New Tip fees now in force

• New tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire. The fees came into effect on 1 February. This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site. The new fees are pictured ABOVE. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Tip fees are now in force across the Lachlan Shire.

This means ratepayers in Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Tullibigeal will be charged a fee when taking rubbish to their local landfill site.

However, Lachlan Shire residents are not paying as much when compared to  neighbouring Parkes Council.

The charge for a 240 litre bin in Parkes is $4.60, as compared with LSC’s $3.00.

A trailer load of rubbish costs $16.50, compared with $8.00 in Lachlan.

If you have a light truck or 4×4 load of rubbish then it will set you back $18.50. In Parkes for a small truck (single axle) you pay a whopping $97.00.

To dispense with a car tyre in Parkes, it will cost $13.00, but in Lachlan only $8.50.

Each of these facilities will no longer be open 24/7 as they have been in the past, and will be operated by a Council employee on specific days.

The fees form part of Lachlan Shire Council’s Waste Action Plan, which will see a nominated fee charged for different types of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural waste.

Rural ratepayers of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham, Tullibigeal and Burcher will not have access to the Bin Banks in other areas.

These residents will receive 13 waste coupons each quarter that will be available from Council upon request.

“Council understands new fees are never popular, however, we want to ensure the long term viability and continued improvement of all Shire waste facilities,” LSC Director of Enviornment and Planning Andrew Johns said.


Positive Projects

By Melissa Blewitt

Communities across the Lachlan Shire will benefit from over $80,000 in funding that is designed to address local needs.

Five community projects have been given funding through the Lachlan Region Community Grants Program, which will contribute to community renewal, and or rebuilding, in the areas of social and community well being, economic, environmental, health, educational and cultural areas.

CTC@Condobolin has received $13,102 funding for their Big Screen Big Outdoor proposal, which included purchasing an outdoor cinema package to be used across the Lachlan Shire.

The cinema package will be transportable, inflatable and include an eight metre wide screen.

“The whole idea of purchasing an outdoor cinema package is so that communities across the shire can utilise it for fundraising initiatives,” Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD) Executive Officer Tammy Bugg said.

“The outdoor screen is all about providing family orientated fun for all ages that towns across the Shire can use to raise money for needs within their communities.

“It [the package] comes with its own carry case, inflator and speakers so it will not be restricted to one area.

“For example, if Tullibigeal wished to fundraise for their school, they will be able to hire the screen from us [CTC@Condobolin] at a fee yet to be determined and use it to raise money. All funds less costs will be returned to the community accessing the equipment.”

Ms Bugg added she hoped the cinema package would provide “something different” for Shire communities to access, and in turn stop people travelling out of town for such activities.

“We need to celebrate what we have with who we have,” she said.

“This proposal was all about helping to create a sustainable community, and now we have this exciting new facility for the Shire to access.”

The Tottenham Swimming Pool Amenities proposal was also successful in this round of funding receiving $25,000. This complemented the wonderful achievement  of over $23,000 they had raised towards their goal of updating the 50 year old swimming facilities within the town.

“Their funding will go towards replacing the old swimming pool amenities and kiosk facilities, which have significant issues,” Ms Bugg said.

“They have no disability access, no hot water in sinks or showers, the plumbing is prone to problems, and the facilities are not pest proof.

“Their goal is to have this project completed in time for the 2017 swimming season. The money they raised was outstanding for such a small community. They have really supported the program well.”

Other projects to be successful were Central West Family Support Group’s Hotzspotz initiative which received $20,000; Lower Lachlan Community Services received $12,000 towards the Lake Cargelligo Community Hub; and WPRD received $12,500 towards its Community Connections program Linking the Lachlan Vital Signs.

The grants program was made possible through partnerships with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

This is the final year of the program.


Brilliant Ball

The Condobolin Winter BnS Ball was a great success

Dakotah Haworth, Simon Oliver and Emily Ashe at the BnS Ball. KP


Where’s Wally were the best dressed on the night. Proceeds raised on the night will benefit local charities and organisatons, the spokesperson said.

