A high profile at All Saints’ College

Condobolin students currently attending All Saints' College in BathurstCondobolin has a firm foothold at All Saints’ College, with 10 students from the Condobolin area attending school in Bathurst this year.
“Condobolin has always been a great area for us and some terrific local families have sent their children to All Saints – over a number of years,” said All Saints’ Head of College Dr Peter Miller.
“Of course, creating a supportive and ‘family-like’ atmosphere is a key part of the way we approach boarding  – and many of our students will tell you this is why they enjoy being at All Saints,” Dr Miller said.
Glenda Isbister, who heads the Lyon House residence for girls from Year 7 to 10, said the girls are a close knit group who support and help each other – while having a lot of fun.
“Along with school, the students love spending time together at different weekend activities, such as movies, picnics, craft, impromptu sports games and cooking sessions,” Mrs Isbister said.
“There is never a dull moment and the students really enjoy their time with us,” she said.
All Saints’ College’s Director of Boarding, Eliot Sanger, says the key ingredient is the close and supportive relationship between the students and the boarding staff who care for them.
“We work very hard to create a family-like atmosphere, to keep the students busy and to keep in close contact with the parents and families at home. We are very conscious of the trust involved in sending your child to boarding school – and we take this responsibility very seriously,” Mr Sanger said.

The secret’s out

The special publication 'The Country Show Cookbook' will be available to purchase at the Condobolin ShowThe secrets of some of the State’s champion cooks have been revealed in a special publication, recently launched as a fundraiser for the NSW country show movement.
The Country Show Cookbook: Award –winning Recipes at Country Shows is a heart-warming collection of traditional recipes, some with a twist, presented in a 256-page, hard-cover, colour-illustrated book.
It contains award-winning recipes by many NSW country shows including three by champion Condobolin Show cooks.
Of the 200 show societies in NSW, around 100 accepted the invitation of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC) to submit recipes.  Each has won a champion prize at a show, either local or Royal, and all recipes were tested by ASC cooks.
David Moor, immediate past-president of the ASC said, “I would have thought you would have more success extracting the fangs of an irritated tiger snake than a secret recipe by a show winner,” but this proved not to be the case with the ASC being willingly inundated with 400 recipes from which the book’s selection of 180 were made.
In Condobolin we submitted 9 recipes by seven of our most consistent champion cooks of the last decade of both cookery and home-made classes and those selected by the editors for publication were the butter cake recipe of Judith Davis with chocolate, orange and marble adaptations; Kate Cunningham’s lemon butter with lime, orange and passionfruit variations; and the quince jelly of Daphne Williams.
As a number of local cooks have commented since trying out some of the recipes, one of the beauties of the book is that the ingredients are all standard pantry fare with little need to hunt for exotic additions.
Copies are available for $25 each at the Secretary’s Office at the Showground, so get in early because they are selling like …… well, like hot cakes!

Country Energy set to sizzle

Culinary delights and mouth watering teasers will be on the menu at this year’s Condobolin Show, as Country Energy features its infamous Country Energy cooking demonstrations.
For the first time, the local energy provider will showcase the Country Energy kitchen featuring cooking demonstrations and taste testing, taking place every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Country Energy’s acting regional general manager, Ben McClements, said, “This event is a fantastic example
of how Country Energy continues to support the local organisations within the community.”
“This year, the Country Energy kitchen will feature popular local produce – lamb – with renowned Bathurst chef, Tracey Tullier, demonstrating a number of quick and easy recipes that customers can make at home,” Ben said.
Everyone who visits the Country Energy marquee on Saturday will have the opportunity to go into the draw for an energy efficiency pack valued at over $200 – there will also be some giveaways at each cooking demonstration.
Country Energy is a strong supporter of the communities in which it operates. Environmental, social, educational and cultural events and organisations benefit from our community sponsorship program.
“We are a big part of Condobolin community – our employees live and work in the area so investing in the future of the town is good business sense,” Ben said.

