Entertainment

Cowboys & cowgirls head to Cobar this Saturday

This weekend’s Cobar Rodeo has received more than two hundred entries.
Cobar Rodeo Committee Inc President, Cameron Cutting, said he was impressed with the amount of entries for the 2011 Rodeo.
It will be the first full day of rodeo entertainment to be held in Cobar for many years.
Some of the top Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) Rodeo competitors in NSW have nominated for the Rodeo to be held at the traditional home for rodeo in Cobar, Dalton Park Racecourse this Saturday the 4th of June.
Popular events include steer wrestling, steer undecorating,  team roping, junior, juvenile and ladies barrel racing and of course the spectacular novice and open bull and bronc rides.
The bull rides which are always the crowd favourite will feature bulls like Peter Kennedy’s (“Nakadoo”) bucking stocks ‘Russian Roulette’ a (ABCRA) national finals selected bull, ranked in the top 15 in Australia and “Party Boys” a mean looking black bull that has only ever been ridden once. Nakadoo’s ‘Jackass” a young bull showing plenty of spunk and attitude is certain to give the cowboy who draws him a run for his money and the spectators plenty to cheer about when he struts his stuff  after he is bucked out. A drawcard in the broncs is ‘’Ride Tuff Dark and Stormy’’ twice winner of ABCRA national bucking horse of the year.
The rodeo clowns are the unsung heros that will entertain the spectators with bravado and quick moves to ensure the safety of the bull riders, whilst the pick up men back up the bronc riders.
Children’s entertainment on the day will include air brushed tattoos and a jumping castle, Shane Josephson will be entertaining the crowd during breaks with live music and the mechanical bull will be at the grounds for all ages to enjoy.
Some of the confirmed trade stalls include Curio Clothing, Landmark Russell, Kangaroo Gardens and a western outfitter of the Hunter Valley.
Cameron said the gates for the rodeo will open at 8am and it is expected that the drawcard events will be well underway by mid morning, so come along early and grab a good spot. Vehicles cannot be parked near the arena rails this year as they were in past years due to safety concerns, there will be grandstand seating supplied, but spectators are welcome to bring a chair if they choose.
A bar will be operating and the Cobar Pony Club will keep the hunger pangs at bay with their canteen.  No alcohol is to be brought into the rodeo grounds and a security guard will be on the gate to confirm the over 18s by licence identification and wristbands.
People who are keen to party on after the rodeo can hop on the courtesy bus that is being provided by the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club after the last event.
Cameron said the committee would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support and look forward to a great day on Saturday.

New cultural festival announced for Forbes

Festival Director Stefo Nantsou (left), with the Mayor of Forbes, Councillor Phyllis Miller, the Festival convener Merrill Findlay, and Councillor Chris Roylances, at a community consultation in Forbes. Photo courtesy Forbes Advocate.By Dominic Geiger

Former Condobolin resident and author, Merrill Findlay, has announced a brand new cultural festival will be held in Forbes this September.
The Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival will incorporate visual arts, multiple styles of music, theatre and literature to offer something for “every age and interest group.”
Merrill, who is the festival’s convenor, said the legend of Kate Kelly, the sister of the infamous Ned Kelly, had helped provide the genesis for the festival.
“I wanted to create an opera about Kate Kelly, whose body was found in Forbes Lagoon, and I met Ross Carey, who was a piano teacher with the Mitchell Conservatorium,” she said.
“From that meeting we developed a really good collaboration for this song cycle about Kate Kelly… and that song cycle will now headline the festival.
“The Song Cycle consists of forty minutes of very accessible new classical music for soprano voice, violin, cello, clarinet, piano accordion, community choirs and clap stick.”
Merrill said although classical music would be featured in the festival, there would also be many other genres on show.
“There’ll be jazz, country, hip hop…we’ll have lots of buskers as well; any musicians in the region are able to perform,” she said.
“We even have a minister for busking, Robert Hofwell, who is President of the Forbes Country Music Club, and will be drawing on his experience when planning the busking venues and program for the festival.
Rather than a traditional organising committee, Merrill said a cabinet of twelve ‘ministers’ would be responsible for the running of the event.
“Each (minister) will be responsible for a portfolio of festival events and activities, ranging from stage performances, busking and lantern making, to exhibitions, markets and creative sports,” she said.
The cabinet will also include one of Condobolin’s very own, with Rural Mental Health Consultant, Di Gill taking on the role of Minister for Mental Health.
“Ms Gill will co-host a Beyond Blue Bowls Tournament with the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club on Sunday morning, 4 September, as part of the festival,” Merrill said.
The inaugural Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival will be held on September 3-4 in Forbes and will open the NSW State Landcare and Catchment Management Forum which will be held in Parkes the following week.
For more information, visit the festival’s website at www.merrillfindlay.com

