All revved up for rally

Photo courtesy of Michael Holmes Photography

By Melissa Blewitt

The timing may have changed, but the Slattery Auctions Condo 750 is gearing up for its biggest year yet.

Forty four landholders will make the rally possible, and participants will navigate across the Lachlan, Forbes, and Cobar Shires, and also take in parts of Western Lands.

Nationally renowned, the rally will be held on 25, 26 and 27 March in 2016. This is a change from the regular second weekend in April format that the event has previously followed.

“There was a Motorcycles NSW Motocross series event being held on the same weekend as the 750, so we had to change the date,” Chairperson Sue Broad said.

“We tried for a few different dates, and if we didn’t do it [the event] at Easter, it would have had to be held in September.

“We settled on this date for the event and we are encouraging the local community to get involved and be part of the rally.”

For over 25 years the Condo 750 has been entrenched in the local events scene, and its stature is continuing to grow all over the country.

However, this year, things will be slightly different.

“In 2016, the event will be run from the Condobolin Showground, which will enable the community to see and interact with rally entrants three times a day when they have lunch, re-fuel and undertake vehicle maintenance,” Mrs Broad said.

“Sign on and scrutineering will take place from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, 25 March, with the community being able to look at and talk to participants.

“There will also be a jumping castle and face painting for children. We really want to emphasise that the rally can be a family orientated event.

“Competitors will all loop out of the showground, so the public will have the chance to see the rally entrants throughout the day. In previous years, people have had to travel out to Vermont Hill to see the rally.

“We hope that the community will be part of the event.”

New Tip fees now in force

• New tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire. The fees came into effect on 1 February. This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site. The new fees are pictured ABOVE. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire.

This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site.

However, Lachlan Shire residents are not paying as much when compared to  neighbouring Parkes Council.

The charge for a 240 litre bin in Parkes is $4.60, as compared with LSC’s $3.00.

A trailer load of rubbish costs $16.50, compared with $8.00 in Lachlan.

If you have a light truck or 4×4 load of rubbish then it will set you back $18.50. In Parkes for a small truck (single axle) you pay a whopping $97.00.

To dispense with a car tyre in Parkes, it will cost $13.00, but in Lachlan only $8.50.

Each of these facilities will no longer be open 24/7 as they have been in the past, and will be operated by a Council employee on specific days.

The fees form part of Lachlan Shire Council’s Waste Action Plan, which will see a nominated fee charged for different types of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural waste.

Rural ratepayers of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham, Tullibigeal and Burcher will not have access to the Bin Banks in other areas.

These residents will receive 13 waste coupons each quarter that will be available from Council upon request.

“Council understands new fees are never popular, however, we want to ensure the long term viability and continued improvement of all Shire waste facilities,” LSC Director of Enviornment and Planning Andrew Johns said.

 

24 hour helicopter campaign takes off

Lachlan Shire Council will give full support to the Mayor of Orange to achieve a 24-hour emergency helicopter service.By Dominic Geiger

The Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, has recently thrown his support behind the project to establish an Orange based 24 hour emergency helicopter retrieval service for central and western NSW.

Although an emergency retrieval helicopter currently exists in Orange, the service is only funded to operate during daylight hours.

This means if a person requires emergency transportation after 6pm the service is unable to respond.

Des said it was important to establish the service as a 24 hour operation because the hour of the day doesn’t determine people’s health.

“[Lachlan Shire Council] will be giving its full support to the Mayor of Orange and that council to achieve this project,” he said.

“I think it’s a matter of common sense and a matter of money that’s affecting this project.

“When you’re talking about how much money you put towards an emergency service I think [in this situation] it’s completely worth it.”

If established, the helicopter would service the majority of the central west including the Lachlan Shire.

Following the Mayor announcing his commitment to the project at last Wednesday’s council meeting, council moved a motion to create a petition in support of the project which will be made available for Lachlan Shire residents to sign.

Des will also join a delegation to the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, which will seek an immediate commitment to extend the retrieval service to 24 hours.

The campaign to establish the emergency helicopter follows the last month’s NSW Ambulance Service’s decision not to consider the 24 hour service until 2012.

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said the Auditor-General’s report in September 2010 stated that NSW Ambulance had reviewed the need to extend the operating hours of the Orange helicopter during 2009.

“That review identified there was not a sufficient demand at that time to warrant an increase to a 24 hour service,” she said.

