West Wyalong

West Wyalong’s high fashion stakes

Big Day out for West Wyalong and the “Hot to Trot” fashion icons.

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The fashion stakes are high in next Sunday’s ( 3 April) West Wyalong Carnival of Cups. Entrants in the West Wyalong Travel/Evolution Cowal Fashions On The Field will be vying for a $1200 cruise for two for the overall winner as well as $2000 in prizes and vouchers to be spread over categories including Best Dressed Woman, runner up and highly commended, Best Dressed Man, Couple, Junior and Most Fascinating Headwear.

Organisers hope the prize will attract more people locally and from throughout the region to help build the event, which is offering an eight race card with $75000 in prize money. There will also be live music from “Straight Outa the Pub”, a jumping castle, face painting, ice cream van and mini trots. Gates Open at 12 noon.

The Easter Saturday race day prelude to the Carnival of Cups saw the prolific winner Sporty Spook provide owners and the crowd with an impressive win in the Tattersalls Hotel Starlite Standing start heat.

Sporty Spook started 60 metres behind the front runner with Sean Snudden’s Classie Mahon starting a massive 70 metres behind. But Sporty Spook had little effort circling the field and powering away to win by 13 metres. Remember Kaiser ran second and It Can Happen ran third. They’ll now be vying for the $12000 final at Sunday’s Carnival of Cups with a gig for the trainer and $1000 for the winning driver. Sporty Spook also won a heat at Wagga, but it is not a given that he will win the final as he’s up against the Dubbo heat winner Oh Jonny B Good from the top Turnbull Stable. Many believe this horse is bound for a future Interdominion.

A passion for painting

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As a second generation painter with over forty year’s experience, Graham Byrne knows a thing or two about his trade.

Based in West Wyalong, Graham said he was always willing to travel to for a job, and examples of his work could be seen throughout the region.

“I did the house of the Principal at Condobolin High last year, as well as the high school itself some time ago,” he said.

“I’ve also done the post offices in Cootamundra and Young, as well as the Catholic Church in West Wyalong.

“I regularly do jobs in Tullibigeal, Lake Cargelligo and Ungarie as well, so for me it’s basically a case of going where there’s work.”

Graham said he offered quality guaranteed work and was more than happy to provide free quotes and free advice.

“I’m more than willing to help out if the owner’s having some trouble picking a colour scheme for the project,” he said.

“I can basically help by giving input on any issues associated with painting; you get to know your stuff after a lifetime in the business.

“I do interior and exterior work as well as any sort of commercial projects.”

Graham can be contacted on his mobile on 0427297393 or at home on 02 69723863.

Black spot project on Wyalong road

The Lachlan Shire Council has recently announced it is anticipating the approval of a $350,000 grant under the NSW Blackspot Program to address safety concerns on the Wyalong Road.

The grant will be combined with $400,000 of funding as part of the RTA Repair Program which council must meet dollar for dollar.

If council is successful with these grant applications it will mean $1,150,000 will be made available for road works on particularly dangerous stretches of road throughout the shire in the 2011/2012 financial year.

Director of Technical Services at the shire, Kevin Smith, said the Wyalong Road’s narrow nature and restricted visibility had caused a number of accidents over recent years.

“Council is currently waiting for the state minister to advise if we’ve been successful in applying for the grant, however we’re very hopeful and news from the minister is imminent,” he said.

“The project will entail road widening on the Wyalong Road and additional monies being used for work on all regional roads within the shire.

“This will improve safety significantly; particularly when trucks and buses pass each other.

“Sometimes these vehicles must go on to the gravel to pass each other.

“Council has also received a number of complaints from visitors with caravans.

“The safety of this road is an issue which has been raised by members of the community for a significant amount of time.”

Linda M Thomas- Civil Marriage Celebrant

Linda Thomas would love to assist you to simply and elegantly bring your special occasions to life.ADVERTORIAL

With today’s busy schedules and tight finances most people are hard pressed to consider special events such as a baby’s christening or even your wedding.

But with a ceremony designed to suit your family, which can be held either at your own home or at a special location, it can be so easy.

I would love to assist you to simply and elegantly bring your special occasions to life for your family and friends.

I am a relatively local girl and daughter of Maree Stockman. I lived and worked in Condobolin for 13 years and covered a range of occupations but currently, with my husband Greg, am happily raising our three little daughters on the family farm.

I aim to provide a very professional, low cost, highly personalised service tailored to exactly suit your needs . I cover Condobolin, West Wyalong, and Lake Cargelligo and am only too happy to conduct ceremonies anywhere and at any time.

