, Daniel Jones.
By Sally Willoughby
Condobolin Aero Club took a walk down memory lane recently when the historic Douglas C-47 Dakota with military configuration flew onto its tarmac.
The former Royal Australian Air Force plane was first built in 1945 and was restored over two years with parts replaced and over 100 hours of labour by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Illawarra Regional Airport.
The plane which flew in on Saturday 31 July, faced headwinds from Wollongong to Condobolin with President of the Condobolin Aero Club, Graham McDonald saying over 1200 litres of aviation fuel was used for the trip.
“That’s a heap of fuel – approximately $2200 worth of fuel which you can compare to a little plane that would only use about 100 litres of fuel for the same trip,” Graham said.
The Condobolin Aero Club were given the opportunity to refuel the historic plane with the two pilots who flew the C-47 into Condobolin, one an ex-Royal Air force pilot and the other an ex-Qantas 747 pilot, talking to members of the Club and the community.
During World War II, the armed forces of many countries used the C-47 for the transport of troops, cargo and wounded.
The Douglas C-47 Dakota that flew into Condo was delivered to 38 Squadron of the RAAF at Archerfield Base on 8 May 1945. The aircraft was later transferred to 37 Squadron in 1946 where she had her wartime camoflauge removed and was employed on courier flights to Japan in support of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces.
After a long history with the RAAF and later the Aircraft Research and Development Unit at Laverton Victoria, the aircraft was acquired by HARS in July 2000, having been the victim of spare parts requirements, who restored the plane to flying capacity by 2003.
The significant arrival had a historic edge for Condo locals who were taken back to the 50’s and 60’s when this kind of aircraft would fly regularly for passenger travel into Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo.
“It was really good to hear radial engines over Condo again,” said President of the Condobolin Aero Club Graham McDonald.
The club had a very busy weekend with other planes coming in including a Citation Business Jet from Port Macquarie arriving to pick up a Labradoodle puppy, Bill Peach Air Tours coming in on a Dash 8 aircraft on the Sunday and a plane bound for Broken Hill forced to land in Condo due to bad weather.
Local Ambulance Officer Sean Mitchell (pictured) graduated with his Diploma of Paramedical Science recently at a ceremony in Bathurst.
Sean, who has been in Condobolin for two and half years, was presented with his Diploma by CEO of the NSW Ambulance Service Greg Rochford who congratulated the graduates on achieving their personal goals.
“Paramedics play a vital role in the community by providing pre-hospital care to the sick and injured.
“Our graduates are responsible for providing responsive, high quality services in emergency clinical care within their level of training, care and respect at all times to the patients they treat and a fine example of team work and cooperation”, Mr Rochford said.
The three year course involved on-road practical experience, distance education and residential schools with Sean saying the Diploma means he is qualified to attend and manage a greater range of conditions and administer a wider range of medications.
The nationally accredited qualification includes training in dealing with heart attacks, road traumas, broken bones and emergency childbirths.
Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl Clare McDonald received another accolade last week after being nominated as one of three young agriculturalists by The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to take part in an intense scholarship program aimed at fast tracking their careers and securing the future of Australian agriculture.
Clare McDonald of Condobolin, Dougall Roberts of Tamworth, and Liz Pearson of Inverell are among 30 young people in the country selected to take part in the annual Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship, run in conjunction with the RAS and the University of Western Sydney.
Bernie O’Sullivan, RAS General Manager Agricultural Development, says the three were chosen for their passion, commitment and dedication to the future of a sustainable agricultural industry.
“Clare is the 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl, while Liz and Dougall have been the recipients of RAS Rural Achiever Awards.
“Working across agronomy, animal health and rural services sectors, the scholarship program will give them a valuable insight into how they can make a difference in their chosen fields of work,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
The 12-day course, held in September, covers topics such as business strategy and planning, the agricultural value chain, leadership skills, business finance, supply chain management, doing business with retailers, the role of government and sustainability issues.
Condobolin resident, 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl and Field Marketing Agronomist for AGnVet Services, Clare McDonald says the program will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the finer points in the agricultural product supply chain.
“My work as an agronomist with AGnVET Services sees me working in the paddock with farmers each day, who together with companies such as Woolworths have the mammoth task of feeding Australia.
“Given that large retail companies now have a greater influence on our agricultural product markets, in terms of demand and market value, it will be an invaluable experience to learn what aspects in turn influence them as a retailer.
“An understanding of the retailers’ business environment will also give me valuable insight to assist Australian producers grow the products being demanded by the market,” said Ms McDonald.
Students will listen to key speakers such as senior Woolworths’ staff, external experts and Sydney Royal award winning producers Jelm Pastoral Lamb and Serendipity Ice Cream. Students will also visit the 2008 RAS President’s Medal recipient Country Valley Dairy in Picton, along with one of Woolworths’ state of the art distribution centres and the famous Sydney Markets.
Greg Foran, Woolworths Director of Supermarkets said, the vast majority of Woolworths fresh produce is farmed in Australia so it makes sense for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders to get an insight into what makes a supermarket tick so those successful partnerships continue long into the future.
The Condobolin motor inn might be featuring some new faces, but the traditional gourmet a la carte menu and cosy rooms have remained the same with Sharmane and Scott Armstrong and Chef Marie Baker leasing the premises recently.
Hailing from Melbourne, Sharmane and Scott who brought their children out to Condo for a “tree-change” said the business and location was ideally suited to the lifestyle changes they were looking to make.
“Marie was looking to do something with a motel and we though why not take on something like this with a restaurant attached and look at something we could all work at,” Scott said.
With Sharmane and her mother Marie having worked previously in hotels, former fruit and veg wholesaler Scott said he’s new job description involved keeping the bar up to scratch.
“We’ll be keeping the popular wines and will look at getting a few new ones in from Western Australia that will start with sample bottles and if we get a good response we’ll continue getting them in,” Scott said.
Traditionally a fine-dining restaurant for that special occasion or function, the new managers have kept with tradition and maintained a gourmet a la carte menu featuring some old favourites coupled with Marie’s new seasonal cuisine.
With a selection of seafood choices including oysters, garlic prawns and salt and pepper squid on offer for entrees, the main meals are equally as appetising with Fillet Mignon wrapped with bacon and mushroom sauce on a crouton and the veal medallion with prawns, asparagus and hollandaise sauce some of the favourites.
To make a reservation at the restaurant, or enquire about a room, call 02 6895 2233.
With local Firefighter Mick Taylor recently retiring, the Condobolin branch of the NSW Fire Brigades is on the hunt for a Retained Firefighter to join their team.
Fire Captain Mick Malouf said the position is a diverse and varied one with a Retained Firefighter being on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies.
“The position is for a paid, on-call Retained Firefighter which means they are on-call from home or work rather than on duty at the station,” Fire Captain Malouf said.
Firefighters undertake a wide range of duties including motor vehicle accidents, bushfires, fire suppression, hazardous material response and storm and flood damage assistance.
“This is a great way for people to put something back into the community and become involved in a real team network,” Fire Captain Malouf said.
With the first step to send away for an application and then an interview process with the Zone Commander of Leeton and the Duty Commander of NW3, the Fire Captain said you then complete an rigorous training course at Deniliquin.
“Once accepted you go to an initial four-day training camp at the New South Wales Fire Brigade training camp in Deniliquin and then another two-day camp two weeks later,” he said.
Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to call 6953 6583 for an application pack.