By Melissa Blewitt

The Condobolin Winter BnS Ball was a great success.

While the weather was not kind, excited ball attendees converged on Condobolin last Saturday night.

This was the first time the event was held at the Condobolin Racecourse, and organisers could not have been happier with the results.

“We were very excited by the new venue,” a Condobolin BnS Committee spokesperson said.

“We had nothing but positive comments.

“Patrons were extremely well behaved, and I commend them for their positive attitudes despite the regulations and the weather.”

Patrons travelled from Tullibigeal, Lake Cargelligo, Tullamore, Bega, Goulburn, Penrith, Bathurst and Rankin Springs for the event.

Those dressed as Where’s Wally, were the winners of a swag, camp oven and camping chair.

Mixed response to budget in LSC towns

By Dominic Geiger

The smallest towns of the Lachlan Shire have been the most vocal in their response to council’s budget in a series of public Draft Management Plan meetings over the past week.
Not breaking with tradition, Condobolin recorded the lowest attendees at its public meeting last Wednesday evening with a total of zero non councillors appearing at the council chambers to discuss the budget.
Leading the shire with the highest number of public attendees were Fifield and Tottenham, with 15 people each.
Tullibigeal was close behind, with 14 members of the public attending its Draft Management Plan meeting.
Lake Cargelligo and Burcher were at the lower end of the list, with ten and four attendees respectively.
Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said he wasn’t surprised the meetings in the smaller towns had attracted more visitors than in Condobolin.
“It’s just always been the case,” he said.
“The smaller towns suffer from a few road problems and that brought people out, whereas in Condobolin (the roads aren’t) such an issue unless you go to the outskirts.
“In Lake Cargelligo the Merri Abba pipeline brought a few people out, as did the airport project in Tottenham.
“But roads were definitely the major issue in Fifield and Tullibigeal.”

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.

Tullibigeal Picnic Races

Wal, Dustin, Lacey and Courtney Ohlsen from Euabalong West. DGBy Dominic Geiger

A 1,800 strong crowd arrived at the Tullibigeal Racetrack last Saturday for the town’s inaugural Picnic Races.
President of the Tullibigeal Racing Committee, Craig Tyack, said the entire Tullibigeal community should feel proud of the effort they put in to make the day an incredibly successful event.
“I think our little town was very well presented; both the locals and the organisers should feel great about what’s been achieved,” he said.
“Everyone was well behaved and well dressed.
“The stewards said it was one of the best run picnic races they’d seen.
“We had people come from everywhere; Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.”
Jeremy Hall, who along with partner Mede Bendall won best dressed couple, said he’d come a long way for the event.
“I live at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, though I’m originally from (Tullibigeal),” he said.
“I think today’s seen a great turnout.”
Sponsor Gordon Tyack said he wished his father and some of the old horse trainers from the region could have been alive to see the event.
“(Dad) had never ridden a horse out of the gates, so when he was 60 he came here to the gymkhana track and had a mock race start,” he said.
“I think he’ll be rolling over in his grave with all this going on.”
Craig said the main race of the day was won by horse ‘Future Voice’ which was trained by local Gary Colvin.
“The horse won by a length,” Craig said.

Don your best fashions for Inaugural Tullibigeal Picnics

Some fantastic prizes will be on offer to recognise the best dressed racegoers at the Tullibigeal Picnic Races next month.
The organising committee are encouraging locals and visitors alike to don their best outfits and help make the picnics a stand out event for the year.
Hats and fascinators will be on show, and the male racegoers can put on their best suit and tie if they want to take home some of the fantastic prizes.
Fashions organiser Trudy Glasgow said the title of being the best dressed at the town’s first ever picnics on Saturday, 2nd April would be a close contest.
“The committee has been thrilled at how everyone has gotten behind this event and done so much hard work to make it happen – now we want to see everyone dress up and enjoy the day,” she said.
“The judges are hoping to see some fine fashions, especially some great head wear for the ladies, and a good shirt/suit/tie combination for the gents.
“Felt hats, ‘hat-inators’ (a combination of a hat with a fascinator), great coats, suits dresses and some vintage styles is what we can expect.
“Tulli might be a long way from Sydney and Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show off our local fashions and winning race day styles on the day!”
Prizes will be awarded for the categories of Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman and Best Dressed Couple. More than $1500 in prizes has been made possible by the generous support of local sponsors including: Karizma Hair and Beaute, The Ridley Family, Kerin’s Menswear and Garland’s Rural Contracting.
On the racing side, a six race program will be featured, with more than $20,000 up for grabs in prize money.
And for the fitter racegoers, the Golden Gum Boot Colts and Fillies Foot Race will be held following the horse races.
Committee President Craig Tyack said the day promised something for the whole family, with catering and entertainment for racegoers of all ages.
Tullibigeal is situated between the Central West and Riverina regions of NSW, about 80 kms north of West Wyalong and about 70 kms west of Condobolin.

