March 2012

Know your fish

In 2007, Western CMA and NSW Department of Primary Industries undertook a collaborative project to assess the condition of instream and riparian habitat in the Darling River from Murtee to Ten Mile Rocks. This project produced a Habitat Management Plan that identified and prioritised actions to address the degradation of instream and riparian habitat and enhance aquatic ecosystems and the species within them.

During the community consultation phase of this project, some Aboriginal Elders of the Wilcannia community expressed concern that young people of Wilcannia were losing their cultural fishing knowledge, and that too many fish were being taken from the river. There was a desire within the local Aboriginal community to encourage sustainable fishing practices and to see the old ways and the old rules of the Paakantji promoted.

The Indigenous Parent Factor

Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:30pm to Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 2:30pm

(IPF) Program
Successful Learning in the Early Years at Home & School

The Australian Parents Council, in partnership with the Department of Education Employment Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will be hosting a number of workshops across NSW that will be targeting Indigenous parents and carers of Indigenous children.

New Board for Wilcannia Arts

Eddie Harris commenced the role of Aboriginal Arts Enterprise Development Officer for the Wilcannia Arts program in early January this year.   James Giddey from West Darling Arts has been guiding Eddie in setting up the program and is extremely keen to see arts programs up and running again in Wilcannia. James represents West Darling Arts as the auspice body for the 2 year grant.

One of Eddie first jobs has been to establish a Board who will oversee the program. The Board is:
Colin Clark—Chair
Dale Woods —Deputy Chair/treasurer
Chris Elliott—Secretary
Kevin (Cat) Cattermole
Dave Curry.

Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council Annual Meeting

Date & Time:
Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

The Board of the Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council invites you to attend Three Ordinary Member’s Meetings and Two Annual Meetings for Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The meeting details are as follows;

Dates:  14th  April 2012.

Where: Mutawintji National Park

Three Ordinary Member’s meetings will be held on 14th of April prior to the Two Annual Meetings to discuss:

The review of the lease for Mutawintji National Park

Discussion of MLALC Board membership

MLALC membership

Any other business

The Annual Meeting will be held on 14th April to discuss the following:

Flood preparation

The technical Services department of Central Darling Shire have been  quietly preparing for the “impending flood”.

With funds from the NSW State Government’s Counter Disaster Fund there has been a levy built around Tilpa, and levy repairs and rebuilding down around the Warrali Estate and St Therese’s Mission School. Local contractors were used for these works, which had to be sanctioned by the State Emergency Service before work commenced.

Traffic on the Barrier Highway has been disrupted today while local road contractors work on stabilising the shoulders on either side from Hood Street through to the White Cliffs Road side of the Shire Depot.

Upcoming Hospital Auxiliary Monster Raffle

The Wilcannia community has committed to raising $20,000 towards the cost of new digital x-ray equipment for the Wilcannia Hospital. The remainder of the estimated $84,000 total cost will be met by NSW Government.

The need for this has been identified by the community during the process of consultations for the Local Implementation Plan for the Federal Governments Remote Service Delivery program.

The Hospital Auxiliary has taken up the challenge. To date there has $15,500 set aside. The final $4,500 is needed by the 1st June 2012.

To raise this a Multi draw raffle is being held (to be drawn Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:00pm*) with prizes donated by Wilcannia and Broken Hill businesses (see below for more details).

RSPCA Healthy Dog Clinics

RSPCA Dog ClinicsThe RSPCA will be running the Remote Services Delivery funded healthy dog clinics in Wilcannia during the first week of May (Tuesday the 1st & Wednesday the 2nd).

As with last year the clinics will offer FREE;

  • De-sexing
  • Worming
  • Micro chipping
  • Flea / tick control
  • Health checks

Please avoid organising events during these dates to enable full community participation & access

Full (event) details closer to the date. See also RSPCA's "Dog Welfare Tips and Advice"