“Prior to the election, I said I would again review the need for a move to a 24hr aero medical retrieval service in Orange.

“This has been done.

“The advice I have received shows there has been no change in aeromedical activity in the Central West, which is why there is no need to commit to a 24/7 operation at this stage.

“In line with the Auditor-General’s report, a state-wide review will be carried out before the regional helicopter contracts expire in December 2012.

“This will determine if there is a need to switch to an extended service in Orange.”

International officials warmly welcomed to the Lachlan

L-R: Local business owner David Carter, Mr Pan, Lachlan Shire Mayor Des Manwaring and Mr Jung.  DG.By Dominic Geiger

Lachlan shire council has recently played host for two senior South Korean Government officials, Mr Pan and Mr Jung.

During the visit, the officials were given tours of the surrounding area including Lake Cargelligo and were treated to a number of celebratory dinners.

Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said the visit to the shire came about due to the sister city relationship between Lachlan Shire and Penrith City Councils.

“The agreement with Penrith has allowed us to not only engage in local exchanges, but gives us access to international exchanges as well,” he said.

“It’s been a meet and greet visit which allows us to exchange contacts more than anything,” he said.

“Mr Pan and Mr Jung have been visiting different business people, councillors and they went to a sheep and pig farm.

“We had a bit of a drive around the lake and had a look at some of the facilities there.”

Mr Pan said he found the rural scenery of the Lachlan Shire very beautiful.

“In my country it is very densely populated and is very small,” he said.

“Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo have a very large area.

“When I came to Australia, I had two hopes; that I would see the [Penrith] Panthers play, and I would get to see gorgeous rural scenery.

“I saw the Panthers play some weeks ago and now, after having visited the Lachlan shire, I can say both of these hopes have come true.”

While in Australia, Mr Jung is researching Australian local government, its funding and devolution from the Federal government while Mr Pan is researching telecommunications policy and the National Broadband Network.

Free Cuppa for the Driver campaign shifts up a gear

By Dominic Geiger

The success of the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ campaign will see the initiative expand well beyond the borders of Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires when it is reintroduced in Easter next year.

The campaign, which was first run last Christmas holidays, invites participating businesses to offer free cups of coffee or tea to drivers passing through town with the aim of combating driver fatigue in rural areas.

Speaking at the recent Lachlan Shire Council meeting, Road Safety Officer for the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires, Melanie Suitor, said businesses as far north as Moree would now be asked to participate.

“It was an interesting campaign and we learnt a lot from it,” she said.

“We had about 75 people who took part in the project fill out feedback forms and who also went into the draw to win various prizes.

“The feedback we received from businesses was that summer was too hot for people to want coffee or tea, so that’s why we’ve moved it to the Easter holidays this time.”

Melanie said the campaign also offered businesses a chance to promote themselves.

“We’ll be creating posters and stickers as well as erecting banners at the entrances to towns to help raise awareness about the scheme,” she said.

“We’ll also cross promote towns through tourism information centres and caravan parks.”

In Condobolin, approximately five businesses took part in the campaign last Christmas.

Angela Coceancic, from participating business Nolls Bakery, said she found very few people actually asked for the free cuppa, despite having promotional posters on the windows of the bakery.

“We found we offered the drinks more often than the customers asked for them,” she said.

“People were very appreciative, but it seems if people actually want coffee, they’re going to pay for it rather than be looking for something for free.”

The Maids tour

Sydney’s Q Theatre Company, one of Australia’s oldest theatre, companies will tour the provocative and internationally acclaimed play ‘The Maids’ to Tottenham, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo in early August 2011.

Kicking off a three-year cultural agreement between Lachlan Shire and Penrith (in western Sydney) the tour will also feature an exhibition of work by Aboriginal artist Brook Andrew and education program for secondary schools students from the Penrith Regional Gallery.

The Maids was the first play by French literary ‘bad boy’ Jean Genet and was loosely based on the true story of two French maids, the infamous Papin sisters, Lea and Christine, who brutally murdered their boss and her daughter in Le Mans, France, in 1933.

The play was an instant international sensation, and has become legendary.

While the mistress is away, the maids will play! Domestic servants Solange and Claire are plotting to murder their mistress – Madame. Each night they play out, in increasingly macabre ways, how they might ‘do the deed’. But who dies? Is it just playacting and fantasy…… or are they indeed determined to do away with Madame? As fantasy and reality blur, the games take a deadly twist in this 1947 classic of jealousy, tension and murder.

