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Monday, October 19, 2020 - 6:41am

Good morning everyone,

Back in the seat again after a fantastic weekend last week. There are just so many people on the move in our state, almost all from the other side of “the stony hill” and all just wanting someone to yarn to and explain our great outback. Have met some wonderful people down the street this last week, most of whom had no idea what we have to offer out here. And the best part is, if we make them feel welcome, guess what, they’ll come back!

As is the case still, we are unable to invite you all to special events in our area, but hope you all find time to visit some of our outstanding places of interest, and there are plenty of them.

In Broken Hill for instance, the RFDS Base full of souvenirs and goodies, the visitors information centre, all the art galleries, head out to Silverton and drop in to the Daydream mine on the way. The Palace hotel, iconic! In Menindee, go for a river boat cruise. In White Cliffs, do a tour of the town with Rob. Packsaddle, Milparinka and Tibooburra, don’t miss them, great places. Down to Wentworth, heaps down there and call to Coomba as you go.

On another note, there was good rain at Bourke yesterday, so by all means explore new tracks, but please check with the local Shire area to make sure the dirt road you are going on is open, as there are storms floating round everywhere at the moment. Apart from the fact that a fine of $1000- per tyre can be applicable, if you get bogged then someone has to come and rescue you. This is no good for anyone so please don’t travel on a closed road.

Of course there’s all our other towns and farm stays apart from the above where you are most welcome with heaps to see and do.

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Latest announcements: Fire Alerts

Road Conditions in the Wilcannia area

Tilpa to Wilcannia road: call 08 80 915 155 (Central Darling Shire)

Tilpa to Louth: call 02 6836 5888, AH 0427 894 843 (Cobar council)

Bourke to Louth: call 02 6830 8000 AH 0419 722 055 (Bourke Council).

From Wilcannia to Tilpa there is a choice of east or west side. On the east side there is a good National Parks camping ground called Horse and Coaches, about 45k's north of Wilcannia. AT Tilpa the only road is on the west side.

St. John’s Catholic Church Liturgy
Every Sunday at 10.00am
Sister Flo’s Thought of the Week:
 No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, Yield. Life isn't tied with a bow, it is still gift.
Wilcannia Lifeline—Men’s Shed
Wednesday—every second , 72 Woore Street.  Financial and legal services + assistance with other problems including mental health and gambling addictions
It’s time you joined us – out the back.

Journey to the rugged natural beauty of Outback NSW and explore unsealed back roads, wildlife-rich wetlands and ancient stories that stir within the harsh and fragile landscapes of its national parks. Walk in the footsteps of early explorers and the region’s Aboriginal inhabitants to discover inspiring itineraries, deals and offers that will have you wanting to go back for more time and time again.  Read more: National Parks and Wildlifessd

RV: Grey and Black Water Disposal
Situated on the Barrier highway, adjacent to the football oval, on the Broken Hill side of the town, easy access. Also on Cobar side as well.rv-waste-disposal-1.jpg

 

For latest information on services, roads, tours and events, please call Tourism Association on mob. 0429915467, or make an inquiry via the contact form.

National Parks and Wildlife

national-parks-and-wildlife.pngParoo-Darling Visitor Centre Tel: (08) 8080 3200

The Coach and Horses campground is open all year round.  This exception is that this area is susceptible to road closures due to flooding and rain.

Coach and horses campground PAROO-DARLING NP

It’s such a pretty spot by the majestic river red gums along the Darling River. We did a bit of fishing, but didn’t manage to catch anything – lucky we brought plenty of supplies with us.”

In a delightful, shady spot next to a bend in the Darling, the Coach and Horses campground offers a bush camp with views up and down the river.

Spend the day exploring the river in a kayak or canoe or enjoy a spot of fishing. If you’re walking along the banks of the river, be sure to keep an eye out for the local birds.

See the Relevant National Parks links (section, below)

Coach and Horses campground has sites for caravans and camper trailers, so it’s a great place to stop on your drive tour of outback NSW. Plus, it’s equipped with barbecues and picnic tables so you can enjoy lunch or an evening meal with a scenic view.

Relevant (Regional to Wilcannia) National Parks links

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Warrawong on the Darling

Warrawong on the Darling is located on the banks of the Darling River and offers modern cabins, powered caravan sites (some with water frontage) and bush camping. The modern amenities block, beautiful scenery and lush grassy sites along the natural lagoon and river provides travellers the comfort they long for.

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Ngiyampaa language strengthened by new dictionary

This dictionary is a great resource for our kids to learn our language that is what I would like to see.” Aunty Norma O’Hara, Ngiyampaa Elder.

The resurgence and maintenance of the Ngiyampaa language has been bolstered by a dictionary published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) publishing arm, Aboriginal Studies Press.

Ngiyampaa Wordworld: Thipingku Yuwi, Maka Ngiya; Names of Birds and Other Words includes stories, example sentences and songs, a comprehensive list of bird names and other words. The dictionary includes an English to Ngiyampaa finder list to quickly look up words in Ngiyampaa.

The dictionary is a much needed resource to not only learn language, but to strengthen cultural identity for current and future generations.

"This dictionary is invaluable. Having our language available and accessible makes me feel more connected to my country, to my ancestors and increases my sense of pride and strengthens my cultural identity,” Ngiyampaa language project contributor, Ashlee Kearney says.

I am really excited to share this with my family, especially the younger ones to make sure they are growing up strong and proud."

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