Rain, check dirt road status

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Monday, August 10, 2020 - 5:35am

Good morning to you all,

It looks like ‘Huie’ has stepped in and dictated the week for us. Wide spread rain over almost all of our vast great area out this way has left you all to stick to the ‘black’ line as all the dirt roads are and will be out for I would say most of the week.

Now, having said that, it’s not the end of the world by any means. Yes, I know you can’t toodle up and down the river, that’s a no go. But what’s wrong with a leisurely trip from say Wentworth up to the fabulous Tibooburra or vice versa? and all the stopping points along the way. This includes Broken Hill, where you duck off to the side and have a look at Menindee, slip out to Silverton, and Mt. Gipps, and on up to Tibooburra, all on the bitumen.

But wait that’s not all. If you’re coming from “the inside country” you have Nyngan, 2 days there no trouble. Up and back to Bourke, (on bitumen), there’s 2 or 3 days gone. On to Cobar, at least a day or 2 there. Coffee at Emmdale and you’re here with us. So up and back to White Cliffs, (bitumen!) a tour there with Rob, dinner here at the Golf club in Wilcannia, a quick yarn to Jo at Topar and you’ll need a few days to get over it all in The Hill.

On a more serious note, please be careful on dirt roads this week, if there’s any doubt DON’T go on them. If you get stuck, remember someone has to go and rescue you and someone else has to repair the road. I know you will respect that. Don’t forget also, only Telstra NextG with the blue tick work out in this area. Don’t get caught out.

Which brings to point another mind, make sure you listen to our fabulous radio stations out in our back country. We have everything you need to know and listen to on our  ABC stations, 999 Broken Hill,  1584 Wilcannia and 657 Dubbo. We have the truly outback Bourke 2WEB on 585. Wilcannia River Radio on FM 103.1, Broken Hill 2 Dry FM on 107.7, and Broken Hill’s own 2BH on 567.

Another serious note, please stay aware of all the restrictions we have in place, not only out here but in all of our great State. You all know what they are, distancing, clean hands, respect for others, and still look out for others. We can all learn off each other, and you’ve got to have a yarn to do that.

Last week I sent out 15 or 20 packages of brochures on our little town to everyone I could think of. If you missed out and would like a Wilcannia brochure for your stand, please ring me or dance across the keyboard and I’ll shoot some off to you, no problem.

So have a fun week, please take care as there’s more rain coming next Friday, we all appreciate your support as you pass through, till next week, cheers, Bill Elliott.  WCTA.  


“An old bloke, Joe, on a property up north had a visit from his Stock agent, Keith.

Keith: Your roof’s leakin’ Joe, you should fix it.

Joe:  Can’t Keith it’s too wet out there.

Keith: Well when the rain’s finished ah.

Joe:  Ya silly bugger, it doesn’t leak then.”