Ute sculpture set to promote Condobolin Chutes and Utes Festival

The ute sculpture intended to promote Condobolin’s own Chutes and Utes Festival prepared by Condobolin artists Karen Tooth and Jamie Coffill.By Dominic Geiger

A new ute sculpture is being prepared for the annual ‘Condo Chutes and Utes’ festival which is to be held from October 1-3.
The sculpture, which has been designed and painted by Condobolin’s very own ute artist extraordinaires, Karen Tooth and Jamie Coffill, will feature a model wire cowboy riding a slanted ute on the top of a pole.
The ute, which currently resides in a Condobolin backyard, will eventually be located on Pony Club and Campdraft Grounds on the southern side of the Lachlan River Bridge in Condobolin.
Promoter of the Chutes and Utes Festival, Blue Reardon, said the main purpose of the sculpture was to advertise so people using the grounds could see when the event was on.
“Hopefully this will create a bigger and better event,” he said.
“It will also help promote the Utes in the Paddock attraction.
“The sculpture will be able to provide information about the bull riding event for the whole year.”
Despite the design of the sculpture well under way, Blue said the project had taken longer than expected due to the various legal requirements that needed to be met.
“We’re hoping to complete the project in the near future,” he said.

Jay Kay’s magic circus

Clown magicians, illusionists and fire-eaters wowed Lachlan Shire families over the weekend, with Jay Kay’s Magic Circus rolling in to Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo for a number of very special performances.
Organiser, Kathy Gardner, said there was an excellent crowd at both the 2pm and 6:30pm shows in Condobolin on Saturday afternoon.
“We tend to keep to the smaller towns because we find the people friendlier,” she said.
“We have performed in the suburbs of Brisbane before but we prefer to go out bush because people here don’t get as much live entertainment.
“In some cases we’re the only live entertainment (the towns) get for a while.”
Kathy said although all the acts at the show were entertaining, the children reacted differently to the various characters.
“They get a big kick out of Terry T Tiger and Chuckles the Clown,” she said.
“Between (myself and fellow performer), Jerome Kirwen, we have over 40 years experience in the industry.
“This particular show has been going for 18 months now.”

Save the Date for the Condobolin Tattoo!

The Condobolin RSL Pipe Band will host the second Condobolin Tattoo on Saturday 17th September due to popular demand.
The Tattoo is a triennial event with the inaugural Condobolin Tattoo held in 2008 with overwhelming success.
The 2008 Tattoo was the first event of its kind in the Central West NSW region and attracted over 1000 spectators who enjoyed a day of pipes, drums and a street parade with over 120 performers from across NSW participating.
Plans for the 2011 Tattoo are already in full swing with Event Coordinator Alistair Salter having already secured performers from around NSW and the ACT.
“The Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums, Dubbo & District Pipe Band, Yanco Agricultural High School Drum Corps, the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band, Dubbo & District Pipe Band, Dubbo District Concert Band, Condobolin Googar Dancers, plus Bandsmen from Albury/Wodonga, Leeton and Wagga Wagga Pipe bands have all confirmed they will be performing in the 2011 Condobolin Tattoo,” said Alistair.
“With the variety and quality of such performers already confirmed, we are expecting the 2011 Condobolin Tattoo to be even bigger than the inaugural event,” said Alistair.
The Carlton Draft Beer Academy is also attending and will be a highlight with the VB Gold Carlton Clydesdales in the 2011 street parade. The VB Gold Truck will also be stationed in the RSL car park for the event.
Tickets go on sale 1st July 2011, $30 per adult, $10 per child 16 years and under. Limited tickets are available so be quick!