Each wedding ceremony is tailored to suit yourself and your fiancé, with most details being arranged in one meeting and then finalised through email and phone calls. Wedding rehearsals are included in the cost and I will give you a copy of the ceremony wording used on your special day for you to remember for years to come.

Baby naming ceremonies are a special moment in your child’s life for family and friends to get together and celebrate the birth and growth of a new member of the family.

A renewal of vows ceremony might be an option for you. It is a way of reaffirming your vows to each other and strengthening the bond for the years ahead. It is also a chance to have the wedding that you always wanted.

Commitment ceremonies are a way of declaring your devotion to your partner without the weight of marriage. By celebrating the commitment you have, a couple can be confident in their feelings and their future together.

Family unity ceremonies are a simple way of bringing together every member of a blended family and letting everyone know that they do have a place and are important to the new family. It can also be fantastic for adopted or foster children.

So whatever your ceremony, please ring me on (02) 6972 6253 to discuss the options and a quote to get your special occasion planning underway.

Stories of the past net funding for the future

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, outside Moncrieff Livestock and Property, CondobolinBy Dominic Geiger

A series of recently compiled documentaries showing the history of farming practises in the Bland and Lachlan shires have helped raise an astounding $54,000 for the West Wyalong showgrounds.

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, said the documentaries covered the history of the region from the earliest days of farming in the 1800s right up until the West Wyalong Show in 1973.

“In 2008, I made West Wyalong Movies One [WWM1], which is four little documentaries made up of old home movies, archival footage from the National Film and Sound Archives, and old photographs, combined with interviews with a few locals,” he said.

“The first one is called West Wyalong Wheat, which is the story of the first true Labor Government establishing the homestead farm act to encourage closer settlement to the proposed railway lines in the West Wyalong and Hillston districts.

“The next story is about the eucalypt industry in West Wyalong from 1927 to the present.

“The third story is a cook’s tour in 1930 of the streets of West Wyalong, and the fourth is the West Wyalong Show of 1973; it’s just a very nostalgic look back at shows and times.”

Ross said all the money raised from the selling of the first documentary and a second, called West Wyalong Movies Two [WWM2], have gone back into funding for the West Wyalong Showground.

To date WWM1 has sold 2,500 copies while WWM2, which was released just before Christmas 2010 sold its thousandth copy last week.

“The bulk of the [money raised] has gone into the showground facilities, particularly the yard dog (trial) section,” Ross said.

“WWM2 features five different stories, including scenes of the Trundle harvest in 1932… and we have a little three minute documentary shot in the 1950s about Doctor Young of Forbes.

“Doctor Young used to fly out to places like Tullibigeal and Ungarie, Kikoira and Burcher, in his little aeroplane and service the people out there.”

West Wyalong Movies One and West Wyalong Movies Two are both available in Condobolin from Moncrieffs and on the web at www.westwyalongmovies.com

West Wyalong to host Winter Winds & Strings School

West Wyalong’s Regional Music Inc will again be hosting the Winter Wind & Strings School in partnership with the Orange Regional Conservatorium.  The 3 day workshop this year will be held from Thursday 14th July to Saturday 16th July with a public concert held on the Saturday afternoon.
The West Wyalong Winter Wind and Strings School provides an opportunity for rural and isolated students of all ages to access professional tutoring, gain experience in playing in ensembles and orchestras and share their talents with the community. The Orange Regional Conservatorium tutors are vibrant, inspiring and provide professional tuition for violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, tenor horn, trumpet, cornet, trombone, and guitar.
The Winter Wind & Strings School participants have previously consisted of people who had or were currently learning an instrument, however, this year will be open for anyone of any age or ability wishing to learn any string instrument with the Orange Regional Conservatorium supplying instruments for participants to use for the entire workshop if they don’t have access to an instrument to bring.
The Winter Wind & Strings School will be held at the St Mary’s War Memorial School, West Wyalong with each day beginning at 9.00am and concluding at 4pm whilst the Saturday’s workshop concludes at 1pm with the Concert, which will be held at the West Wyalong High School Multi Purpose Unit, begins at 2pm.  Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided each day for all registered participants also.
The 3 day workshop has been a resounding success since its inception in 2004 and this year the Winter Wind & Strings School is primarily funded by the Regional Arts Fund NSW and a Cultural Development Grant from the Bland Shire Council.
Anyone wishing to participate and register their interest or for further enquires please phone Kerrie Johnston on 6966 1335 or Kate Quade on 6975 7140.

