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Biggest Morning Tea

Condobolin Tennis Club gathered at their clubhouse to raise funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.  L-R: Lil Lukins, Karyn White, Lois Black and Marie O’Neill. KTAustralia’s Biggest Morning Tea celebrations were held across Condobolin last week, with an impressive number of different local organisations raising funds for Cancer Council Australia with a selection of delicious mid morning snacks.
First off the mark on Tuesday May 24 was the CWA at the Western Plains Regional Development Office.
All the usual morning tea treats were on offer and a raffle was drawn with 100% of the proceeds going to the Cancer Council.
$350 was raised at the event and four different people took home raffle prizes.
Wednesday May 25 saw Lindy Hall at Condo Clothing bring along homemade lamingtons and providing cups of tea for a gold coin donation.
The total amount raised for the day was $221, which included Lindy contributing $5 of every item purchased in the store on the day to the Cancer Council.
“It’s something simple for a great cause,” Lindy said.
Thursday May 26 saw a whole host of organisations offering morning tea around town, with Cafe Romo raising around $700 and offering an incredible selection of cakes and slices to all those who made a donation.
At The Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service’s morning tea, approximately $220 was raised with staff and members of the public enjoying an array of sweets in the organisation’s meeting room.
Thursday also saw the Condobolin Tennis Club, Condobolin High School and Quota having morning teas of their own.
Quota raised an outstanding $710 with 78 morning teas being served and Beatrice Hamilton winning the raffle.
The Tennis Club raised $440 and the high school raised $162.50.
Wrapping up celebrations for the week on Sunday was Happy Daze Coffee Lounge with a morning tea, raffles and giveaways and a grand total of approximately $500 being raised.
A big congratulation also goes to all the other organisations around town not mentioned in this article, and a big thumbs up to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.

Fashion trends for winter

By Rowena Wald

I believe that “fashion” is in the way you wear an item of clothing, be it a 30 year old winter coat that belonged to your mother in the 70’s, or a pearl necklace that belonged to your great grand-mother.
Having said that, there are a few things that I look for every season when buying for The White Picket Store these top three things being versatility, point of difference and off course quality made garments from Australian designers who are at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry.
This Winter 11 was no exception.  For this season you will see that lace, leather, silk and wool have featured heavily in all collections.  There has been a minimalist approach to the style of the garment using beautiful base colours like airforce blue, khaki, oatmeal, taupe, nude, cream, grey and off course no collection would be complete without black.  If you can or want to wear brights then go for some bold print and wear it with a pair of long beautiful leather boots or shoes and a woollen coat.
The philosophy for the season is to match and layer different fabrics.  A beautiful leather jacket with a silk or lace tunic top/dress and leggings for a day to night look.   For a casual daytime look, go for a good pair of jeans in any colour of denim.  I believe dark denim is always more flattering, team it up with a gorgeous long sleeve cotton tee or a Bellissima and some sumptuous wool.   If colour is what you like then go mad with a bright scarf (the must accessory still) and lots of lovely jewellery.   The winter coat is very much on the must buy for this winter.  The trench is still very ‘en vogue’ but so is the military style coat and the leather jacket has definitely made a comeback this season.
I love a dress and this winter there are lots of dresses and tunics which can be teamed up with leggings or tights.  Find a shape that flatters your body and enjoy the easiness of it all.  If you are not sure then try on a few different shapes – don’t ever discount a dress for the way it looks on the hanger it’s really not the best way to judge.
The main thing with fashion is to invest in some good pieces for each season.  For me this year it’s a lovely long-line cardigan, a good winter coat, a couple of lovely dresses and tops, black pants, leggings and my basic layering pieces.  Build your wardrobe around your favourites for the season you’ll be surprised how many times you can re-invent a good piece.

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.

