Saturday, February 4, 2023

Wilcannia News

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Published monthly by Wilcannia News Committee Inc.

Distributed in Wilcannia and district

Digital editions available

08 8091 5294


Recent articles

October weather

Hottest day was Tuesday 4th at 29.9C, cooler than the hottest ever day in October at 42.4C on the 25th in 2014. The coldest day was Saturday 8th at 18.6C, well above our coldest ever, 13.2C on the 11th in 2012 ... Mean daily temperature was 24.9C, below the long term mean of 27.5C. Rain for the month, recorded at the Airport, was 207.6 mm, setting a new record. The previous highest ever monthly rain for October was in 1894 when 126.4mm fell.

River levels at Wilcannia 2022 compared with 1990 – Water report

The river continues to rise at Wilcannia and is now running at just over 10 metres with a flow of 30,043 ML/day. Lake Woytchugga is continuing to fill and the Talyawalka is flowing at 6.7 metres. The river is running at 101,727 ML/day at Bourke and over 135,214 ML/day at Walgett, indicating that there is a lot more to come.

Water management killing the Darling-Baaka

New research published by the University of NSW confirms that it is the over extraction and mismanagement of water that is causing most of the damage to the Darling-Baaka River, not climate change. NSW Nature Conservation Council calls for the Federal Water Minister to stand firm on the timelines for water recovery in the Basin Plan, and restore the voluntary, open tender water buy back process.

Previous articles

Central Darling Shire Council and the move out of administration 

Wendy Tuckerman, the Minister for Local Government, visited towns in Central Darling Shire last week. Meetings were held with residents and representatives of organisations which were an open forum to allow any matter of concern to be raised. In Wilcannia, housing, the weir and employment were raised by residents. However one item the Minister was keen to hear opinions on was how the Central Darling Shire Council will move out of administration (due in 2024) and what do the residents want to see happen.

History corner

The Ivanhoe Dry Times 2022 Truck, Tractor, Car and Bike show attracted not only Wilcannia residents but a truck which started its working life in Wilcannia ... As well as trucks, the show attracted a good number of veteran, vintage and modern cars.

Good attendance at the screening of “Purli Ngaangkalitji”

The debut of the film was shown at the Community dinner. A Story that was narrated by Murray Butcher which had been passed on by his Nanna, Elsie Jones. Filmed by Aureliano Ramella, a regular visitor to Wilcannia from Switzerland.

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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