Parkes Decor-Competition and Service

Parkes Decor Shoppe was established by Barry and Margaret Robinson in 1975 at the southern end of Clarinda Street. While Barry passed 10 years ago the shop is still going strong with Margaret at the helm and four casual staff.
The business was originally started as a wallpaper and lighting centre. In the 1980s wallpaper had reached it’s used-by-date and the pair started selling curtains, blinds and awnings. Today window furnishings constitute a major part of the operation.
Around the same time, the business joined Lighting Network, a buying group with 50 stores down the east coast of Australia. “This has enabled us to offer our customers a bigger range of home lighting at very competitive prices,” says Margaret.
Margaret is still enthusiastic after four decades at the shop. Most weekends she offers a home consultancy business, offering practical advice on all aspects of lighting and home decorating. For 20 years she has regularly covered areas like Peak Hill, Cudal, Orange, Grenfell, Young, Eugowra, Forbes, Condobolin and smaller outlying areas.
“We pride ourselves on solid customer service and attention to detail,” says Margaret. Advertorial

Currently Parkes Decor are visiting Condobolin, Totteham, Trundle and Tullamore over the next two weeks and are offering a free consultation including measure and quote on blinds, curtains, shutters and lighting. Phone 68622677 -See classified ad on classified page.


Plevna Merinos Field Day – value adding meat and wool

Plevna Modern Merinos Information Day is being held on Monday 8th August 9.30 to 3.30pm

Media Release


Ted Little WIN
2016 started well with Mathew and Korina Aveyard’s flock winning the Ted Little Merino Ewe Competition. This makes two first placings of Plevna blood sheep in the last three years. The judges agreed the qualities that placed these sheep highly were their heavy cutting fleece, high fertility and an overall great modern style sheep.
On Farm Classing
We offer a visual classing service to all existing, new clients and on a commercial basis for outside breeders. This can be a benefit when running two enterprises such as a typical first cross and straight merino and determining which ewes are to go to which breeding program. Putting off type ewes to a terminal sire and better types to your merinos will fast track quality and still provide another income stream.
Field days and workshops
• The Modern Merino was run in September.
• Pastoral Profit targets business management skills in order to improve the bottom line of sheep, sheep meat, and wool.
• Sheepsmart Solutions ran two Life Time Ewe Management courses; aiming to understanding what our breeding ewes need to perform well.
We look forward to seeing you at our next day on Monday the 8th of August.

Tackling speeding issues

Essential Energy crews from across the Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan, Orange and Cabonne local government areas are the first in the region to participate in a new road safety workshop tackling speed on the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways.

The workshops are one of the key strategies of the regional ‘Like the back of your hand’ project which was launched in Manildra in June.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the workshops were designed to provide important information about the dangers of speeding.

“We are really pleased that Essential Energy is the first business in the region to sign up their employees for these free road safety workshops.

“Workshops will be conducted with Essential Energy employees at Orange, Canowindra, Molong, Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Peak Hill, Tottenham, Trundle and Lake Cargelligo depots.

“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. All of the crashes had speed listed as a contributing factor.

“These interactive workshops outline the various issues associated with speeding which impact on all drivers who use the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways. The workshop runs for about 30 minutes and participants are encouraged to complete a quiz which enters them into the draw for a $50 fuel voucher and gives us feedback on what they learnt.

“A copy of all workshop materials will be provided to participating business for use in future staff training and staff inductions.

“We have sent invitations to the larger businesses in the local community to also take part in the workshops. If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to host a workshop at your business please contact me on 6861 2364,” Ms Suitor said.

Essential Energy’s regional general manager, Central Western, Chas MacPhail said Essential Energy is a strong supporter of the Like the back of your hand program and was happy for the regions depot crews to participate in the road safety workshops.

“Essential Energy covers 95% of New South Wales and has over 4000 employees which results in quite a large fleet that last year alone travelled approximately 7 million kilometers, some of that on the Henry Parkes and Escort ways.

“Essential Energy’s number one priority is safety – safety of the public, our employees and the network – so involving our employees in these workshops enhances our already very strong safety culture,” Mr McPhail said.

Other project strategies include; the use of courtesy speed monitor trailers, radio advertising, a radio competition, the distribution of brochures/posters to doctor’s surgeries, roadside banners and regular media coverage.

The Like the back of your hand 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.

Trundle Bush Tucker day

The annual Trundle Bush Tucker Day is once again gearing up to impress taste buds and provide the best in Australian bush cuisine.

