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March, 2009

    River View Motel                                                                         8th ANNUAL BARWON
                                                                                                 RIVER RODEO
                                                                                                                                  The committee has just finished their first
                                                                                                                                  ever brand new website! Check it out at
 On Saturday evening the                 The motel under went a $100,000
 Brewarrina Riverview Motel,             renovation and will employ a few
 which opened for business in mid        people.                                                                                  The committee has seen a great
 February, held a grand opening                                                                                                   response in sponsorship for this year’s
 for business owners and members         Mr Ratnam said the motel opened
                                                                                                                                  rodeo! Without our sponsors the rodeo
 of the community.                       in late February, and business so                                                        would not happen in Brewarrina, it is only
                                         far "has been very good. "We                                                             with the ongoing support of our sponsors
 The event showcased the newly           have been very busy every                                                                that we are able to run a professional
 repaired and refurbished building       weekend so far, and even though                                                          and successful rodeo. The committee
 that offers guests a host of            it's only March, we are still busy                                                       wishes to sincerely thank all of our
 amenities, ranging from tea             during the week as well. Most of                                                         sponsors for 2009.
 making facilities, TV’s &               our traffic has been from return
 refrigerators in each of it’s 12        guests and a lot of walk-ins.             The Barwon River Rodeo Committee has Watch this space for more exciting news
                                                                                   been working hard all year with          on the 8th Annual Barwon River Rodeo!
 rooms to an in-house laundry and
                                                                                   preparations for the 8th Annual Barwon
 meals provided on request.              All lodgings are available for long       River Rodeo to be held at the Brewarrina BARWON RIVER RODEO 2009
                                         and short term bookings and the           Showground on Easter Saturday 11th
 It is owned and operated by             motel is equally suitable for                                                                   SPONSORS
                                                                                   April 2009.
 Chandra Ratnam. Chandra also            private, corporate and government
 operates another motel in                                                                                                     The Barwon River Rodeo Committee
                                         bookings and will cater to each           With the time event and rough stock
                                                                                                                               wishes to sincerely thank all of our
 Wellington.                             sectors specific needs.                   organised, this years rodeo is set to be
                                                                                                                                sponsors for their continuing support
                                                                                   one of the most action packed and
 “We bought this motel for several                                                                                             and sponsorship for this year’s rodeo;
                                                                                   professional rodeos to date with some of
 reasons”, said Mr Ratnam. The                                                     the best bucking stock in Australia
 location of Brewarrina situated                                                                                                        Brewarrina RSL Club
                                                                                   Including Frank Biddle’s Bulls from
                                                                                                                                   Brewarrina Glass & Hardware
 on the Kamilaroi Highway being a                                                  Warwick and Peter & Tim Kennedy’s
                                                                                                                                  Mulga Creek Hotel/Motel Byrock
 direct route to the outback, also as                                              bucking horse of the year “Ride Tuff Dark
                                                                                                                                          Elders Brewarrina
 the start of the Darling River and                                                & Stormy” coming to put on a fantastic
                                                                                                                                      Brewarrina Cash & Carry
 the motels’ proximity to the                                                      show! Not to mention some of Australia’s
 aboriginal fish traps and beautiful                                               best cowgirls and cowboys who are
                                                                                                                                      Landmark Walsh Hughes
                                                                                   already making their travel arrangements
 river. We felt this was a very good                                                                                                  Tait Toyota Goondiwindi
                                                                                   to Brewarrina for the Rodeo, there are
 choice.                                                                                                                               Joblink Plus Tamworth
                                                                                   even competitors travelling from as far
                                                                                                                                        Regional Events Live
                                                                                   as, believe it or not, Western Australia!
 I would like to thank the people of                                                                                               Kelly’s Property Sales Walgett
 Brewarrina for there support and                                                                                                         Landmark Walgett
                                                                                   The gates open at 8.30am with the rodeo
 well wishes. A special thankyou to                                                                                                   Carter, Lindsay & Weber
                                                                                   action kicking off at 9.30am and the main
 the aboriginal community of                                                                                                               R.O Wright & Co.
                                           Cathy Finlayson—Bokhara Hutz, Wendy     event starting at 2pm featuring the crowd
                                                                                                                                        Wulf’s Service Station
 Brewarrina for assisting in the              Finlayson– Culhanes and Debbie       pleasing bull ride! There will be a BBQ
 clean up and painting of the               Dowell– Dowells Fuel all enjoyed the   and Bar running all day, and
                                                                                                                               Please help support the Barwon River
 premises. We are looking forward                       motel launch.              entertainment after the rodeo to finish off
                                                                                                                                Rodeo Committee by supporting our
 to doing business locally and                                                     a great day! Make sure you get there
                                                                                                                               sponsors! Thankyou!
 working closely with the Visitor                                                  early to save your front row seat for one
                                                                                   of the best rodeo’s on the ABCRA circuit!
 Information Centre.
                                                                                                                                      Barwon River Rodeo Committee
                                                                                   Don’t forget to hang on tight to your ticket
                                                                                   into the cash raffle for your chance to win
                                                                                                                                           Story Continued page 2
                                                                                   $1000 CASH! The cash raffle will be
                                                                                   drawn before the first round of the open
                                                                                   bull ride.

                                           Trudy Eastwood-Joblink Plus, Chandra

      Deputy Mayor Wulf Reichler
                                            Ratnam– River View Motel and Alana
                                                   Hardy—Joblink Plus
                                                                                             BARWON RIVER

                    L-R Chandra and Bev Ratnam with extended family
         COMING                                             Kristina Olsen to tour
         EVENTS                                                                                          also learn how to present it. We'll look at how to
                                                  Secure your place now with one                         build a set list, stage fright, humour on stage,
                                                  of the most entertaining and                           dealing with sound systems and how to prepare
          IMPORTANT                               compelling performers on the
                                                   international folk circuit-
                                                                                                         yourself so you are at your peak when you
            DATES                                 Kristina Olsen who is set to tour
                                                  Brewarrina on the 14th,15th and
                                                                                                          Beginning guitar:
                                                                                                         (Level 1) Start right! We’ll learn fun easy songs
    31st– March—Hairdresser Jade                  16th May.
                                                                                                         and work on not learning any bad habits that
                                                                                                         have be later be unlearned.
      Beetson for appointments call                                                                      Pushme Pullyou or The Physics of Partner
              0427148493                          Kristina is a fine instrumentalist (acoustic           Dance:
                                                   guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone,                                                                figure out the correct tempo for your band.
                                                                                                         (All Levels) Learn universal lead and follow tech-
       1st April– Hairdresser Jade                concertina and piano) as well as a powerful            niques so you can dance with anyone to any
                                                                                                                                                              The Engine of Swing:
                                                                                                                                                              (All Levels) Where does the energy come from in
      Beetson for appointments call               songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina has       music! This class is appropriate whether you are     swing dance? We’re going to take some basic
                                                  audiences around the world coming back for             a total beginner or an experienced partner
              0427148493                          more.                                                                                                       moves and break them down into detailed lead
                                                                                                         dancer. We will explore where the lead comes         and follow techniques as you use your partner’s
       3rd April —Farmers Market                  Her mix of strong songs in the                         from and how the follow can best react to the        momentum to make it easy and fun to swing
                                                  troubadour tradition, some jazz-inspired               signals from the lead and move as one body
  9thApril—School Breaks up—NSW                   sounds and powerful bottleneck blues (as well          instead of two separate ones. You do not need a
                                                                                                                                                              dance. No partner necessary, everyone will
                                                                                                                                                              have a partner!
10th April – Good Friday Bowls Day—               as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a             partner to come to class!! You just need a           Slide Guitar:
 held at the Culgoa Community Sports              diverse and satisfying musical experience, on          flexible mind and a desire to dance! This class        (Level 2-4) Come learn the seductive sound of
                                                  stage and on disc.                                     has been the surprise hit at swing camps in          the slide guitar! We'll focus mostly on blues and
 11th April – Easter Saturday- Barwon             Born in San Francisco and raised in                    Canada and the States.                               mostly on slide played in open tunings. Slide
              River Rodeo                         Haight-Asbury during the 1960's, Kristina's            Blues Singing:                                       guitar is a great class to take when your left hand
                                                                                                          (All Levels) Learn how to get a growl in your
       12th April– Easter Sunday                  approach to music and life was formed by that
                                                                                                         voice and how to use one of the most expressive
                                                                                                                                                              fingers are sore, no calluses needed! You don't
                                                  environment of vital cultural expression, social                                                            need any previous experience playing slide, but
       13th April– Easter Monday                  activism and diverse musical influences.               forms of singing. We’ll learn songs as well as       you do need fundamental knowledge of the
17th April – material Deadline for the                                                                   learn voice placement techniques to get a bluesy     guitar.
                                                                                                         rather then classical sound from the voice.          Blues Slide Repertoire (
            Brewarrina News                       She now calls Venice Beach, Los Angeles
                                                                                                         Arranging for Songwriters:
                                                  home but rarely sees it from touring ten                                                                    Level 3)This class is for people who already play
   23rd April– Bre News—available                 months a year.
                                                                                                         (Level 2-5) Many songwriters have lovely words       some slide, we'll be focusing on learning a bunch
                                                                                                         and melodies that are weakened by repetitive
  24th April Brewarrina Shire Council                                                                    humdrum arrangements. In this class we'll look
                                                                                                                                                              of new blues slide pieces that focus on different
                                                                                                                                                              slide techniques, such as right hand muting, left
     meeting (held at Weilmoringle)               Workshops will be made available to all                at ways to make your songs stand out and             hand muting and fretting behind the bar.
                                                  community members interested, followed                 sparkle. Oriented mainly for guitarists, but all
        25th April -ANZAC Day                     by two community performances                                                                               Advanced Slide Technique
                                                                                                         instruments are welcome.                             (Level 5) We’ll look at right hand muting in depth,
     27th– School Resumes—NSW                     concluding the workshops.                              Guitar Soloing for people with no clue:              and altered tunings. For students who have
                                                                                                         (Level 2-4) Do you freeze up when someone            already been playing slide guitar.
                                                  Please contact the Visitor Information                 says 'take it!' Do you have no clue how to go        Tone Production:
                                                  Centre on 0268035152 to nominate your                  from playing chords to playing single note           (Level 2-4) Let's look at how to make the guitar
                                                  interested workshop/s listed below.                    leads? Do you worry that your guitar playing         really sing, screech and howl. Often we focus on
      SAVE THE DATE                                                                                      friends will start to talk behind your back? Come
                                                                                                         to this class and learn how to dazzle those same
                                                                                                                                                              the left hand and forget completely about the

                                                           WORKSHOPS                                     nay sayers with your new skills. We'll start with
                                                                                                                                                              right hand, so we play all the right notes but they
                                                                                                                                                              don't sound great. We'll learn different pieces
          23RD MAY 2009                                   CONDUCTED BY                                   building a solo out of just a few notes in a safe
                                                                                                         and un-terrifying way with just enough theory to
                                                                                                                                                              with the focus on how the notes sound using lots
                                                                                                                                                              of different right hand techniques.
                                                          KRISTINA OLSEN                                 have some comprehension but not too much to
  EASTER FARMERS                                  Songwriting:
                                                                                                         Dance for Musicians:
                                                                                                         (All Levels) Learn universal lead and follow
     M ARKET                                       (all Levels) Give your song writing skills a
                                                  boost! We'll do fun creativity games, talk about
                                                                                                         techniques so you can dance with anyone to any
                                                                                                         music! Musicians are used to moving small
                                                  what makes a song strong and we'll do exercises
                                                                                                         muscle groups (fingers) with great precision,
    EVERYTHING CHOCOLATE                          to improve your skills on the different aspects of
                                                                                                         come to dance class and learn to move large
                                                  writing, lyrics, melody and rhythm. Be prepared
  FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 6.00pm                         for lots of assignments.
                                                                                                         muscle groups to the beat. Do you play dance
                                                                                                         music? A great way to really understand the
                                                                                                         driving rhythms and tempos of dance music is to
  Brewarrina Visitor Information and Cultural     (Level 2-5) Learn all the tricks to keep your audi-
                                                                                                         dance it. Never again play a lindy too fast or too
                    Centre,                       ence awake, alive and loving your music! Being
                                                                                                         slow for a dance. If you can dance it, you can
                                                  a great player is only half of the picture, you must
         Bathurst Street, Brewarrina

    This Farmers Market will be all about
   chocolate- Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny,                                        REGIONAL EVENTS LIVE SPONSOR
Chocolate Cakes, Muffins, Cookies, BBQ, Cold
                   Drinks                                                         2009 BARWON RIVER RODEO!
                                                  Continued from page 1                                                            purchase different sponsorship packages to cater for your
To book your chocolate stall call 02 6830 5152.                                                                                    events needs.
                                                  The Barwon River Rodeo Committee submitted an
                                                  application to Regional Events Live on 17th February 2009 for                    Check out the 8th Annual Barwon River Rodeo 2009
 Art and Crafts, second hand furniture,           an in-kind sponsorship program which helps to support and                        Brewarrina online at and
 fresh produce and much much more.                promote local and regional events and activities. On Friday                      click on featured events to find the Rodeo then click on more
   Come along to the Easter Farmers               20th February, the committee received a phone call from                          info and don’t forget to send an e-invite to all of your friends!
                                                  Clitie Murdoch at Regional Events Live to confirm that the
          Market and see what                     committee was successful with a Platinum in-kind
        Brewarrina has to offer.                  sponsorship program.

     OUT DOOR THEATRE–                            The Platinum sponsorship program includes a 350 word
                                                  article about our rodeo posted on Regional Events Live
    FREE SCREENING OF                             website, photos of the rodeo, sponsors logo’s, a rodeo
                                                  program and a flyer. Regional Events Live also included the
             HIGH                                 Barwon River Rodeo in their newsletter and we have the
                                                  option on the website to send email invitations to the 2009
           SCHOOL                                 Barwon River Rodeo! The 2009 Barwon River Rodeo has
                                                  been advertised on the Regional Events Live website since
           MUSICAL                                Monday 23rd February.

