Sport & Fitness

Cobar rodeo a huge success

Uralla cowboy Duncan Elks shows how it’s done on Nackadoo Rodeo Company’s ‘Deadly’. OMBy Olivia McInnes

Competitors and spectators flocked to the Cobar showgrounds last Saturday for an adrenaline filled day of non stop rodeo action.
Despite being the first rodeo for Cobar since 2002, the committee received an astonishing 276 entries.
Cobar rodeo committe president Cameron Cutting said the motion to hold rodeos again began when “someone said let’s have a rodeo meeting.
“I was elected president and the committee just pulled together and we got it happening,” he said.
“The community have paid for  [the rodeo] through their sponsorship, kindness and donations. If they couldn’t give us money, they donated their equipment and machinery to get the grounds in order.
“Today is really important for the community. It’s a great time for us to just get together in the bush.”
The rodeo consisted of a full day of events including the ever popular bull ride and saddle bronc which offered plenty of excitement for the eager crowd.
Other popular events included calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the inaugural Cobar Rodeo Princess competition.
“The day has been excellent,” Cameron said.
“ It has more than met everyone’s expectations and I just can’t thank everyone who has been involved in running it enough.
“We want to continue to run this event and make it  bigger and better in the years to come.”

Ram’s Shed renovations in final stages

Publican Greg Cooper outside the Rams Shed. DGBy Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin Hotel Motel’s Ram’s Shed is nearing the final stages of completion following massive renovations and the purchase of a brand new carpet.
Hotel owner, Greg Cooper, said the primary purpose of the Ram’s Shed is to give the Condobolin rugby union team a home, though the facility would be available to anyone interested.
“We’re in the last stages of renovating the shed; all we need to do now is the carpet,” he said.
“We’ll be putting lots of rugby union paraphernalia inside; the official opening will be announced very soon.
“The cost has been just over $90,000; we’ve painted inside, put in new lighting and a smoking area and we’ve had a new outside sign painted.
“It’s all heated properly and (when events are on) we’ll have the street entrance open.”
Greg said he had already begun taking bookings for the Ram’s Shed for various upcoming functions.
“We’ve got a wedding booked in for September as well as a special party coming up,” he said.
“We’re also going to use the room for special functions, i.e. Quota and Lion’s Club meetings.
“The room will be open to everyone.”

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.

Hats off to Rotary Health

Dave Carter and Uwe Kuhn at the Rotary Hat Day fundraiser last Sunday.By Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin branch of Rotary International held a successful Hat Day fundraiser at the Condobolin Sports Club last Sunday, with all proceeds raised during the event going to fund research into mental health in Australia.
The event was held in order to raise awareness about the four million Australians who will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives and to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
About 25 people played bowls throughout the day while wearing various hats in keeping with the theme of taking mental health issues out from ‘under their hat’.
President of the Condobolin Rotary Club, Dave Carter, said Hat Day was a new initiative for Australian Rotary Health.
“This fundraiser is different because whereas in other events you’ll have a certain amount of money going towards administration, 100% of the money raised (at Hat Day) will go to the cause,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the Condobolin Sports Club for waving the green fees; everyone has paid $15 today which includes a sausage sizzle and a game of bowls.”
Coordinator of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Di Gill, was also on site at the event with other mental health professionals at the mobile Pit Stop van medical centre.
“Rotary research does a lot for Mental Health in Australia,” Di said.
“(Hat Day is) important because it not only focuses on research, but allows mental health issues to be spoken about openly so as to decrease the stigma (associated with mental health disorders).
“It also increases peoples’ understanding about how to get appropriate help and support regarding mental health.”