Mums..you gotta love ‘em

By Olivia McInnes

Mothers truly are amazing creatures. They teach, guide, nurture, protect and unconditionally love us. They play a large role in shaping our lives and personalities, and they provide a mould on which we seek to model ourselves with our own children.
Your relationship with your mother is one which is different from any relationship you will ever have with anyone else in your life. For this very reason, it is important to show your appreciation for the woman that brought you into this world as often as possible. But if you need an excuse, this Sunday the 8th of May you will have one; Mother’s Day!
If you’re having trouble getting your gifting on this week in preparation for this important day, fear not for The Argus is here to help!
• Flowers
Most mums love flowers. They are a tried and true Mother’s Day gift that work year after year. Whether you pair a bouquet with a thoughtful gift or simply send them by themselves, flowers are sure to brighten her day and show your appreciation. Drop into Florist La Fleur or give them a call and talk to Brenda about having the perfect arrangement delivered to your mum.
•Flowering plants and herbs
Does your mum enjoy gardening or the cheerfulness of flowers around her home? Pop into Innesgrove nursery and pick up a couple of plants that will continue flowering and bringing some extra colour to her days long after Mother’s Day.
If your mum loves to cook, herbs can also make a great Mother’s day gift. Perhaps you could even help her start her own herb garden. Herbs will make her cooking taste great, so you win with this gift as well!
• Pamper your mum
If your mum is a little less fond of dirt beneath her fingernails and is more inclined to enjoy a good pampering,  give Jo Skinner of Sereno Beauty a call for her range of gift vouchers, pamper packs and massage certificates.
• Jewellery
It’s true! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and mums are no exception to this rule. If your mum loves a bit of bling here and there, stop by the Condo Watchmakers and Jewellers to add some sparkle to her Mother’s Day.
• Skin care and make up
Shortis and Timmins have in stock a large range of skin care and make up products that are sure to have mums skin glowing over the coming weekend. They also have stacks of gorgeous gift ideas perfect for showing mum you care.
So if you’re a little stuck with what to get your mum this Mother’s Day, don’t despair. It would be hard to find a gift that would repay your mother’s unconditional love over the years. But  if there’s one thing that does make a difference, it’s the thought that counts!

Alpacas for everyone

With the chilly winter months fast approaching, you might now be on the lookout for some new winter woollies.
But before you go straight for that pair of cotton or wool socks, you might want to consider something different this season.
Debbie O’Neill, part owner of Condobolin based Signature Alpacas, is championing alpaca fleece as a way to keep warm: stylishly warm.
“It’s a luxury fibre with exceptional thermal properties perfect for keeping you warm in winter and cool and dry in summer,” she said.
“The great thing about it is the fleece isn’t itchy; people who are allergic to wool most likely won’t be allergic to alpaca fleece.”
Debbie also said mature, castrated male alpacas made excellent sheep herd guards.
“We’ve found them to be exceptionally successful at guarding flocks of sheep from foxes and with the price of lamb as it is these days, you really can’t afford to lose any stock.
“It’s quite economical as well; you only have to save a few lambs before you’ve recovered the money you spent on the alpaca.
“In most cases they will pay for themselves in their first lambing season.
Debbie said she has gone from spending $1000 on fox bait per year to around $30 to $40 with the help of the alpaca wethers.
“The alpacas won’t leave an area until all the lambs are with their mothers,” she said.
“They patrol the paddock during the day and will check out any new additions as they arrive, they also tend to hang around the vicinity of lambing ewes.”
Debbie said because her alpacas are farmed commercially and run over large areas of land, they tended to grow out better and healthier than pet animals reared in small pens.
“From a green point of view alpaca is the only true natural black fibre so this reduces the need to dye; alpacas also put less pressure on the soil than a kangaroo and a lot less than sheep or cattle which is good for not compacting grazing land,” she said.
“We’ve been able to work different blood lines as we have the area to do this and this is assisting us in increasing the rate of improvement in our stock.
“We’ve got a flock of 200 at the moment and that’s growing.”
Debbie is also currently spreading the word about National Alpaca Week.
Held during May, National Alpaca Week will see alpaca farmers all over Australia opening their gates and supplying information to those curious about beginning an alpaca enterprise of their own.
Debbie will open Signature Alpacas on Grassmere Road, Condobolin on Friday May 27- Saturday May 28 from 10 am – 2 pm on both days.
Anyone interested in visiting Signature Alpacas on another day is welcome to contact Debbie to arrange a time.
Information will be available and both alpacas and alpaca garments will be for sale.
For more information, check out www.signaturealpacas.com.au, www.alpaca.asn.au or contact Debbie on 02 6895 7665.