                3                                 Regional Events Live offer an in kind sponsorship programs
                                                  for successful applicants throughout the year to support and
                                                  help local and regional events by promoting and advertising
                                                  events such as the Barwon River Rodeo. You can also
                                                                                           THANKYOU                                                                                We now know why
 International Women’s Day                                                                BREWARRINA                                                                                    everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                  talks about the River

            2009.                                                              As we drove into Brewarrina in our mini bus, we
                                                                               gazed up at a billboard reading “Stop a while,
International women's day in               BREWARRINA’S                        you’ll be surprised” starring what you’d call the
Brewarrina was held in the Memorial WOMAN OF THE YEAR                          “typical Aussie bloke”. Little did we know that one
park in the main street, with women                                            week later we’d be sitting in the RSL with Marret,
from all walks of life coming together Congratulations to Margaret             and he and Thilini would be shaving their hair for
to celebrate being a woman and how Nicholls (Missy), who is the                The World’s Greatest Shave.
wonderful it is to be a woman.         2009 International women’s
                                       day woman of the year.                  As you’ve probably heard we’re the second of
Hosted by the following support                                                many groups to be travelling to Brewarrina from
organizations, AMS, Great Western      Margaret was a teachers Aid             Griffith University on the Gold Coast to work in the
Area Health Service and Brewarrina at the Brewarrina Central                   new dental clinic.
Shire Council, which made the day a School for many years before
success.                               becoming a teacher at                   So far we’ve been here for just over a week and
                                          Brewarrina Central School.           we could not have asked for a better reception.
Guest speaker Dianne Kelly spoke
about her life growing up on the river,                                        Whilst the majority of our time has been spent in
                                          Working while raising a family       the dental clinic, Belinda and Fran have allowed                                                             Payto and Jess doing
she made her first Jonny Cake at the      while obtaining a Bachelor of        us to experience another side of Brewarrina.                                                                   the shears dance
age of 8 yrs old, her children how        Education and her being away
important they are to her. She spoke                                           From playing cards at the RSL, to Tuesday trivia
                                          one week every month wasn't          at the Royal, we’ve had a true taste, or drink you
about her fantastic Christmas lights      easy for her or her family, but
display and how her family has won                                             might say, of the local watering holes. We’ve been
                                          with support from her family
an ward for most creative for the past                                         out to Toorang shearing shed and seen
                                          she managed to go to
three years. She has inspired women
                                          University and be a mum at
                                                                                Brewarrina’s shearing crew in action, not to           Paul Marrett, Boris Barker and Thilini –
of all ages to get up and have                                                 mention riding on the back of a ute and posing for         before the big chop on Saturday
                                          the same time. She plays a
 ago- that’s her motto.                                                        photos on a stationary motorbike –typical city
                                          huge role in the teachings of
                                          Aboriginal Language at               slickers.
Christine Smith along with Trish Frail
                                          Brewarrina Central School.                                                                                                                          Thil without hair
did a great job as MC, Christine                                               Saturday the 14th of March was the Leukaemia
Smith is a local Brewarrina woman                                              Foundations Shave for a Cure at the RSL. Thilini
                                          Margaret Grew up in
who has achieved so much through                                               was one of the brave participants who shaved her
                                          Brewarrina and has seen
Education, as she holds many                                                   gorgeous hair, and we’d like to thank everyone for
                                          many changes in the town and
degrees, masters and bachelors on
                                          Community.                           the great turn-out, support and donations. She
all different fields, her role now
                                                                               raised over $2000, with special thanks going to
however is the project manager for
                                          Her family is so proud of her.       the RSL and Cash and Carry who sponsored
safe houses in this region, she works
                                          Margaret’s niece Debbie              $500 each.                                                                                                 Trivia night at the Royal
with Ourgunya the women’s safe
                                          Nicholls spoke on her behalf                                                                    Jen – she even looks like a farm girl              meeting the locals
house here in Brewarrina. Most
                                          once she received the award          Our Sunday was spent bobbing down the beautiful
women on the day stood up and
                                          as Margaret was on a School          Barwon River, swimming, fishing and barbequing
spoke about their lives, as women,
                                          Excursion at the time the            courtesy of Max and Ocker (although they may
wives', mothers and friends .
                                          award was presented.                 not know about their contribution until after
Activities such as quiz games were                                             reading this) and the State Emergency Service.
played with prizes being vouchers for                                          Our thanks goes out to our captains, Unc,
haircuts, massages and nice gift bags                                          Swampy and Marett, and our tour guide Bee and
full of women’s accessories.                                                   all the locals who turned up to make our day so
Well done to all involved in the
organisation.                                                                  The welcome and warmth that we have received
                                                                               from the community of Brewarrina has been
                                                                               overwhelming and we’re all in agreement that we
                                                                               have so far had a truly amazing and insightful
                                           Debbie Nicholls with her daughter                 THANK YOU
                                                   Dakota Gordon.
                                                                                            BREWARRINA!!!                                    Our visit to Toorang – thank you Sue and Gerard and the Shearing

               Environmental                                                                                    $200,000 FOR
            Rebates Cut-Off Date                                                                             BREWARRINA LEVEE
                 Extended                                                                                        UPGRADES
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has                  the $300 NSW insulation rebate will end on
welcomed a New South Wales State                        30 June 2009. That money will instead be       Federal Member for             upgraded and maintained              The Natural Disaster
Government announcement to extend the                   spent on insulation for properties that are    Calare, John Cobb, has         to ensure the safety of              Mitigation Program
cut off date until 2011 for solar hot water             not covered by the rebate announced by         welcomed funding of            people, property and the             identifies and addresses
system and rainwater tank rebates.                      the Federal Government, including public       $200,000 to Brewarrina         economies of the towns               natural disaster risk
                                                        housing.                                       Shire Council to upgrade       which rely on them.                  priorities across the
                                                                                                       the local levee system.                                             nation.
Mr Humphries said the cash back scheme,                 “The $150 rebate for 4.5 star washing
in place since 2007, was due to end at 30                                                                                             “During the 12 year term
                                                        machines remains unchanged. It will still be
June 2009, but the State Government had                 available until 30 June 2010.”                 The funding was provided       of the Coalition                     Funds are available for a
accepted a recommendation from the                                                                     under the Natural              government, thousands                range of measures that
Commonwealth Government to leave it in                                                                 Disaster Mitigation            of communities                        contribute to safer,
place.                                                  Solar/gas hot water rebate scheme              Program to assist in the       throughout Australia were            sustainable communities
                                                        information and application forms and          protection of the              able to Implement capital            making them better able
”Through State and Federal rebates,                     information on the water tank rebate           community from the             works as well as                     to withstand the effects of
consumers can now claim up to $2,800 for                scheme and application forms can be            threat of flooding.            prepared emergency                   natural disasters.
climate friendly hot water systems and                  obtained by visiting                                                          management plans for
$2,000 for rainwater tanks,” he said. “This   
                                                                                                       “By upgrading                  their communities through            More information on the
extension, announced on February 20, will               ccfhws.htm, phoning 1300 361 967 or
                                                        emailing        Brewarrina’s levees, the       this extremely worthwhile            Natural Disaster
provide an even greater incentive for NSW                                                              threat of flooding in local    program.                              Mitigation Program is
householders to improve water and energy                                                               homes and businesses                                                available by visiting the
efficiency.                                       A Federal Grant is also available from the           can be minimised,” Mr                                               Emergency Management
                                                  Water for the Future plan. Information is            Cobb said.                                                          Australia website at
“A change to the NSW insulation rebate has available at                                                                                  
also been made, with the Federal                  water/programs/nrgi/index.html
                                                                                                       “It is essential that our
Government’s insulation rebate covering
                                                                                                        levees are properly
the entire cost of installing ceiling insulation,
                                                                 BREWARRINA SHIRE COUNCIL
                                                                                Bathurst Street Brewarrina , Ph: 02 6830 5106

                                                                 government finance is complex and years of experience
                                                                 and training is needed to develop the skills to enable
                                                                                                                                 Tourism Conference
                                                                 provision of detailed reports for a diverse range of activities This year the Country link Outback 2009 Tourism rd
      Organisational                                             and functions, including comprehensive financial
                                                                 statements, budgets and reviews.
                                                                                                                                 Symposium will be held in Wentworth on Monday 23
                                                                                                                                 March & Tuesday 24th, followed by the launch of the
                                                                                                                                 Darling River Run project on Wednesday 25th at Menindee.
    Restructure – sorting                                        Ultimately, the goal of the restructure is to encourage
                                                                                                                                 As with last year’s symposium it will provide great
    out the fact from the                                        capacity building within the local community.
                                                                                                                                 opportunities to meet other industry businesses, key
                                                                                                                                 tourism contacts and state/federal tourism bodies.
                                                            A further consultative process, including one-on-one
                                                            interviews with the General Manager, is to be carried out
                                                            with all employees affected by changes to positions. The             A delegation consisting of the Tourism Officer, Economic
                                                                                                                                 Development Officer and Tourism & Economic
As some residents may be aware, the town has been agog United Services Union (USU) will be involved and has                      Development Manager will be in attendance.
with information, or misinformation, concerning Council’s   viewed the new structure. Most re-vamped roles will be
proposed new organisational structure.                      advertised internally. The LGSA, however, will advertise
                                                            the Assistant General Manager position.                              Darling River Run
Councils are required, by law, to adopt an organisational
structure within 12 months of an ordinary council election. The final organisational structure will be included in the
The structure diagram includes positions needed by          “Brewarrina News” after it has been adopted by the
council to allow it to competently carry out its many and   Council. This is expected to happen at Council’s April
diverse activities.                                         ordinary meeting.

The Local Government and Shires Association’s (LGSA)        In the meantime the proposed structure may be viewed at
“Employment Solutions” division undertook a review and      Council’s offices or on its web site.
included its findings in a comprehensive report. Key issues
identified include needed improvement in the way Council
employees communicate with each other and the broader                        Tourism News
public. Also identified was the need to work as one
cohesive and respectful team, for the benefit of the
                                                                     Fish Sculptures selected
                                                            The Visitor Information Centre will soon be adding a series
                                                            of sculptures to the centres main entrance after a prototype
It is considered that the new structure, adopted by         of the sculpture was presented and approved at the
councillors, 9-0, on Monday 16 March, reflects the wishes Tourism & Economic Development committee last week.
of many staff, a number of whom reported some
dissatisfaction with the way management currently           The dimensions of the steel sculpture are approximately 18
operates and has operated. Most staff had input into the    metres long by 3.5 metres high and the fish range in size
process via group or individual interviews. All had the     of up to 1.5 metres long.
opportunity and were urged to complete and submit
comprehensive questionnaires (climate surveys) that         The sculpture will serve both as a reminder of the
 allowed them to express their opinions. All survey         importance of our river system and will help to attract
comments, including negative comments, were included in visitors to the centre highlighting Brewarrina’s assets.
the report.
                                                                 The sculptures are scheduled to be installed before the
The changed structure allows for an increased number of          end of June 2009 and an additional sculptures are now
positions. It also allows the development of local talent to     being developed into community consultation for further
fill positions, rather than having to rely upon people (like     installation of sculptures in and around the community.
the General Manager) who “come from the coast” – or              See Community Consultation article on page 6
elsewhere. It allows both flexibility and scope for                                                                              If you have not already picked up a copy of the Open Road
advancement.                                                                                                                     Magazine then do so as the Darling River Run has a
                                                                 Cartoscope                                                      double page spread about the river and its towns along it.
Some existing positions were adjusted and realigned to           We have just completed in conjunction with Cartoscope a
provide career paths for staff to progress through the           “free” to user tourist map covering the Outback NSW             We play a very active role on the Darling River Run project
organisation. Two former director positions are scrapped          region. The map includes a regional map and 13 town            committee and for those of you who are not aware the
and replaced by one Assistant General Manager with               maps. Each town map has been road checked to confirm            Darling River Run is a tourism development and
engineering qualifications. One of the two senior positions      road status, road names, tourist information and any other      marketing project funded by the Australian Government in
referred to is currently vacant and therefore will not result    information pertinent to travellers e.g. service stations,      partnership with the community and tourism industry.
in a direct job loss.                                            hospitals, dump points.
                                                                                                                                 The project includes interpretive signs that have been
At least four new positions are created, including three         The map will be officially launched at the Outback Tourism      constructed along the touring route in conjunction with an
part-time. It is envisaged, however, that at least two other     Symposium at Wentworth on the 23rd March. These maps            extensive marketing campaign. The project has been
full-time positions may be added. One position will replace      and many other shire maps are now available “free” at the       managed through Outback NSW in collaboration with the
a contractor’s role. The overall result is that all bar one      Brewarrina Visitor Information Centre.                          Shire Councils, Tourism NSW and the National Parks &
existing senior manager can be accommodated in the                                                                               Wildlife service.
                                                                 Outback Arts
                                                                 There was no response to the nominations called through         Some of these interpretive signs have recently been
The three existing subordinate engineering positions are                                                                         relocated along Bathurst Street one in front of the Shire
converted to line manager positions reporting directly to        last months newspaper for a representative to sit on the
                                                                 Outback Arts board so at the last tourism meeting it was        Council and the other in the park in a bid to lesson the
the Assistant General Manager. The consultants have                                                                              amount of vandalism to them. If you see anyone trying to
recommended that staff rotate through each of the three          nominated that the economic development officer take on
                                                                 the role of Council’s delegate until a replacement can be       vandalise these signs could you please report it to the
positions in order to gain wide experience in various                                                                            local police.
aspects of engineering. Initially these positions will be        found.
advertised internally. It is expected that, in the future, one
or more of our present engineering staff will be trained up      Surf Boat Classic & Festival
and be eligible to fill the Assistant GM position. It is
intended that the GM role may also ultimately be filled from     Fisheries                                                                 RTA/ CENTRELINK HOURS
                                                                 The Visitor Information Centre is looking to revitalise the
within our own ranks.
                                                                 Outback Surfboat Classic and perhaps combine it with the                       9AM– 12.30OPM
There is a focus on developing talent so that council has a      Festival of the Fisheries in 2010 turning it into a week long
succession plan for replacing staff approaching retirement       event.                                                                           (OPERATING FROM THE
age.                                                             If anyone is interested in the proposed event could you                          BREWARRINA LIBRARY)
                                                                 please contact the office for further information on
                                                                 02 6830 5152.                                                                  LIBRARY OPERATING HOURS
The Rural Supervisor position is replaced by two
                                                                                                                                                      1PM– 4.30PM
supervisors - one of which can be filled by the current
supervisor. This is achieved by splitting the road crews into
two groups: “construction” and “maintenance”. This                                                                                                 For further Details
reorganisation allows the development of an additional                                                                                               02 6839 2106
leadership role, supported by the consultants is the
provision of an assistant accountant traineeship role. Local
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                                                                               Following the meeting and the annual election of office bearers, the        Council has not yet been advised whether its joint application
              Annual Western                                                   revised Western Division presidency comprises Cr Ray Longfellow             with the Brewarrina Business Centre for $2m Commonwealth
           Division Conference –                                               (Central Darling), President, with Vice Presidents Crs. Ray Donald
                                                                               (Bogan Shire), Lilliane Brady (Cobar) and (Brewarrina’s) Wulf Reichler
                                                                                                                                                           funding, to be put towards the town beautification project, has
                                                                                                                                                           been approved. Approval has been received, however, to
                  Balranald.                                                   Balranald an interesting destination with a lot to offer and well worth a
                                                                                                                                                           commence work on its proposed skate and bike park and also
                                                                                                                                                           for streetscape works to be undertaken in the vicinity of the post
                                                                               visit, hosted a great event. Delegates appreciated the welcome, the         office.
                                                                               excellent treatment and well organised and catered functions.
                                                                                                                                                           Brewarrina’s dental project is off to a flying start. We welcome
                                                                                                                                                           our second group of eight great dental students – the crème of
                                                                               The next meeting of all the member councils of the Local government and
                                                                                                                                                           the crop - and their supervisors and support staff to our town
                                                                               Shires Association will be held, in Sydney, in June, whilst the next annual and thank the first contingent for a job well done. They set the
                                                                                meeting of the Western Division will be held in Bourke early next year. example and were well received and appreciated by the
                                                                                                                                                           community. Goodooga residents will be making appointments,
                                                                                                                                                           with one Goodooga Working Party meeting attendee remarking
                                                                                                                                                           that he has been on a waiting list, elsewhere, for three years!
                                                                                                                                                           The mayor was able to reassure him that appointments are
                                                                                                                                                           currently readily available in Brewarrina. The official opening
                                                                                                                                                           ceremony is scheduled for April 29th. We again acknowledge
The member councils of the Western Division of the Local Government                                                                                        and thank the Commonwealth Government’s Department of
and Shires Association met in Balranald in southern NSW between,                                                                                           Health and Ageing for funding the building upgrade.
1st -3rd March, to discuss issues common to the western region.
                                                                                                                                                           We are happy to report that our Town Supervisor, Alf Fazldeen
The Hon Barbara Perry, MP. Minister for Local Government Minister                                                                                          will be back in town after some hospital visits and look forward
Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health) attended and provided                                                                                    to having him back on deck.
the opening address. Ms Perry was followed by several keynote speakers
including the Hon Kevin Humphries, MP, Member for Barwon.                                                                                                  Hilary Hertslett, our Rates Clerk, is replacing Alf on the sick list,
                                                                                                                                                           however, having broken her right arm. We extend our best
                                                                                                                                                           wishes, Hilary, for a speedy recovery.
As predicted last month, one of the discussion topics was the very survival
of the Division as a political force as Mayor Lilliane Brady, (Cobar Shire),   GENERAL MANAGERS                                                            We congratulate recent addition to staff, Michelle Back, on the
moved that it be disbanded.