Be a part of the Parkes Picnic Races

The Parkes Picnic Races is a highlight of the social calendar in the Central West, and is held on the June long weekend annually.
This year’s event is promising to be bigger and better than ever, with hospitality sites booked out and entertainment galore.
Along with the racing program that includes the prestigious Coradgery Cup, the Parkes races includes one of the Central West’s best fashions events. This year there is over $8000 in cash and prizes to reward the best dressed punters on the field.
Parkes boutique 141 on Main has returned as the major sponsor for the event.
Categories include most elegant lady, cutting edge, millinery, best dressed gent, most stylish couple, best dressed teenager and best dressed junior racegoer, and the ‘just for fun’ category that always draws some interesting looks.
The judging panel for judges includes last year’s most elegant lady, Michelle Morgan, and accomplished milliner Fiona Schofield from Orange.
Entry forms for Fashions on the Field are available at 141 on Main in Parkes.
Gates open at 12pm and the cost for entry is $15.
You can also buy your race book for an extra $5, and it comes with a free stubby holder from Totally Workwear.
Many pubs and clubs in Parkes are offering hospitality tents where you can get your meals, drinks and a warm spot to hang out.
There is also great food on offer from the Quota Club of Parkes in the kitchen under the grandstand, as well as full bar facilities for those who aren’t in a hospitality tent.
Full betting facilities are also available, so be sure to put aside a few dollars for a punt on your favourite.
Entertainment on the day includes music by duo Luke Wheeldon and Dave Bishop, and kids activities include Carpe de Circus and Sand Art.
For further information please contact Parkes Visitors Centre on 02 6862 6000.

‘Black Olive’ cooks in Condobolin

Condobolin High School student Adam Richards (right) will be doing an internship with Mark Olive (left) at his Melbourne restaurant. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Celebrity Chef, Mark Olive aka ‘The Black’ Olive spent last Thursday teaching a group of enthusiastic Condobolin High School students how to cook using traditional Aboriginal bush foods.
While at the school, Mark also presented a $2000 cheque from AUSTAR Television to deputy principal Robyn Walsh to support the school’s new ‘Food For Life’ project.
The project aims to teach children how to cook healthy foods from the supermarket on a limited budget.
With the help of a number of food technology students, Mark spent most of his time at the school preparing a meal consisting of damper, various Australian bush herbs, emu sausages and fresh vegetables.
In his address to the school, Mark said he felt proud to be able to bring Aboriginal food to schools and televisions across the nation.
“I’ve had such an amazing opportunity to be able to do this,” he said.
“I want to encourage all you kids, whether you’re black or white, just to get out there and follow your dreams.”
While cooking, Mark spoke at length about the different health benefits of eating Australian native animals.
“I think a lot of people get very concerned when we talk about eating our coat of arms,” he said.
“Skippy has a lot to answer for; Skippy is very tasty.
“Kangaroo meat is incredibly good for you because it’s low in fat and an excellent source of iron.”
Mark said if people found it difficult to access certain types of meats, most butchers would be able to order them from other places.
“Part of what today is about is encouraging kids to go in to stores and ask for these types of food,” he said.
“All the vegies we’re using today came from a supermarket in Condo, though we brought the herbs and meat from my restaurant in Melbourne.
“Today I’m trying to break down the barrier between indigenous and non indigenous foods; I want to bring native foods back in to the mainstream.”
While at the school, a year ten student, Adam Richards, approached Mark about doing an internship at Mark’s Melbourne restaurant.
Adam’s Mother, Janine Richards, said Adam was obsessed with pursuing a career as a chef.
“He was first in his class for food technology last year,” she said.
“He has such a passion for cooking; he gave up a rugby game today to be here.
“Mark really inspires him, so today and the work experience will really help.”

A mental night out

Mental As Anything appeared at the RSL last Friday evening. DGBy Dominic Geiger

An incredibly energetic Mental As Anything exploded onto the stage of the Condobolin RSL last Friday evening with a series of famous hits as well as a few lesser known numbers.
Although weary from the six hour drive from Sydney, the band coerced the crowd onto the dance floor in a show of youthful exuberance which defied the Mental’s many years of touring both locally and overseas.
Keyboardist, Greedy Smith, was particularly energetic, displaying incredible dance moves not seen since shoulder pads and mullets became popular.
Noteworthy songs included favourites such as ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’, ‘If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?’ and a sleazy, bass driven rendition of ‘Mr Natural’.
Despite a few hiccups with the sound, the majority of the band’s songs sounded crisp and clear, with perfect timing and sound levels throughout the performance.
The lighting also proved quite interesting and featured a rather strange and unexpected strobe interlude.
Greedy said he enjoyed the vibe of the Condobolin audience.
“We played here five years ago and we received pretty much the same vibe from the crowd,” he said.
“People here are always very respectful and attentive, with plenty of giggling and mirth making amongst those who really recognise a lot of our songs.
“You see that people have a real identification with our more popular songs, but they’re also very respectful of our newer stuff as well.”
Mental As Anything will continue on to Coonabarabran this week as part of their tour to support their latest album, ‘Tents Up’, which was released in 2009.