As in all of Genet’s plays, the central theme is the struggle between authority and its victims. In The Maids this is played out as theatrical ritual, that not only reveals the maids’ hatred of the Madame’s authority, but also their self-hatred.

The Q production of this psychological, stylised and symbolic thriller will feature for the first time an all-Aboriginal cast, with Kylie Coolwell and Sharni McDermott playing Solange and Claire respectively, and Elaine Crombie as The Madame.

Renowned contemporary Aboriginal artist Brook Andrew is creating the set and costume design for The Maids. Brook is a Wiradjuri man and has exhibited to great acclaim throughout Australia and internationally. His vision for The Maids is wild.

Macabre, poetic and over the top this is most definitely not “Murder She Wrote”.

The Maids is directed by Katrina Douglas and designed by Brook Andrew, with music and soundscape by Peter Kennard, and lighting by Andrew Kinch.

GWAHS warns of STI outbreak

NSW Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) is currently conducting a campaign in order to warn young people between the ages of 15 to 29 about a recent explosion in detection rates of Chlamydia in the Central West.

Statistics show that since 2000 there has been a 300% increase in the sexually transmitted infection.

Clinical Nurse Specialist at GWAHS, Helen Woods, said there were a number of myths surrounding the illness which was adding to the increasing detection rates.

“Common misconceptions include people thinking they can tell if someone else has an infection, and by only having sex with one other person they’re safe,” she said.

“While Chlamydia is a common and easily treated condition, a person will often not know if she or he has it as 50% of males and 80% of females will not show signs or symptoms,” she said.

“This is why Chlamydia is known as the silent infection.”

Helen said Chlamydia could cause pelvic inflammatory disease and cervicitis in women.

“Pregnant women will bear the burden of this disease,” she said.

“It increases the risk of premature rupture of the membranes and low birth weight.

“It may also be implicated in cases of infertility.”

In addition to recent ‘pee in a pot’ visits around the Lachlan Shire where young people were encouraged to provide urine samples for Chlamydia testing, GWAS is also encouraging anyone who thinks they may be at risk to contact 1800 816 925 for information on where to receive a free, confidential sexual health test.

 

$7000 to move to the bush

By Dominic Geiger

People in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle who choose to move to the Lachlan Shire will soon be eligible for a $7000 relocation grant.

The grant is part of the State Government’s push to encourage people living in metropolitan areas to move to regional NSW.

Under the legislation, which passed through Parliament last week, the grant will be payable after the settlement of the purchase of a home in regional NSW and the sale of a home in metropolitan NSW.

The new home must cost less than $600,000 and be the applicants’ principal place of residence for at least 12 months following the purchase.

Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said the grant was a step in the right direction.

“It will certainly help people to consider their options in regards to moving to country areas,” he said.

“There could be some drawbacks however; we can’t offer the same level of entertainment as Sydney does, and this is something people would need to consider.

“Of course, a lot of events happen in nearby regional areas like Dubbo, Orange and Wagga and also in Condobolin on a smaller scale.”

Des said although the regional centres closer to Sydney such as Orange would be more likely to benefit from the grant, he believes the Lachlan Shire will still see an increase in population.

“I’m pretty sure there’ll be a select few who will want to move further afield,” he said.

Rural Sales Manager at KMWL Ray White Condobolin, Ian Simpson, said the grant would have been more effective if a higher amount had been offered.

“$7000 isn’t going to go far, though it is good to know the government is encouraging people to move here,” he said.

“I’ve also heard people say Orange is too far outside of Sydney so I don’t think we’ll see anyone here [as a direct result of the grant].”

State Member for Murrumbidgee, Adrian Piccoli, said he acknowledged the grant wouldn’t cause people to move to outlying regional areas, though it would provide incentive to those already considering it.

“For example, someone of the Blue Mountains could move to Lithgow and receive the grant,” he said.

“But that doesn’t diminish the value of the grant because Lithgow [needs support as well].”

“This legislation is designed to suit regional NSW [as a whole], it is not designed to suit specific regions,” he said.

“It will help people like police and teachers who need to move anyway; it will make life easier for them.

“The grants will encourage [city] families who are sick of being stuck in traffic and struggling to pay their mortgage to join us [in the regions].”