Mayor Brady said that the Division had been underperforming in recent
                                                                                    REPORT                                                                 safe arrival of baby Alex earlier this week.

                                                                                                                                                           We also congratulate Emma Crowley on her new appointment
years. Where the Division had once commanded the respect and attention                           From My Desk, March 2009
                                                                                                                                                           with the Department of Community Services and thank her for
of Governments, ministers were now scarce on the ground. Ministers                                                                                         her work in her role as Council’s Human Resources Officer.
generally did not attend Western Division conferences, as in the past,         What an interesting past few weeks with Council’s proposed
                                                                                                                                                           Emma will be with us until the Easter weekend.
when even the Premier attended, along with a number of other ministers.        new organisational structure apparently being this month’s hot
Member councils had also been able to regularly visit ministers in their       topic of conversation, at least in Brewarrina. A summary of its
                                                                                                                                                           This month’s edition of the News has been expanded to allow
offices but, recently, access has been limited. The division, it was           major ramifications is included elsewhere in this paper.
                                                                                                                                                           additional reports including a further report on our Australia Day
proposed, had lost its clout.                                                                                                                              celebrations that didn’t make it into last month’s paper.
                                                                             Various councillors and I have recently covered a lot of ground
                                                                             in our quest to meet with and hear government ministers and
At a special meeting of Division members held in Sydney last July, it was members of parliament, including our local member for Barwon, A reminder that Council’ Ordinary meeting – open to the
said that one of the contributing factors to the decline of the Division was the Hon. Kevin Humphries, MP.                                   public - is held on the fourth Friday of the month. This month’s
that Council General Managers’ workloads had increased. This meant that                                                                      meeting is to be held at Brewarrina, in the Bathurst Street
GMs no longer had the time to research and prepare submissions to                                                                            chambers, on 27th, commencing at 9am.
                                                                             The Mayor and I travelled to Bourke to attend a joint meeting
government or to undertake the numerous tasks involved in running the                                                                        Council’s April meeting will be held at Weilmoringle,
                                                                             between Bourke, Paroo and Brewarrina Shires and Federal
division. A solution then proposed, was that the division should appoint a Minister for Climate Change and Water, the Hon. Penny Wong, commencing at 9am. Representatives of Lion Nathan, an
Chief Executive Officer, (CEO), who would take on the workload. Mayors to discuss water buy-back and other issues. We thank Bourke           Australasian premium alcoholic beverages company with
                                                                                                                                             operations in Australia and New Zealand, will attend the
and General Managers agreed, and took the matter back to individual          Shire for its hospitality.
councils for discussion.
                                                                               The Deputy Mayor, Wulf Reichler and I attended a forum on
                                                                                                                                                Council committee meetings will be held on the second
Subsequently, some member Councils advised, at a further meeting held          water and sewer issues, held at Coonamble where we later
                                                                                                                                                Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, between 10 am and 12
in Cobar, of their reluctance to each contribute $9,000 to support the         met, (very briefly), the Hon. Phillip Costa, Minister for Water,
                                                                                                                                                noon in the Brewarrina Council chambers. All are visitors
proposal, as they were already contributing to support CEO positions in        and Minister for Regional Development to learn more about the
Regional Organisations of Councils (ROC). These ROCs were achieving            government’s proposal to form councils into strategic alliances
– in some instances – very good outcomes for councils. Those councils          in an attempt to achieve better service delivery outcomes
did not, therefore, want to pay for another CEO, especially when there         across the State. The report currently proposes that Brewarrina,
might be duplication of effort, with CEOs from ROCs and the Western            Bourke and Central Darling Shire form a strategic alliance and
Division potentially preparing submissions on the same topics and issues.      partner with Country Water situated at Broken Hill. This move is
                                                                               being resisted and your Council is looking at a possible option
                                                                               to join, along with Bourke Shire, the Lower Macquarie Water
Arguments put forth in support of the retention of the Western Division
                                                                               Alliance. More about that next month!
were that there was strength in numbers and more support from
Governments could potentially be gained by providing a united front than       The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors Wason and Barker and I
by lobbying in smaller groups. The conference was reminded that the            made the 1612km round trip to Balranald, at the beginning of
Division covers 50% of the land area of NSW and is an important                March, to attend the Western Division Shires Association
economic region. This fact has been recognised, by the appointment, by         Conference. Meanwhile, Councillor Geddes attended a meeting
the State opposition parties, of a Shadow Minister for the Far West, with      on Water issues, held at Goondiwindi. Federal Senator and
the potential Minister being the Hon Kevin Humphries, Member for               Minister, Penny Wong, also addressed that meeting.
Barwon, in the event there is a change of government. This shadow
ministry decision may well have been based upon the Western Division’s         The Mayor and I attended the Goodooga Community Working
request, following last July’s meeting, that the State Government be           Party Meeting on Tuesday 17th and were also present for the
requested to appoint a Minister for the Far West.                              delivery of the long-awaited independent reviewers’ report on
                                                                               the fate of the Goodooga Health Service.
The cost issue was discussed. Brewarrina’s General Manager said that
Councils should consider costs incurred to support CEOs as potential           I have included a separate articles on the outcomes of the
investments. Money invested into ROCs paid dividends by saving councils        Balranald meeting and have also provided a brief report in
money by bulk purchasing of goods and services. Money saved through            relation to community consultation that is to take place during
these associations could be applied towards funding the cost of a Western      April – May that will allow council to develop its long-term
Division CEO. That further investment could also pay dividends in terms        community strategic plan.
of positive outcomes for the west through attracting additional government
                                                                               Speaking of Goodooga, the council has recently partnered with
                                                                               the Goodooga CDEP (Community Development Employment
                                                                               Program) and Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation to
Ultimately the division survived, as conference delegates resolved to          complete a number of small community projects including ‘My
compromise. A part-time CEO is to be appointed for the Western Division        Bokhara’ and maintenance works on the golf course, tennis
with each council’s contribution reduced to $1,000 per annum instead of        courts and the sporting ground. Currently the community is
the anticipated $9,000. If successful, the position can be extended and        upgrading the Doreen Peter Park and is scheduling a variety of
expanded. Some councils are adamant that the CEO must be a western             community activities for a very big Easter weekend including a
resident who understands the political process and is thoroughly familiar      reunion and various sporting events.
with western issues.
                                                            BREWARRINA SHIRE COUNCIL
                                                                               Bathurst Street Brewarrina , Ph: 02 6830 5106

     Brewarrina Shire Council                              Youth Centre                    the 21st March 2009 at the                   Brewarrina Shire Council
                                                                                           Community Centre.
        Notice of Public                                                                                                                Community Consultation
                                                              News                         International Women’s Day:                      ‘Fish Sculptures’
            Meetings                                                                       We held a art competition with the
                                                         Youth Centre Hours: young girls to design a logo for
Council is scheduled to meet, commencing at 9am,
                                                             Monday – Friday               International Women’s Day, we         At the last meeting of the Brewarrina Shire Council Tourism
in the Brewarrina Shire Council Chambers on the                                            received 12 entries, all of high      and Heritage meeting an idea for a community project to
following dates:                                                  4pm – 8pm                standard and we had a had time        develop a unified community symbol was presented. The
                         2009                                                              choosing one winner. . We had         objective of the symbol is to develop an identity or persona
           Friday 24 April (at Weilmoringle)           Staff:                              two winners who were Shinee
                    Friday 22 May                                                                                                that is accepted, respected and adopted by the majority of
                                                       The staff have attended training at Hammond age 13 and Charlotte          our community. The adopted symbol could be re-created
                    Friday 26 June
                                                       the TAFE for their Youth Worker     Boney age 12, congratulations to      through various art mediums, developed by artists and
                    Friday 24 July
                   Friday 28 August                    Certificate and attended training   our winners and thanks to all of      community members and used to promote Brewarrina across
                Friday 25 September                    for 3 days at Lighting Ridge with   our entrees.                          the region.
                                                       the NSW Health Education Centre
Brewarrina Shire Council Internal Committees           Against Violence the course was     Teenage Parents Room:                 An example of a similar successful project was the
Technical Services Committee meetings commence         ‘Skills in child protection for     The Parents room is open Friday       development of the ‘Gular’ by the Gulargambone
at 10am in the Brewarrina Shire Council Chambers on    Aboriginal workers’ Barry had       morning 10am – 12pm. Drop in          Progress Committee, 2828. Community consultation was
the following dates. Meeting dates:                    special approval to attend and all for a coffee and a yarn.
                          2009                                                                                                   undertaken in Gulargambone, ideas shared, discussions had
                                                       the staff said it was fantastic and                                       and compromises made and finally the community of
                     Tuesday 7 April
                                                       they learnt a lot. Morris and       School holidays:                       Gulargambone created a community symbol that is now
                     Tuesday 5 May
                     Tuesday 9 June                    Danielle have been assisting the    Time sneaks away on us, our           widely identifiable through out Australia. The community of
                     Tuesday 7 July                    staff of Circus Skills              Easter Holidays are nearly upon        Gulargambone has received positive publicity that money
                  Tuesday 11 August                                                        us 9th April – 28th April 2009. We    could not buy and the cost benefits to the community are a
                 Tuesday 8 September                   Outreach:                           will be organising a Yarn Up camp,    hundred fold on the initial implementation costs of the project.
                                                       We have commenced our               art and craft and various other
Committee Delegates: - Mayor Matthew Slack Smith,      Outreach visits to Weilmoringle,    programs.                             An initial ‘fish’ concept was presented at the Tourism and
Deputy-Mayor Wulf Reichler , Councillor Angus          which we love and we know that
Geddes, Councillor Mark Brown , Councillor Wayne                                                                                 Heritage Meeting as a starting point and it was decided that
                                                       the kids appreciate our coming out Youth Week:                            community feedback, contribution and ownership would be
Neale, Councillor John Burke
                                                       there.                              Youth Week is held 28th March –       necessary for this project to be successful.
Tourism Development & Heritage Committee                                                   5th April 2009 we will be working
meetings commence at 11am in the Brewarrina Shire      Disco:                              with Rick Black in organising vari-   An email was sent to members of the community by the
Council Chambers on the following dates.               We held an Under 7’s disco on Sat ous programs for the week.              Economic Development Officer (EDO) to e-mail addresses
              Meeting dates: 2009                      7 March between 5.30 – 7pm and                                            on the Council EDO database seeking community feedback
                  Tuesday 7 April                      over 8’s 7.30pm – 11.30. We will                                          and ideas. To date nine community members have replied in
                  Tuesday 5 May                        be holding a Blue Light Disco on                                          writing with mixed reactions.
                 Tuesday 9 June
                  Tuesday 7 July
               Tuesday 11 August                                                                                                 Initial feedback indicates that the community would like to see
              Tuesday 8 September                                                                                                a symbol of some description, is natural, native and neutral,
                                                                                                                                 uses community workshops to get all members of our
Committee Delegates: Mayor Matthew Slack-Smith ,                                                                                 community involved and creates a positive image for
Deputy-Mayor Wulf Reichler, Councillor Angus                                                                                     Brewarrina.
Geddes, Councillor Wayne Neale, Councillor Jeanette
Barker                                                                                                                           Feedback also suggests that we consider alternative symbols
                                                                                                                                 other than the fish, don’t use corrugated iron as it will look too
Finance Committee meetings commence at 10am in
the Brewarrina Shire Council Chambers on the                                                                                     much like Gulargambone and don’t paint murals as the paint
 following dates.                                                                                                                peels and murals tend to date. Other shared concerns in
                  Meeting dates: 2009                                                                                            going ahead with the project were vandalism, continuity of
                Wednesday 8 April 2009                                                                                           designs and cost involved.
                Wednesday 6 May 2009
               Wednesday 10 June 2009                                                                                            There are endless ways as a community we could develop
                Wednesday 8 July 2009
              Wednesday 12 August 2009
             Wednesday 9 September 2009
                                                                         CLEAN UP                                                this concept and members of the community are encouraged
                                                                                                                                 to share ideas by e-mail to