Sixth potential site announced for Condobolin Skatepark

By Dominic Geiger

Lachlan Shire Council has temporarily suspended the public consultation process for the proposed skatepark development in Condobolin following the announcement of a sixth potential site at the Wiradjuri Study Centre.
The skatepark project, which has seen numerous delays since its inception over ten years ago, will be put on hiatus until council can liaise with the CEO of Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC), Percy Knight, in regards to building the park on study centre grounds.
General Manager of the Lachlan Shire, George Cowan, said a report from the consultation process with Percy would be brought to the June council meeting.
“Council (will then) determine whether the new site will be added to the other five for community consultation,” he said.
“I will be meeting with Percy sometime this week to discuss the matter further.”
Percy said he was “open minded” about the possibility of a skatepark being built on study centre grounds.
“I’m certainly prepared to talk to council about (the project),” he said.
“If the skatepark is to go ahead it will require amendments to the development application, but that’s just part of due process.”
Percy also said he was considering the possibility of building an internet cafe on study centre grounds to offer an additional place for young people to socialise.
“Establishing a supervised net cafe would offer something for the kids who aren’t interested in the skatepark,” he said.
“We would provide computers and internet but of course the cafe would have to be managed properly.
“We need to be really strategic and proactive about these projects; they need to be managed in a cooperative and collaborative way, but all those issues can be worked out.”

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.

Eathan Swadling set to take Arafura games by storm

Boxing prodigy and former Condobolin resident, Eathan Swadling (pictured right), is currently fighting it out against the world’s best heavyweight boxers at the Arafura games in Darwin.
At the time this paper went to print, Eathan had been to the weigh in but no further details were available.
Eathan’s father, Craig Swadling, said both he and Eathan’s mother were incredibly proud of their son.
“I just think he’s picked the toughest sport in the world,” he said.
“It’s man against man in that ring; and Eathan’s been fighting against grown men since he was 14.
“He’s 21 now and he’s got in excess of thirteen titles including two national gold.
Craig said Eathan wasn’t usually nervous about fights but still went through a lot of mental preparation before a big match.
“He never worries, he just tells me he’s going to punch them all into hospital,” he said.
“But to keep his nerves under control he becomes a sort of bogey man where he doesn’t like to talk; especially not about the fight.”
Patrick Cunningham, President of Sydney University’s Boxing Club where Eathan trains, said the Arafura games were highly competitive and were looked at by the Australian Boxing Association as a precursor for the Olympics.
“There are 40 nations competing, with competition in 27 sports,” he said.
“It’s difficult to say how well Eathan will go because we don’t know the competition as they’re all amateurs.
“Regardless, it’s highly competitive and we’re hoping Eathan does well so the uni will continue to support him.”

Letters to the Editor

Dear Madam,

I am writing in reply to a recent letter in the Argus as an employer who knows what it is like not to receive a single response to an advertised position.
We would also like to see our town promoted. There has to be people in the outer areas of the city that could enjoy a better lifestyle both financially and socially with a move to the country.
Condo has so much to offer:
• Lake – boating and fishing
•Most sporting codes, Golf and bowls, Gym, Motor Bike Club
• Community Centre – Arts & Crafts
• Sing Australia
• Rifle Club
This is just naming a few as there are many more Clubs & Societies.
As well as younger families we would like to see mature aged or even empty nesters being encouraged to our town and bringing their skills and experience to our community.
On the housing front there is a range of good investment properties and top quality homes for far less than the equivalent in the metropolitan areas.
The mining boom is a great boost to our towns economy but it also drains our small pool of experienced tradesmen and we as a business in Condobolin want to keep employing apprentices and offering goods & services to the community for the years ahead.
Even those of us in secure jobs isolated from staff shortages will not be immune as we have to travel  to a bigger centre for more everyday services that will not be available in the town due to lack of workmanship.
It is very encouraging to see people opening new shops in Condo. We hope this positive attitude continues.  As to how to go about promoting it viably is the question.
We ourselves will continue to advertise.
Thank you for allowing me space in your paper
Concerned citizen.


