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Monday, November 28, 2016 - 6:21am

Good morning to you all,

Our great year is fast drawing to a close. It must be, there are Christmas festivities on everywhere. So let’s start with them, and we’re off to White Cliffs next Saturday 3rd. for their Christmas Street Fair, big night always in White Cliffs.  Also on the 3rd. is the Broken Hill Christmas Pageant, now that is worth seeing. You obviously can’t do them both!

Back to our own little town, and the Wilcannia Concert at Burke oval is on the 9th.   If you duck down to Menindee next morning, Saturday, you’ll catch Carols by Candlelight there on Sat. 10th. By the way, the Wilcannia-Menindee west side road is the best I’ve seen it. If you’d like to do a circuit, then head on across to Ivanhoe for their Christmas Fair, everything at it on Wednesday 14th.

Back tracking a little, you can call at the Emmdale Roadhouse for their Christmas Party on the 10th. You’ll hear some rippers of stories there if you can handle the pace! Can’t make it? Then the Nyngan Christmas Carnival is on the same night. Nyngan down to Wagga, and their Christmas Spectacular, something for everyone, is on the 11th.

Bourke comes in next with their Christmas Night Markets at the Wharf, on the 14th. Then you better hang around that area and  enjoy the Tilpa Christmas Tree on the 17th. If you can make yourself look under 12 you’re allowed to dress up!

Now a couple of other items, there’s  meetings of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, they are in Bourke on the 2nd. and Wilcannia on the 5th. for those interested.

I told you we are proud to have a caravan dump site here in Wilcannia now. Well if you need potable water to top up your trailer/van we have that too! Call and see John, Pat or Michael at BP here in town and they will get you organised. All we need is our “RV Friendly” sign and hopefully you’ll see that next year.

Speaking of next year, I think I will leave you all to it now. I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Thank you all so much for reading and contributing to my little ‘ditties’, I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and I must say special thanks to our secretary Fiona, for putting them on whatever she puts them on!! Each week. I have had feed back from south east SA, Adelaide, Newcastle, etc.

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Latest announcements

Road Conditions in the Wilcannia area

Tilpa to Wilcannia road: call 08 80 915 155 (Central Darling Shire)

Tilpa to Louth: call 02 6836 5888, AH 0427 894 843 (Cobar council)

Bourke to Louth: call 02 6830 8000 AH 0419 722 055 (Bourke Council).

From Wilcannia to Tilpa there is a choice of east or west side. On the east side there is a good National Parks camping ground called Horse and Coaches, about 45k's north of Wilcannia. AT Tilpa the only road is on the west side.

in Reid Street, opposite the Radio Station. OPEN EVERY THURSDAY
from 10.00am TO 1.00pm
New stock has arrived
St. John’s Catholic Church Liturgy
Every Sunday at 10.00am
Sister Flo’s Thought of the Week:
 No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, Yield. Life isn't tied with a bow, it is still gift.
Wilcannia Lifeline—Men’s Shed
Wednesday—every second , 72 Woore Street.  Financial and legal services + assistance with other problems including mental health and gambling addictions
It’s time you joined us – out the back.

Journey to the rugged natural beauty of Outback NSW and explore unsealed back roads, wildlife-rich wetlands and ancient stories that stir within the harsh and fragile landscapes of its national parks. Walk in the footsteps of early explorers and the region’s Aboriginal inhabitants to discover inspiring itineraries, deals and offers that will have you wanting to go back for more time and time again.  Read more: National Parks and Wildlifessd

RV: Grey and Black Water Disposal
Situated on the Barrier highway, adjacent to the football oval, on the Broken Hill side of the town, easy access. Also on Cobar side as well.rv-waste-disposal-1.jpg


For latest information on services, roads, tours and events, please call Tourism Association president, Bill Elliott, on mob. 0429 915467, or make an inquiry via the contact form.

National Parks and Wildlife

Paroo-Darling Visitor Centre Tel: (08) 8080 3200

The Coach and Horses campground is open all year round.  This exception is that this area is susceptible to road closures due to flooding and rain.

Coach and horses campground PAROO-DARLING NP

It’s such a pretty spot by the majestic river red gums along the Darling River. We did a bit of fishing, but didn’t manage to catch anything – lucky we brought plenty of supplies with us.”

In a delightful, shady spot next to a bend in the Darling, the Coach and Horses campground offers a bush camp with views up and down the river.

Spend the day exploring the river in a kayak or canoe or enjoy a spot of fishing. If you’re walking along the banks of the river, be sure to keep an eye out for the local birds.

See the Download section for latest tours.

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Warrawong on the Darling

Warrawong on the Darling is located on the banks of the Darling River and offers modern cabins, powered caravan sites (some with water frontage) and bush camping. The modern amenities block, beautiful scenery and lush grassy sites along the natural lagoon and river provides travellers the comfort they long for.

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Fishing competition, Day 1


Menindee 2016 Father's Day Fishing Challenge

Saturday 8am - 6pm
Sunday 8am - 12.30pm

See graphic (left) for details (click to enlarge)

Entry Fees:

Adult - $10
Children U16 - $5

As well:
Menindee Markets

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Life and Light competition closes

Life and Light in the Western Region closes Friday, 30th September.

The theme of this year’s Life & Light in the Western Region photographic competition is “Rocks, Rust, Stars and Dust” to coincide with this year’s Rural Women’s Gathering hosted in Broken Hill. The theme was inspired by the incredible western landscape (rocks), the history of this region (rust), the incredible night skies (stars) and the red earth that has come to characterize the west (dust).

What will the judges be looking for?

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Driver Reviver - October 2016

Driver Reviver, Barrier Highway Western side of the town

Coffee, Tea, Biscuits (gold coin donation)


  • Saturday 1st, 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 2nd, 10am - 4pm
  • Monday 3rd, 10am - 4pm
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Q C Mobile Repairs

his_sign.jpgQuinton can handle all motor repairs and rebuilds, small engines and chain saws,  Pink slips available in Wilcannia Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings. Otherwise by appointment, by ringing  0429915480.

If you can’t get in, he will visit you. You can find him at the corner of Ross St. and Bourke road.

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Mercy Place

mercy_place_market_day.jpgsecond-hand clothing, etc

Call for opening hours, (08) 80915852




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