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.

Call for nominations for Local Citizen of the Year

Lachlan Shire Council is searching for the NSW Local Citizen of the Year for Australia Day 2011.
Do you know someone who has done countless volunteer hours for a service organisation, a local sporting or community group or an educational facility? Do you know someone who has an outstanding achievement in their work or studies?
Lachlan Shire Council and the Australia Day Council of NSW invites you to nominate this individual for the 2011 NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards.
The Awards are presented at official ceremonies throughout Lachlan Shire on Australia Day, 26 January 2011.
“The Awards allow us to recognise the contributions that many individuals make to their local community each year”. The Mayor, Councillor Manwaring said.  Council is proud to recognise these individuals whose contributions and achievements illustrate our Australian culture and what it means to be Australian.
The people of Burcher, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Fifield, Tullibigeal and Tottenham are invited to nominate fellow citizens for awards in the following categories:
•    Citizen of the Year
•    Young Citizen of the Year; and
•    Community Event of the Year.
Nominations for the 2010 Local Citizen of the Year Awards close Wednesday 12 January, 2011.   Nomination forms for the appropriate area can be obtained on the Lachlan Shire Council website or from the following locations:
Burcher    Burcher Hotel, Bena Street, Burcher
Condobolin    Lachlan Shire Council Office – 58 Molong Street,   Condobolin
Lake Cargelligo    Lachlan Shire Council Office – Foster Street, Lake Cargelligo
Tullibigeal      Tullibigeal Co-op – Wattle Street, Tullibigeal
Tottenham    Tottenham Post Office – 69 Umang Street, Tottenham
Fifield    Fifield Hotel – Slee Street, Fifield
For more information on the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards program please contact Renea Meacham on 6895 1900, or your local Councillor.

LCMA bring zoo to school

Zoo Education Officer Rob with Condobolin Public School and Tullibigeal Central School studentsLast Monday the Taronga Zoo visited Condobolin Public School with students treated to fascinating information and great stories about our native wildlife, put on by Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo.
The Zoo team included a well known storyteller who told students stories of the Dreamtime.
The Animals of the Dreaming combines the excitement of meeting native animals with the mesmerising Dreamtime stories, for an engaging and educational experience

NSWFA re-elects local farmers

Two local farmers have been re-elected to their respective positions for another year with in the NSWFA.
John Ridley from Burcher has been re-elected for a second year as Senior Vice President.  Mark Hoskinson from Kikoira has been re-elected to the position of Chairman of the Grains Committee within the NSWFA as well as being re-elected  as a Region 5 Executive Councillor.
With two high profile and committed NSWFA representatives in our area local farmers can be assured they are being well represented.
A motion of interest that Tullibigeal District Council was successful in putting forward and becoming Association Policy was one concerning rail crossing stop signs.  The Association will now try and convince the appropriate authorities to have the stop signs we have at present returned to give way signs.  A situation that disparately needs addressing before the upcoming harvest.