A day out for the ladies

By Olivia McInnes

Ladies from all over the region made the trip to West Wyalong last Friday for the annual Ladies Day Out.
The event began three years ago after many years of drought drew the need for the spirits of West Wyalong district residents to be lifted.
Jane Sykes of Temptations Jewellery said that “Ladies Day is a day for women to come to West Wyalong and have a feel good day”.
“It also promotes the town and gives the businesses great exposure” she said.
The day is packed with activities to keep the ladies entertained including cooking, craft and skin care demonstrations, fashion parades and much more.
“The committee does a marvellous job and put a lot of time into the event” Said Sue of Harvey Norman.
But the day isn’t entirely for the women; the odd husband was also spotted amongst the gaggle of girls.
The theme for the event this year was the Royal Wedding and many dressed for the occasion in wedding dresses and other such finery.
Ladies Day also marked another important event for West Wyalong in the official launch of the “Bag Free in 3” Campaign.
The campaign aims to eliminate the distribution of plastic bags from all businesses in West Wyalong by replacing them with a more environmentally friendly option.

West Wyalong Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong is set for Friday 29th April with this year’s event theme “A Royal Occasion” referring to our connections with England and the Royal Wedding of William & Kate. Visitors on the day are encouraged to dress for the occasion and join in the royal festivities planned.
The day commences at 9am when you may enjoy an early morning coffee or tea. You will also receive a Ladies Day Out bag, a free gift from participating businesses for visiting our town. This year’s bags are new and bright and perfect for continued use throughout the year.
Participating businesses with special offers available (more to come) are as follows; Tattersalls Hotel, Temptations Jewellery Accessories Gifts, Thom, Dick & Harry’s, The Cottage of Health, Australia Post West Wyalong, West Wyalong Showcase Jewellers, West Wyalong Newsagency, West Wyalong Pharmacy, West Wyalong Travel, White Magnolia Day Spa, Your Pathway to Health, Marjan Fashions, Within Beauty, & Wooshi.

Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong

Ladies Day Out in West Wyalong is set for Friday 29th April with this year’s event theme “A Royal Occasion” referring  to our connections with England and the Royal Wedding of William & Kate.  Visitors on the day are encouraged to dress for the occasion and join in the royal festivities planned.
The day commences at 9am when you may enjoy an early morning coffee or tea. You will also receive a Ladies Day Out bag, a free gift from participating businesses, for visiting our town.  At 10am, join Thom, Dick & Harry’s for a cooking demonstration by in-house cook Jackie using KitchenAid products. Stroll across the road at 11am to Bland Bizarre for a craft demonstration.  At 11.30am White Magnolia Day Spa will be holding a demonstration on skin care and applying makeup.
As lunch time approaches, visit one of the many lunch venues to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst with a refreshment.
2pm is the time to visit the historic Tattersalls Hotel in the Main Street for the official launch of “Bag Free in 3”.
Carnegie will be informing you of all you need to know about “Bag Free in 3” and the effects on the environment.
Following will be this year’s fashion parade hosted by our Queen for the Day, Mrs Shirley Funnell.
Visit Sheila at Your Pathway to Health in Court Street at 3.30pm for a demonstration on Juice Plus and tastings.
Our Art Trail will be running for two weeks prior to Ladies Day Out and each participating business will be displaying a piece of artwork.  Leading up to and throughout the day you will have a chance to vote for your favourite piece and have a chance to win $250 drawn on the day. The day will round off in plenty of time for you to get home, put your feet up, and enjoy the Royal Wedding on TV.
All further information about Ladies Day Out and the participating businesses can be found on www.aboutwestwyalong.com or by calling Valerie Burgess on 02 6972 2202 b.h.

News In Brief

GALA  NIGHT

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.

POLICE GOLF DAY

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.

SPORTING EQUIPMENT SHARE

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;

CAR ACCIDENT

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.

FWAS  GOLF CHAMPIONS

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

Nasho notes

On the 15th of August the golden west sub-branch held its quartly meeting.
We had a great turn up for the meeting with all towns being represented. At the start of the meeting a few minutes silence was held for a few reasons,1- the death of a couple of members, 2- the death or our soldiers that have fallen resonantly and remembrance for V-J day 65 years ago and finally remembering the 2.5 thousand Australian, British and islander’s who died in the biggest death march the Japanese committed.
The main talk for the meeting was the upcoming ceremony being held in Canberra. A dedication to all the national servicemen and in memory of those who died, will be held in September. A great march with former Nasho’s will take place and the fallen and surviving service personnel will be recognized.
At the start of the meeting I informed the members that I will be standing down as secretary and publicity officer as of our last meeting to be held in November at West Wyalong. I have held the position’s for close to 6 years now so I feel that I need to stand down and hand the reigns over to some body else.
During the meeting President Bruce Howard had a few small gifts to hand out to a couple of our members just to show some appreciation, so congratulations to Frank Stott, Kevin Nixon, Bill Richards.
Following the meeting we had a BBQ with a few drinks and it was great to get around the members and have a good chat along with some laughs. I must thank Fay Krebs and Sally Jones for their delicious snacks and salads.Also a thanks goes to Len Krebs for doing the cooking.
The next meeting and the last for 2010 will be held on the 21st of November held at the Wyalong Services Club. I really look forward to seeing you all there for my last meeting in these positions.
Entered by Secretary and Publicity Officer, Trevor Whitney.

