July 2012

Ray Martin back in Wilcannia again

Well known Wilcannia visitor over the years, Ray Martin, returned on Friday wearing his Humpty Dumpty Foundation hat.Ray Martin in Wilcannia

Ray, CEO of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation Paul Francis and cameraman Les Seymore were in the region to deliver nearly $70,000 worth of medical equipment for use in children’s and babies medical facilities.

Wilcannia received a Mobile Infant Warmer, valued at $7,600 for use in the Emergency Department. White Cliffs, Ivanhoe, Wentworth, Balranald and Tibooburra also received a unit. The units were purchased by long time Humpty Dumpty supporters John and Cath Murray.

The infant warmers are used to keep babies warn while they are undergoing emergency treatment including resuscitation.

During their few hours in Wilcannia they were given a tour of the localhealth facility by Wilcannia Health Service Manager Glenys Thorpe. Paul and Ray were very taken with the Ruby Davis photo hanging in the hospital waiting room. They were especially intrigued to hear the story of how the photo in the dry river bed came about and that less than 12 hours later the river was half way up the banks as the first flood water arrived.

The Underground Art Festival -- White Cliffs

Showcasing Artists of the Central Darling

7th - 9th September, 2012

Be inspired by our Festival Theme: Body and Soul

As this year unfolds, keep an eye out for great shots in these categories:

White Cliffs Underground Art Festival

  • Portraits -- capture the essence of someone you know
  • The Body Beautiful -- artist photos that illustrate the beauty, character and line of the body
  • Silhouettes -- of people, animals, trees, plants with dramatic back-lighting
  • Soul Food -- the space, the freedom and the beautiful things in the Shire that enrich your soul.


Judging by professional photographer Otto Rogge. There will be a prize for each category.

$3.1 million to support youth leadership

Mentoring to help young people be leaders in their local communities is the focus of a new $3.1 million NSW Government program launched by Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello.

Grant applications for the Youth Opportunities program are now open and Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams is encouraging local groups to apply.

Funding is available for projects that use mentoring and other strategies to help young people feel more included in and give back to their communities.

Minister Dominello said young people have a lot to offer society, when they have access to the right chances and the right choices. Youth and community organisations and local government can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for one-off, time-limited projects.

A total of $2.6 million in grant funding is available.

A further $500,000 in funding will be allocated to targeted initiatives, such as fostering local government and civic engagement among young people, linking young graduates with employers, and helping young Aboriginal people get the driver licenses that help them get jobs.

Pamper day in Wilcannia

CePamper day in WilcanniantaCare’s Family Mental Health Support Service recently hosted a pamper day in Wilcannia to raise awareness of their programs and services and to promote self-care as a step towards positive mental health and wellbeing.

Pampering activities included foot spas, manicures and nail art, hand and feet massages, face masks and make up. A qualified beautician, Alicia from Richmond Fellowship in Bourke was available for eye brow waxing and eyelash tinting which was the most popular activity of the day.

CentaCare’s Family Mental Health Support Service Workers Abi and Vanessa explained the Mental Health Support Service offers families support, education and information.

“The program has only recently commenced in Wilcannia and we thought it was important to meet people and get out in community to explain what the program is about.

WINGS Update 10th of July, 2012

Last week we kicked off the holiday program with a buzz of activities aimed at making art, craft and costumes for this week’s Performance Showcase. Tony was busy making hats out of recycled goods with the final products being two cowboys, a pirate and Viking hats and well as some lovely Princess crowns.Wings update picture 1

The kids also helped him make 10 dog’s masks for one of the acts which were then painted. On the other end of the centre Colette and some helpers were busy with the costume making workshops. Kids helped glue, sew and cut out material to make over 50 outfits for the showcase. A big thank you to Colette Pearson for all her hard work and creative genius! We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up on the day!

On Tuesday Save the children i street workshops began with Tom, Joy and Gareth working with the kids to create comics. Kids were given i pads and a range of digital cameras to take photos and create their own comic. Some of these will also be on display on Friday at the Showcase.

Man versus wild dogs -- the real story

Research published this year by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), has made it clear that humans, not dingoes or wild dogs, are the apex or top-order predator in most Australian environments. In the struggle to protect local communities, livestock and native wildlife from wild dogs, it’s up to the human race to take the upper hand according to the latest scientific findings.

NSW DPI vertebrate pest research leader, Peter Fleming, said strategic wild dog management programs offered the best outcomes for rural communities and wildlife.

It has been suggested that the reintroduction of dingoes could help manage foxes and cats but the studies indicate that dingoes could have a negative impact on the survival of some endangered native species.

Dr. Fleming said that the risk assessment shows that up to 94 per cent of the native species in western NSW could be at risk of dingo predation, regardless of any effect dingoes might have on foxes and cats. 

As dingoes prey on the same threatened species as the cats and foxes – they also pose a real threat to livestock industries and the communities they support.

Wilcannia Central School report

Principals Report Weekly Yarn Up Term 2 Issue 2

I would like to extend a further invitation to the community to join our secondary “Yarn Up” in the morning between 9.00am and 10.00am.

We are seeing improved attendance of students during this period and are enjoying the conversations that are emerging between students, staff and community. We have organised a reward for all secondary students who are attending school regularly and are engaging with their studies. Every second Friday, commencing on Friday 22nd June a group of students will be bussed to Broken Hill or other sites as determined by students/staff for the day.

The first trip was to Broken Hill TAFE where students joined the recent graduates of the IPROUD group for a BBQ lunch and learnt more about this great programme. Time for shopping followed.

We are currently planning a Community Forum for our first day back next term, 16th July (See page 8 for full program). This is a pupil free day with classes commencing on Tuesday 17th for all students. The purpose of the Community Forum is to provide information for families and the extended community around attendance and other student wellbeing issues. There will be opportunities for community to ask questions and talk opening with staff and agencies.

1 new case of Type 2 Diabetes EVERY 5 MINUTES

One new case of type 2 diabetes is diagnosed in Australia every 5 minutes. According to the Australian Diabetes Council  this is up from the 2011 figure of 1 every 5.5 minutes.

If the rate of  290 Australians being diagnosed every day continues it is estimated that by 2030 the entire health budget will be needed to fund patients with the disease. Treatment of the disease currently takes up over $10.3 billion a year.

NSW research released today showed diabetes sufferers were 3 to 4 times more likely than non diabetics to develop a heart disease.  Broken Hill had the highest rate of diabetes and heart disease in the state, and in   Sydney the western area suburbs were most affected.

CEO Nicola Stokes said the numbers are a reflection of the poor infrastructure and the individuals own eating and exercise habits. Ms Stokes said that “Governments will have to take action across several portfolios if they are to rein in the rate and cost of the disease.” “It is about governments taking responsibility for the health outcomes of all the decisions they make.

There are 2 types of diabetes—Type 1 and Type 2.