Saturday, June 3, 2023

Wilcannia News

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Published monthly by Wilcannia News Committee Inc.

Distributed in Wilcannia and district

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08 8091 5294


Recent articles

ANZAC Day 2023 — the kookaburras were a ’no show’

Residents and visitors totalling 55 attended the Anzac Dawn Service in Baker Park, and for the first time since the wet morning in 2017 the kookaburras missed the Dawn Service. This years commemoration was attended by two serving Army personnel, Sergeant Matt Devereaux and Corporal Michael (Mick) Elliott, son of Bill Elliott, from the Air Support Unit, RAAF base in Richmond.

Careers expo — getting local people to work for local business

Organised by Regina Hunter and Tegan Hinchey last weeks Careers Expo attracted a wide variety of organisations eager to show locals what employment opportunities they had to offer. Danny Lester, Director of Aboriginal Outcomes for the Department of Regional NSW was impressed with the event and had a number of thoughts he wanted to share.

Circus Club

For those who don’t know we have a new circus person in town! Ta dah!!! Sister Elizabeth ... Over the holidays there was lots of slack lining going on at the holiday program at Wings.

Previous articles

Eulogy – Wesley Stacey

Gerrit Fokkema. Wesley Stacey died recently in Bermagui, where he had lived since the mid 1970’s. Between 1968 and 1972, Wes made pictures in Wilcannia of buildings and street scenes that were used in a book, ‘Historic Towns of Australia’.

Vale Jeremy Beckett

Sadly anthropologist Jeremy Beckett passed away in the last months of 2022. A Celebration of his Life was held on 19 February 2023 at Chai Chak Wing Museum, Sydney University ... I would like to share memories of my association with Jeremy when I worked at Wilcannia River Radio in 2012-13.

Robbie Kerwin and Vicki Dutton talk about art in their lives

Robbie Kerwin says, 'I started doing art when I was a kid ... I learnt a lot from Nana Jessie Kerwin and Aunty Elsie Jones' ... Vicki Dutton says, 'When I was a kid I loved going down to the river with my family, going fishing and hunting. I'd sit down with pencil and paper and draw from the Darling River, everything I'd see.'

Eucalyptus erythrocorys or Illyarrie

At the presentation of the Shire’s Wilcannia Community awards on Wednesday 22nd February, the tables were decorated with vivid yellow flowered gum branchlets, which also carried bright red gum nut caps. These attracted lots of comments ... The tree is Eucalyptus erythrocorys or Illyarrie. It was first noticed in 1851 growing along a stock route between Geraldton and Perth.

Doesn’t look much but will set you back $10,000

Geoscience Australia Geophysical Survey Using magneto telluric (MT) technology ... the program is about contributing to a sustainable, long-term future for Australia through an improved understanding of the nation’s groundwater, mineral and energy resource potential.

About Wilcannia News

Wilcannia News
Published monthly by the Wilcannia News Committee Inc. and circulated in Wilcannia and district.

Wilcannia News Committee Inc.
John Pineo (President), Shirley Evans, Ron Plunkett, Chris Elliott, Paul Brown, Anthony Pease , George

Submissions are welcome and advertising is available.

Editorial policy
The Editorial Committee wish to point out that the views expressed in Letters to the Editor, or submitted articles are not necessarily the views of the committee.
Letters to the Editor must be signed and have a contact number.
Letters will not be published unless these details are supplied.
The Editorial committee cannot guarantee that all letters received will be published.

The deadline for articles, advertising and reports is 4pm on the Monday prior to the first Wednesday of the month.

Editorial Committee
Athenaeum Building 37 Reid St
PO Box 150, Wilcannia 2836

Phone 08 8091 5294


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