Dear Madam,

For more than a decade I’ve been attending sporting events in Australia and internationally providing technical race support and as a photographer. The Condo 750 may not be Dakar or the Australasian Safari but the genuine welcome received in Condobolin makes it one of the highlights of my year.
The efforts to attract sponsors such as Slattery Auctions have been rewarded with much needed helicopter medical services, the perfect supplement to the work put in by the organisers, controllies, sweeps, course markers and officials, not to mention the land holders who demonstrate the ultimate in community spirit by hosting the event year on year. The Condo 750 just gets better and better!
Max Sullivan
Maximum Motorcycle Consulting
Parramatta NSW
27 April 2011

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!”

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.”

Condobolin Pony Club

On Friday 22nd April at the Condobolin Pony Club grounds 9 children and their ponies attended a clinic run by Corrine MacAulay from Temora.
The basis of the clinic was to teach the children and their horses about ground rules. The children all learnt about bending and flexing as well.
All the kids definitely learnt something positive as did the parents.
Condobolin Pony Club also held their Showjumping, Dressage, Equitation and Combined Training Championship recently on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April. This event was a qualifier for the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show.


Family Support hosts Youth Sports Day

By Dominic Geiger

The Family Support Centre in Condobolin hosted a Youth Sports Day on Tuesday April 12 with over 85 young people and 40 adults attending the event.
A busload of children and their guardians also drove from Lake Cargelligo to partake in the day’s activities.
The project was funded through the Federal Government’s Youth Week initiative in conjunction with Arrive Alive and Condobolin Family support.
Project Manager at the WPRD, Heather Blackley, said the day was comprised of a variety of sporing competitions.
“We set up teams so the kids could play oztag, touch footy, netball and volleyball,” she said.
“We also had a really big barbecue with lots of parents and guardians helping out.
“The idea behind the day was trying to get the two communities together and getting the kids to work and play with each other.
“It was about providing an active day of fun and entertainment and trying to puff the kids out a bit.”

Dusting off their gloves

By Dominic Geiger

A grudge match of epic proportions is set to take Condobolin by storm this May, with ‘Little’ Mark Pawsey and Brendon Smith once again taking to the ring to fight it out for the Condo Heavyweight Title.
The ‘Condo Dust Up’, which is scheduled for May 7 at the Condobolin RSL, will see the two heavyweight contenders face off for the first time since Brendon got the better of ‘Little’ Mark in the ring last December.
Fight Promoter and professional fighter, Mark ‘The Condo Kid’ Pawsey, said ‘Little’ Mark would be hungry for revenge.
“The last fight was very entertaining,” he said.
“Mark came out and knocked Brendan on to the canvass, then Brendan got up and knocked Mark out in a K.O. finish.
“Brendan’s fitness really won it for him at the end of the day.”
Mark said the fight would also feature the long awaited return of trainer Desmond Ritchie to the ring.
“Desmond will be up against Hicky Solosie from Griffith,” he said.
“He’s also been training all the other Condo fighters, including Shannon Sloane, who got a taste of the fight game last Condo fight night and he’s hungry for more.”
The night will also feature a number of local match-ups, including Luke Howith vs Julian Ingrim, with many more still to be announced.
Mark said he thought the Condobolin community would really enjoy the night.
“Fights are great for the community because boxing requires discipline and dedication and allows young people to strive for something more,” he said.
“The support we had last fight night was great and we hope to see everyone there again.”
The fight is set to begin at 7pm on May 7 at the Condobolin RSL.
Tickets can be purchased from the venue.