 

Bells Line Expressway campaign shifts up a gear

By Dominic Geiger

The Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, has recently added his support to the campaign to construct an expressway on the Bells Line of Road between Lithgow and Sydney.

The road, which was listed as NSW’s most dangerous road earlier this year, is one of the most popular routes for people travelling from the Lachlan Shire to Sydney.

Des said the construction must start by 2015 if Government is to adequately manage future economic and population growth in Sydney and in the Central Western region.

“There is renewed urgency to start construction of the Bells Line Expressway by 2015 to accommodate future population, agriculture and transport trends,” Des said.

“The Bells Group and the Western Research Institute have compiled new and updated data that clearly shows why the Expressway must commence by 2015 and the benefits it will bring to local communities such as Condobolin and the whole of Lachlan Shire.”

Despite this, the project has drawn criticism from environmental groups in the region.

Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, said the enormous amount of environmental feasibility studies, property acquisition, and construction work required for the proposed highway meant it would not be economically productive.

“It will [also] create a massive swath of destruction through the World Heritage Blue Mountains; it’s a ridiculous idea,” he said.

Bells Line Expressway chairperson, Ian Armstrong, dismissed these claims, saying that as costing had not yet been done on the studies, it was impossible to predict what they would eventually amount to.

“Anyone trying to talk about project costing can not have a base of knowledge to go off,” he said.

“Firstly, If Sydney’s population growth us is to expand as projected, Sydney will have to spill west over the mountains.

“Sydney can not go north, south or east; it must go west.

“Secondly, [Studies] have listed the Bells Line of Road as the route that will achieve this with the least amount of environmental impact.”

“Bells Line of Road is the most dangerous road in NSW by twelve percent, it is essential we have a safe route over the mountains.”

 

Penalties apply for the illegal use of TSR’s

The Lachlan Livestock Pest and Health Authority is warning people that fines apply for illegal uses of travelling stock reserves (TSR).

Lachlan LHPA senior ranger, Craig Ridley says the warning comes following the issuing of a penalty notice to a person who was cutting down trees on a local TSR between Young and Cowra.

“The Lachlan LHPA manages 50,000 hectares of TSR land and in doing so we manage the land to strike a balance between the needs of travelling or grazing stock and the conservation of the natural environment,” he said.

“While TSRs are reserved primarily for travelling or grazing stock, there are a number of other uses which may be approved, some of which require a permit.

“Generally public recreational pursuits, such as walking, fishing or horse riding, can be undertaken without the need for a permit. Grazing and/or walking stock and apiary sites are some of the activities for which a permit is required.

“Fines can be issued to persons who are illegally using TSRs, for example to ride a motorbike, dump rubbish, or undertake an activity without a permit. Fines of up to $5,500 can be issued.

“If you are unsure whether you need a permit to conduct an activity on a TSR it is best to check with your local Lachlan LHPA office first.

“Rangers will be conducting random inspections of TSRs over the coming months to crackdown on illegal uses.”

TSRs are parcels of Crown land reserved under legislation for use by travelling stock. LHPAs manage over 500,000 hectares of TSRs in NSW.

For information on using a particular TSR contact your local Lachlan LHPA office. For more information on TSRs visit the LHPA website at http://www.lhpa.org.au/travelling-stock-reserves.

Attention happy snappers

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA), Photographic Competition has just opened so why not take a snapshot or look at one you have taken recently and be part of the fun – you may even become a prize winner!

This is the sixth year of the annual competition for the Lachlan CMA. This year the theme is “Gotta love the Lachlan” with an additional category “Schools”. The theme was chosen to encourage people to capture the beauty and diversity of the Lachlan Catchment in a photograph and to share their vision of what living in the Lachlan means to them. We are looking for entries that reflect our theme.

So have you captured any photographs reflecting the area of the Lachlan you live in? Then we’d love to see your images. Lachlan CMA is a locally driven organisation that coordinates management of the Catchment’s land, water and other natural assets and helps the community to identify and address issues facing the Catchment. The photographic competition has provided a great opportunity for the Lachlan CMA to reach the broader community.

Lachlan CMA Chairman, Mr Rob Gledhill recently launched the competition, “It is great to open the 2011 Photographic Competition and more importantly it is great to be able to offer  free entry so all our Lachlan Catchment community members can participate”, Mr Gledhill said.