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.

Condo 750 – roaring success

• The Condobolin contingent of bike riders - glad to have made it to the end. Overall bike winner is Rod Faggotter, second Damien Grabham and equal third Matthew Fish and Condobolin'sThomas Jacobson. KT

By Karen Tooth

This year’s wet conditions provided a change from the dry for the competitors of the 2011 Slattery Auctions Condo 750 with the resultant high grass, thistles and soft dirt making for a very demanding event.
The event received high praise from competitors for the professional running, the hard work put in by volunteers and the friendliness of the people of Condobolin.
Driver of the outright winning car – number 75 (Mitsubishi Pajero), Steve Riley (Victoria) said, “When the Condo 750 first started I twice won it [the 750] on a bike and now to have won it in a car is fantastic!”
“It’s always a great event – we make the pilgrimage to Condo with the family staying at the caravan park and have a great time.”
Steve’s navigator, John Doble (Sydney) said, “The 750 is demanding event from the navigator’s perspective and it is really easy to get lost – there are lots of instructions to follow. The driver really has to concentrate on what the navigator says!”
In second overall position, local competitors Driver Jason Pearce commented, “This is one of the hardest navigation courses we’ve had along with the long grass that was really thick. We had a good run and nothing went wrong. It was the first time we won a stage.”
Event Director (cars) Alan Wells said the event went well: “There were no real dramas; bent a few vehicles but no injuries. It was tough but they all enjoyed the course.”
Bill Logan, Chairman Condobolin Sports Promotions, was very happy with how the event went. He said, “Two bike riders were taken to hospital – Orange and Parkes but there were no major injuries.”
Bill went on to add that having St. John’s Ambulance and a helicopter in attendance were two firsts for the 750. The helicopter was multifunctional with first response medical and a photographer and video cameraman.
The helicopter was sponsored by Slattery Auctions and piloted by Paddy Slattery.                                                                    Former Condobolin resident, Luke Buckland, who gained a third in the H1 bike section, said, “It was great to get to the finish!
“I found the course very intertwined which made it too easy to make mistakes and get on the wrong course.”
“Thumbs up to the committee for all their hard work.”
“This year it was especially good for spectators which is what this sort of racing needs – especially from a sponsors point of view.”
“The Condo 750 is always good fun – I didn’t need any medical attention!”

Condo ‘Eye Popper’ takes out Royal Easter gold

By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin’s Vicki and Keith Ridley have taken out the prestigious interbreed Urquhart Perpetual Trophy for supreme beef animal at the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show with their Shorthorn bull, ‘Nero Lock Eye Popper’.
The victory follows the bull placing second in its class at the NSW Beef Spectacular in Dubbo last month.
Vicki Ridley said winning the award felt unbelievable.
“It’s incredible, it’s the first time we’ve ever won the competition,” she said.
“We’ve never had a champion Shorthorn ribbon at a show, though our son and daughter have both had champion Shorthorn females.
Vicki said she and Keith didn’t treat the bull in any different way to other bulls until they began feeding it for the show.
“We just ran it under commercial Condo conditions,” she said.
“Then when you’re preparing for the show you have to break them in so they’ll be quiet and behave.”
The Land newspaper reported last week that the show’s judge, Brett Nobbs, selected ‘Nero Lock Eye Popper’ for its youth, size and athleticism.
The two and a half year old bull weighed in at 1046kg and carried 14 millimetres of rump and 10 millimetres of rib fat.
Also, a huge result for Heather Earney, daughter of Anne and Andrew Earney of ‘Wilga Park’, who came second in the State judging competition finals. She was Runner-up in both the RAS/ASC Merino Fleece State Judging Competition Final and in the RAS/ASC Fruit and Vegetable State Judging Competition Final. There are more competitions for Heather today.
With the sheep results, the L’Estrange family of ‘Belswick’, Condobolin have also done extremely well with winning Reserve Champion Strong Wool March Shorn Merino Ewe, the Merino Grand Champions and the Reserve Grand Champion Strong Wool Merino Ewe.