Committee Delegates: All Councillors Youth Sport &
Recreation Committee meetings commence at 11am
                                                                         AUSTRALIA                                                        The idea of ‘fish’ for Brewarrina could
in the Brewarrina Shire Council Chambers on the fol-
lowing dates. Meeting dates: 2009                                           2009                                                 • Community murals throughout Brewarrina (both indigenous
               Wednesday 11 February
                                                                                                                                 art and contemporary)
                  Wednesday 8 April                                                         Weir Park is adjacent to             • Fish sculptures made out of recycled materials
                 Wednesday 10 June                     The 1st March 2009 was               this significant heritage
                Wednesday 12 August                                                                                              • Fish paving and concrete sculptures
                                                       Clean Up Australia Day               area and 15 large bags of
Committee Delegates: Mayor Matthew                     and Brewarrina                       rubbish were cleaned up              There are endless ways for the community to get involved –
Slack-Smith , Councillor Jeanette Barker, Councillor   participated in this                 and collected.                       community workshops, school activities, volunteering, raising
Angelo Pippos, Councillor Wayne Neale                  important community                  90% consisted of bottles             funds to pay professional artists, community working bees
                                                       event.                               and the rest were cans .             etc.
        These meeting dates are also on the
           website:                   Eight volunteers turned up           Again, a big thank you to            Additionally expressions of interest are sought from
                                                       at the clean up site, Weir           our clean up warriors,               individuals who represent a cross section of the community
                                                       Park, adjacent to                    Beth Beatty, Roland and              and are interested in forming a steering committee to develop
Any changes to the above dates and venues will be      Brewarrina’s world famous                                                 this project further. All members of the community are
                                                                                            Charlie Beatty, Darren
advised in this newspaper and on radio 2WEB. All                                                                                 encouraged to become involved including indigenous,
residents and Interested persons are welcome to        fish traps. The Fish Traps           Frail, Lionel Leigo, John            non-indigenous, children, artists and anyone who is interested
attend.                                                were National Heritage               Keenan, Derek Tattersall             in Brewarrina.
                                       Glenda Tasker   listed on 3rd June 2005 and          and Francois Van der
                                    General Manager    are considered to be                 Berg.                                If this sounds like you please contact Brewarrina Shire
                                                       40, 000 years old.                                                        Council Economic Development Officer on 02 6830 5100
                                                                                                                                 or on e-mail at

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                                                                                                                                                              The Club would like to thank the sponsors for
                                                                                                           BREWARRINA Races
                         BREWARRINA SHIRE                                                                                                                     making this day possible.

                          COUNCIL UPDATE                                                                      23 MAY 2009
                                                                                                                                                              So don your good clobber, grab the family and
                                                                                                                                                              come out for a good day’s racing in the West.

                  Bathurst Street Brewarrina , Ph: 02 6830 5106                                                                                                    Racing at Brewarrina where everyone is a
                                                         The Brewarrina Jockey Club Inc. will be holding the                             winner!!!
                                                                                                 Annual Patron’s Cup Meeting on Saturday 23 May
                                                                                                 2009. The Club will have a six-race programme with
                                                   the General Manager that he has               prize money of $25,000.
                  BREWARRINA                       happy memories of the Shire and
                SHIRE COUNCIL                      commented that when he left
                                                                                                 The six (6)-race programme is:
                                                   Warringah a few years ago, he
              MANAGEMENT PLAN                      regretted that his leaving would result       Patron Cup Open Handicap 1200m for $5,000
               2009/10 - 2013/14.                  in the severing of his tie with this Shire.
                                                                                                 Rating 62 Handicap 900m for $4,000
                                                   Not only is Mr Blackadder keen to visit,
 Brewarrina Shire Council is in the process of     he has also offered Council a very
                                                                                                 Rating 57 Handicap 1200m for $4,000
compiling their Management Plan for the period good deal because of his past and
2009/2010- 2013/2014. This plan is Council’s       positive association.                         Rating 57 Handicap 1600m for $4,000
key document that guides the future of the
Shire. It details the many activities and goals    The model that Mr Blackadder will use         Maiden Handicap 1000m for $4,000
that Council has identified, in conjunction with   will ensure that the plan will have a
the community, that are required to be achieved minimum life of ten years. He believes           Maiden Plate 1200m for $4,000
in the Shire, and the progress that is being       that it will be of considerable benefit to
made in completing these activities and goals. our community and be consistent and
                                                   compliant with upcoming legislation.          The Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting
If you have any issues or concerns in the          Information will be sought from external      on the Sunday 22nd March at the Brewarrina RSL Club
community, which you would like to be              and community stakeholders, including         commencing at 11:30am, all members and interested
                                                                                                 persons are invited to attend.
considered in the Management Plan, please          council staff and councillors, social
contact BREWARRINA SHIRE COUNCIL at                Institutions, health and medical groups,      The crowd will have access to bar and facilities,
68305100 or 68305109( John Keenan-Group            youth, young mothers club, Youth              bookmakers on course, TAB oncourse, SES
Manager Corporate and Community Services) Centre, Schools, Indigenous                            Barbeque, St Patrick’s afternoon tea, good racing and
It is the intention of Council to contact the main community including the Ngemba                good social interaction
Community groups in the Shire over the next        Working Party, and the Aboriginal Land
two weeks to obtain their inputs to the Plan. A Council, aged community, sporting
copy of the 2008/2009-2012/2013 Management groups, local businesses and farmers.
Plan is on the Council website                     Every Shire village will be visited.                                                 “This presentation is not helpful to or can be obtained at the                                                                                           the community” and “In my
Council offices at 57 Bathurst Street,             Following the consultation process, Mr                                                personal opinion, the wrong
Brewarrina.                                        Blackadder will meet with the council to                                             organization has been reviewed.”
                                                   enable the process for developing the
                                                                                                                                      Professor Houston stated that
 The deadline for submissions on the Plan is 1st plan to be clearly outlined. Finally and                                             many types of issues that had been
May 2009, in order for a draft Management Plan after the draft plan has been adopted                                                  dealt with by the health service in
to be completed and submitted to the monthly       by the Council, it will be put on public                                           the past had not been of an
Council meeting on 22th May 2009.This draft        exhibition and submissions will be                                                 emergency nature. In response, the
                                                                                                                                                                               funds to help improve health
Plan will be placed on public exhibition for a     accepted and considered.                       Goodooga Health                     community provided examples that
                                                                                                                                                                               outcomes for Goodooga.
period of 28days( 23rd May 2009- 19th June                                                                                            clearly demonstrated that lives had
2009.) All residents of the Shire will have the    Community members are urged to                 Service Survives                    been saved because the service
                                                                                                                                                                               Then came the confirming
opportunity to comment on the Plan whilst it is    participate in the consultation process                                            was available. Also, they said,
                                                                                                                                                                               statement that everyone had been
on public exhibition. A public meeting on the      and will be advised further when Mr           After an anxious and extended wait, community members do not have
                                                                                                                                      the expertise to always distinguish      waiting to hear: “This review does
draft Plan will be held at 5.00pm on 1st May       Blackadder’s consultation schedule is         members of the Goodooga
                                                                                                                                                                               not recommend the closure of the
2009 at the Council Chambers, prior to the final available.                                      community met at the bowling club when they should and should not
                                                                                                                                                                               Goodooga Health Service”,
                                                                                                 on Tuesday 17th March to hear the attend the service.
Plan being adopted by Council on 26th June                                                                                                                                     followed by proposed health service
2009.                                               POSITIONS VACANT                             long awaited and overdue report
                                                                                                 that would inform them whether the The Professor then presented
                                                    BREWARRINA SHIRE                             action by the Greater Western Area statistics that he said showed that
                                                                                                                                                                               1 Nurse practitioner
                    Section 94 A -                      COUNCIL                                  Health Service (GWAHS), last July, the greater percentage of
                                                                                                 to severely downgrade the service emergency presentations by triage
                                                                                                                                                                               1 Registered Nurse
                    Development                   The Brewarrina Shire Council currently         was supported by independent         at the health service, outside of        3 Assistants in Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                               2 Aboriginal health workers
                                                  has the following positions vacant:            consultants, engaged to undertake normal working hours, between
                    Contributions                                                                the review.                          July 2006 and June 2007, were for        1 part time handy man
                                                                                                                                      issues that could have and should
                        Plan                           •Human Resources                          Professor Shane Houston and his      have been deferred until the next        It also appears the continuation of
                                                                                                                                                                               the ambulance service is
                                                               Officer                           associate, Mr. Braiden Abala,        day.
                                                                                                                                                                               supported. Mayor Slack-Smith
Brewarrina Shire Council resolved at its                                                         presented their findings to the
                                                            • Labourer                                                                He provided a list of conditions for     asked GWAHS whether it
February 2009 council meeting to adopt the                                                       assembled residents, Council
                                                                                                                                                                               supported the retention of the
draft section 94 A development contributions              • Truck Driver                         representatives Mayor Matthew        which emergency treatment should
                                                                                                                                                                               existing service and the ambulance,
                                                                                                 Slack-Smith and General              not be sought but that could wait
plan as exhibited during December 2008 and              • Plant Mechanic                                                                                                       in principle, and received a “yes”.
                                                                                                 Manager, Glenda Tasker, Di Holz,     until the general practitioner was
January 2009.                                                                                                                                                                  This response was then qualified,
                                                     • Youth Worker Casual                       Goodooga Community Facilitator,      available the next day.
                                                                                                                                                                               because of cost factors and issues
                                                                                                 Margot Anderson of the NSW
The sec 94 A development contributions plan                   Position                           Outback Division of General          The Professor then informed of           related to qualifications to drive the
will be in force from 1 April 2009.                                                                                                   proposed changes to the service          ambulance. GWAHS also
                                                                                                 Practice and representatives from
                                                  All conditions of employment are in                                                 operation                                foreshadowed that there could be
                                                                                                 University of NSW who will assist
                                                                                                                                                                               issues in recruiting suitable staff.
This development contributions plan applies to    accordance with the Local                      the community .to provide            ο The Goodooga Health Service
applications for development consent and          Government (State) Award.                      responses to the report.             would provide emergency services         The meeting, that went for over
applications for complying development                                                                                                during normal business hours             three hours, finished on a positive
 certificates under part 4 of the Environmental   An Information package is available by         Also present were several GWAHS
                                                                                                                                      ο Residents could call a national        note with, thanks to Ron Mason’s
Planning and Assessment Act 1979.                 contacting Emma Crowley during                                                      call centre line for medical advice      initiative and healing words,
For any information and enquiries please feel     normal working hours (8.30am to                                                     No after hours non-urgent                interaction between GWAHS
                                                  4.30pm Monday to Friday) on                    Professor Houston did not
free to contact the Manager: Environmental                                                                                            medicines would be dispensed             representatives and everyone else
                                                                                                 immediately say whether the
Health and Building, Francois Van der Berg, on    (02) 6830 5119 or by email to                                                       These measures are designed,             attending, combining in an effort to
                                                                                                 consultants supported the
                                                                                                                                            establish ways to work together for
68305127.                                                                                         retention, by the community, of two Professor Houston said, to reduce
                                                                                                                                      the demand on staff time.                the good of the community.
                                                                                                 nursing positions, two assistant
Glenda Tasker                                     The information package may also be            nurses, its ambulance and its        Also suggested was:
                                                                                                                                                                               The community and other stake-
GENERAL MANAGER                                   obtained from Council’s website at             emergency bed and, unfortunately,      ο    Parts of the present building
                                                                                                                                                                               holders has twenty eight days (14th
BREWARRINA SHIRE COUNCIL                 Intending                    copies of his report had not been      that will no longer be used for        April) to respond to the report. A
                                                  applicants MUST address both                   made available to community            service delivery should be             copy of the report is available for
                                                  common selection criteria and specific         members in advance of the visit.       decommissioned
          Community                               position selection criteria in writing for     Rather, the professor told the         ο    Staff housing will be
                                                                                                                                                                               viewing viewed at council’s offices.
                                                                                                 community that a “health service
          Consultation                            their applications to be valid.
                                                                                                 cannot do everything for the
                                                                                                                                        maintained Maintain and increase
                                                                                                                                        level of visiting specialists
           Scheduled                              Written applications will be received by       community” and that “a balance
                                                                                                 needs to be struck”. In delivering a
                                                  the undersigned for these positions                                                   Consultation was then undertaken,
                                                                                                 sustainable health service for
Residents are advised that former                 until 4.00pm on Thursday 9th April                                                    with the community asked to
                                                                                                 Goodooga, he said, residents had
                                                  2009.                                                                                 provide positive and negative
Warringah Council General Manager,                                                               to take responsibility to improve
                                                                                                                                        comments on some of the initiatives
Stephen Blackadder, has been                                                                     their own health. He also said that
                                                  Council is an Equal Opportunity                                                       outlined in the report.
contracted to develop a community                                                                one purpose of his current visit was
                                                  Employer                                       to undertake further consultation.
strategic plan for the Brewarrina Shire.                                                                                                Professor Houston also noted that
                                                                                                                                        services to the town and the
                                                  Glenda Tasker- General Manager                 This news was not well received,
No stranger to Brewarrina because of                                                                                                    coordination of those services had
                                                  PO Box 125                                     with former Councillor and
                                                                                                                                        to improve. He also said that the
the sister city relationship enjoyed by                                                          Goodooga resident Ron Mason
                                                  BREWARRINA NSW 2839                                                                   Commonwealth Government
the two councils, Mr Blackadder told                                                             remarking:
                                                                                                                                        should be expected to contribute
                       ST PATRICKS SCHOOL
This year at St Patrick’s School we welcomed a
new Principal Mr Brett Henderson and a new
Infants Teacher Mrs Julia Jeffery. We wish them all
the best at St Pat’s.

