Popular Quality Wool ‘Wool Drive’ on again



The popular Quality Wool ‘Wool Drive’ is on again this year to raise much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Westmead during the 2016 season and the company is calling on all woolgrowers to contribute to this great cause.

The charity wool auction has raised more than $150,000 for Ronald McDonald House Westmead over the past three years.

Ronald McDonald House Westmead provides a “home away from home’’ for families with seriously ill children who require medical attention and attend appointments at The Children’s Hospital Westmead. It relies heavily on community fundraising and volunteers to help keep it operating.

Quality Wool is encouraging all growers to donate wool oddments or any type of wool towards the ‘Wool Drive’. The company has committed to press, test and auction the wool free of charge, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

Growers can deliver wool to the company’s Condobolin, Parkes, Orange and Wagga Wagga stores, or Quality Wool can visit farms to pick up wool and clean out sheds.

Quality Wool is collecting wool through until December 16, 2016, with the auction set to be held in February 2017, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

Condo girl takes out VET Student of the Year

Condobolin student Jessie Haydon has beaten finalists from Bathurst, Orange and Parkes to win VET Student of the Year for the Central West.

VET Student of the Year for the Central West, Jessie Haydon, cooks up a storm at Condobolin High School. LP


Condobolin student Jessie Haydon has beaten finalists from Bathurst, Orange and Parkes to win VET Student of the Year for the Central West.

Jessie Haydon at the awards ceremony in Orange with her traineeship employer, Sharmane Armstrong. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

Condobolin student Jessie Haydon has beaten finalists from Bathurst, Orange and Parkes to win VET Student of the Year for the Central West.

Jessie attended the 2014 NSW Training Awards ceremony in Orange on Friday 13 June after being finalised for the award.

Jessie is in Year 12 at Condobolin High School, where she undertakes two Vocational Education Training (VET) courses: Hospitality and Sports Coaching.

“I got to the presentation and saw myself on the front page [of the booklet] and thought ‘Why am I on the front page?’ and then everyone was like ‘You won! You won!’,” she said.

“When they called my name, I almost cried.”

Jessie received her award and gave a speech to over 300 attendees, thanking her parents and family, her teachers and her employers at the Condobolin Motor Inn, Sharmane and Scott Armstrong, for their support.

Her Hospitality teacher, Bev Small, nominated Jessie for the award for her work in her Hospitality subject and her associated traineeship, working as a cook at the Condobolin Motor Inn. Ms Small was unable to attend the award ceremony due to illness but offered her support from afar.

“She was on the phone to me crying,” Jessie said. “So I made sure to give her a big thank you in my speech.”

Ms Small said she was thrilled with Jessie’s achievements.  “I nominated Jessie because [her VET course] has made her value her education more,” she said. “She does really well in her VET course, where she is a leader to other students, and she does really well at her job and she juggles them very well.”

“She has well and truly earned the award.”

Jessie works at the Condobolin Motor Inn most evenings. She cooks, cleans, waitresses and helps out wherever she is required, leaving little time for homework on school nights.

“Sometimes I don’t get out of there until 11pm,” she explains. “I have to do a lot of homework in my studies.”

Jessie said that it was her aunt who shared her love of cooking with Jessie when she was little. “We would bake cupcakes for my sister’s birthday and that kind of thing,” Jessie explained.

Jessie has always loved cooking but it was not until she started her Certificate II in Hospitality that she became truly dedicated to her studies.

“I woke up to myself and realised that this is really going to be a hard life if I don’t do something,” she said.

After finishing Year 12, Jessie hopes to go on to complete a Certificate III in Hospitality and work as a chef.

She will now go to compete against the winners of other regions for VET Student of the Year for NSW.

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.”

A new road safety project launched

Kevin Smith (LSC), Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan (Orange City and Cabonne Shire), Cr. Ian Gosper (Cabonne), Jenny Short ( RTA), Karen Boyde (Orange CC), Maureen Horth (Orange CC), Melanie Suitor (Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils), Superintendent Bob Ryan (LAC - NSW Police) and Cr. George Pratt (Parkes SC).

Like the back of your hand…

There’s an old saying ‘I know this road like the back of my hand.’  For many of us who travel to Orange regularly – it’s true.  But that’s where the problems can begin; it’s easy to go over the speed limit, easy to get distracted & easy to make mistakes.
In the past five years there have been nearly 150 crashes on the road between Condobolin, Parkes and Orange.  Six people have been killed and 60 have been injured.  The majority of drivers who crashed were local residents or lived in a neighbouring town.
These statistics have prompted a new $20,000 road safety campaign, called ‘Like the back of your hand’, which targets local drivers on the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways, and will be launched in Manildra this week.
The project is a collaboration between five regional councils along or bordering the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways, including Orange City Council, Cabonne Shire Council, Parkes Shire Council, Forbes Shire Council and Lachlan Shire Council.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor said speed was identified as the major contributing factor in all of the crashes.
“We recently conducted speed surveys at five locations along the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways.  The results of the surveys showed that 79% of motorists were travelling faster than the posted 100km/h speed limit.
“This project aims to decrease travel speeds along the road from Condobolin to Orange and also increase awareness about the dangers and consequences of speeding,”
“Crash data identified two particular groups who travelled the road at different times of the day.”
“We identified people who travel during work hours as part of their job or daily commute and people accessing medical services in Orange as groups at risk.” she said.
“In order to target these road users we will be working with employers and medical practitioners.
“A radio campaign featuring local surgeon Dr Henry Hook will spearhead the campaign targeted at people accessing medical services in Orange.
“Medical appointment checklists and further information will be distributed through doctor’s surgeries, community health centres, dentists, hospitals and the like throughout the five council areas.”
There will also be a period of Police enforcement.
“There will be extra Police patrols along the road between Orange and Condobolin targeting speeding drivers.
“We are asking local drivers to please slow down and concentrate,” Ms Suitor said.
The project will run until the end of August and is an initiative of the Local Government Road Safety Program.


Charity drive rumbles into town

By Dominic Geiger

The deep rumble of a convoy of cancer fighting cars and the haunting tunes of a Scottish pipe band marked the arrival of the Cruisin’ Along Care West Charity Drive in Condobolin last Friday night.
After arriving in town, the drivers made their way to the Condobolin Sports Club where a barbecue had been organised to celebrate the visit.
Co organiser and Mayor of Orange, John Davis, said the rally visited towns that had been supportive of the Care West Lodge project.
The Care West Lodge, which is adjacent to the new Orange Hospital, will provide support and accommodation for rural cancer patients and their carers.
“Condobolin has been very supportive with the project and has raised in excess of $50,000,” he said.
“The lodge will be finished in June so if someone has cancer, comes from a rural area and needs to be treated in Orange, there’ll be a facility available for them, their family and friends there.
“The fact is, it’s a great cause because one in every three Australians is affected by cancer.”
Dee Barnes, who made the journey from Orange as part of the drive, said she’d had a great time both as part of the convoy and at the Sports Club.
“We’ve been well looked after tonight,” she said.
“I’ve been to the Care West Lodge and I get involved because it’s great to support such a helpful initiative.”
The Condobolin RSL Pipe Band also put on a well received performance for the visitors.

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