Menswear store official opening

By Dominic Geiger

Lindy Hall has officially opened ‘Condo Clothing’, a new menswear store located on Bathurst Street.
Lindy said she’d started the business due to a need in Condobolin for a store that sold clothing younger people were interested in as well as high quality workwear
“It’s the labels and the designs that are popular with the young men,” she said.
“There’s also a bit of a gap in town for younger girls so that’s why I’ve got the teenwear section.”
Lindy said despite focussing on menswear, she was open to any suggestions the community might have.
“I’m going to try a whole range of clothing so I’m happy for people to stop by and tell me what they think would be a good idea,” she said.
“The store definitely isn’t to full stock yet cause I’m just starting; there’ll possibly be twice this amount once things are all up and running.
“I’m really hoping to fill a community need with this business because there’s a lot of stuff people can’t buy around town.
“I’ve rushed quite a bit to get this thing going because I thought it was important to see the store actually begin trading and see what people really wanted.”

Enjoying the spectacle

By Debbie Hickson and Jessica Symonds

Residents of South Forbes Road enjoyed the roar of bikes and cars as the participants of the Condo 750 raced through their properties this weekend.
The annual Easter event was a first for newcomers to the district, Debbie and Bryan Hickson.
The Hicksons enjoyed the competitors racing through their property.
“The event was fantastic,” she said.
“We loved the Prologue on Friday. We got to see the insides of the car, and look at the bikes.”
“On Saturday and Sunday, there was probably about fifteen of us there, watching the bikes and cars.”
The Hicksons were pleased with the organisation of the event.
“It was easy for us, the organisers marked the track, and when we checked all the gates and stock, everything was in the right place.
“We wanted to let other farmers know, being a part of the event, your property being part of the track, is really no inconvenience.
“The organisers do everything, opening and closing the gates, leaving everything as they found them.
“It’s great to be a part of it, and we’d love to host it again.”

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.”

New beauty therapy store for Condobolin

Beauty Therapist Jo Skinner and Masseuse Kellie Johnson are taking their love of beauty therapy from their homes to the main street of Condobolin with their brand new beauty store, ‘Sereno Beauty’.
Jo said both her and Kellie felt as though they could bring something new to the town by opening the store.
“I’ll be doing waxing, nail enhancements, manicures and pedicures, while Kellie will be providing massages using Gumtree Oils,” she said.
“No one else in town currently does nail enhancements, so I thought there was a real need for that.
“We will also stock Inika Makeup and Mizzle Baby Accessories.
“We really want to emphasize to all our customers that we’re up to date with all the latest fads and trends.”
Jo said the store located at 115 Bathurst Street, Condobolin would be opening on April 29, in time for Mother’s Day.
“We’ll be having Mother’s Day specials all day to coincide with the opening,” she said.
“Prue Kirk will also be there to showcase Coco Milly Jewellery from three to seven pm, and we’ll have drinks and nibbles to celebrate.
“Everyone is welcome to drop by and have a look; we encourage people to make appointments but feel free to just turn up as well.”
Gift vouchers are also available from the store for Mother’s Day.
If anyone has any questions or would like to make an appointment, call Jo on 0403647491 or Kellie on 0421377504.