Tales of treachery told at Condobolin Hotel

Notorious ex-criminal Abo Henry at the Condobolin Hotel Motel last Friday night. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Notorious ex-criminal Graham ‘Abo’ Henry kept the crowd at the Condobolin Hotel Motel enthralled last Friday night with tales of organised crime, brutal bashings and corrupt coppers from 1970s and 80s Sydney.
The performance was held as part of his nationwide tour to support the re-release of his biographical novel, ‘ABO A Treacherous Life – The Graham Henry Story’.
The novel is being re-released as an uncut version, with previously withheld information now able to be included due to the recent demise of several of the book’s subjects.
Graham spoke to the crowd for about an hour detailing how experiences from his younger life resulted in his rise to the top of Sydney’s criminal syndicates and eventual incarceration.
Perhaps the harshest words of Graham’s speech were reserved for his former partner in crime, Neddy Smith.
“I first met Neddy Smith in Parramatta Prison where I was sent for an assault while working as a bouncer,” he said.
“Over the years I came to learn what a treacherous and cunning snake he was.
“In the world I lived in I had to take the old saying about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer and turn it around because it was always your friends who stabbed you in the back.”
Graham, who was released from prison for the final time in 1997, also went in to detail about how he ended up behind bars to begin with.
“I slit the throat of the head police prosecutor at the time,” he said.
“He lived, unfortunately, and I received a relaxed sentence because the judge said he could see no legitimate reason why the head prosecutor should be meeting with notorious criminals down dark alleyways.”

Condobolin Debutante Ball

The Condobolin Debutante Ball was held on Saturday, 30th April, 2011, with eleven Condobolin girl making their debut.

More photos are available to view at The Condobolin Argus office.

Organised crime comes to Condobolin

Graham Henry and Neddy Smith during their time in prisonBy Dominic Geiger

Underbelly star and former member of Australia’s most notorious crime syndicate, Graham “Abo” Henry, will be in Condobolin this Friday to “have a yarn” about his life and to shed light on how Sydney organised crime functioned in the 70s and 80s.
Henry, who was released from prison in 1997 and has since published an autobiographical account of his life, said he would also be welcoming people from the crowd to ask any questions they wanted.
“Hopefully we’ll just be having a few laughs and telling a few yarns,” he said.
“I don’t mind mingling with the crowd either; I’ll probably be speaking for about an hour and I’ll be going through the history of everything that went on in Sydney during the 70s and 80s as well as some stories from my childhood.
“For example my father tried to murder me at 14 with a garden matic, so that was never going to result in a healthy lifestyle.
“I’ve been shot twice and I’ve been stabbed with pretty much every object known to man, so I’ll be telling those stories.
Since being released from prison, Henry said he has kept his nose clean of any criminal activity.
Despite this, in 2003 Henry said the Australian Crime Commission made allegations he and other high profile former Sydney crime figures had taken part in a massive heroin operation.
“It’s just rubbish,” he said.
“It was an exercise set up to target a few old blokes, a few dinosaurs.
“We threatened to sue them and… no charges were laid.”
Henry said he’d also be talking about how organised crime had changed over the past 30 years.
“My old partner Neddy Smith is doing life in prison now because he broke the golden rule and exposed all the corrupt police.
“Today there’s no corruption, which means there’s no control on the streets.
“The gangs in Sydney today aren’t organised, it’s just mayhem.”
Graham “Abo” Henry will speak from 6:30pm at the Condobolin Hotel Motel.
Admission is free.

