Good rain, dirt roads out, RFDS Base open

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Monday, July 13, 2020 - 9:16am

Good morning all,

Big excitement at the moment! Our Wilcannia Tourism website stats broke through the 1000 hits last week! How good is that! 1000 visits in 7 days.

Good rain around in the last few days, which is a blessing for the country but a bit of a hiccup for our travellers. Almost all of the dirt roads are out for the moment, but from what I can gather everyone is quite content to just sit back and wait for the sun to shine, why not.

Now a few things to report this time round, the RFDS Base in Broken Hill is open again and while distancing still applies you can still go out and have an enjoyable hour or 2 looking at all their displays. Also, the Art Gallery in The Hill is back open, again under the same rules, so pop in anytime and enjoy yourselves. Then make the decision to wander out to Silverton or Mt. Gipps for a quiet few drinks and a top meal.

The border into Queensland as you know is no longer a barrier so you can head up to the Cameron Corner and help them get going again as well.

Did you hear the Deni Ute Muster has been postponed till next year. To be expected I guess but wait and see it will be bigger and better than ever by then.

Our friends down south of the border are making us feel quite uneasy aren’t they. And of course that means we have to be more vigilant than ever, make absolutely sure you all stick to the golden rules, particularly the self distancing must apply at all times. In our outback towns at the moment we are seeing numbers that we have never came across before out in this area. It’s great to see them passing through and keeping our businesses going so strong, and as long as we all stick to the rules all should be good.

I mentioned last week that things are getting under way up at Bourke, as also in many of the other towns. Here in Wilcannia our ‘Cooee for Coffee’ trailer is in full swing opposite Baker Park, and the M & J Kitchen is full strength up at the Golf Club for lunch, dinner and take away. We have our new brochures out too in the last few days so grab one here in town or stop by at Emmdale or Topar and Virginia or Jo will look after you.

Have had a lot of phone calls from people in the coastal area looking to come out in that spring period, so it seems our travelling numbers will continue while ever there is no hiccup from down south.

Not sure what the forecast is for the coming week, but could be a few showers still about, so be careful of the dirt roads, if in doubt stay put and read a book! De has plenty you can swap or borrow at the Wilcannia Motel.

Will talk to you from far away next Monday and let you know how the other part of the state lives! Till then, have one helliva good week and take care. Cheers, Bill Elliott.   WCTA.


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