Thursday, July 7, 2022



NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award for local man

Narrandera's Dr Stanley Grant Senior AM has won the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022. Dr Grant is an elder and a warrior of the Wiradjuri people who grew up in Griffith and spent time with his grandfather Wilfred Johnson (known as Budyaan) who spoke seven languages and taught Dr Grant the Wiradjuri language.

Population going backwards

The Census results for Narrandera have been released, showing a slight decrease of 155 in population. Conducted in August last year, the Census recorded 5698 people in Narrandera, down from 5853 residents recorded in the 2016 Census. The results revealed that Narrandera was home to 12.7 per cent of people who identified as Indigenous. This figure came in at four times higher than the national average of 3.2 per cent ... “This accurate and valuable data reveals who we are as a nation and how we have changed.”

The Grainger connection

Joan de Bondt. Percy Grainger was a composer and pianist born in 1882 whose legacy is generally associated with his piano arrangement of the folk dance tune ‘Country Gardens’ ... Percy Grainger was a cousin to Bruce’s great grandfather. A wedding photo of Bruce’s grandfather, Stewart Hamilton Grainger, is attached to a photo of Percy at about the same age and the resemblance is unmistakable.

Flooded hobby farmers need feed too

Sarah Booth is heartbroken about the small hobby farmers who don’t have enough feed for their animals since the floods. “I don’t have cattle but all I could see was heartbreak,” the Wyrallah woman said. Ms Booth has 60 families waiting for animal feed for cows, horses, pigs, goats and sheep.

Farmers share traveller tips to help keep Foot and Mouth out of Australia: Vic Farmers

Victorian farmers are encouraging international travellers to enact simple preventative measures to help keep the potentially devastating Foot and Mouth (FMD) livestock disease out of Australia. Victorian Farmers Federation President Emma Germano said that news of the disease reaching the popular holiday island of Bali in neighbouring Indonesia is very concerning for farmers.

Races rescheduled at Grafton

Emma Pritchard. The Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) postponed Races 4-9 on the opening day of the 2022 XXXX July Winter Racing Carnival, the Westlawn Finance Prelude Day on July 3, following a shocking incident in the concluding stages of Race 3, the Westlawn Business Loans 2YO Maiden Plate over 1015m. Apprentice jockey Leah Kilner, 24, was dislodged from her mount, the Owen Glue trained Stella’s Turn inside the final 100m when the filly tragically went amiss and crashed to the turf.

Region growth steady

Weipa is the boom town of Cape York as census figures revealed it is the highest earning community in the region and also one of the fastest growing. Overall, Cape York showed steady growth in both population and household income, although there were some exceptions, with Weipa standing out.

New release – Rachel

Rachel Kennedy stood out on a wild frontier dominated by men ... her extraordinary and unputdownable pioneering story is told for the first time ... Rachel Kennedy was a colonial folk hero. Born in the wild and remote Warrumbungle mountains of western New South Wales in 1845, she was described by Duke Tritton of The Bulletin as Australia's greatest pioneer woman of them all.

New release – My Father and Other Animals

A moving and hilarious fish-out-of-water memoir of a millennial leaving his inner-city life to take over the family farm. Sam Vincent is a twenty-something writer in the inner suburbs, scrabbling to make ends meet, when he gets a call from his mother: his father has stuck his hand in a woodchipper, but ‘not to worry – it wasn’t like that scene in Fargo or anything’.

New release – Growing Up in Country Australia

Growing Up in Country Australia is a fresh, modern look at country Australia. There are stories of joy, adventure, nostalgia, connection to nature and freedom, but also more grim tales – of drought, fires, mouse plagues and isolation.

New release – Of Marsupials and Men

Of Marsupials and Men recounts the fascinating and often hilarious history of the men and women who dedicated their lives to understanding Australia’s native animals.

Learning from Leeton: how a rural town has rolled out the welcome mat and helped refugees find their feet

The NSW country town of Leeton is about as far removed as possible from Afghanistan – geographically, culturally, politically and religiously – but it has set the gold standard for how Australia can successfully integrate refugees into local communities.

Foot and Mouth Disease – a risk for all rural areas: Mark Allison, Agribusiness Australia

The risk of an FMD outbreak in Australia has been given a probability of 9% (1%/19%). The advent of FMD in Indonesia increases the likelihood of an incursion into Australia. We should not have waited until FMD or any disease was close to bring attention to the risk of exotic diseases ... In the event of an outbreak of FMD, we would immediately lose a large number of our premium livestock markets. The longer an outbreak takes to be controlled, the longer we are shut out of premium markets.

More affordable airfares have landed for Shire of Ashburton residents

Shire of Ashburton residents can now take advantage of capped airfares travelling to and from Perth from July 1, 2022. The first scheme of its kind to be implemented in Australia, the WA State Government has committed $19.8 million to deliver the capped airfare scheme over the next three years.

New kitchen for Moreton Bay

Chris Oldfield. Meals of “mashed mush” and “baby food”, people left on toilets, others often feeling cold and rooms not cleaned properly are some of the sad tales from residents and their families of Moreton Bay House ... The News has now spoken to several people - residents and their families and friends - about a raft of problems which saw the aged care facility fall into disrepute, failing 19 of 42 requirements listed under eight Commonwealth standards.

$250m plan puts a spotlight on Naracoorte

Chris Oldfield. A proposed $250 million development over 25 years at Naracoorte’s North Parklands was unveiled last week to a large crowd thirsty for information. Putting a spotlight on Naracoorte, the proposal is hailed as the biggest development plan for regional SA.

New appointments for State MPs

Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards has been nominated to take on the role of Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly. She has been representing her electorate since 2010 and has been in the Deputy Speaker’s job for the past five years.

Childcare still a local issue

Kirstin Nicholson. Parents in Cohuna are finding it difficult to access childcare – a problem that is not new and will not disappear any time soon. Gannawarra Shire Council (GSC) family day care is the only option in town, but the number of providers has been gradually declining, forcing more parents to travel to neighbouring towns to access childcare, juggle childcare between numerous family members, and delay or give up their working life altogether.

Men’s shed opens doors for women, wider use

The Denmark Men’s Shed will hold an information evening on Thursday, July 7 to gauge the interest in setting up and supporting a women’s group or hub at the shed ... The meeting will be aimed at women who may be interested in doing or learning how to do some woodwork and how to use common, or less common, tools and machines.

Plaques lead the way to new tourism experience

Two new walk trails offering an eco tourism experience have been launched in Denmark in time for the winter holidays. Plaques installed at the Denmark River mouth and Lights Beach lookout feature a QR code linked to the Waterways website, and a wealth of local stories designed to enrich the visitor experience.

National Parks takes aim at stoners

Take only photographs, leave only footprints is an established bushwalking and 4WD principle. Unfortunately, instagramming your bushwalk has led to many people building tiny cairns of stones so they can photograph their “artwork”. But it is not art, it’s vandalism.

From Woodford Dale to the world

Geoff Helisma. Everyone loves a success story, especially if it’s someone they’ve known or with whom they’ve brushed elbows - the Lower Clarence’s Ry X, who is on the cover of the June 17 French Rolling Stone magazine, is one of those success stories and, potentially, he might soon become a global name on the lips of music lovers, as well as makers and shakers clamouring for a piece of the action.

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