Short film highlights hard truths

Condobolin budding film makers have entered their short film 'Picket Fence' in the PlayNowActNow CompetitionBy Sally Willoughby

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.

Diamond anniversary celebration

Kevin and Biddy Brady celebrated their 60th Wedding AnniversaryProminent 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.

Innovative approach supports student learning

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.

2010 Federal Election Candidates for Parkes

Andrew Books - Country LaborAndrew Brooks – Country Labor

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 Clements - IndependentJohn Clements – Independent

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 Coulton - National PartyMark Coulton – National Party

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 - GreensMatt Parmeter – Greens

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.

Condobolin RSL serves up authentic cuisine

Bob and Lisa Wong are the new managers of Bob's Kitchen at Condobolin RSL ClubThe 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.

Woggoon Nature Reserve Cultural Heritage Surveys

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.

Local bulls sell in Forbes

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!

Clare honoured in civic reception

A civic reception was held for 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl Clare McDonaldBy Sally Willoughby

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.

Yellow Mountain – a real challenge

Yellow Mountain competitorsBy Sally Willoughby

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.

Condo reminisces with roar of radial engines

A former Royal Airforce plane flew into Condobolin airportBy 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.

Roadside saviour

A local ambulance officer has recently graduatedLocal 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.

Clare awarded prestigious scholarship

Clare McDonald was awarded the Woolworths Agricultural Business ScholarshipSydney 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.

Tree-change for new Motor Inn managers

Condobolin Motor Inn's new ownersThe 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.

Firefighters calling for new recruit

Become a firefighter in CondobolinWith 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.

Dental health week

Dental Health Week in CondobolinSenior Dental Therapist Robyn Browne highlighted the importance of oral hygiene during Dental Health Week last Thursday encouraging the community to use the free fortnightly service that runs out of Condobolin Hospital to keep their teeth in check.
Dental Health Week emphasises the importance of regular teeth check-ups and how to protect your teeth against common problems like tooth erosion.
Tooth erosion is the gradual wearing away or dissolving of the outer enamel layer of teeth and is caused by regular exposure to acid found in food and drinks like fruit juice, soft drinks, sport drinks and vinegar and pickles.
With Dental Therapist Robyn saying Dental Health Week was an ideal time to focus on the importance of your teeth, she reminded parents that they can use their teen vouchers at the clinic that runs out of Condobolin Hospital.
To make an appointment next time the team are in town call 1300 552 626.

Healthy lunchbox ideas

By Sally Willoughby
In an initiative to provide children with healthy and nutritious meals, Condobolin Dietitian Rebecca Jarman visited Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten recently to guide parents in what foods to include in their child’s ‘healthy’ lunchbox.
“It’s incredibly important for young children to have a healthy lunchbox full of nutrients packed for them each day,” Rebecca said.
“An ideal lunchbox will have a fruit component, some dairy, and a grain-based sandwich with some vegetables and protein like meat,” she said.
Rebecca also recommended packing fluids like water or milk instead of fruit juices or cordials.
“Many parents don’t realise the amount of sugar in these drinks, kids are better off having a piece of fruit and glass of water” she said.
The information session also involved ideas to encourage children to want to eat healthier foods which included using cookie cutters to cut up a sandwich into a shape, and chopping up a piece of fruit so it is accessible and ready to eat.
With a focus on providing nutritious snacks for young children who have small stomachs and require small amounts of food more frequently than adults, Rebecca recommended steering clear of pre-packaged snacks.
“The focus was on providing food and snack ideas that don’t involve pre-packaged food like a cereal bars, shapes or chips as they provide minimal nutritional value, have high amounts of sugar, salt and fat and are very expensive,” she said.

What constitutes a healthy lunchbox?

Fruit and vegetables: are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. Try fresh, tinned or dried fruit add to reduced-fat yoghurt, or try chopped up vegetable sticks. Some raw fruit or vegetables may pose a greater choking risk to young children, these can be softened in the microwave.
Sandwiches and grain-based snacks: provide dietary fibre and nutrients for the body. Try a wholegrain or wholemeal sandwich with reduced fat cheese, salad and a lean meat, or wholemeal crackers or corn or rice cakes.
Meat and meat alternatives: choose lean cuts of meat which are trimmed of fat like beef, lamb, fish, eggs or legumes. Sausages and processed luncheon meats such as devon, ham or salami can often be high in saturated fat, salt and preservatives.
Dairy snacks: try yoghurt, custard or cheese. Children over 2 years can have reduced fat dairy foods.

