July 2012

Hazard reduction activities – Wilcannia town

The NSW Rural Fire Service Far West Team is advising that hazard reduction burning will be conducted within the township of Wilcannia beginning on the 4th August 2012. Burning activities will be conducted by the local and surrounding Brigades.

With the current season of rainfall and subsequent high vegetation growth, the NSW Rural Fire Service holds the responsibility to make safe communities across NSW. As part of this responsibility the Far West Team is conducting hazard reduction works across its area of responsibility. With the support of the communities, residents and Brigade volunteers every effort is being made to support land owners and managers in their role of managing the risk of fire on their land within the township. By conducting burning of the vegetation around the residential areas of the town reduces the risk during a bushfire emergency.

The burning will be conducted from:

4th August around the area of Barkindji Drive, Woore and Hood St’s in the North Western aspect of the village out to the fire break.

11th August burning will be conducted to the rear of the Council Yard out to the Barrier Hwy and White Cliffs Rd.

19th August burning will be conducted along the Barrier Highway from Dry Lake Road back toward town.

University doors open to more regional and Indigenous students

University enrolments by regional and Indigenous students have increased to record levels, reversing an historical trend that has often seen them locked out of higher education.

In 2011, a total of 5,381 Indigenous students commenced a university course, an increase of 6.1 per cent from 2010. Since 2007 the number of Indigenous students studying at university has increased by 2,437, or 26 per cent.

Commencements for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds increased by 3.3 per cent to 56,710, while total enrolments of low SES increased by 26,456 since 2007, or 23.9 per cent.

Regional and remote student commencements also increased after declining under the Howard Government. Total enrolments increased by 24,427 students since 2007, or 17.4 per cent.

Limits on student places meant many talented young people missed out on the opportunity to realise their full potential, "The Gillard Government removed the restrictions on student numbers and we are now seeing young people from rural and regional Australia, from migrant backgrounds, Indigenous people and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, taking up the opportunity to get a university qualification.

Death through the eyes of a child

Date & Time:
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Free Maggie Dent Seminar

Death through the eyes of a child (for Central School & St Therese’s staff & parents)

WHEN: 2nd August, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

WHERE: St Therese’s Community School (afternoon tea provided

Wilma (for parents)

Date & Time:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Free Maggie Dent Seminar

WHERE: Wilcannia Women & Children’s Safe House (morning tea provided)

FREE Maggie Dent Wilcannia Seminars: 31st July – 2nd August 2012

Black Duck Wisdom (all welcome)

WHEN: 31st July, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: Wilcannia Golf Club function room

Wilma (for parents)

WHEN: 1st August, 9:30am – 11:00am

WHERE: Wilcannia Women & Children’s Safe House (morning tea provided)

Kids & substance abuse (for secondary students & parents)

WHEN: 1st August, 12pm – 1:30pm

WHERE: Wilcannia Central School library (school lunch afterwards)

Importance of calmness, stillness & silence (for Central School & St Therese’s staff & parents)

WHEN: 1st August, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

WHERE: Wilcannia Central School library (afternoon tea provided)

From the Shire Agenda

8.1.1 2012 Local Government Elections

There are only 53 days until the Council election. The Electoral Commission has appointed Mr Darren Flowers as the returning Officer and he will be based in Broken Hill.

Candidate information packs will be distributed by the Electoral Commission in the near future and will be available in all towns. Nominations will be received at the Wilcannia Shire Office, the Menindee RTC and the Ivanhoe MSO.

Electoral rolls close on the 30th July. Nominations for those interested in standing for Council open on Monday 30th July and close on Wednesday 8th August at noon.

Non residents who enrolled on this roll at the last election will need to re-enrol as enrolments do not carry over from election to election.

8.1.4 Emergency Services, Funding Discussion paper.

Council will contribute $119,600 to the funding of the Rural Fire Services in the Council area in the 2012/13 financial year.

From Monday's Community Forum

Yesterdays Community Forum (Monday 16th, July) outlined a number of programs and initiatives currently happening or in the pipeline at the Central School. One of the big changes this term will be the introduction of Student Passports.

Each term, each student will commence with $W100 (Wilcannia dollars) in their account. This $W100  balance must be maintained and must not be spent until the last week of term.

Should this $W100 decrease due to poor behaviour reports it must be  restored and built upon before any purchase may be made. At the end of the term all savings in the balance will be transferred to the following terms passbook. Dollar values will be awarded as follows:
Excellent    = $W5
Satisfactory  = $W2
Poor = -$W5

Behaviour Key


  • On time for class
  • Completes class work with diligence
  • Follows teacher’s instructions at all times