Roads, rain, fuel and food

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Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:27am

Good morning all,

The rain has been great where it has fallen. We really don’t have to worry about wet roads, the travelling population that we were so looking forward to having, have had to return home.

This is still happening to a lesser extent, as they all get to their destination.

There are still the odd traveller going through our little town, and mostly, obviously with good reason.

While I cannot speak for our other outback towns, villages and Farm stays,  Wilcannia is not actually locked down. While we can offer you fuel, food, take-away alcohol and a chemist, we ask in return that you respect the fact that we only have 2 cases of virus in our far west area and hope to keep it that way. So please abide by the laid down rules and we should all have our best chance to remain clear.

In saying that, we have tradesmen who are coming and going, some from far away, locals doing regular trips to Broken Hill, agency personnel doing their important jobs. This isn’t going to stop, and quite frankly can’t. We as a community can only ask you all to abide by the laid down rules, which also apply to all our own residents.

I might also point out that people travelling east or west, travellers, stock transports, (and there will be more of them with this rain), interstate transport, etc. either way they have been travelling 2 or 3 hours, they need a rest stop, etc. It is up to us to respect that and  be accommodating.

Could I also suggest to all, listen in to our radio stations, which are, ABC Broken Hill 999. And Wilcannia 1584. Wilcannia River Radio 101.3 FM. 2WEB Bourke 585. ABC Dubbo 657. For authentic updates of everything in the far west. Social media can be misleading on occasions.

To everyone out here in our far west, and to those who have to travel, please take care, it is still quite possible to stay your 1.5 meters but also brighten someone’s day. A kind word is just as easy to pronounce as anything else. It takes far less muscles to smile than it does to frown!

So till next week, let’s work on the glass being half full!  Cheers to you all,   Bill Elliott. WCTA.   ( sorry Sue! It’s short again!!)


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”