With an incredible five band line-up, celebrity guest judges and of course all the bush tucker you could hope for, the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

Secretary for Trundle Bush Tucker Day, Lynda Horkings, said there would be something for everyone at this year’s event.

“We’ve got Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens,” she said.

“We also have Shane Howard from Goanna playing with his band as well as Tori Darke, Set in Motion, Rock Bottom and Coastal Boot Scooters.

“The entertainment will be going all day, weather permitting.”

Lynda said all the usual competitions would also be on over the course of the event.

“We’ll be having the best designed hat competition, the bushman’s relay, billy boil sprint, national damper throw, yard dog trial and the tug-o-war,” she said.

“We’ll also be having a bush Master Chef which is similar to the television version though the participants will have to work with bush ingredients.

“There will be lots of stalls and the bush cooking competition with $1000 cash prize which has been sponsored by AgnVet.”

Trundle Bush Tucker Day will be on Saturday September 3 and is a no BYO, glass free festival.

Tickets are $70 for families, $30 for adults, $5 for 12 to 17 years and free for under 12s.

Camping is included in the ticket price.

High school students try a trade in Condobolin

Hannah Bremner and Tegan Keen try their hand at hairdressing. ContributedBy Dominic Geiger

High school students from Condobolin, Trundle and Tullamore had the opportunity to experience what their professional lives might be like last week at Condobolin High School’s ‘Try a Trade’ careers day.
Students from years nine, ten, eleven and twelve were able to learn about a range of trades including nursing/aged care, metals, hospitality, painting and construction, among many others.
Careers advisor at Condobolin High School, Tim Lukins, said the students responded well to the various trades exhibited.
“It’s all new to them,” he said.
“They got some ideas about [jobs] they think they might like to pursue.
“It was compulsory for the Condobolin year ten students and interested year eleven and twelve students were invited.”
A number of local businesses helped support the event including Bryan Deeves, Kimberley Metals, Bruce Hetherington, Condobolin Preschool, Lachlan Shire and the Condobolin Retirement village.

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.

New doctor for Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service

•Dr May El-Khoury and her daughter Stephanie.


By Jessica Symonds and Dominic Geiger

Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service will welcome a new doctor in the coming weeks, with Dr May El-Khoury set to start work on May 2.
Despite this good news, the move comes at a loss for the town of Trundle in neighbouring Parkes Shire, where Dr El-Khoury has been working at the Brookview Street Medical Surgery for almost five years.
Dr El-Khoury spent her final day at the Trundle surgery last Friday before setting off on a three week holiday.
She said the decision to move towns was based on a need to take a new path in her professional life.
“I’m looking for a change, for different challenges, as most professionals do during their career,” she said.
“I’m hoping that I can provide a good service to the community, and take care of people.
“I’m looking forward to working as part of the team in Condobolin and trying to make a difference for all those who come to the centre.”
Dr Rick Newton, who is currently based in Tullamore, will briefly attend the Trundle Surgery for one week beginning May 2.
Dr Newton said he was confident a new doctor would be found for the Trundle surgery, despite a lack of medical professionals in country areas.
“Trundle will be in strife for a while, but I’m going to do my best and we’ve got a few doctors who are interested in the position that I’m in contact with at the moment,” he said.
“They’ll have to jump through a few hoops before they can be approved but we’ll probably have a new doctor there in one or two months.
“I’m going to spend the first week of May at the Trundle surgery, and I’ll be increasing my hours in Tullamore after that to help with the increasing demand.
“Dr El-Khoury and I will both continue to service the Trundle aged care home over the coming months.”

Free bus to Trangie Sheep Update

A free bus service will be available for Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Trundle, Tullamore and Albert residents wishing to attend the upcoming Trangie Sheep Connect NSW sheep industry update on April 6.
A free barbeque will also be held on the day.
Sheep producers interested in attending the free Sheep Connect NSW Central West update at Trangie should register by calling (02) 6391 3954 or emailing  Those wishing to travel on the bus also need to register by calling the above number.

Senior Citizens Week

On Thursday 24th of March 2011, there will be two events to participate in at Condobolin. At 9:30 am at St Josephs Church, there will be a Children’s mass, followed by morning tea and a book fair at St Josephs school. Everybody is welcome; you do not have to be a Catholic to attend. You will be made welcome.
Then at 11am at the RSL Club there is to be a free concert, arranged by Norma Fleming and performed by Stephen Cheney, a world class “singer of songs”. Stephen has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A.
He has released 18 CD’s and a DVD. Stephen is a Parkes boy. He volunteered to put this concert on for the Senior Citizens. We are indebted to the RSL Club for letting us have their comfortable venue free of charge.
A bus is coming from Lake Cargelligo. People are coming from Trundle and Tullibigeal. Remember the concert is free. You arrange and pay for your own lunch.
See you all at 9:30 at Church and then 11 am at the RSL for the concert.
Contributed by Joan Watson, president of Condobolin Senior Citizens Club.