Wheeler’s Catch, Snap and Release Photo Competition

Ross Wheeler with his prized catch. John Wheeler submitted this photo as an example of the quality he will be looking for in the photos entered in the Catch, Snap and Release Photo Competition.By Jessica Symonds and Dominic Geiger

Get hooked on fishing this Easter with Wheeler’s Foodworks Catch, Snap and Release Fishing Photo Competition.
The competition, organised by John Wheeler of Wheeler’s Foodworks, and proudly supported by The Condobolin Argus, will be looking for the best photo taken of a fish and will run over the Easter holiday period.
John said he had organised the competition to encourage more people to form an interest in fishing.
“I know there are already a lot of anglers around Condobolin, so this competition is a way to not only encourage more people to take up the sport more seriously, but also to give those people who are already keen anglers an opportunity to win some prizes,” he said.
John said he thinks ‘catch and release’ is important in the conservation of our native fish, and to insure that there will be plenty of quality fish to be caught in the future.
“By all means take a fish to eat when the occasion calls for it providing it’s a legal catch, the choice is yours,” he said.
“It would just be good to see people thinking more about the future and a photo of a nice fish is a smarter and better looking way to show off your catch.
“Children are encouraged to snap a good photo of themselves with a fish, and then release it safely back into the water system.
“It also gives kids the opportunity to do something fun during the day, especially during the school holidays.
“The competition is also open to those with recently taken photographs from the past as everyone won’t have the chance to get out on the river.”
John said the competition would be judged on the quality and inventiveness of the photos, rather than how big the catch is.
He said this meant the winning entry could even be a photo of a carp.
“Even the smallest fish could win the competition, depending upon how great the snap is,” he said.
“Photo entries will be displayed in the shop, near the fishing tackle.
“It gives everyone a chance to see what’s been caught, and something for them to talk about.”
Entrants have the chance to win a great range of prizes including lures and spinnerbaits from businesses such as Australian Crafted Lures, Outlaw Spinnerbaits, Viking Lures and Mud Guts Spinnerbaits.
“I’m also willing to match the prices of other bigger fishing stores, including the internet, on products in stock and on special orders by request,” John said.
The Catch, Snap and Release Fishing Photo Competition will be running from Monday, 11th April 2011 to Monday, 2nd May 2011. Entrants of any age are invited to take part in the competition.

Fair Trading comes to Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo

By Dominic Geiger

Representatives from the NSW Office of Fair Trading have been out and about in Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo this week offering information on how to be a savvy consumer.
Fair Trading Deputy Commissioner Steve Griffin said staff would also be carrying out compliance activities, business inspections and would be promoting consumer services from last Monday to April 7.
“Compliance checks benefit local consumers, lead to better business practices and promote a strong working relationship between Fair Trading and traders,” he said.
Representatives from Fair Trading also took the time to deliver information seminars to students at Condobolin High School, Lake Cargelligo High School and Lake Cargelligo TAFE
Lachlan Meurer, Acting Community Liaison Coordinator for NSW Fair Trading Western Region, said the visit was all about helping to inform students about their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
“One of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘when am I entitled to a refund?’ so we’ve been going over that a bit with the kids,” he said.
“We’ve also been covering topics like how not to get drawn in to scams, internet shopping and tenancy issues people might face.
“It’s all about teaching people how to be smart consumers; how to use their money wisely.
“At Condobolin High we spoke to year nine and ten commerce students about new consumer laws that have come in to place and what they can and can’t do as a result.
“We also covered the pros and cons of being on a plan versus pre-paid for mobile phone.
“The kids were receptive of the information and seemed very interested.”

Is your place safe and secure?

With a recent spate of vandalism in Condobolin, you might be wondering about the best way to keep your home (or your windows) safe from crime.
As a result, The Condobolin Argus caught up with a number of security business owners to find out what the trends and latest developments are when it comes to keeping homes secure.
Ken Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Security Services, said home invasions were becoming increasingly common during working hours.
“In Bathurst, 72% of break-ins in private residences happen during daylight hours,” he said.
“Home invasions are also significantly more common than business break and enters.”
Ken said the growing trend was for people to install surveillance cameras on their properties.
“CCTV networks are no longer terribly expensive,” he said.
“With all the new mobile phone technology, you can even get the stream of pictures from the cameras straight to your phone.
“In addition to that, alarm systems are as popular as ever, as are security screens.”
Ken said despite these security systems, the easiest way to deter home invasions was to use common sense.
“If people go away, it’s important not to leave their bins outside for collection and to get someone else to collect their mail; they’re both dead giveaways that there’s no one home,” he said.
“It’s also important for people to not leave their spare keys in obvious places like in pot plants or under a doormat.”
Col Lamrock, owner of Glassplace, said there was a real need for people to use security screens and doors to protect homes and businesses from unnecessary damage.
“Damage to property can be from burglaries and direct criminal activity, though is more likely through senseless vandalism,” he said.
“Fitting high quality security doors such as woven steel products can deter most attacks of this nature.”
For a do it yourself installation security system for your home or business, drop into Condobolin Retravision.
Or if you would prefer to have one installed for you, give Paul Riley Electrics a call.