Carbon Expos Coming to the Condobolin Show

“Want to know more about climate change and what you can do to make a difference? If the answer is yes, then come along to the Condobolin show and check out the Carbon Expo being put on by Centroc and Lachlan Catchment Management Authority on both days of the show.” said Cr Manwaring, Mayor of Lachlan.
“There will be composting, permaculture, alternative technologies, The Weather Report – a great quarterly climate change newsletter produced by Centroc. Carbon Farmers Australia will be there to talk about their different approach to agriculture, local nurseries who are a great source of water wise plants and many others will be there.” said Cr Manwaring.
“What is really exciting is that the TAFE Western Green Skills on the Road mobile learning resource will be there. The facility, which travels across the region, is used to raise industry and community awareness of environmentally sustainable technologies. Green Skills on the Road contains and provides the following resources:
•Displays of sustainable building materials
•Displays of water efficient products
•Displays of renewable energy products
•Information pamphlets
•Interactive computer activities
•DVD presentations
So don’t forget to come to the show next week and see what is on offer in our region” said Cr Manwaring.
“The Green Skills on the Road will only be at the show on Friday so don’t miss out.  There is also a lucky door prize of a solar mobile phone and iPod charger.
There is also children’s colouring in competition.  There are great prizes and it will be drawn on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 at the Carbon Expo site.
Copies of the colouring in competition are available from Council, the Lachlan CMA office in Condobolin and inside The Condobolin Argus.

Condobolin & District Kennel Club 41st All Breeds Championship Dog Show

Condobolin Dog Show's Commonwealth Bank DayThe 41st All Breeds Championship Dog Show is currently being held at the Gordon McCarron Kennel Club Arena at the Condobolin Caravan Park and is part of a circuit of PA&H and Kennel Club Dog Shows that occur over the next few weeks in Tullamore, Trundle, Bedgerebong, Peak Hill, Parkes, and Grenfell.
Julie Norris, President of the CDKC said, “There has been a good level of entries with 360 dogs covering 81 different breeds from the biggest- Irish Wolf Hounds to the smallest – Chihuahuas.”
Due to the excellent and well maintained facilities at the Condobolin Caravan Park, most competitors are based in Condobolin and opt to travel to the other events. Competitors travel to the region from all over Australia with the judges coming from South Australia and Queensland.
A good crowd turned up last Sunday which included a Market Day with a variety of stalls.
Monday’s competition was also successful with the Condobolin RSL sponsoring all the prizes for ‘Best in Show’.
With more competition next weekend why not take a stroll around the dog show. Sunday is fancy dress- in pyjamas – starting at 9 am.

Fresh new flair at Florist La Fleur

Brenda Haworth of Condobolin's new Florist la FleurFloristry to many people is a learned art, but the consensus around town on new florist owner Brenda Haworth is she possesses a rare gift for the business.
With the grand opening of Florist La Fleur tomorrow (Thursday 26 August), Brenda has been busy giving the new premises at 90B Bathurst Street (the old Country Kids building) an elegant revamp into a stylish florist and gift shop.
With extensive experience in the floral industry having owned a florist in Milton for seven years before marrying, and more recently working alongside Betty Smith in Condobolin, Brenda said she’s looking forward to the new venture.
“I’ve always loved flowers and arranging them and with the other florist closing down the opportunity just sort of arose and I thought we’d see how we go,” Brenda said.
With fresh, seasonal flowers available every day, the business will cater for all occasions including weddings, debutante balls, birthdays and funerals.
Residents are encouraged to drop into Florist La Fleur on Thursday (26 August) for the grand opening and browse through the extensive giftware.
The business will offer delivery of fresh flowers and can be contacted on 02 6895 4231.

Nasho notes

On the 15th of August the golden west sub-branch held its quartly meeting.
We had a great turn up for the meeting with all towns being represented. At the start of the meeting a few minutes silence was held for a few reasons,1- the death of a couple of members, 2- the death or our soldiers that have fallen resonantly and remembrance for V-J day 65 years ago and finally remembering the 2.5 thousand Australian, British and islander’s who died in the biggest death march the Japanese committed.
The main talk for the meeting was the upcoming ceremony being held in Canberra. A dedication to all the national servicemen and in memory of those who died, will be held in September. A great march with former Nasho’s will take place and the fallen and surviving service personnel will be recognized.
At the start of the meeting I informed the members that I will be standing down as secretary and publicity officer as of our last meeting to be held in November at West Wyalong. I have held the position’s for close to 6 years now so I feel that I need to stand down and hand the reigns over to some body else.
During the meeting President Bruce Howard had a few small gifts to hand out to a couple of our members just to show some appreciation, so congratulations to Frank Stott, Kevin Nixon, Bill Richards.
Following the meeting we had a BBQ with a few drinks and it was great to get around the members and have a good chat along with some laughs. I must thank Fay Krebs and Sally Jones for their delicious snacks and salads.Also a thanks goes to Len Krebs for doing the cooking.
The next meeting and the last for 2010 will be held on the 21st of November held at the Wyalong Services Club. I really look forward to seeing you all there for my last meeting in these positions.
Entered by Secretary and Publicity Officer, Trevor Whitney.

