August 2012



3rd September: Applications for Postal Votes close at 5.00pm. Applications may be lodged by:
Post—NSW Electoral Commission, Locked Bag 5650, Kingsgrove NSW 2208
Fax—-(02) 9290 5487
Email— Note email applications will only be valid unless the completed application, showing the actual signature of the elector is included in the email or scanned and attached to the email.
Postal Vote Packs will be despatched from Wednesday 15th August. Please allow 5 business days for the pack to be received.

7th September: Pre-poll voting closes at 6.00pm.

Saturday 8th September:   VOTING DAY. Booths open at 8.00am and close at 6.00pm. Booths will operate in Wilcannia, White Cliffs, Menindee, Ivanhoe and Menindee

Monday 10th September    Return of postal votes closes at 6.00pm

Wilcannia Boomerangs Under 14's Grand Final Win

The junior rugby league grand finals were held last Sunday at Jubilee oval, Wilcannia Boomerangs featured in all three grades, Menindee yabbies in two, and the Silver City Young Guns playing in the under 14’s.Wilcannia Boomerangs under-14 grand final win

The under 10’s match was a very tight affair. Scores locked at 16 all during the half time break and it was anyone’s game with ten minutes to go. Wilcannia were looking very dangerous but Menindee’s defence held strong. After several try saving tackles by the Yabbies, they were able to post some points of their own.
The Yabbies won the second half 14-4 to secure a 30-20 victory, defending their title from the 2011. Menindee’s Stephen Newman scored a hat trick and was named man of the match for his superb efforts in attack.

Jamin Whyman from Wilcannia must get a special mention. He scored a superb solo try showing he has the ability to really prosper into a talented rugby league player.
Menindee did it a little easier in the under 12’s, claiming the title with a 56-26 victory.

New Shire Councillors will face interesting times

Councillor Ray Longfellow, incumbent mayor of Central Darling Shire Council said today that the new council, that will be elected on the 8th September will face challenging times in a lot of areas, but particularly the financial management of the Shire.

Ray Longfellow said he will be recontesting his position as a Councillor for B Ward at the upcoming election.

Ray said that future councillors will need to be switched on and have a good understanding of the functions of Local Government and the  areas that councillors can influence. In particular they will need to have a very good understanding of the difference between policy and operational matters.

Consultants to cost $300,000.

Ray also confirmed that initial estimates show that the use of consultants to fill vacant positions in the Shire will cost around $300,000 between the end of June 2012 and December 2012. Ray said this is partly the result of the shire being unable to recruit full time staff with suitable qualifications who are prepared to live and work in remote areas.

668 Kilometres equals 1 Million steps

White Cliffs to Lightning Ridge WalkAn epic adventure ended last Thursday, as White Cliffs residents Gunnel and Jurgen Hecht, Doug Brook (photo below) and Rod Cook, and poet David ‘The Shovel’ Schoeffel of Gulpa, walked into Lightening Ridge. Gunnel and Jurgen will have walked 686 kilometres – a million steps – since leaving White Cliffs on 23 June, and The Shovel only a few steps less. This incredible personal challenge is also a fundraising campaign to build a vibrant national icon in western NSW.

The Walk was inspired by an even more arduous journey 110 years ago. In 1902, horrific drought gripped the country and the opal industry was at a low in White Cliffs. Hearing rumors of a new opal find, many opal miners left White Cliffs for Lightning Ridge – on foot, bicycle, horseback or horse and cart.

No leftovers at this dinner

Community dinnerLast weeks community dinner night was a  themed BBQ night with healthy hamburgers with homemade beef and tuna patties, salads and vegetable kebabs. Overall it was a great success!! Great attendance from the local community members, approximately 60-70 people (thumbs up!!)

It was fun and great experience to work as a team between the local community members (photo below) and Maari Ma staff both from Broken Hill and Wilcannia. The community loved the foods and no leftovers!! (another thumbs up!!)  The atmosphere at the community hall was relaxing and safe, the community had a great time catching up, meeting new people and the kids love the colouring in newsletters, and spending quality time with the adults (sitting down drawing and having dinner with their family).

Once again, great effort from everyone and was proud to be part of the community dinner’s team.

Community Dinner

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 5:30pm

Community dinner, at the Wilcannia Hall (more details soon)

Community Dinner

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 5:30pm

Community dinner, at the Wilcannia Hall (more details soon)