The competition encourages all ages to get involved and will accept black and white and colour entries, entries must be received in digital format as per the competition rules. A separate entry form must accompany each photograph – these are available at all Lachlan CMA Offices or via the website.

It is hoped the competition will highlight the diversity of the catchment and the people who live in it. There is some great prize money up for grabs and entry is FREE! So if you are a keen photographer or just want to be part of the fun grab a copy of the competition rules and entry form and submit your photograph at any Lachlan CMA Office.

“We have allowed competitors unlimited entries” Mr Gledhill said, “and everyone is eligible to enter except the Judges and professional photographers”. Entrants are reminded that they do need to limit their subject matter to within the Lachlan Catchment.

Further information on the photographic competition can be obtained from any Lachlan CMA office. For more information on the Lachlan CMA and our office locations please contact 1800 885 747 or visit our Website – www.lachlan.cma.nsw.gov.au. Happy snapping!

New health services manager for Parkes and Forbes

By Dominic Geiger

A new Lachlan Health Service Manager has been appointed to oversee the running of health services for the communities of Parkes and Forbes.
Catherine Nowlan, who officially began the position in late March, said she was currently focussing on sharing resources between the hospital campuses of the two towns to create a more sustainable approach to healthcare.
“We have already started twice daily bed management meetings with the unit managers at the two hospitals to see if there’s a need to share resources,” she said.
“We look at who’s where and if anyone needs support.
“Twice a week we do the same thing with Orange Base Hospital.”
Catherine said she believed she had been selected for the job based on her extensive experience with health, her masters in health administration and her interest in rural health.
“I have worked in Birdsville and Alice Springs [among other places],” she said.
“Although Birdsville is a small town, it experiences 30,000 tourists a year and I was one of only two nurses at the hospital.
“As a nurse in Birdsville you cover the hospital, all the tourists and a 196,000 km2 area, so you go Birdsville to Bedourie with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as back up.”
Prior to beginning her new job, Catherine worked as the site manager for the two hospitals at Bloomfield and Orange.
Catherine said she was looking forward to creating a more harmonised health service for residents throughout the region.
“With two (hospital) campuses sharing all resources we can be more sustainable,” she said.

Winter fire safety

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Mid Lachlan valley Team is urging people living and visiting Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes and Weddin shires to be vigilant about winter fire safety.
“Winter is traditionally the most dangerous time of year for home fires and it’s important that visitors and holiday makers, as well as residents, remain vigilant to the risk of fire,” said Superintendent Ken Neville, team manager.
“People need to be aware of the risks associated with using heating and other electrical appliances during the colder months.
“Households should regularly check heating appliances for faults, turn off electric blankets when not in use and use ember guards on wood-fired heaters and dispose of the hot ash properly.
“It is also vital that people take simple fire safety steps such as ensuring they have working smoke alarms and evacuation plans.”
“The emergency services may need to travel a considerable distance in remote areas, so it is vital that people in rural and isolated locations are conscious of the need to take fire safety precautions.
“Whether you’re at home or on holidays staying in a motel, bed and breakfast, guesthouse or cottage, you should know how to escape in the event of a fire and where to go once you’re out,” he said.
“In the event of a fire, you should get out, call Triple Zero (000) and wait for the emergency services to arrive.”
“Families should discuss this plan with their children so everyone knows what to do. If you are in an isolated location, it is even more important that you can escape the fire quickly and stay safe until the emergency services arrive,” said Superintendent Neville.

Mixed response to budget in LSC towns

By Dominic Geiger

The smallest towns of the Lachlan Shire have been the most vocal in their response to council’s budget in a series of public Draft Management Plan meetings over the past week.
Not breaking with tradition, Condobolin recorded the lowest attendees at its public meeting last Wednesday evening with a total of zero non councillors appearing at the council chambers to discuss the budget.
Leading the shire with the highest number of public attendees were Fifield and Tottenham, with 15 people each.
Tullibigeal was close behind, with 14 members of the public attending its Draft Management Plan meeting.
Lake Cargelligo and Burcher were at the lower end of the list, with ten and four attendees respectively.
Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said he wasn’t surprised the meetings in the smaller towns had attracted more visitors than in Condobolin.
“It’s just always been the case,” he said.
“The smaller towns suffer from a few road problems and that brought people out, whereas in Condobolin (the roads aren’t) such an issue unless you go to the outskirts.
“In Lake Cargelligo the Merri Abba pipeline brought a few people out, as did the airport project in Tottenham.
“But roads were definitely the major issue in Fifield and Tullibigeal.”