Grant helps Rotary up-skill

Condobolin Rotary Club President, Dave Carter recently applied for and was successful in securing a grant of five thousand dollars from the Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, (FaHCSIA).
Rotarians give freely of their time and money in their quest to raise funds for “local” and world humanitarian causes.
With compliance issues and the ever increasing risk of litigation, Dave believed the club really needed to ensure all members are trained in first aid, and that the club is able to better collate and store relevant club information.
Funds we raise go to others and not our club, which realistically means, if members can’t provide, we go with out!
This grant will allow all of our members to do that first aid training, the computer will allow Club Secretary Bob Gill to do away with the antiquated and very bulky paper trail, the camera and video means we can capture events on film to perhaps better promote our intent to community as well as being a modern means of communication., and the filing cabinet is self explanatory.
I would encourage all volunteer service clubs to apply for funds in the next round.

Condo hosts cereal rust workshop

On Thursday August 19 a Cereal Rust Workshop was held at the Condobolin Research and Advisory Station for Advisors and Growers. The meeting was well attended with around 35 growers and advisors from across the Condobolin and Forbes district in attendance.
The guest speakers for the morning session was Associate Professor Colin Wellings, Sydney University, Plant Breeding Institute, Cobbitty, Peter Matthews, acting Technical Specialist (Cereal Farming Systems), Temora and Ian Menz, District Agronomist at Condobolin.
The session covered the history of cereal rust within Australia and how the disease has developed since being detected in Australia and the origins of different pathogens within Australia at the present time. Colin presented the findings from last seasons rust survey and the likely risks to cereal crops in 2010.
Concurrent sessions were conducted, providing information on rust reaction and variety selection. Colin displayed the disease reaction to different stains or pathogens of rust on many of the current wheat varieties, as well as identification of rust on plants. In this session, the take home message was variety selection as it is important to select a variety with a high resistance level.
Peter and Ian of Industry and Investment NSW conducted an information session on the disease effects and condition required for the disease to develop as well as providing information on current fungicide treatments. In this session the timing of fungicide application was noted as the take home message.
It is very important to carry out regular crop monitoring to achieve early detection of disease. It may be necessary to apply one, two or even three application of fungicide to maintain the protection of the flag, minus one and two leaves, which are the “money leaves” of the plant. The use of seed dressing was also discussed as this provides early seedling and plant protection to delay foliar fungicides application.

CHS students to embark on discovery of China

Condobolin High School students will soon embark on a trip to ChinaBy Sally Willoughby
A select group of year 10 and 11 Condobolin High School students will make the pilgrimage to China in six weeks to explore the rich culture, discover the ancient traditions and experience some of the best shopping across its most famous cities.
Coordinated by CHS teacher, Bev Small, the thirteen day tour will give the students the full China experience taking them to see the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai, the Terracotta Armies in Xian and Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
“We put the idea forward in July 2008 and the students have been saving and getting organised since then,” Bev said.
“This is a way for them to learn about another culture – they’re all getting pretty excited and it will be a great experience for them all,” she said.
The students who are all in year ten and eleven will leave for the trip on 26 September and return on 8 October during their school holidays.
The school is looking to implement a permanent program to take students overseas every two years with CHS teacher Mel Rees to organise the next adventure.

Commitment to community

Barrick Gold have relaunched their Community Partnering ProgramBy 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.

The biggest Show ever for Condobolin

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.
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.
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.
A Pied Piper's duck models a pink outfitTHE 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Help wanted!!
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.

Sashings at Show Ball

Condobolin 2010 Show Ball announced Georgina Sutherland as Condobolin's 2010 ShowgirlTwenty-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.

Lessons in farm safety

Scallywag the Scarecrow and Farmer Fran visited Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten to teach them about farm safetyBy 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.

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.

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