Inaugural Car Display at Slattery Auctions Condo 750

Slattery Auctions Condo 750 held over the Easter long weekend will host an inaugural Car Display which will line Bathurst Street in Condobolin from 3.30pm on Friday 22 April.
Friday morning will kick start with a prologue to place competitors in their starting positions for the competition. The prologue will be held approximately 5km north of Condobolin with a designated viewing area for spectators.
At 3.30pm following the prologue, competitors will locate in Bathurst Street Condobolin for the inaugural Car Display of motor bikes and rally cars. The Car Display will be a unique sight for rally car and motor bike lovers to enjoy and an opportunity for spectators to learn more about the event by talking first hand to the competitors.
Event Director Allan Wells believes the Car Display is a great way for spectators to get a new perspective on the event.
“The Car Display will give spectators an up close perspective of the motor bikes and rally cars and more importantly, an opportunity to meet and hear firsthand the experiences of the competitors,” said Mr Wells.
The 2011 course is set to test driver and rider endurance, machinery reliability and navigation skills being approximately 750km long. The major sponsor for 2011 is Slattery Auctions who will be providing a helicopter for use as a medivac unit. Other sponsors include ARB, PWR, PJL Equipment, Pirtek, Lachlan Shire Council, Chamen’s Supa IGA, Shell Autoport, Wheelers- The Friendly Food Store and Honda.
Entries are already confirmed from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory as well as competitors from our local community and region.
For more information please visit the website or email

Pistol Club competition


By Olivia McInnes

Rain and cold weather were not enough to dampen spirits at the Condobolin shooting range last Saturday.
A total of eight visitors from Kurrajong Pistol Club and 10 local members braved the weather over the weekend to compete in the annual interclub shoot.
The competition was held over two days and consisted of standard pistol and centre/sport events, with the Kurrajong Pistol Club narrowly winning the competition.
President of the Condo Pistol Club Margaret Baxter said “this is one of two interclub shoots held every year. The other one is held at Kurrajong in September”.
Margaret also said that the Condo Shooting Range is now official property of the local Pistol Club.
The motion to buy the area of Crown Land began in October of 2001.
After much fundraising and a generous grant from the Lachlan Shire Council, the local Pistol Club became official owners of the land earlier this year.
The Condobolin Pistol Club was formed in 1976 by founding member Jim Hackett.
It has been a continuing success since its establishment and currently consists of 26 members ranging from 25 to 83 years of age.
Margaret and current members encourage others in the community to become involved in this thoroughly entertaining sport.

Swimming Club seeks committee members to stay afloat

By Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin Swimming Club is desperately calling on people involved with the pool to consider joining the Swimming Club Committee following an almost complete lack of volunteers at last week’s AGM.
The Club will now host a second AGM on Tuesday May 3 in the hope more people will put their hand up to take on the role of committee member.
Amateur Swimming Club President, Katrina Coupland, said due to the club’s charter stating old committee members had to retire after three years, the club was now forced to find replacements for almost the entire committee.
“Everyone except the secretary has left their positions,” she said.
“If we can’t form a committee we can’t have a swimming club.
“We need to fill at least six or seven positions in order to dilute the work; there are 153 kids in the swimming club and the committee is usually made up of their parents.”
Lifetime Member and Patron of the Mountains and Plains District Swimming Club, John Costello, said it was important for parents to understand they needed to take part in the club for its survival to continue.
“If this swimming club folds you’ll have kids in the river without anyone to watch them,” he said.
“You need to start at a grassroots level if you want to produce Olympic swimmers.
“The trouble seems to be that a lot of parents who want their kids to take part in sport expect the club members to be babysitters and that’s just not how it is.”

Willow Bend Sports Centre school holiday projects

The Willow Bend Sports Centre is once again holding free sporting activities for all school aged children these Easter holidays.
The program is organised in conjunction with Condobolin Youth Services and has been made possible through a government grant from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Willow Bend Sports Centre Manager, Kelly Jarick, said the aim of the program was to keep kids involved in structured activities during school holidays.
“It helps alleviate some of the boredom of holidays and keeps them off the streets,” she said.
“They also get a free, healthy morning tea.”
Kelly said she’d noticed improvements in the program since it began one year ago.
“The kids are a lot better behaved now because they’ve become used to the routine here a bit more,” she said.
“They’re reacting really well to all the games and activities; they’re even lining up outside the centre’s doors before the classes actually begin.”
The holiday classes will run until Thursday, April 21 and anyone who is interested in taking their kids along to one of the days should arrive at the centre at 11:30am or contact the centre on 68954477.

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