Lachlan Shire National Servicemen 60th Anniversary

Lachlan Shire National Servicemen will join in Australia-wide celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of National Service in coming months.
A total of 287,000 young Australian men were called up for service in the Navy, Army and Air Force between 1951 and 1972.
Of them, 212 died on active service in Borneo and Vietnam.
The Nashos, meeting at Condoblin on May 15, discussed the celebrations on the Shire, State and national level.
They also considered other major issues including the proposed national Five Year Plan to ensure the continuation of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia; the future of the Heritage Precinct commemorating National Service at the former Ingleburn Army Camp near Sydney; recruiting for the Australian Cadet Force and the importance of the Reserves to Australia’s defence effort.
The first National Serviceman marched into camp on 29 June 1951 and the last completed his obligation in the Army on 14 February 1974.
Lachlan Shire Nashos will join in special parades and services marking the 60th anniversary. These include a national reunion at Townsville in north Queensland and a service at the National Service Memorial which was unveiled by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, at the Australian War Memorial on 8 September last year.
The Five Year Plan aims at recruiting 1960s National Servicemen to join the NSAA.  Of the 65,000 young men called up in the 1960s, just over 15,000 served in Borneo and Vietnam.
The remainder served in support units in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Australia but received no recognition such as veterans’ pensions, medals or home loans.
They have been termed the Lost Legion because until recently they have tended not to join in any ex-service organisations.
The recruiting campaign aims to encourage them to take over from the 1950s National Servicemen who have directed the Association since its foundation in 1987.
The Lachlan Shire National Servicemen have also expressed concern at proposed sell-offs of land around the former Ingleburn Army camp which houses the National Service museum containing photos, relics and memorabilia from the National Service era.
The NSAA helps maintain the Museum and Precinct but it is becoming an increasing financial burden and the Association is discussing ways to ensure that the Museum continues.
The strain on Australia’s Reserve Forces and the difficulties in recruiting Reservists and Cadets was another area of concern at the Condobolin meeting.

Cold weather arrives

A cold snap has swept across South Eastern Australia over the past week, bringing significantly lower than average temperatures to the Lachlan Shire and heavy snowfall to regions of the state above 800 metres.
Last Wednesday, Condobolin recorded a maximum of 13, which is seven degrees below the May average.
Tom Saunders, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said the cold temperatures were due to Antarctic southern winds affecting the region.
“We’ve seen the heaviest May snow falls in the Central West since 2000,” he said.
“Orange, Oberon, Lithgow, Katoomba and pretty much everywhere else above 800 metres has received some snow.
Many Lachlan Shire residents woke to frost on Monday and Tuesday morning, with conditions set to become warmer throughout the week.
For Condobolin, temperatures should increase to a maximum of 23 this Saturday with a minimum of ten until once again falling to just above freezing on Tuesday.

Arts out west meets

Representatives from the arts and crafts communities of Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes shires met at Condobolin Community Centre for an Arts OutWest network meetingArts OutWest held a network meeting with various arts and crafts community representatives from Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes shires earlier this week at the Condobolin Community Centre.
The meeting, called ‘Crafting the Lachlan’, was held in order to facilitate new ideas to help promote community arts programs around the three shires.
The meeting had a particular emphasis on encouraging tourism based on the “interesting and special” artwork of the people who live in the Central West.
Tracey Callinan, Executive Officer of Arts OutWest, said the meeting aimed to bring together people with similar interests in arts and crafts and to share ideas.
“We’re trying to make plans about how to develop various community arts initiatives,” she said.
“At the moment we’re putting together a brochure which will include a map of the different places people can visit in the region.
“The project is important because discovering the different arts and crafts projects in a region can really help to show people what makes a place special.”
Tracey said her place in the discussion forum was to help facilitate the business side of arts projects.
“Some of the places have really great venues but the community needs help finding ways to promote them,” she said.
“The ideas at this meeting are coming from the people; we’re just helping to facilitate them.”
Anyone interested in taking part in Arts OutWest meetings can contact the organisation on the web at www.artsoutwest.org.au or contact Heather Blackley at Western Plains Regional Development on 6895 3301.

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.

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