News In Brief


AWomen’s Professional Development and Fashion Gala night is to be held in West Wyalong on Wednesday, 22nd September @ 7:00pm. Speakers include; Chris and Anne Mathews, The Colour and Style Boutique, Carol Mitchell, CK Image Consultancy, and with Jacqui Greig of style Magazine  opening the event.
Light supper provided with the $10 ticket.
Topics include: First impressions and what makes an Impact and how to work your wardrobe for all occasions—using only 10 items
Public Speaking Boosting confidence, leadership, communication and relationship building skills. Also runway fashion from 10 local West Wyalong businesses.
Please book tickets at the West Wyalong Photo Centre.


The annual Police Golf Day which raises money for charity will be held on Sunday 24 October with a special Melbourne Cup display up for auction.
The limited edition display shows Makbe Diva and Phar Lap and was donated by Senior Sergeant Neville Glover. Tickets are available at the station.


Independent Member for Dubbo, Dawn Fardell, announced that 30 schools across the Dubbo electorate would benefit from $98,636 of funding, through a Premier’s Sporting Challenge Equipment to School grant, to purchase new sporting equipment.
The following local schools are some of the many that will benefit through this year’s round: Bedgerebong Public School  $1343; Bogan Gate Public School $1251 ; Corinella Public School $1198;  Trundle Central School $1678; Tullamore Central School $1678;


A single car accident involving a dual cab utility occurred in Condobolin near the Parkes Road and Maitland Street intersections last weekend. Police found the vehicle at around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning and the driver had left the scene. The vehicle was severely damaged and the investigation is continuing.


The Far West Academy of Sport (FWAS) is currently taking nominations for its 2010/11 Golf Program.
The program which is run in partnership with Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) is open to all junior golfers in the Far West area who turn 13 – 18 years of age in 2010.
Sharon Nott, FWAS Golf Program Coordinator, is currently conducting remote tours in the Far West looking to identify talented golfers. More information please contact the Academy on (02) 6847 3638.

Lachlan locust meetings

Landholders in the Lachlan Livestock Health and Pest Authority preparing for the upcoming spring locust plague are encouraged to attend locust information meetings being held throughout the authority over the coming weeks.
Lachlan LHPA senior ranger Craig Ridley says that the meetings will assist local producers in preparing for the expected locust plague in the region.
“To keep ahead of the upcoming plague, we are urging producers to be prepared to control locusts on their land via ground chemical application,” Mr Ridley said.
“At these meetings, rangers will provide information on expected hatching dates, what insecticides and equipment are available and the optimal time to apply chemical.”
Mr Ridley said that during the locust plague, landholders need to work with their local ranger and these meetings are a good opportunity to meet rangers and discuss local issues.
The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicts peak locust hatchings in the Tullamore and Condobolin areas from 27 September.
Tullibigeal Hall – Wednesday 1 September, 10am
West Wyalong Sports Club – Wednesday 1 September, 1.30pm
Condobolin RSL Club – Thursday 2 September, 10am
Trundle Golf Club – Wednesday 8 September, 7pm
Tottenham Golf Club – Wednesday 8 September, 2pm
Bogan Gate Railway Hotel – Thursday 9 September, 7pm

Inaugural ‘Master Chef demonstration

With so many talented bush cooks competing in the major cooking competition at Trundle Bush Tucker Day each year, it seemed like the ideal time to join the excitement of the ‘Master Chef’ phenomenon and take traditional bush cooking to the next level!
For the first time in the 23 year history of Trundle Bush Tucker Day, a ‘Master Chef’ style bush cooking demonstration will take place. Seven teams have been hand picked to showcase their cooking skills in a timed event, with the winner to take out the inaugural ‘Trundle Hotel Bush Tucker Day Master Chef ’ award.
It will be fantastic to see the various methods used by skilled cooks to produce mouth watering dishes using traditional bush methods.
In a very exciting announcement, world recognised ‘Herbie’s Spices’ are co-sponsoring the event with their August 20 2010 donation of traditional native bush herbs and spices, which will be incorporated into each dish. These ingredients will only be revealed to the contestants on the day, which must be used to create the ultimate bush feast! Traditional bush cooking methods will be used by the entrants, including the use of coals.
‘Hillbilly Camping Gear’, who have long been supporters of Trundle Bush Tucker Day, are also involved in this new event, by generously donating cooking utensils and cookware, which will be used by the contestants to create their dish. The winner of the event will be fortunate to take home all cooking goods, including skillets, frying pans and a wok, that have been donated by co-sponsors ‘Hillbilly Camping Gear’.
The event will be MC’d and judged by local identities, which is sure to provide added humour and entertainment in an already action packed day. In an exciting year for Trundle, following the enormous success of the 100th Annual Trundle Show, locals are looking forward to again sharing their community hospitality with many visitors from far and wide.
For further information on any aspects of the festival, including timetables and event details, don’t hesitate to email the committee at