Renewing the Condobolin’s Renown

By Jessica Symonds and Dominic Geiger

Condobolin’s Renown Theatre has been lamenting on Bathurst Street for quite some time now, gathering dust and cobwebs (and probably a lot of pigeon poop) behind its firmly locked doors. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’s been inside the complex in the last 20 years. The ageing theatre is once again in the spotlight however, with local drama and singing teacher Hannah Symonds hoping to turn it into the entertainment hub of Condobolin. There’s one problem though: no one seems to know where the current owner might be.
And that’s not without trying; Hannah will gladly tell you about the hours she’s spent searching for the owner, who is said to reside somewhere east of the Blue Mountains, perhaps in Sydney or Wollongong. Either way, the difficulty contacting him is ultimately delaying plans to make an offer of acquisition for the building.
The history of the Renown Theatre is surprisingly exciting given its now ruinous appearance. Mr Bassett had the Grand Central Hall (as the Renown was then known) built in 1914, and, according to Fay Boys of the Condobolin Historical Society, it was “one of the finest of its kind outside of Sydney.” It was fitted with dressing rooms used by travelling theatre companies, as well as local theatre professionals and other community groups. It was used for ANZAC Day celebrations, receptions for returning Diggers, balls, charity events, concerts, and even skating. The hall seated around 1000 patrons, and 150 couples in the adjoining “Supper Room”. After some time, the Grand Central Hall was converted into the Central Theatre.
Along with the open air Aussie Theatre, the Central Theatre was taken over in 1946 by Emmanuel Fatseas. The Central became the Renown in 1955, while the Aussie was demolished in 1967 after its license was surrendered in 1966. The Renown then came under the control of Fatseas Enterprises Pty. Ltd. in 1967, shortly before Emmanuel Fatseas passed away in 1968. The theatre was then left to Emmanuel’s two sons, who continued to run the business for some time before the building was eventually decommissioned.
Fay Boys said the closing of the theatre was due to a culmination of things.
“With the advent of television, and then video, people just didn’t go to the movies very much,” she said.
Hannah Symonds said she hopes if she is able to reopen the theatre, the community will be able to use it for a variety of activities.
“To reopen the theatre would provide the community with a great source of business, as well as entertainment, and plans for its use would not be limited to cinema,” she said.
“Re-opening the milk bar, opening a restaurant and conducting drama classes are just some of the things that have been suggested by members of the community.
“Local youth organisations also have plans to use the building to attract people to their programs.
“The building has the potential to become the social hub of the town, and would be available for public use.”
If anyone has contact with the owner of the building, or wishes to support the project and the resurrection of the theatre, please contact Hannah Symonds on 0423567037, or join the Facebook page for the Condobolin Community Theatre Company.

Who needs the Easter Bunny when you’ve got leprechauns

By Dominic Geiger

The sun shone brightly on the tiny town of Tullamore over the Easter  weekend, with a record crowd enjoying the festivities of the annual Tullamore Irish Festival.
Festival Coordinator, Ros Bell, said the festival had exceeded her expectations from the very first part of Saturday morning until it finally wound up three days later.
“The festival started with a long line of dancers doing a heel and toe polka down the main street of the town,” she said.
“There were 88 couples in total who took part in the dance, with a huge crowd watching.
“We also had circus group Zany Yare in the main street performing and conducting a circus workshop.”
Ros said the highlight of the festival had been the Irish dancing workshops.
“There were quite a few young people and not so young people trying out the new skills they’d learnt throughout the day later at night,” she said.
“We estimate we had over 1200 people attend the event, though numbers are difficult to know because children weren’t counted.
“The number of people also doubled from last year, with many people opting to stay four or five days rather than just the days of the festival.
“Businesses really benefited from the festival.
Ros said the only let down of the day was the inability of the Air Force balloon to offer tethered trips for people due to windy conditions.
“Despite that it was a great atmosphere, everyone seemed to be having a really great time,” she said.

A day out for the ladies

By Olivia McInnes

Ladies from all over the region made the trip to West Wyalong last Friday for the annual Ladies Day Out.
The event began three years ago after many years of drought drew the need for the spirits of West Wyalong district residents to be lifted.
Jane Sykes of Temptations Jewellery said that “Ladies Day is a day for women to come to West Wyalong and have a feel good day”.
“It also promotes the town and gives the businesses great exposure” she said.
The day is packed with activities to keep the ladies entertained including cooking, craft and skin care demonstrations, fashion parades and much more.
“The committee does a marvellous job and put a lot of time into the event” Said Sue of Harvey Norman.
But the day isn’t entirely for the women; the odd husband was also spotted amongst the gaggle of girls.
The theme for the event this year was the Royal Wedding and many dressed for the occasion in wedding dresses and other such finery.
Ladies Day also marked another important event for West Wyalong in the official launch of the “Bag Free in 3” Campaign.
The campaign aims to eliminate the distribution of plastic bags from all businesses in West Wyalong by replacing them with a more environmentally friendly option.

