River stakeholders meet with MDBA Chairmen

By Dominic Geiger

Stakeholders representing various communities along the Lachlan River met with the Murray Darling Basin Authority Chairman Craig Knowles as he toured the region on Monday March 28.
Mr Knowles and the various representatives, which included mayors, landowners and Aboriginal groups, boarded a bus in Forbes which took them to a dairy farm east of the town.
Mayor of the Lachlan Shire Des Manwaring said Mr Knowles listened closely to the concerns voiced during the bus trip and at the farm.
“He said it was a fact finding mission for him; he was trying to get his head around the issues of the Lachlan River,” he said.
“He told us he had no pre-conceived views on what should be done here.
“The main thing (the stakeholders) told him was that the Lachlan is a closed system; it very rarely flows into the Murrumbidgee at all.”
Mary Ewing, Executive Officer at Lachlan Valley Water, said the Lachlan River flowed into a large marshland area which was usually cut off from the Murray Darling system.
“The Lachlan ends in the Great Cumbung Swamp near Oxley,” she said.
“The only time the river joins the Murrumbidgee is during a major flood.”
Des said the consensus amongst the stakeholders was that too much water had already been ‘bought back’ from the Lachlan and the tougher water allocation allowances had placed social and economic burdens on Lachlan River communities.
“There has been almost no water for ten years with the drought and people are just starting to recover,” he said.
“The Mayor of (The Carrathool Shire) got the point across that growth had slowed in Hillston since the water allocations were reduced in the town.
“Towns are on a limited supply of water as it is and we’re trying to entice people from Sydney to move here; there’s no way we’ll be able to do that if our water allocation is cut.”

The tale of the travelling fruit cake

Joy Gibson with her prized fruit cake.Condobolin resident Joy Gibson is once again on her way to the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES) in an attempt to win the prize for the best fruit cake.
All competitors must follow the exact recipe in the baking process and the winner will be selected based exclusively on their cooking skills.
Joy said all competitors at the SRES would have won both local and regional fruitcake competitions to be given the chance to compete in Sydney.
“I went once before and my fruitcake was listed as ‘highly commended’,” she said.
“I’m optimistic about my chances but you never really know how you’ll go.
“I don’t have any secrets; I just follow the recipe.”

Scots & family tradition

On Sunday 16th May, Frances and Dick Gavel attended the Scots College Parade of Remembrance at Scots College, Bellevue Hill, Sydney at which the College Pipe Band, Cadet Corp and Old Boys Pipe Band parade.It has been a tradition in the Gavel family to be part of the Scots School Pipe Band
It is an impressive ceremony, with a review of the cadet unit, the band and old boys band followed by a march past by the cadets and a remembrance memorial serve for Scots College veterans.
This is the last parade of year 12 students in the cadets and band.
The event concludes with the old boys band joining the college band and marching off the parade ground. Dick had the honour of marching beside his grandson Andrew Gavel, the pipe major of the college A band. The year 12 bandsmen are then invited to join the old boys band to march up Victoria road to the Fairfax ground.
This was Dick’s last parade as he has given his bagpipes which were his father’s to Andrew.

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