On the second day of school students participated
in our annual swimming carnival. The Primary
School students competed in all events, whilst the
Infants had novelty events in the small pool.
Nine students went on to compete in the cluster
carnival at Nyngan.                                                                                                                                  Pictured: Mrs Jeffery with
                                                                                                                        Pictured: Adam
                                                                                                                                                             her class                      Pictured:
We have elected two new School Captain’s for                                                                                                                                              George Geddes
2009. The captains are Dana Schleinzer and                           Pictured Zarek Berger, Casey Barnard
Roland Beatty. Both the captains and school
leaders were recognised at our opening school
mass and presented with badges from Fr. Antony.

Our Infant’s class has been studying ‘Worker’s in
Our Community’. It has been a great opportunity for
the students to go out into the community and
experience a variety of work places.

So far the students have visited the Post Office and
the Fire Brigade came to our school. The students
have had a great time and look forward to visiting
more businesses before the term has ended.
Enrolments are now open for 2010. Any families              School Captain's , Dana Schilenzer and Roland Beatty.   Pictured :Dana Schleinzer, Susan Littlehales,
interested in sending their child to St Patrick’s                                                                                  Sarah Hagarty
should call into the school and see Brett.                                                                                                                                        Pictured: William Mannix

 Brewarrina Shire residents turned out in numbers to                                                                                      Congratulations on your achievements. I am impressed
celebrate Australia Day at the pool - a fitting venue as the                          2009                                                and surprised at the turn around Brewarrina has undergone.
temperature soared into the forties.                                                                                                      I came here a few years ago when I was in the Police Force.

In a ceremony that included the raising of the Australian flag
                                                                                  AUSTRALIA DAY                                           The town did not have a good reputation then, for many
                                                                                                                                          reasons. But today it is beautifully clean, tidy, and the
and the singing of our National Anthem, deserving Australia                                                                               people seem to be happy. You can only achieve that by all
Day Award recipients received their awards from Australia                           AWARDS!!                                              working together, with the Shire, the police, and your own
Day Ambassador, Charlie Sanderson and Brewarrina Shire                                                                                    community leaders.”
Mayor, Matthew Slack-Smith, in front of an attentive                charge of the rescue efforts in those calamities. Although he
fifty-strong crowd In his inspiring Australia Day address, Mr       retired from the NSW Police in 2002, after 31 years, later            “I saw a lot of young people on TV after President Obama
Sanderson acknowledged the traditional land owners and              that year, Mr Sanderson went with the Australian Federal              was sworn in. They see his elevation to the presidency as
noted their rightful pride in their heritage and rich history. Mr   Police to East Timor, where he worked with United Nations             the outcome of one person working hard and making his
Sanderson said that his recent experiences the Northern             Peacekeepers.                                                         dream come true. They know that anyone can make their life
Territory, where he has been working in isolated Aboriginal                                                                               better. So, take pride in whatever you do.”
                                                                      “I was very proud to be a member of the police force”, Mr
communities, have helped him to understand Aboriginal
                                                                    Sanderson said. “That work places you in a privileged
issues.                                                                                                                                   “Thank you for having us as your ambassadors. Today is a
                                                                    position. Mostly you deal with people in crisis. You are the
                                                                                                                                          day for all Australians to celebrate in their community.
                                                                    first person people turn to for help. How you respond as a
                                                                                                                                          It is a celebration of those things that make it special to be
Mr Sanderson spoke passionately of his love of Australia            Police Officer makes a big difference to how people can
                                                                                                                                          Australian. Take pride in being Australian!!!
and its people. “The people of other nations hold us in the         cope with big problems. The challenge and the privilege
highest regard,” he said. “They look to us for leadership.          was to see how much you could help.
                                                                                                                                          Happy Australia Day!!!
They know we can get things done. … They like us
because we are compassionate, we are generous and we                Mr Sanderson said that he was delighted with the decision
                                                                                                                                 Mr Sanderson and his wife Susie are parents to seven
have a good sense of humour. They say that if you want              to send he and his wife, Susie, to Brewarrina as part of the
something to be done properly, and you ask an Australian to         Woolworths-sponsored Australia Day Ambassador program.
do it, you know it will be done. Most of all, they know that        He said that he always requests “a small town in the bush”.
we have a strong democracy that ensures we live in
freedom, and that our system of justice is one of the fairest       This year Charlie is looking forward to his new role
in the world. Compare that to Iraq, or Afghanistan, where           working out of Mt Isa. “I will be looking after the Gulf
two of our sons have worked over the past few years.                communities on behalf of the Australian Government.
People there do not enjoy the same freedom that we do.              Places like Normanton, Burketown, Doomadgee and
When we have elections, they are fair, and the loser shakes         Mornington Island. I’m really excited about this job, and I
hands with the winner, and the government gets on with the          will be doing my very best to make a real difference for the
job.”                                                               people of those communities. The Australian government
                                                                    has committed large amounts of money to try to close the
Mr Sanderson said that his had been a fortunate life. In his        gap on Indigenous disadvantage, things like life
occupation he has worked as a Police Officer and has met            expectancy, infant mortality, education outcomes, early
Australians under every imaginable circumstance, like the           childhood learning and job opportunities.
families of people killed in the Thredbo landslide, or the
parents of the four young snowboarders who died near                To the recipients of youth awards, he said: “You are the
Mount Kosciusko a few years ago. Mr Sanderson was in                leaders and future leaders of your community.

               Peter Johnson                                             WALSH FUNERALS
                                                                                                                        Mr Sanderson spoke passionately of his love of Australia and its people.
            Livestock Transport
                                                                                                                      Pictured: Mr and Mrs Sanderson enjoying themselves at the Australia Day
                                                                          BREWARRINA ,WARREN,                                               Celebrations in Brewarrina.
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                     BREWARRINA DENTAL NEWS                                                                                         GIVE THE GUYS AT
                                                                                                                                       TAIT A GO
    Farwell Griffith
                                                                     type of             Jessica Mahoney - Student
                                                                     dentist you    Jessica is 22
                                                                     dream of;      and is in her
       Group 1                                                       gentle,
                                                                                    final year of
                                                                                    dentistry at
                                                                                                                                                                 Brian will come to you
                                                                                                                                                                 weather you live in
       Students                                                       honest and
                                                                                    Griffith Uni.
                                                                                    Originally from
                                                                                                                                                                 Weilmoringle, Goodooga
                                                                                                                                                                 or a property in this area.
                                                                     But watch      Brisbane she
                                                                     out, she       moved to the                                                                 With Brian’s knowledge of
                                                                     loves blood    Gold Coast at 6                                                              local roads and conditions
                                                                     and gore       years of age                                                                 will be able to help you
                                                                     and will       and loves the                                                                choose the right vehicle for
                                                                     jump at the    city life.                                                                   you.
                                          opportunity to do surgery. Kasia was      Jessica has
                                          born in Poland and moved to Sydney        travelled as far as Lightning Ridge for                                       Tradesman, local
                                          when she was 10. She is a constant        a family holiday and extremely             Brian Johnson is a                businesses or for personal
                                          thrill seeker and often jumps off         enjoyed the experience. Jessica is         representive of Tait Auto         use.
                                          things like planes and cliff edges.       looking forward to learning about          Group in Brewarrina helping
                                          She is looking for                        trying to provide the best dental care     locals find the right vehicle     Give Brian Johnson a call
                                          something to jump off in Brewarrina.      possible for a rural town.                 for them, whether its             on 0429 392 009 and he will
                                                                                                                               Toyota, Holden, Suzuki            call in and see you no
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th                 Melissa Nguyen - Student                                                        Motor vehicles or Hino            matter where you are.
March the eight Griffith University      Melissa is not                                 Andrea Fenwicke - Student              Trucks, new and used cars
Students and their Supervisor,           what she                                   Andrea is 25                               as well as trade approvals.
Robert Foster left Brewarrina to         seems. On                                  and grew up in
return to the Gold Coast and return      the outside                                 Sydney before
to their studies. During their visit to  she is a                                   moving to the
Brewarrina the Students had a great      mature young                               Gold Coast to                                                STATEMENT OF THE STATE
time having visited Lightning Ridge,     lady and a                                 study dentistry.
went to the Culgoa, went for a ride in                                                                                                           COUNCIL NSW RURAL FIRE
                                         competent                                  Andrea has
a boat down the Barwon, went out to      serious                                    family in the                                 SERVICE        ASSOCIATION – 24th February
‘Glenallen” and saw shearing, went       dentist.                                   country and                                                       2009
to clay target shooting, attended the    However on                                 hopes to join
pool, played cricket and enjoyed the     the inside,                                them after                                The issues surrounding the
social aspects of Brewarrina.            she is a                                   graduating.                                                                   “Coffee for Kids” Victorian Fire
                                                                                                                              recent departure of the CEO
                                         childish prankster and is capable of       Andrea has                                                                    Appeal.
                                                                                                                              have been extensively
 Griffith Students –                     turning any situation into an
                                         inappropriate lame joke that brings a
                                                                                    heard if you stop awhile you’ll be
                                                                                    surprised, and she is looking
                                                                                                                              discussed at the State Council
                                                                                                                              meeting held on 21 February
                                                                                                                                                                  $100,000 donation to the
                                                                                                                                                                  Volunteer Fire Brigades
       Group 2                           smile to everyone’s face. Melissa is
                                         forever expanding her collection of
                                                                                    forward to the Brewarrina
                                                                                                                              2009. A report from the
                                                                                                                              Executive explaining the
                                                                                                                                                                  Victoria Appeal on behalf of
                                                                                                                                                                  our RFS Brigades to assist our
                                         dental puns and jokes in attempt to                                                  details of the contract
                                         generate maximum laughs. She is                                                                                          fellow Victorian fire fighters
Welcome to our second group of                                                                                                termination process was
                                         also aspiring to create and direct her              Thilini Amara - Student                                              who have been through a
dental students from Griffith                                                                                                 accepted by State Council.
                                         own dental comedy immediately after        Thilini is a                                                                  terrible ordeal.
University. The blurbs below have                                                                                             After this discussion it was
been written by the students as an       she acquires a little plaque at the end    chilli loving 25                          accepted that the decision to
                                         of her degree… so stay tuned, she          year old from                             terminate the CEO on issues         Approval of the 2009 Grants
introduction of themselves to the
community of Brewarrina. This group knows the drill!                                Sydney. She                               relating to performance and
of students arrived on Saturday 7th                                                 enjoys                                    the deteriorating relationship
March and will be returning to the                                                  travelling,                               with the State Executive was        Continued sponsorship of the
Gold Coast on Saturday 28th of                  Jenny Kraatz - Student              photography,                              the only option for the State       Volunteer to Career Program.
March. Already the students are                                   Jen is a          running and                               Executive to follow.
getting into the swing of things                                  psycho - logy     sleeping. She                                                                 $10,000 contribution to the
 having taken in some of the local                                graduate from     aspires to be                             The State Council have              Volunteer Research
sights, met some local identities and                             Sydney Uni,       taste all the                             resolved to move forward            Fellowship with the RFS and
experienced our beautiful Barwon                                  but decided to    different                                 enhancing, rebuilding and           the Minister.
River.                                                            pursue a          chillies of the                           strengthening the RFSA. Brian
                                                                  career in         world and                                 McKinlay has been elected as        Enhancement of
        Cigdem Kiple - Student                                    dentistry after   would love to take a chilli challenge     the new President and he has        communications and relations
                            Cigdem is                             being inspired    in Brewarrina. Although she originally    given a commitment to move          with the Rural Fire Service.
                            a 21 year                             at work as a      comes from a small tropical island        the Association forward
                            old Turkish                           dental            also called the ‘pearl’ of the Indian     through a united effort as we     Ensuring that systems are put
                            delight. No,                          assistant. Her    Ocean, she cannot swim. She hopes         all focus on the important tasks  in place to protect the
                            she isn't a                           graceful,         to learn how to swim at the local pool    of representing our members.      Association and provide
                            dessert,     caring nature and manual skills make       in Brewarrina in her spare time.                                            corporate governance to
                            but she      her a valuable asset to Brewarrina                                                   A new Executive Officer will be enhance this way forward.
                            does come for the next 3 weeks or until the             Written by: Ed Khoury                     appointed following the
                            from         M&Ms in town have run out. Jen                                                       development of a new              Current major initiatives that
                            Turkey and loves fish, chocolate, fish, walks on                                                  Strategic Plan for the            are continuing include:
                            loves        the beach looking for fish and tuna –                                                Association. The Association
                            dessert.     thank God for the Bre fish traps!                                                    will seek a consultant’s advice Current major initiatives that
                            moved to
                                                                                        Do you need to                        in developing a new position      are continuing include:
                                                                                                                              description and salary package Implementation of the new
                            Sydney at
the age of five where she found her
                                                 Andrew Lim - Student
                                         Originally from Hilo, Hawaii,
                                                                                        see a Dentist?                        for the position of Executive     Divisional Structure.
                                                                                                                                                                Sponsorship of the
                                                                                                                              Officer along with the
passion for rock music, beer and         Andrew is a late                                                                     appropriate governance,           International Wildfire
somehow, dentistry. Cigdem's dental comer to the                                            Wednesday 18th                    policies and performance          Management Conference.
skills are very hard to come by. She exciting word of                                      February– Friday 5th               review procedures.                RFSA members will see a
is very gentle, and one would say        dentistry having
                                         explored careers
                                                                                                  June                                                          continuation of our core
almost 'hypnotising' as many of her                                                                                           In the interim the Association is business as we continue to
patients find themselves drifting into in IT and Law                                                                          pleased to welcome former         represent our members and
deep sleep. However don't be fooled first. He has a                                    Monday 27th April– Friday              RFS Director, Trevor Anderson support our Victorian
by the charming, smiling, caring de- more than                                                5th June                        as acting Executive Officer to    friends. Several new
light, as she does love the gore side casual interest in                                                                      guide us through this period of initiatives are planned and
of dentistry and will jump into any      food and is very                                                                     change.
                                                                                        Monday 20th July– Friday                                                include:
opportunity to get her hands dirty.      eager to try all of
Oh, and if you find her name a bit       the culinary                                        28th August                      Major initiatives taken by the • Developing a more
hard to say, call her Chigs if you       opportunities that Brewarrina has to                                                 RFSA in the last two weeks
                                         offer. Andrew is also looking forward                                                                                 immediate communication
want.                                                                                                                         include:
                                         to meeting the locals, making new                   Call now on                                                       process between State
                                                                                                                                                               Executive and State Council.
     Katarzyna Iwaniuk - Student         friends and having some outback                    02 6839 2300                      Support and prayers for our
Katarzyna is her name and no, it's       adventures.                                                                          Victorian colleagues as a
not a typo! This European delight is                                                                                                                         • A regular President’s
also known as Kasia to her peers, or
                                                                                             Bookings are                     result of their tragic fires.
                                                                                                                                                               Newsletter so that members
Kash to her lazy peers. Kasia is the                                                           essential                      $10,000 donation to the
                                                                                                                                                               are better informed of
                                                                                                                                                               Association Activities
                                                                                          Brewarrina                     Margie Pye said ‘it is extremely important to follow the