Trundle Bush Tucker day

Have you got what it takes to beat the best in the bush?
With so much prize money on offer, now is the time to start refining your bush skills inpreparation for this year’s Trundle Bush Tucker Day. There is bound to be an event for alltastes and areas of expertise:
Do your skills lie in starting a fire from scratch in order to boil water in a billy? The Billy BoilingCompetition is as much a spectator sport as it is for keen fire bugs! See the keen competitorsbattle it out for ‘billy boiling supremacy!’
Are you able to teach your dog new tricks and have it round up sheep in front of a crowd? The Trundle Bush Tucker Day Dog Trials have come to witness many infamous dog handling scenes – some best forgotten!
However with sponsorship bigger than ever, this year’s trial will surely see the best of the best with local and regional dogs competing for glory. A great event for city folk to appreciate the best of the bush.
Is food your forte? It’s time to start developing a dish that will knock the socks off our judges – with $1000 on offer in the famous Trundle Bush Tucker Day Cooking Competition, so why not give it a go? Just remember to cook using traditional bush methods and stand out from the rest with an authentic dish.
Can you run, jump, push, lift and laugh all at the same time? Then the Bushman’s relay is for you. In a traditional sense, teams are required to move farming equipment – perhaps a bale of hay, a bale of wool, a bag of chaff or even a team member in a wheelbarrow – and those with the fastest time will go through to the final, which offers a prize of $200 for the winning team.
Speaking of strength, gather a team together for the Tug-o-War and you might take the title for 2010. There’s both a men and women’s section, as well as a junior event so be sure to start getting a team of 8 together to show who is the strongest in all of Trundle!
If throwing is more your style then it’s time to pull out the damper and start seeing how far you can launch it in the Damper Throw. The event is open to all ages and always attracts the budding Olympians who try and better their previous attempts.
Or if you are more artistic, then the Bush Hat competition should take your interest – all you need to do is create a masterpiece on a hat!
Hats will be paraded prior to the presentations and a wonderful prize of two night’s accommodation in Sydney is a wonderful incentive to enter this fun event.
For further information on any of the competitions, including rules and guidelines, don’t hesitate to email the committee at or go to

Staggering response to electricity petition in regional areas

Member for Dubbo, Dawn Fardell, has now received a staggering 7,500 signatures on a petition protesting the State Government’s savage electricity price hike.
Businesses, councils and pensioner groups have supported the petition including concerned individuals from communities such as Forbes, Bourke, Canowindra, Cobar, Condobolin, Coolah, Coonamble, Corowa, Dorrigo, Dubbo, Eugowra, Eumungerie, Gulgong, Hermidale, Narrabri, Narromine, Nyngan, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Trundle, Tullamore, Wanaaring and Wellington.
“This is one of the biggest petitions I have received during my time in office,” Ms Fardell said.
“It is an extraordinary response, especially when you consider that a Statewide, online petition organised by the Daily Telegraph attracted 12,500 signatures, mainly from the metropolitan area.
“While that is still a large protest, it is much harder to coordinate a protest in regional areas and this incredible response shows just how angry country people are over the Government’s bungling.”
In Parliament today Ms Fardell again called on the Government to urgently “address and decrease the extreme hikes in electricity prices, which will severely affect the people of NSW, financially and emotionally.”
“The Government says families struggling with the cost can access energy vouchers of up to $480 a year but that does nothing to ease the inflationary pressures of rising prices on small business and councils which will eventually be passed on to households.
“Without decisive action by the Government homes and businesses across the region will have no option but to switch off as rising costs bite. “
Ms Fardell has already presented the first round of petitions with over 5000 signatures to Parliament and will present the other 2500 next week.

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