New job opens doors for Laura Kunkel

Laura Kunkel of KMWL Ray White Condobolin.Laura Kunkel’s enthusiasm for real estate has landed her the new role of Property Manager at KMWL Ray White Condobolin.
Laura said the new position will give her an incredible opportunity to excel in the rapidly growing real estate industry.
“I’ve had previous experience dealing with properties and that’s given me the necessary knowledge to do the job properly,” she said.
“It’s also helped me realise that real estate is what I’m passionate about; it’s what I want to do.”
Rural Sales Manager at KMWL Ray White Condobolin, Ian Simpson, said he was excited Laura had decided to come and work for the company.
“Her spark and passion for real estate will really help us grow,” he said.
“It’s great to work with other people who have such enthusiasm for the industry.”
Ian said Laura, who will be dealing mainly with residential and commercial properties in Condobolin, was selected for the job because she knows how important property investments are for many people.
“She’ll be dealing with both landlords and tenants and helping tenants find new housing accommodation,” he said.
“She really takes the time to ensure everything is looked after to the highest quality, and that reflects how the company conducts its business.”

Letters to the Editor: Announcement of closure of Condobolin Vet Surgery

It is with sadness that I have to announce the closure of the Condobolin Veterinary Surgery after 26 years. We opened on the 1st of July 1985 and will be closing on Friday the 1st of April 2011.
The challenge of 6 hours travelling and working long hours is becoming increasingly difficult and unfortunately it has also become increasingly uneconomic to do so.
We have approached the neighbouring practices and none of them are in a position to take on more work and we can’t find anyone else who would like to take over the surgery.
Orlana, Natascha and Stacey have been doing a splendid job of providing a service to the community between my fortnightly visits and I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for their hard work and support – without their dedication I would have succumbed to the pressure from the Veterinary Practitioners Board and closed up early last year.
I would like to thank our clients for being so understanding about the limited service we have been able to provide the last 5 years.
Condobolin is a wonderful town and hopefully with a change of seasons and the mines opening again it has a bright future.
Now that Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga is starting to produce graduates there is every chance that you will attract a new veterinarian – or perhaps a young couple with an interest in farming and raising a family. I hope so

Best wishes
K L Schoeffel BSc(Hons) BVSc

Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong

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.  At 10am, join Thom, Dick & Harry’s for a cooking demonstration by in-house cook Jackie using KitchenAid products. Stroll across the road at 11am to Bland Bizarre for a craft demonstration.  At 11.30am White Magnolia Day Spa will be holding a demonstration on skin care and applying makeup.
As lunch time approaches, visit one of the many lunch venues to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst with a refreshment.
2pm is the time to visit the historic Tattersalls Hotel in the Main Street for the official launch of “Bag Free in 3”.
Carnegie will be informing you of all you need to know about “Bag Free in 3” and the effects on the environment.
Following will be this year’s fashion parade hosted by our Queen for the Day, Mrs Shirley Funnell.
Visit Sheila at Your Pathway to Health in Court Street at 3.30pm for a demonstration on Juice Plus and tastings.
Our Art Trail will be running for two weeks prior to Ladies Day Out and each participating business will be displaying a piece of artwork.  Leading up to and throughout the day you will have a chance to vote for your favourite piece and have a chance to win $250 drawn on the day. The day will round off in plenty of time for you to get home, put your feet up, and enjoy the Royal Wedding on TV.
All further information about Ladies Day Out and the participating businesses can be found on www.aboutwestwyalong.com or by calling Valerie Burgess on 02 6972 2202 b.h.

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