        FIRST FARMERS                                                                Representative Belinda
                                                                                                                         CASP guidelines to ensure your application is eligible
                                                                                                                         and is of the highest quality to enable your application to
                                                                                                                         have the edge over other submissions.
         MARKET FOR                                                                    assists on CASP                   CASP provides small grants of up $3,000 to arts and
                                                                                                                         community organisations, Regional Arts Boards and local

              2009                                                                           Panel                       arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally
                                                                                                                         initiated projects. The aims of the program are to assist
                                                                                                                         locally determined cultural activities and to increase
                                                             The Community Arts Support Program (CASP) panel met          opportunities for regionally based groups to access a
                                                             in Coonamble last Wednesday to assess applications          diverse range of arts programs. The program also enables
                                                             from throughout the Outback Arts region which               communities to explore and express their cultural
                                                             encompasses the 6 shires of Coonamble, Walgett,             identities and encourages communities to work together
                                                             Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar and Warren.                       to develop and participate in cultural experiences.
                                                             Bourke Outback Arts Board Member Andrew Hull chaired
                                                             the meeting with fellow panel members; Outback Arts         The program brings social and economic benefits to the
                                                             Board member Amanda Colwell and Brewarrina                  community through training, employment and promotional
                                                             independent panelist Belinda Colless assisting with the     activities; and leads to greater awareness and
                                                             selection process. Outback Arts RADO Angela Sidoti          appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New
                                                             whom is based in Coonamble facilitated the day.             South Wales.
                                                             The number of applications increased from last year with    Regional Arts NSW will notify successful applicants by the
                                                             panelists commenting on the higher standard of the          29th March 2009.
The Brewarrina Visitor information & Cultural Centre will    applications for the 2009 funding round. Outback Arts EO
be holding there first Farmers Market, Friday the 3rd of
April starting at 6.00pm - It was previously advertised to
be held on the 27th of March, we apologise as we had
to change the date.                                                                    Brewarrina’s
Stall Holders are encouraged to turn up at least a half
hour early.
                                                                                     Shave for a Cure
                                                                                     On Saturday 14th March,
The Farmers Market is a great opportunity for fundraising,                           Brewarrina got behind the
selling local produce, artists, promotions and much more.                            Leukaemia Foundations ‘Shave
                                                                                     for a Cure’ held at the Bre RSL
This months farmers market will be all about chocolate—                              Club and managed to raise over
Easter eggs, cakes, AND A FREE SCREENING OF HIGH                                     $2,300.
SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 on the big screen. The Farmers
Markets is a family friendly event and for the community     Four men and one extremely brave woman lined up to
to come together and have a fun time catching up.            have their locks cropped for a good cause. Boris Barker,
                                                             Paul Marett, Larry Neale and Mick Stephenson all decided
 So if you have unwanted goods in your garage, bring         to have a bit of a hair cut and support the cause raising
them to the Markets.                                         $360 between them.
                              To book your stall call the    Thilini Amara, one of our very brave dental students, put
                                     staff at the            the men of Brewarrina to shame by raising $2,000 for the
                                       Visitor               Leukaemia Foundation. Thilini had some great support
                               Information & Cultural        from family and friends who donated money on the
                                      Centre on              internet and also local support, with the RSL donating
                                    02 6803 5152.            $500 and Cash N Carry matching the funds with an
                                                             additional $500.

                                                             Thilini prior to having her head shaved, spoke with her
                                                             husband and confirmed that all would still be ok on her
                                                             return home to the Gold Coast if she proceeded with the

                                                             Well done Thilini for such a huge effort and a huge
                                                             thankyou to everyone who contributed on the day.

                                                   BREWARRINA RSL CLUB
      MEMBERS                                                      •      Jukebox
    SUNDAY DRAW                              FRIDAY                                                                         LUCKY BAMBOO
        $300                                 Jackpot               •      Pool Tables
                                              Joker                                                                            CHINESE RESTAURANT
                                                                   •      Dart Boards
                                             $1000                 •      Inside and                                       68391896
     1st Sunday of                                                        Outside
     Every Month                                                                                                           Wed– Sun Lunch 12pm-2pm
                                                                   •      Beer Garden                                          Dinner 5.30pm-9pm
                                                                   •      Function area                                         Mon & Tue Closed
    BOURKE STREET BREWARRINA– TELEPHONE 68392151                                                                           Take away Service Available
    For the information of members & bonafide visitors                    for hire.
                                                                                                                              RG McKenzie
                                                                  OPENING OF THE                                               & Company
                                                                    RIVER VIEW                                      Stock and Station & real estate Agents
                                                                                                                      Stockist of a full range of general
                                                                                                                           merchandise including

Official opening of the River View Motel held at                                                                       AGENTS FOR BUSHMAN TANKS
       the Motel on Saturday 14th March.
                                                                                                          Steel Distributors and Wool Agents for Schute Bell Badgery and

 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CULGOA COMMUNITY SPORTS                                                                         28 Bathurst Street, Brewarrina
                                                                                                                      Telephone 68392134 Ah 68392032
                                                                                                                       Bokhara Hutz
                                                                                                                         Quiet, Safe & Secure rooms
                                                                                                                              • Air-Conditioning

                                                                                                                            • Heating & Austar TV

                                                                                                                           • Clean & Comfortable

                                                                                                                     • Campers & Caravans welcome

                                                                                                                       • Meals available upon request

                                                                                                               •   Farm stay holidays or overnight stays

         Congratulations to the Culgoa Community Sport club for receiving an Australia Day Award,
                                                                                                             For bookings & enquiries phone Graham or Cathy on:

                                                                                                                            Phone: 02 68744921
                                                                     The second contingent of                               Mobile: 0428168407
     BREWARRINA AND GOODOOGA                                         Barwon Darling members to be                  “Bokhara plains” Brewarrina NSW 2839
      CREWS ARRIVE HOME FROM                                         deployed to Victoria arrived
                                                                     home last week after
                                                                     completing their commitment to
             VICTORIA .                                              the Victorian Fires.

                                                                     Superintendent Chris Favelle
                                                                                                                   TAIT AUTO GROUP
                                                                     Acting Zone Manager for the
                                                                     Barwon Darling Rural Fire Zone       is now represented in the Brewarrina area by Brian
                                                                     stated “How gratifying it was to        Johnson. We sell Toyota, Holden, Suzuki motor
                                                                     see volunteer members from            vehicles, as well as Hino Trucks. Give Brian a call
                                                                     the Barwon Darling Zone give            on 0429 392 009 and he will call and see you to
                                                                     up their time to assist their         discuss new and used car sales, as well as trade in
                                                                     fellow Australians in this time of                         approvals.

                                                                       Crew departing for the Victorian
                                                                     William Stanton (Goodooga), Waylon
                                                                        Cochrane (Goodooga), Ashley
                                                                      Keenan (Bourke HQ) and Charles       “GIVE THE GUYS AT TAIT A GO”
                                                                               Fairey (Byrock).
                                                                                   BECOME A
                                                                                                                     work with the Brewarrina Community
                                                                                                                     Working Party/ Members/ Community etc to
                                                                                                                     form an Indigenous Scout group, lead by
                                                                                    LEADER                           Indigenous Scout leaders in Brewarrina by
                                                                                                                     June 2009. Volunteer Scout Leaders must
                                                                   Scouts Australia is offering an exciting          be over the age of 18 and have an interest
                                                                   opportunity for you to fulfil your potential as   in working with children.
                                                                   a leader in your community. It is not only an     The program is supported by the
                                                                   opportunity for you, but an opportunity of life   Brewarrina Shire Council and the
                                                                   for the kids in your Community.                   Brewarrina Community Working Party.
                                                                   The national Indigenous Scouts Program
    Part Time Casual Teaching Employment                           (NISP) was funded for three years by the
                                                                   Commonwealth department FAHCSIA to
                                                                                                                     It is a great program that will really benefit
                                                                                                                     the children of the Brewarrina Community.

                Opportunities                                      introduce Scouting to into Ingenious
                                                                   communities in the NT, QLD, SA, WA and               If you are interested and or require
                                                                                                                      further information about the Scouting
       Location: Bourke and Brewarrina                             The Program is in its final year and my aim
                                                                   as the program Development Officer is to
                                                                                                                      in Brewarrina – please contact Louise
                                                                                                                                Smith at Bourke on
                                                                                                                                    0439 429 153.
Applications are sought from suitably qualified and
experienced people who wish to be considered for placement
on a suitability list for casual teaching vacancies.                          CENTACARE HOSTS
Inclusion on the suitability list does not guarantee an offer of
employment. Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for
these positions. Applicants must obtain an Information                     MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
Package^ to proceed with application.
                                                                     On the 10th and 11th of        inform communities of the
Hourly Rate of Pay: $66.48                                           March various members          ‘Social and Emotional
                                                                     of the community               Wellbeing’ of Aboriginal
Access and General Education Faculty                                 attended an Indigenous         and Torres Strait Islander
                                                                      Mental Health First Aid       people.
 Job Ref No   Position                                               Course hosted by
                                                                     Centacare. The instructor     Meleah Biles from
 W09-200      Literacy and/or Numeracy                               Bonnie Johnson, family        Brewarrina Centacare
Inquiries: Barbara Mosley 0427 490 868                               Mental Health Worker          would like to thank the
                                                                     from Lake Cargelligo          participants and the
                                                                     provided participants with    community for their
Business, Arts and Information Technology Faculty
                                                                     two days worth of training    support of this course.
 Job Ref No   Position                                               in the area of Mental         With the overall positive
 W09-212      Finance/Accounting                                     Health.                       response, Centacare
                                                                                                   hopes that it can run the
 W09-214      Business Administration, Cert II - IV                  This course teaches skills course again in the near
              Retail, Cert I – III                                   for providing initial help to future to promote
                                                                     people experiencing           community awareness in
 W09-216      Information Technology, Cert II - IV                   mental health problems        the areas of Mental
                                                                     such as depression,           Health.
Inquiries: Mary Northcote 6883 3467
                                                                     anxiety disorders,
                                                                      psychosis and substance
Community Services, Health, Tourism and Recreation Faculty           abuse. The course is
 Job Ref No Position                                                 designed to promote and
 W09-238      Welfare
 W09-230      Children Services
 W09-243      Aboriginal Torres Straights Islander Health
Inquiries: Rosemary Petheram 6885 7527

Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction and Transport Faculty
 Job Ref No   Position
 W09-230      Welding - Units of Competency, Cert I – III
Inquiries: Greg Carroll 6391 5730

It is an offence under the Commission for Children and Young
People Act 1998 for a person convicted of a serious sex of-
fence to apply for these positions.

Application Form:
Visit our website:
or email: recruitment. or telephone
the Recruitment Coordinator, 6393 5953 / 5973.
Closing Date:                                                                        Offering a delicious selection of:
9 April 2009                                                                   Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Chips,
 (late applications will not be accepted)                               Pizzas, Cappuccinos, Steak Sandwiches and Wraps

                                                                              ……………………...Eat in or Take-away………………..