Lake Cargelligo hits the jackpot with full lake

After years of battling water woes in which the Western NSW town of Lake Cargelligo was given the unfortunate title of “epicentre of the drought”, the long suffering community feels like it has hit the jackpot with their Lake system now full to over brimming.
So, in typical country style, the little town is celebrating the bonanza of a good season with a Casino themed Charity Ball to be held on Saturday   9th October.
The “Casino Royale” Charity Ball will be hosted   by the Lake Cargelligo  Bi Annual Spring Ball committee, a group of young women who came together in late 2004 and who have now staged three very successful Balls, with significant funds raised for the local hospital, schools, preschool and “Cudgellagong Court”,  aged care units.
Living in the country can sometimes mean that the opportunity to dress to the nines and go out dancing to live music can be limited, particularly when times have been so tough. With this in mind, the committee has managed to combine a chance to have a great night as well as helping raise funds for the Lake Cargelligo community.
Music will be provided by the very popular band “Kiss My Brass” and the auction will be presided over by Tullibigeal auctioneer, Darren Frankel.
Perhaps one of the most original ideas the committee has come up with over the years is the Bachelor Auction. At past balls, bidding wars have erupted between tables trying to get a particular bachelor as their exclusive dance partner for the evening. It is all in good fun and is a great way to raise funds.
The proceeds of the 2010 “Casino Royale Ball” will be shared between the Lake Cargelligo Arts and Crafts Association, who every year for the past 28 years has staged the Blue Waters arts exhibition, and the newly formed Lake Cargelligo Men’s Shed and  Lake Cargelligo Curlew Hospital Auxiliary.
Lake Cargelligo is situated an hour and a half from Griffith, two hours from Parkes and three hours from Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Orange.  The town has two motels and two hotels as well as a Caravan Park.  More information about accommodation in the town can be accessed from the town’s website lakecargelligo.net.au
Tickets for the 2010 “Casino Royale” Ball are on sale from this week. For more information contact via email: lcspringball@hotmail.com,  phone 0268981151 or check out the committees’ Facebook group page,  Lake Cargelligo Bi-Annual Charity Ball.

Simulated interviews put students a step ahead

Tullibigeal Central students underwent simulated job interviews with a panel of four industry professionalsBy Sally Willoughby
A panel of four industry professionals put Year ten students at Tullibigeal Central School through their paces last week as they prepared for simulated job interviews at Lachlan Shire Council Chambers.
The group of four chose from a selection of job briefs before putting together a letter of application and resume to be interviewed on by the panel.
Tullibigeal Central teacher, Liz Murdoch, said the mock interviews were an ideal opportunity to practice for the real thing.
“This is really good practice for them especially since a lot are doing VET courses and will bg going for job interviews shortly,” Liz said.
“This is a great opportunity for them to go through the process and get feedback,” she said.
The students were interviewed by Human Resources Officer of LSC, Di Smith, business owner and Councillor Marg Weale, Centacare’s Di Healey and Barrick Gold’s Karen Worthington.

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

Local schools celebrate NAIDOC Week at Murrin Bridge

A group of children paint as part of Murrin Bridge's Naidoc Week celebrationsThe NAIDOC week theme for 2010 is ‘Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way’.
Many unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made huge contributions to Australian society. ‘Unsung heroes’ recognises the part played by the quiet achievers in the Indigenous community, both now and in the past. These heroes lead by taking their own paths, and in doing so, helping other Indigenous people set their own direction for the future. The theme asserts Indigenous ownership of ‘closing the gap’. The gaps that need to be closed include gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and gaps in knowledge and understanding.
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has become the name of the week itself.
The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous community, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
Wherever you live, taking part in NAIDOC Week is a great way to celebrate Indigenous culture and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Our local schools, Lake Cargelligo Central, St Francis Xavier, Naradhan Public, Tullibigeal Central, Lake Cargelligo and Murrin Bridge Preschools all combined at Murrin Bridge to participate in Aboriginal cultural activities. The group activities were bead making, boomerang and banner painting, Indigenous games and dance, winding up the morning with a barbeque lunch.
Mrs Betty Biggs welcomed the schools to Country. The Hall of Fame award is an award that seeks to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal peoples in the Lake Cargelligo and District community. This year’s Aboriginal Hall of Fame Shield was awarded to both Joy Kelly and Sharon Thorpe for their contribution to Aboriginal Education.
Our local schools also recognize and acknowledge both Jenny and Betty Thorpe for the valuable contributions they gave to schools in Aboriginal culture and language. These elders will be both sorely missed by all.
The winners of the “Unsung heroes” poster competition were announced and presented with their prizes.
Pre-school: 1st Lara Forrester 2nd Samuel Chamen. Infants: 1st Lily Smith 2nd Cody Collins. Primary: 1st Ashleigh Baul 2nd Breanna Clarke. Junior Secondary: 1st Mariah Clarke/Katy Quinn/Rianna Cruickshank 2nd Brigitte Bardawil/Abby Byrnes/Tomie Naughton. Secondary: 1st Rebekah Brown 2nd Liana Hart/Tahnee Ward.

