July 2013

Life Story Writing Workshop

Date & Time:
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Stories are how we make sense of our lives

This workshop will help anyone interested in writing about some aspect of their life - including growing up or living in the local area, relationship with the land, local history or travel and experiences of other cultures. Whether your interest is in memoir, articles for a newspaper or magazine, poetry or essay, this workshop will support your writing. Practical experience of various writing techniques are included in the workshop. A range of exercises assist with story selection, planning, getting started, overcoming blocks, editing – and writing that’s enjoyable to read. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers.

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Jane McGrath Fundraising Day

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:00am

Ivanhoe Quilters and Needlework Friends  Jane McGrath Foundation Fundraising Day
5th October 2013

contact Laurel Blackburn  02 6995 4838 OR 0428 572 892

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National Tree Day

Date & Time:
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:00am

Sunday 28th July 2013
School Tree Day Friday 26th July 2013

Central Darling Shire Council will be distributing trees for National Tree Day again this year. Trees will be distributed to ratepayers, residents and schools of the Shire. Two trees will be available per household until resources are depleted.

Pick Up Points for Trees:

  • Ivanhoe:    Ivanhoe Post Office  
  • Menindee:   Menindee Rural Transaction Centre
  • Sunset Strip:   Sunset Strip Post Office from 2.15 pm to 2.45 pm
  • Tilpa:   Carol Williams
  • White Cliffs:   White Cliffs General Store
  • Wilcannia:   In front of Council Chambers

Please Note: Trees will be available for collection on Friday 26th July 2013 from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm from all places except Sunset Strip

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Wilcannia Tourism meeting

Date & Time:
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:30pm

26th: Wilcannia Community Tourism Association meeting

2013 NAIDOC Ball

Date & Time:
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 6:30pm to Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 1:00am

The 2013 NAIDOC Ball will be held on Saturday 27th July at Community Hall commencing at 6:30pm – 1pm finish. Tickets $30.00 per person. Dinner supplied. BYO

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Courthouse Café open for business

After 3 ½ years of repair and restoration the Courthouse Café opened a door for business last week.  Located on the corner of Reid and Cleaton Sts the site contains two historic buildings.  The first is the original Inn, built around the 1870’s from Wilcannia sandstone, containing in those days 5 bedrooms and two large reception rooms.   Today there are 2 bedrooms and four other rooms, all with timber ceilings - some original - from the 19th century.  Most floors are concrete with one timber, now replaced with new cypress pine.

The second building (at left), built in the early 20th century of local brick, is known to locals as the Courthouse hotel, previously the Punt hotel.  It was considered the best pub in town for at least the last 30 years of it’s life as a licensed premises which ended in 1990 when the then owner sold the license to a Sydney developer for a new building for the Olympic Games in 2000 for a rumored $110,000.   Originally the pub had three bars with a dining room, pool room and cellar.  Two walls were removed at some unknown time resulting in the present configuration of a large open space with fireplace and two rooms off it.  This is now a café with old style furniture, palms,  lamps and decorations including various bits collected by Sarah and Adrian in previous lives in Melbourne, UK, Sydney, Jakarta and Canberra.