                                                                                 Bathurst Street Brewarrina
                                                                                   Telephone: 68392036
                                                                                                                                                                repainting of the exterior of the hall & flat.
          Brewarrina Aboriginal Health                                                                       BREWARRINA                                          If there is anything you would like to see happen or
                                                                                                                                                                be addressed by our branch please let one of the
             Service Ltd providers                                                                              C.W.A.                                          exec know or drop us a note. e.g. day trip, luncheon,
                                                                                                                                                                morning tea, progressive dinner, fashion parade,

    Phone for Appointments:                                        Ultrasound
                                                                                                                News                                            anything. We are interested in your thoughts on
                                                                                                                                                                holding something on a regular basis, craft wise, with
         02 6839 2150                                                                                                                                           a different project or theme each time. Whole
                                                                                                      Welcome to a very busy and productive new year.           community involvement for this one, not just CWA
            Diabetic Educator                        Services available include: Home                                                                           members, please.
           Matt Crawford, Weekly                            visits, Check ups, family                 I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and
                                                     planning, women’s health, sexual                 caught up with your respective families and friends in Still got the suggestion of Christmas in July”. Let me
                                                    health, pap smears, pregnancy tests,              a relaxing way for a good chin wag & a great many      know what you think?
                  Bronwyn                                      ECG: Heart check,                      new memories.                                                                             nd
                                                          counselling, vaccinations,                                                                            Don’t forget meetings are on the 2 Wednesday of
                Powell, Weekly                                                                                                                                  each month (except January) at 12noon for lunch.
                                                      nutritional advice, diabetic advice,            A very warm welcome to 2 new members :Candice
                                                       chronic disease management,                    Senior & Melissa Vlach. Hope to see you both
              Exercise/Physio                                                                         soon.
                                                                                                                                                                Office Bearers for this year are:
                Sarah Brown                                 podiatry service, wound
                  Weekly                              management, clinical procedures.                                                                                   President - Fran Allen 68391806
                                                     Certain services are only available              Our first meeting was a bit longer than usual but a lot      Vice Presidents- Joyce McMullen- 68744834
                                                                    with a GP                         of business was discussed and many decisions were                     Fran Carter -     6830 5151
                  Podiatrist                                                                          made.                                                         Secretary -Belinda Thompson - 68744996
                    Luke                                 Management plan. All other
                                                                     services                                                                                        Treasurer -Jackie Bromfield - 68392710
                 Buchtmann,                                                                           Dates, to which we as a branch are committed, for                         International Officer-
                   Monthly                           are either billed or free of charge.
                                                                                                      your diary:                                                           Carole Norton - 68392193
                                                                                                                                                                 Ag & Environment -Belinda Colless - 0428 281678
         Sexual Health/ Women’s                      Please ensure that you bring your                2nd Wednesday of every month is our meeting                        Publicity Officer -Joyce McMullen
                 Health                                     Medicare Card and                         day, 12 noon, bring your lunch.                              Councillors- Fran Allen & Jackie Bromfield
               Dr Vivienne                                Concession Card with                        Anzac Day – Saturday, 25th April
                                                    you every time you attend the clinic.             Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea – May                If you have not received this newsletter by email but
                                                                                                      21st or 22nd (to be confirmed)                            would like to do so please let me know your email
                  Cebola,                                                                                                                                        address for future notices.
                Family Health                        Certain services are only available              International Day (Egypt) - Friday 28th August
                  Worker –                             with a GP Management plan.
                                                                                                      At our next meeting, Wednesday, 11th March,               Also, I am always able to use wool, fabric, buttons,
                 Fortnightly                                                                                                                                    cottons, ribbons, jars, etc for items, just drop them off at
                                                        Practice Manager/RN: Hellen                   Brewarrina Shire Council’s General Manager,
                                                                                                                                                                home or I can pick them up.
                                                                  Mannix.                             Glenda Tasker & Operations Manager, Peter
               Karnie Walford,
                                                                5-7 Sandon St,                        Jennings, will be joining us to address a number of       Should you like something to be included in our
                  Counsellor                                                                          issues we have identified as significant within the
               Alternate Weeks                                    Brewarrina                                                                                    newsletter please contact me & I will include
                                                                                                      shire. They will be arriving at 1pm, so if you are able   it: Jackie - ph. 02 68392710, fax 02 68392604,
                    Weekly                                                                            to make it on that day or wish to have something          email
                Psychologist                            IN CASE OF EMERGENCY                          raised with them please contact Fran, Belinda or
               Alternate Weeks                                CALL 000                                myself.                                                   123 Bathurst Street      or PO Box 152
                                                                                                                                                                 Brewarrina 2839
                                                                                                      We have also decided to participate in 3 Farmer’s
Brewarrina Child Care                                             IMPORTANT                           Markets this year, trying to target sales before                                                         Treasurer
                                                 Please try to pay fees when they are due so          Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas.                                                          Jackie Bromfield
      Centre                                     that wf do not have large sums of cash placed
                                                 in the Fee box.                                      The next market will be on 3rd April 6.00pm. We will
                                                                                                      confirm our participation at the next meeting & I will                     MORE
       News                                      Unfortunately this week some money has
                                                 disappeared from the Centre. This is not a
                                                 nice thing to happen in our Centre. If you are
                                                                                                      let you know but if anyone can help or thinks strongly
                                                                                                      that we should be there please let me know.
                                                                                                                                                                                CWA NEWS
                Centre Update                    able to pay by cheque please do so. Teresa
                                                                                                      We will have 3 raffles this year, Mother’s Day,           Our last meeting was held Wednesday the 11th March
Welcome back to 2009. Wow. What a start to has spoken with those parents affected by this             Father’s Day and Christmas. Any items or ideas for        with 10 in attendance , two new members have joined
the year. It has certainly been a hectic one for situation. Please let the staff know if you place    any of these are greatly appreciated.                     us Candice Senior and Melissa Vlach, welcome ladies,
us all and the term is flying past.              an envelope with payment in the fee box.                                                                       welcome ladies and hope you enjoy our CWA.
It is wonderful to see all our children back at  Any further instances will be referred to            Hopefully, we will have a few visits to some lovely
the Childcare Centre. Welcome back to our         the police for investigation.                       gardens (Joyce McMullen’s & Julie Brown’s).               Brewarrina Shire Council’s General Manager Glenda
great staff team - Lorraine, Robyn, Rebekah,                                                           Probably April, July/August & October) will advise       Tasker and Group Manager Engineering Operations
Stacy and BJ                                      Enrolment policy                                    when definite plans are in place.                         attended our meeting to address a number of issues we
                                                                                                                                                                have identified within the Shire.

           News from Danielle                      There has been some confusion with                 The hall is coming along really well, new
                                                                                                                                                                We have had some great improvements to our rooms,
 Since the end of 2008, I have spoken with          Enrolment Forms. A separate form is               air-conditioning (cool in summer, warm in winter); a      air conditioner, new fridge, stove plus new curtains the
                                                   required for each of your children. ALL            new refrigerator and new curtains, so far. Thank you      room looks great!
Danielle a number of times. The great news is
                                                   the sections need to be completed and signed.      to the members over the past few weeks who have
that she will be returning to Brewarrina and the                                                      been able to help give the old girl a really good
Child Care Centre to begin work on Monday          Please read what you are signing as some of                                                                  Many thanks to Dave Wheatley for poisoning the weeds
                                                   the information applies to use of photography      spring clean.                                             in our yard.
23rd of March for the rest of the year. During
this time Danielle will be completing her          at the Centre, application of sunscreen and the
                                                   administration of paracetamol to your child if     Currently, at the hall, there are Art Classes held each   We will hold a stall at the Farmers Market to be held 3rd
Bachelor of Education through Charles Sturt                                                           Wednesday morning, from 10.00am till 12                   April starting at 6.00pm, the theme will be Chocolate,
University. Since she left us at the end of        required.
                                                                                                      noon and Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, from              but donate whatever you wish.
 November, Danielle has been working at the        If your child has court orders or custody
                                                                                                      5pm till 6pm an ‘easy exercise’ program class. These
staff childcare centre at StarCity Casino,          requirements the Centre must be aware of                                                                    Our next meeting will be held the 2nd Wednesday of the
                                                                                                      are both, conducted by Community Health from the
enjoying being back in Sydney but missing the      them. This is particularly if there are people     hospital, open to anyone and they are lots of fun.        month of April which is the 15th of April staring at 12.00
fresh air of Brewarrina. We really look forward    who do not have access to your children.           Gold coin donation is the only cost.                      noon, Bring your lunch.
to her return.                                     Centre staff do not always know who people
                                                   are so they need to know.                          Since 1st February, we have hosted a Rural Mental     Any age, nationally or religion please join us you will be
When Danielle returns, Lorraine has                There is a family fee of $10.00. Most families     Health Seminar at the hall and catered for the launch most welcome.
indicated that she may reduce her days at the      paid this when they returned their enrolment       of the new dental clinic. Netting around $800.00.
                                                   forms – if you didn’t, please pay it as soon as                                                                                                       Publicity Officer
Centre after seventeen years to spend more                                                                                                                                                               Joyce McMullen
time with her family and friends.                  possible.                                          We are also putting together grant applications for a
                                                                                                      new stove, new chairs & tables and the repair &

       Accommodation                          THE HOTEL BREWARRINA
                                            “Coldest and Best Beer in Brewarrina”                                                            Rural Financial Counselling
         Single $35-
         Double $50-                      BATHURST STREET, BREWARRINA: 02 6839 2533                                                             Service NSW Bourke
                                                               Opening Hours
   •       New Digital Jukebox in beer garden          Monday—Saturday 10.00am—12.00am
                                                                                                       FREE JUKEBOX EVERY
           with 163cm TV                                                                                THURSDAY 5PM-9PM
   •       New Outdoor pool tables                      Every Saturday Afternoon–
   •       Catering for all types of functions             Pool Comp 1.30Pm                          NEW PRICES FOR ALL ON
   •       Courtesy bus available for                   Registration 2.00pm Start.                        TAP BEERS
           deliveries, pickups & drop offs
                                                           $10.00 ENTRY FEE                                 SCHOONERS
   •       Spacious beer garden with pool table                                                              VB- $ 3.50
           and smoking area                                                                             TOOHEYS NEW- $ 3.50
   •       3 big screen TVs with Austar              PUB KENO            TAB NOW OPEN!!                   XXXX GOLD -$3.30
           showing all live sports                 NOW AVAILABLE         Monday-Saturday                CASCADE LIGHT- $3.20
   •       Children welcome                                                11am—Close
   •       Please remember Thursday, Friday &
                                                                                                              MIDDIES                          Servicing Bourke, Wanaaring, & Brewarrina
                                                                                                             VB- $2.70
           Saturday nights you must be in the           Call in and visit the friendly staff
                                                                                                                                                        Phone: 02 6872 3255
                                                                                                        TOOHEYS NEW -$ 2.70
           Hotel before 9.30PM                     Rest your weary head in our fully equipped             XXXX GOLD -$2.50
                                                                     rooms.                             CASCADE LIGHT -$2.40
                                                                                 Coming at the Culgoa                                                  CLAIM THE
   VISITING                                                                     Community Sports Club
                                                                                      Saturday 28th March

 SPECIALISTS                                                                   Cricket at Carinda (to be confirmed)

                                                                                        Thursday 9th April
                                                                                                                                                  BREWARRINA CENTRAL
                                                                                                                                                      SCHOOL FETE
     DR Boustred
        •                               DR Iskander
                                                                                  Twilight casual bowls at Culgoa                                 THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
 June 5th, October 9th                 February 26th                                     Saturday 18th April
                                                                                                                                                  FOR FURTHER DETAILS
                                                                                         Tennis at the Culgoa                                          02 6839 2186
    DR Fredrickson
    •                                   •DR Rawson
                                                                        Friday 8th May– Tall Timber Band at the Culgoa
  March 6th and 20th,                  February 27th,
                                                                                                                                                2 WEB RADIO SKILLS
      April 24th,                        May 29th,                                         Saturday 16th May
      June 26th                         August 28th,                                      Tennis at the Culgoa                                        COURSE
                                       November 27th                                     Saturday 20th June
                                                                                                                                           2WEB will conduct a FREE “Radio Skills” course
                                                                                                                                            Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th March.
        •DR Hardace                                                                      Tennis at the Culgoa
        February 26th                 •DR Mc Clintock                                                                                      TOPICS: Interview techniques, Presentation, research,
                                       February 26th,                                     Saturday 18th July                               news, broadcast law and regulations, copywriting and
                                                                                         Tennis at the Culgoa                              the role of community radio.
                                          April 30th,
                                          June 25th                                       Friday 24th July                                                Saturday 28th– Adults
                                                                                                                                                       Sunday 29th -Senior Students
                                                                                 Culgoa field day (to be confirmed)
                                                                                                                                           Number are limited. Interested persons please call Sue
                                                                             Early September– landcare Conference                          on 02 6872 2333 or email on
                                                                                        (to be confirmed)                        

                                                                                       Tuesday 3rd November                                A light luncheon will be provided.
                                                                                          Melbourne Cup

                                        Peta-Maree                       Gloria McMullen
                                    Gordon- 11th March                     11th March

                                                                     Mark McMullen 18th
                                        Anna May
                                    Warraweena —29th
                                         March                        Ryan McMullen 19th
                                            Mark Brown
                                            1st March                      Jill Simmons
                                                                            21st March

                                  Happy 21st to Charlee-Sue Frail who is enjoying life to
                                                       the fullest.
                                    Lots of love forever Mum, Barry, Mary, Jelina,                        Tamika Nicholls– 6th March—
Mary McMullen 11th March                            Cherrie and Alex.                                     Celebrated her 8th Birthday