Water order remains contentious

The NSW Labor Government’s temporary water order, which is still in place over the Lower Lachlan River, is leaving the people of this area in limbo, Local Member Adrian Piccoli said last week.
“The temporary water order not only allows upstream users access to water but also allows for upstream water extractions, but gives nothing for the people downstream of Condobolin who had to sacrifice their stock and domestic water,” Mr Piccoli said.
Mr Piccoli also said that despite a $10 million commitment to secure water via the Merri Abba pipeline for the townships of Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge and Tullibigeal, landholders and communities beyond Lake Cargelligo, who rely on water flowing down the Lachlan will continue to have no guarantees of access to critical human needs water, and stock and domestic water, while ever the Temporary Water Order is in place.
“By keeping this temporary water order in place, the Government can effectively turn off the tap at any time, leaving the people of the Lower Lachlan to fend for themselves with no water – and as we have seen, sometimes not even enough for critical human needs,” he said.

Graham Skipworth re-elected

Popular Lake Cargelligo farmer Graham Skipworth was re-elected for this second term as President of the Tullibigeal District Council of the NSWFA at the recent AGM.
“With the prolonged drought resulting in the whole community suffering harsh economical times we need a strong voice to carry our concerns to the various levels of government and I believe the NSWFA are well equipped to get our messages through” said Mr Skipworth.  “The drought forum which was held in Lake Cargelligo in November is a perfect example of how the Association was able to hear first hand the local communities experiences with the effects of the drought, then collaborate this information and present it to the drought summit that was held at Griffith the next day.  The results being that our area had its Exceptional Circumstances status extended to March 2011,” said Mr Skipworth.
Other office bearers elected at this meeting were Malcolm Williams as secretary, long serving member from Lake Cargelligo John Ervin as treasurer, with Mark Hoskinson as first vice president and Andrew McRae as second vice president.
The meeting heard Sam Gunn who is the chairman of the Young Farmers within the NSWFA.  Sam mentioned a great membership offer being given by the Association for those under 35’s, which are able to join for a year for free.  This gives those people an opportunity to see how the Association can benefit them and at no cost, this is a great opportunity not to be missed. Also at the meeting was Megan Rogers who is the Sheep and Wool officer with the Department of Industry & Investment in Forbes.  Megan spoke on topics related to NLIS, NVD and the new mob based movement-recording systems, which starts on July 1st 2010.

Tulibigeal’s new Community Hall opens with fanfare

Steve Hutchins, Senator for New South Wales, joined the Tullibigeal community today to celebrate the opening of their brand new Town Hall.
Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government provided $576,000 to the Lachlan Shire Council for the project, from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
“Importantly, 17 jobs were supported during construction of the project, providing a boost to the local economy.
“The RLCIP is a key part of the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term,” Mr Albanese said.
Senator Hutchins said the project involved the construction of a new multi-use community hall suitable for a large range of functions by all groups within the local community and surrounding areas.
“The new Tullibigeal Town Hall includes a range of modern facilities including kitchen facilities and air-conditioning,” Senator Hutchins said.
“It will ensure the continued provision of community-based services and provide a great meeting place for local groups and events.”
Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country the Rudd Labor Government is delivering 5,000 small and larger scale building projects like these, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.
“In fact, we are making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese and Senator Hutchins congratulated the Lachlan Shire Council and the local community for helping deliver this project, and helping to build a stronger region for the future.

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