The Condobolin Argus – 10 years old

With The Condobolin Argus’ 10th birthday nearly upon us, first week of May, it seemed appropriate for a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the issues and events that have been critical in making The Argus the influential and relevant community newspaper it is today.
With so many editions archived in the depths of the Argus library, the task of revisiting important stories and campaigns seemed daunting at first, though with much perseverance, the team at The Argus has managed to compile a fairly concise list of ten achievements it feels have been most relevant to the Lachlan Shire community.
They are (in no particular order):
Joining the battle to keep the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station up and running.
In March 2009, The Argus reported on the NSW Labor Government’s decision to close the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station (CARAS). A surge of public protest culminating in a rally in Condobolin’s main street reversed that decision.
Helping prevent the closure of Target Country in Condobolin.
In January 2003, The Argus confirmed Condobolin Target Country would remain open despite pressure to close the store. The Argus supported the store during the resulting six month trial period through a ‘shop local’ campaign.
Helping to promote the Condobolin skate park project.
The Argus has been supporting the Condobolin skate park project for a number of years. The project is finally becoming a reality with the final draft becoming available for public comment following Lachlan Shire Council Meeting on 20th April.
Supporting the RTA’s ‘Three Shires’ initiative to help reduce the region’s road toll.
This project aims to increase road safety throughout the Lachlan, Forbes and Parkes shires. Part of this project has been the wheelie bin initiative, encouraging children to decorate wheelie bins in an effort to highlight road safety. The Argus played a large role in encouraging people to take part in this project, and now also has a very happy looking bin.
Providing full yet sensitive coverage of breaking news including human tragedies.
For example on the 2nd of December 2005, a ten-seater Piper Chieftain light plane crashed on Neil Baxter’s property ‘Craig End’. Unfortunately, the incident resulted in the loss of several lives and resulted in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau inquiry. The Argus printed continuous coverage of the incident from the crash to release of the inquiry.
Coverage of natural disasters.
The Argus has been instrumental in keeping the community aware of various fires and floods which have affected the region over the past ten years. With the real time news delivery available with the internet, The Argus can now deliver information to readers as soon as natural disasters unfold. This was most recently demonstrated during the floods in Ungarie last month.
Promotion of local tourism initiatives, particularly ‘Utes in the Paddock’.
Owing to the Argus’ commitment to improving tourism in the Lachlan Shire (and perhaps due to the fact our editor is one of the artists) Utes in the Paddock has become a ‘must see’ on any visitor’s to do list. Beginning in 2007, The Utes in the Paddock Project now includes 15 ute artworks and has been nominated for a NSW Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award and People’s Choice Tourist Experience Award.
Coverage of Aboriginal issues and events in the Lachlan Shire.
The Argus has strived to help ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous inequality though a focus on providing fair and unbiased reporting on events and issues important to the Wiradjuri community. The Argus has frequently reported positively on Aboriginal tourism, educational and employment initiatives.
Promotion of major events such as the Condo 750, Tattoo,  Condo B & S and our Australian Idol Shannon Noll.
The Argus has thrown its support behind various community oriented events over its ten year history. This promotion has been in the form of editorials, advertorials and extensive advertising features before, during and after events.
Support of local Charity Organisations
When major charity events and fundraisers happen in the Lachlan Shire, The Argus is always in the thick of the action, lending its promotional power to the event. Various charities and charitable organisations.