Lachlan SES receives new Response Vehicles

SES receive new emergency response vehiclesIndependent Member for Dubbo Dawn Fardell officially handed over three new emergency response vehicles to the Cowra, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong State Emergency Service (SES) units.
The new purpose built vehicles were handed over during the official ceremony at the Lachlan Region Headquarters located in Parkes.
“Safe and reliable vehicles are vital when our volunteers are called to respond to emergencies such as floods, storms and rescues.” Lachlan Deputy Region Controller, Nichole Richardson said.
“The addition of these vehicles to the Cowra, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong units will enable the members of these units to safely respond to requests for help from the public more efficiently.”
The State Government provided $188,475 towards the purchase of the vehicles through the SES Vehicle Grant Subsidy to the Cowra, Lachlan and Bland Shire Councils.   Lachlan Shire received $52,000 to purchase the Lake Cargelligo SES vehicle, with Lachlan Shire also contributed $15,000.
On behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services Steve Whan, Dawn thanked the SES volunteers for their extraordinary commitment and to their employers and families who enabled them to volunteer and provide assistance to the community in times of need.

Senator listens to Condobolin concerns

By Sally WilloughbySenator Fiona Nash listens to Condobolin locals
Health, water and infrastructure were the major concerns raised to Senator Fiona Nash last week as she travelled through Condobolin and the Central West as part of her ‘Talk to me’ tour.
Senator Nash said her weeklong tour across towns including Lake Cargelligo, West Wyalong and Forbes was about encouraging people to chat about their concerns and know that they will be followed up.
“It’s incredibly important for me to completely understand what the community priorities are in a town and this tour is about giving people an opportunity to have their voices heard and convey the issues that are important to here,” Senator Nash said.
With our health system, the lack of access to water and infrastructure including roads the key topics raised in Condobolin, Senator Nash also said that regional communities were feeling left behind the cities.
“There is a feeling from regional communities that the political parties running this country don’t understand the rural community and don’t really care.
“They feel like they’re not being recognised for what the rural community do for the whole nation and it’s really important we change that perception,” Senator Nash said.
With other issues including the new mining tax, education, the environment and the rising cost of living, Senator Nash said the matters raised over her tour would go into forming the Nationals policy for the next election.
“The information will be broad ranging and will not only feed into our policy process but also allow me to give representation with ministers and provide feedback to people who just wanted some more information,” Senator Nash said.
Senator Nash was elected to the Australian Senate in 2004 and lives with her husband on a property at Crowther near Young.

‘Team Pink’ Rugby Ladies Day

Carmel Laing and Lisa McFadyen dish up some pancakes at the Ladies  DayIt was a case of braving the wet and cold for over 40 ladies at last Saturday’s annual  Condobolin Rugby Union Rams ‘Team Pink’ Ladies Day.
Indulging in wine tasting, champagne and pancakes, the event was a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the Rugby boys wearing pink socks for the match against West Wyalong.
Pink Ribbons, Badges, Lipgloss and keyrings were sold to raise money for this vital charity with $440 raised to be donated by the Rugby club to the foundation.
The day was regarded as a huge success by those that attended.
Organisers Kelle Mooney, Aimee Hamilton, Amy Clyburn, Sally Johnson and Lisa McFadyen thanked all the ladies that attended the day, Greg Cooper from the Condo Hotel for the donation of the wine and champagne, and the rugby boys for setting up the marquees on the day.