Chamberlain work horse tours through Condo

The Chamberlain (9G) Tractor Club of Western Australia toured through CondobolinBy Sally Willoughby
Condobolin welcomed some interesting characters last week as members of the Chamberlain (9G) Tractor Club of Western Australia rolled into town with their fully-restored Chamberlain tractors in a bid to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors and Children’s Hospital.
Making their way to Dubbo for the Truck and Tractor Show, the group of four tractors started their trek in Young before heading South along the Murray Darling and back up.
As the famous workhorse of the 50s and 60s, the fully-restored Chamberlain tractors can travel up to 50 kilometres an hour making the three week trip from Young to Swan Hill and up to Dubbo a relatively long one.
“We do a trek every two years if we can to help raise money for the Flying Doctors and Children’s Ward,” said member Allan Moss from Tamworth.
The 2010 expedition was meant to be a ten year anniversary of their inaugural trek which saw over 35 tractors and support vehicles make their way from Steep Point to Byron Bay, but was changed into a smaller trek after adverse weather conditions forced members out.

Dorpers come first with ram trial

The Dorper Ram Paddock Performance Trial and Sale, CondobolinWicus Cronje, a highly respected Judge, Inspector and Classer of Dorpers in  South Africa, was on hand on Monday at the Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station (CARAS) for the very first Dorper Ram Paddock Performance Trial and Sale.
This inaugural Dorper (including White Dorper) Ram Paddock Performance Trial & Sale has been modelled on the South African “Veld Sales”.  These are rapidly gaining prominence as the preferred means of identifying high performance rams. The Paddock Performance Sale is a unique genetic evaluation process using both phenotyping (classing) and objective measurement to select elite rams in the absence of environmental variation.
President of the Eastern Region Dorper Society, Graham Pickles of “Burrawang” Ootha,  approached Dean Patton, Manager at the Condobolin research station with the idea to manage the trial under independent conditions and with expert staff and ideal facilities.
Graham said, “This is most valuable type of ram trial and sales, all these stud animals are raised under the same unsupplemented paddock conditions as opposed to the traditional national sales method where the sheep are fed on high protein diets.”
“With the latter, the buyer has limited means of determining the impact of these environmental variations on his purchase. This is the first trial of its type for any sheep breed to be conducted in Australia.”
Dean said, “I am very pleased that we can accommodate these rams at the Condobolin ARAS.”
“This trial is important to the Research Station as it increases the diversity of industry funded activities on the station.
Dorpers have increased in popularity in this district considerably over the last 10 years.”
“I believe there are many opportunities this type of sheep contributes to the industry.”
“I look forward to working with the Dorper stud breeders over the next twelve months.”
“I have a long term view that there is a need to compare alternative sheep enterprises in this environment and we are ideally situated.”
“While many local groups are interested in such a comparison, funding sources are limited so I hope this project strengthens our case to undertake further livestock research at the Condobolin ARAS.”
According to the breeders, the trial will resolve the inefficiencies of the existing ram sales by removing environmental variation; by utilising a skilled sheep classer, Wicus Cronje;  and by using the latest objective measurement technology, then combining all these into a single assessment.
Wicus said, “This process has been running in South Africa for a very long time and is the way rams will be sold in the future – everyone gets treated exactly the same and the buyer knows what they get in the end. It is all about quality control and having an independent [CARAS] involved is a very good thing.”
On Monday, the rams, aged between 100 and 120 days old were inoculated, visually assessed and electronically ear tagged for recording of the performance testing  and put into the data base for LAMBPLAN.
Sheep Genetics LAMBPLAN is a world class tool to objectively benchmark sheep performance across breeding flocks. It assists in the identification of high performance sires where environmental circumstances vary, creating the potential for ram buyers to achieve higher rates of genetic gain.
Nick Pagett of ‘Winrae Dorpers’, Bourke said, “We’re very interested in what is happening as it is the first of its kind – it will be exciting to find out about the results when they come through.”
Over the course of the eight month trial objective measurements (weight, eye muscle, fat depth etc) will be regularly recorded.
At the conclusion of the trial the rams will again be classed and all rams will be ranked using a combination of performance derived by measurement and the classing of the rams against the breed standard of excellence. Rams remain anonymous during the course of the trial to remove the potential for bias. This will then be followed by a sale.

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