Support for Community much more than just words in a newspaper.
Born out of a large gathering of members from right across the community forming the view more could be done to promote our region, The Condobolin Argus actively pursues promotional opportunities in may different ways.
The paper looks to attract staff with high level skills and talents that offer its community additional benefits. One staff member worked tirelessly on submissions and promotion for the Professional Bull Riders event. That event attracting large crowds enhancing business for the local community. Yet another staff member successfully competed the local Show Girl promotion being awarded State Runner Up at the Royal Easter Show, thereby doing a magnificent job of promoting our region.
Focus for The Condobolin Argus is very firmly on assisting local community to promote itself, diligently managing advertisers funds to employ high level skills providing a holistic service. One portfolio sponsored by The Condobolin Argus in this way is that of ‘Community Promotions Officer’.
All of this has only been made possible by your strong support over the past ten years. Thank you for helping us to provide this service to our community.
To help your local community newspaper celebrate its 10th birthday and plan for many more, please drop on by the office at 93 Bathurst Street Condobolin during the first week of May -We’ll have some birthday cake.

It’s a family thing

By Dominic Geiger

Family means a lot to the Railway Hotel’s new licensee Kim Jones (pictured with daughter Meagan).
“My husband Chris and I have taken over the lease for the hotel and the help we’ve had from our children has been wonderful,” she said.
“We’ll be providing great family meals for people, making conference and function rooms available and we’ll be hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event here.”
Kim officially took over operations at the hotel last week; a feat she said wouldn’t have been possible without the support of her three children.
“Chris and I have moved in to town, so (my daughter) Meagan came home for a couple of days to help pack and move everything,” she said.
“My youngest son Scotty will be moving back home with (his girlfriend) Sarah to help run the farm after he finishes his degree in Orange this year and my oldest son Dave is going to help keep me sane.”
Kim said she and Chris had been thinking about taking over the lease for a number of years, though the timing hadn’t always seemed right.
“Technically we’ve been in business in town for over thirty years with Chris’s machinery business,” she said.
“I also used to have a dress shop in town for eight years.
“So we were just looking for a change; Chris is going to stay on with his business while I’ll be running the Railway.
“It’ll also give me a chance to be more accessible to people in my role as Deputy Mayor.
“I really hope the community support us and drop in by to say hello.”

West Wyalong Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong is set for Friday 29th April with this year’s event theme “A Royal Occasion” referring to our connections with England and the Royal Wedding of William & Kate. Visitors on the day are encouraged to dress for the occasion and join in the royal festivities planned.
The day commences at 9am when you may enjoy an early morning coffee or tea. You will also receive a Ladies Day Out bag, a free gift from participating businesses for visiting our town. This year’s bags are new and bright and perfect for continued use throughout the year.
Participating businesses with special offers available (more to come) are as follows; Tattersalls Hotel, Temptations Jewellery Accessories Gifts, Thom, Dick & Harry’s, The Cottage of Health, Australia Post West Wyalong, West Wyalong Showcase Jewellers, West Wyalong Newsagency, West Wyalong Pharmacy, West Wyalong Travel, White Magnolia Day Spa, Your Pathway to Health, Marjan Fashions, Within Beauty, & Wooshi.

Mental enough to come to Condobolin

By Dominic Geiger

Seminal pop rock group Mental As Anything have announced they will be playing in Condobolin at the RSL Club on Friday May 6.
Keyboardist and vocalist for the band, Greedy Smith, said the tour to the town was part of the band’s mission to ‘play every town in Australia at least twice.”
“I think the biggest break we’ve ever had from touring since we started was for six weeks back in 1990 when I fell off a horse,” he said.
“We like to do country runs because we stay in different kinds of motels and we can get different kinds of clothes from Op Shops in the country.  Mental As Anything soon to perform in Condobolin.
“I’m also a bit old fashioned so I sort of feel I suit the country pace.
“I live in the Blue Mountains south west of Sydney so it’s good to go over the other side of the mountains every now and then.”
Greedy said people could expect a show with plenty of their old radio hits including ‘The Nips Are Getting Bigger’ and ‘Berserk Warriors’.
“We’ll also be playing one or two songs from our latest album, ‘Tents Up’, as well as a country and western cover from the 60s or 70s,” he said.
“We have Slim Dusty’s old drummer; he’s been with us for about eight years now, but we won’t be playing any Slim Dusty songs.
“I think the audience will find they’ll recognise a lot of songs they didn’t realize were ours because radio hosts don’t always back announce the songs they play.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased through the Condobolin RSL.

Mental As Anything have a stronger connection to Condobolin than most internationally renowned Australian bands, with band member Stephen Coburn collaborating with Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie on the ‘Utezilla’ artwork which now stands at Utes in the Paddock near Ootha.

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