A flying stop-over

By Melissa WallerMegafauna Flyers descend on Condobolin

Twenty eight sets of wings descended upon Condobolin on Sunday 23rd May, when the Mega Fauna Flyers made a stop-over as part of their bi-annual holiday tour.
The group, which take a break from everyday life twice a year to spread their wings, flew from Yarrawonga on Sunday morning, stopping in Narrandera and West Wyalong for a break before coming to roost in Condobolin on Sunday night.
There are 28 pilots and 25 passengers (53 in total) from all walks of life participating in the flight many of them with amazing stories, including that of paraplegic Dave Jacka from Melbourne who has a specially designed aircraft which allows him to fly his plane using his mouth.
Another of the pilots, Daryl Patterson also flies an SESA replica World War One fighter, which he built himself.
The fighter plane joins a mixed flock of micro-light and ultra-light aircraft, including the latest trike aircraft which resembles a motorcycle with wings, upon which the pilot rides in the open air.
Organiser Peter Mclean insists the flights are purely for recreation; they are in no hurry and enjoy taking in the beautiful view of the region along the way.
“When we flew over Condobolin it looked like a large geographical quilt,” he said.
The rest of the group’s journey included a morning tea in Tottenham and stop-over in Nyngan, Cobar and Griffith before returning to Yarrawonga.

Rugby: Condo Rams vs West Wyalong Weevils

The Condobolin Rugby Union Rams will face West Wyalong Weevils this Saturday at the Condobolin Rugby Grounds. The Condobolin Rams club is full of enthusiasm and fighting spirit, as old and new players have kickstarted the once folded club.
It has been 3 years since the Condobolin Rams were pushed out of the Southern Inland Rugby Competition due to not being able to field a reserve grade team. It is also 3 years since the Condobolin Rams have faced up to long time rival West Wyalong. Both West Wyalong and Condobolin Rugby teams have moved to the Central West Australian National Field Day (formerly known as Presidents Cup) competition this 2010 season. The move has allowed the clubs to play a first grade team only, enabling the clubs to continue to play in a high calibre competition. The Australian National Field Day Rugby Union Competition comprises of a split northern and southern geographical based competition zones. The southern competition zone includes; Condobolin, Blayney, Cudal, CSU Orange, West Wyalong, Canowindra, Orange Barbarians, Grenfell and Orange Waratahs. Whilst, the Northern zone competition includes; Coolah, Mudgee, Molong, Coonabarabran, Wellington, Trangie, Yeoval and Geurie.
The Condobolin Rams 2010 season has began with a positive start, particularly when the club has not played any Rugby Union for 3 years. Having won 2 games of the 4 played this season, the team is shaping up to being a major contender within the competition. A win this weekend against West Wyalong will secure Condobolin’s position on the competition ladder. The game is this  Saturday 29th May kicking off at 2:30pm.
The Rugby Club is also hosting its ‘Ladies Day’, where there will be a marquee, jumping castle for the kids, food and wine tasting. We encourage all club members, family, friends and supporters to attend. The ‘Ladies Day’ commences at 2:00pm and the game kicks off at 2:30pm. The ‘Ladies Day’ is a great social outing for the family. ‘Ladies Day’ has been a highly anticipated social event by many supporters since the rugby club has reformed this year. So, ladies, we encourage you all to come to a fun filled afternoon of great wine, food and maybe a little bit of mischief.
The Condo Rams have joined Team Pink and are raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in conjunction with the Ladies Day, there will be pink ribbons, key rings, pens, badges and much more for purchase. The players are planning to wear pink socks to show their support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation ‘Team Pink’ program.
Major Sponsor of the Condobolin Rugby Union Rams this year is the Condo Hotel. Minor sponsors are: AGnVET Services, Bundemar Merino Stud, Chamen’s IGA and CRT Frank Cooney & Son.

Lachlan moves out of ‘drought’ classification

The entre Lachlan LHPA region has now moved into a ‘marginal’ rather than ‘drought’ classification with the level of the state still in drought coming down to its lowest in nine years to 7.3 per cent.
The NSW Minister for Primary Industries Steve Whan hoped the recent figures were a “turning point” and said they marked a significant point in the history of the drought.
“Good recent rains have seen the area in drought reduced by 32.5 per cent last month and 58 per cent over the last two months.
“It is a very welcome boost from January when 81 per cent of the State was in drought,” Mr Whan said.
While the situation has improved, there is concern that without significant rainfall, areas of NSW could again become drought-stricken.
“More than half the drought is marginal, so without continued good rain these could slip back into drought,” Mr Whan said.
Areas which moved out of drought include Lake Cargelligo, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong, Cootamundra, Hay and Griffith.
Areas which moved from marginal to satisfactory include Bathurst, Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Tibooburra.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast to June 2010 indicates an equal chance of either average or below average rainfall for a large part of Western NSW.
The recent figures have increased the yield potential for summer crops with subsoil moisture replenished for winter crops.
• The entire Lachlan LHPA region has moved into a ‘marginal’ rather than a ‘drought’ classification. There is still 7.3 per cent of NSW considered to be drought declared.

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