Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Lloyd Polkinghorne, The Koondrook and Barham Bridge Newspaper


Ochre to go – opportunity knocks?

Ochre Health announced its intention to withdraw from Barham in a press release last week, and a hunt is underway to find a new operator for the facility. The Barham Local Health Medical Trust, which owns the facility, acknowledged Ochre Health’s commitment to the community and its excellent provision of medical services over the past 15 years.

Local hemp dreams heard

Farmers, community members and potential investors gathered at cluBarham this week to learn more about an exciting opportunity for the region. Attendees listened to how the growing, processing and value-adding of industrial hemp could provide great opportunities to producers, in employment and provide a boost to the local economy. 

Funding flows 17 months after floods

Earthmoving contractors who worked to protect Koondrook during the October 2022 floods have finally received payment from the state government after 17 months of waiting. Local contractor Danny Gleeson said that not being paid makes you question dropping everything to help.

Glasshouse funding passes, questions remain

Monday night’s unscheduled meeting came after an eventful walk out of two councillors at last week’s March Council Meeting, resulting in the meeting not having a quorum ... The straw that broke the camel’s back was a motion to allocate an additional $852,000 from the capital works budget to cover a shortfall in the Gannawarra Glasshouse project.

Getting pickled has never been so much fun

If I asked you to play pickleball, what picture would you have? ... Being pickled and chasing a yellow fluffy ball—no, that sounds like tennis! ... The game is a racket or paddle sport in which two players or four players hit a perforated, hollow plastic ball with paddles over a 34-inch-high net until one side is unable to return the ball or commits a rule infraction. 

Fun in the sun with record catches at Moulamein fishing comp

393 fish were caught during the Moulamein Football Netball Club’s annual fishing competition. ... This year's event saw entrants become citizen scientists, forming a partnership with Dr Nathan Miles from NSW Fisheries at Narrandera to record vital fish data to monitor fish numbers between the Balpool Bridge and 19-mile reserve on the Edward River at Moulamein.