                                                            Kayne Maxwell                                                         Brewarrina Christmas
                                                               Waldron                                                                Promotion
                                                                                                                         The 2008 Brewarrina Shop local this     Royal Hotel– Lisa Payton
                                                                                                                         Christmas and win promotion            Bre Glass and Hardware–
                                                       Born: 4th February                                                was a great success, however                Rebecca Williams
                                                          Time: 5.56pm                                                   all prizes may not have been             Visitor Information and
                                                                                                                         collected and you may not be           Cultural Centre– Geraldine
                                                         Weight: 6lb 6oz                                                 aware that you have won.                        Weatherall
                                                     Dubbo Private Hospital                                                                                     Myer Gift Basket– Danielle
                                            Proud Parents: Penny Crowley and Rodney                                      Prizes include a $100 open                      Tattersall
                                                                                                                         order at the participating               Dowells Fuel– Jannine
                                                            Waldron.                                                     stores which were: Bre RSL,                       Range
                                     Baby Kayne pictured with big Brother Isaac
                                                                                                                         Bre Roual Hotel, Brewarrina                Elders Brewarrina–
                                                                                                                         Visitor Information Centre, Bre                Jean French
                                                                                                                         Newsagency, South Bre                  Bunning's Voucher– Kevin
         “Financial Forum Day”                              Seize the opportunity to start the process of getting your
                                                            legal, taxation, investment, banking, & retirement
                                                                                                                         Butchery, Cash and Carry, Bre
                                                                                                                         Glass and hardware, Bre post
                                                                                                                                                                 Bre RSL– Karen Howlett
        Wednesday 1st April 2009                            matters in order. This is a great chance to seek the
                                                            advice you need to plan for the security of your future.
                                                                                                                         office, Caseys Café, Dowells
                                                                                                                         Fuel, Elders Brewarrina, and
                                                                                                                                                                  Café Deluxe– Jeremiah

         Engonnia CWA Rooms                                 The day will start at 10am & finish with lunch and an
                                                                                                                         Café Deluxe.                              South Bre Butchery–
                                                                                                                                                                   Mickayla Skuthorpe
                                                            informal question time from 1pm – 2pm. The Rural             Other prizes included: Myer
                                                            Financial Counsellors & Drought Support Worker from          Gift basket a Bunning's               If you have not received your
Have you started this year with finances in the forefront
                                                            DPI will also be on hand to discuss any issues               Warehouse voucher and a               prize or spent your $100 open
of your mind?
                                                            addressed, and give an overview of assistance                Western Plains Zoo day pass           order, please call the
                                                            measures currently available.                                for two adults and two                Brewarrina Visitor Information
Would you like to know more about the current                                                                            children.                             and Cultural Centre and staff
economic climate, and how you could better prepare                                                                                                             can let you know what the
yourself and your family’s future?                              Please register your interest by                                Winners are:                   procedure is.
                                                                                                                         Bre Post Office— Bob Kirby
The Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Bourke          phoning Sarah at the Rural Financial                         Bre Newsagency– Roy                 A big thank you to all who
invites you to attend a “Financial Forum Day” where a
range of professionals representing different sectors of
                                                                   Counselling Service NSW                                         Stewart                     participated in keeping the
                                                                                                                           Western Plains Zoo day              buck in Brewarrina during the
the financial industry will present. Key speakers include           Bourke on 68 723 255.                                    pass– Greg Coffey                 Christmas season, and a very
Accountants, Bank Managers, Financial Planners,                                                                          Cash and Carry– Sarah and             big thank you to all the local
Solicitors, Succession Planners, Agribusiness                                                                                  Leyton Hegarty                  businesses and to our
Managers, & Centrelink Representatives.                                                                                    Casey’s Café– Monica                sponsors.
                                                             BREWARRINA NEWS CLASSIFIEDS
 02 6830 5152

           Positions Vacant                                      Courses available
                                                                                                             What’s on at Bre TAFE
     Brewarrina Mobile Children’s
               Service                                                                                                          MONDAY
                                                                                                                             LITERACY CLASS
Would you like to be part of a service that is                                                                                  10.00– 2.30
challenging, adventurous, creative and innovative?
Do you want to contribute to successful educational                                                                   YOUTH WORK AND WELFARE
opportunities for children? This position requires a                                                                         10.00-12.00
highly motivated and organised person. Are you that
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA                                                                                             INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT CERT III
• Degree/Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) or                                                                           9.00-3.30
     Associate Diploma in Social Sciences (Child
     Studies).                                                                                                 CLOTHING PRODUCTION CERT II (SEWING)
• Proven leadership and organisational skills.                                                                              10.00– 1.30
• High level of communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work cooperatively with staff.                                                                                  WEDNESDAY
• Ability to plan and implement a curriculum for                                                                  INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT CERT III
   children 0-8 years.                                                                                                        9.00—3.30
• Self motivated and the ability to work unsupervised.
                                                                                                                  CLOTHING PRODUCTION CERT II (SEWING)
• Ability to work in Indigenous communities                                                                                  10.00– 1.30
• Previous experience in Early Childhood
• Qualify for appointment as authorised supervisor
• Current Drivers License                                                                                                      THURSDAY
  Current 1st Aid Certificate.
                                                                                                               INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT CERT III
Experience working in rural/remote communities                                                                               Coming soon!
4WD experience
                                                                                                            Basic Welding Skills, Retail Certificate II, Senior
Computer Skills
                                                                                                                 First Aid, Computers, RSA and RCG
Applications addressing all selection criteria and
attached curriculum vitae to be forwarded to:                                                                 Everyone is welcome at TAFE. Call in or
Chief Executive Officer                                                                                                   phone Amanda McHughes
MacKillop Rural Community Services                                                                                     for more information 6830 5300
PO Box 4666

DUBBO NSW 2830Applications close Friday 20 March
For further information contact the CEO on
02 6882 5949                                                            APOLOGY
                                                                                                                                      You will acquire skills and
                                                            The Brewarrina        somehow slipped                                     knowledge necessary to

                                                                                                                                      fabricate and weld simple
                                                          News would like to
                                                          sincerely apologise
                                                                                  our radar.                    Welding               components where it is
                                                                                                                                      Impracticable to buy them
            URGENTLY                                      to any person/s who     We hold all our            Skills Course             ready-made or commission
                                                                                                                                      somebody to make them.

                                                          may have been
                                                          offended by content
                                                                                  readers in high
                                                                                   regard and we will
                                                                                                               Available              Skills development will
                                                                                                                                      focus on the application of
                                                                                                                                      routine welding and thermal
                                                          issued in Februarys     endeavour to seek         Qualification:            cutting and the
    Cleaner wanted to clean                               edition of the          to be more attuned        Statement of Attainment   interpretation of technical
  Dental Clinic / Doctors Surgery                         Brewarrina              to the sensitivities of                             drawings as applied in
                                                                                                            Course Number: 17105 engineering and allied
                                                          Newspaper.              our community in                                    industries.
                                                                                                            Faculty: Manufacturing,
          10 hours per week                                                        future newspapers.       Engineering, Construction Costs: A TAFE
       Flexible hours negotiable                          We certainly try to                               and Transport             administration charge and a
                                                          ensure that we proof                                                            materials fee of $100
          Equipment supplied                              read the newspaper
                                                                                                            Location: Brewarrina          applies to this course (no
                                                                                                                                          exemptions for the
                                                          before going to print       The Editor            Entry Requirements:           materials fee). Contact the
Please contact Vivian Slack-Smith                         but unfortunately in     Brewarrina News          There are no formal           College for details.
       On 02 6839 2294                                    this case it has                                  educational requirements
                                                                                                            for this course.            Length: A nominal 72
                                                                                                                                        hours but this will depend
                                                                                                            Career Opportunities: on your previous
 Agisment Wanted                                         PROPOSED SURFBOAT
                                                                                                            Completion of the
                                                                                                            Competency Standard
                                                                                                                                        experiences. Recognition
                                                                                                                                        of relevant skills may
                                                                                                            Units in this program will  shorten the length of the

   Contact Greg and Heather
                                                           CLASSIC AND OR                                   enhance your career
                                                                                                            progression under the

          McMullen                                         FESTIVAL OF THE                                  Federal Metal and
                                                                                                            Engineering Industries
                                                                                                                                        Attendance:- Monday
                                                                                                                                        and Tuesday 9am—3:30
        02 6874 4863                                          FISHERIES                                     Award. You will gain credit Start Date: Monday 23
                                                                                                            for the appropriate CSU’s   March 2009

                                                              FOR 2010!!
                                                                                                            that you complete in other
 The Brewarrina Jockey Club Inc                                                                             courses under the MEM05      Further Information:
                                                                                                            Training Package.
   will be holding their Annual                                                                                                             Contact: Brewarrina
 General Meeting on the Sunday                                                                                                                     Campus
                                                       ALL INTERESTED PERSONS CONTACT THE                   Course Description:                   6839 2433,
  22nd March at the Brewarrina                                                                              This course is for designed
RSL Club commencing at 11:30am,                        BREWARRINA VISITOR INFORMATION AND                   for those people who are             Website:
   all members and interested                           CULTURAL CENTRE ON 02 6830 5152 FOR                 employed or who are
                                                                                                            seeking employment in the
  persons are invited to attend.                                 FURTHER DETAILS                            Metal Fabrication or allied            Email:
                                                                                                            engineering industry areas.   courseinfo.western@tafe
                         Brewarrina News
                                                                                        The Brewarrina Brumbies
                                                                                       return to Dubbo for the 2nd
                                                                                annual Western 10s Rugby Tournament!!
      Local Boy Isaac Gordon                                                The Brewarrina Brumbies played in the Annual        Coach Matthew Slack-Smith was also very

                                                                            10’s Rugby tournament hosted by the Dubbo           proud of the Brumbies and said “this season will
                                                                            Rhino’s Rugby Club over the weekend                 be a good one”, “the boys put in a really great
                                                                            Saturday the 28th February.                         effort”.
       A Grade contract for                                                 The Brumbies came Fourth place, the team
                                                                            showed excellent skills and plays, just not quiet
         Cronulla Sharks.                                                   enough to take out this years competition,
                                                                             however our neighbouring community Bourke
                                                                            took out the whole Competition.

The days of running through the       For the Rabbitoh’s Isaac played       The Knockout style tournament was a great
scrub out at Gongolgon and the        fullback in the premier league and    event well done to the hosts.
old Mission seem not so far ago       was very comfortable at the club,
for Isaac Gordon.                     Isaac says the atmosphere was
                                      great and that the club looked        Brewarrina played an excellent result for the
A young Country boy from              forward to a very successful          boys who travelled down to represent
 Brewarrina who is awaiting his       season.                               Brewarrina in Rugby
                                                                            Union. The team can be
first A Grade debut with Cronulla
                                                                            proud of the
Sharks- Isaac signed a twelve         Once the kid who you never saw
month contract with the Sharks        without his dogs by his side and
Monday the 2nd March 2009.            spending most of his time camping     The new Rugby
                                      and hunting, now a young man          committee President
Isaac moved to Sydney in 2002         getting ready to play on one of the   Peter Jennings
with proud parents Isaac and          worlds biggest stage.                 congratulated the boys
 Eileen Gordon and siblings to try                                          and said “It was
his hand at football. As a young 17   With training and football 12         fantastic to watch—well
year old Isaac had big hopes and      months of the year Isaac enjoys a     done boys”.
big dreams, now they re finally       week or two off to come home and
coming true.                          catch up with family and friends.
                                                                                                                                Event 1 was 15 target double barrel with only
He attended Endeavour Sports
High School and spent his
                                      He played in the NSW
                                      International 9’s Rugby League
                                                                                 Brewarrina Clay                                David Hagarty, Helen Overton, Wulf Reichler
                                                                                                                                and Colin Betts shooting the possible.
weekends playing for Cronulla
Carringbah this stint was short
                                      competition ,playing with the all
                                      Indigenous team and taking out
                                                                                 Target Club News
                                                                                                                                Event 2 was 30 target Medley being 10
lived due to Isaac being selected     the 2009 Competition.                 Annual General Meeting 2009                         targets double, 10 targets single and targets
in the Cronulla Sharks Jersey
                                                                                                                                pointscore, best was Ian Light and Colin Betts
Flegg team, where he spent a few      He and all of his relatives look      The office bearers for the Brewarrina Clay          with a score of 48/50. The next event was 25
years building confidence and his     forward to his debut game with        Target Club Incorporated for 2009 are:              target handicap with David Hagarty and Colin
size to make his way into first       Cronulla Sharks and so does the
                                                                                                                                Betts shooting the best score of 24. The last
grade at Cronulla.                    whole tiny town of Brewarrina         President:                Colin Betts               event was the 15 pair double rise and Colin
                                      who is very proud of him.             Vice President:           Cliff Overton             Betts shot 29/30 and Ian Light shot 26/30.
But at the end of 2006 Isaac was                                            Secretary:                 Helen Overton
approached by several NRL clubs       CONGRATULATIONS                       Treasurer:                Wulf Reichler             Bettsy was the high gun winner of the day
chasing his signature. After long                                           Handicapper:              Ian Light
                                          ISAAC.                                                                                with 121/125 and the highlight was some of
consideration the South Sydney                                              Club Delegate:            Cliff Overton             the dentist students attending and having a
Rabbitohs won his signature for                                             Shoot Marshall:           Paul Marett               go at our sport.
two years.
                                                                            Orange 2009 Monthly Shoot                           Some upcoming shoots
                                                                            Helen Overton won the Annual Orange’s                 Wandoan 14th & 15th March
                                                                            Golden Cartridge Double Barrel event with a           Warren 14th & 15th March
                                                                            score of 390/390 targets, her final break was         Roma 28th March – 5th April (Nationals)
                                                                            411, congratulations Helen that would                 Surat 11th & 12th April
                                                                            probably be the highest break by a Club               Hermidale Monthly Shoot 28th March
                                                                            Member, the record books will have to be              Cobar Double Rise 17th & 18th April
                                                                            checked.                                              Brewarrina 2nd & 3rd May
                                                                                                                                  Cunnamulla 9th.& 10th May
                                                                            March 2009 Monthly Shoot
                                                                                                                                Next proposed Club Monthly Shoot 26th April
                                                                            9 Shooters attended the Monthly Shoot held          2009 which will incorporate a working bee
                                                                            on 7th 2009 with the weather rather warm.           more information next month.

                                                                                                      BREWARRINA JUNIOR RUGBY
                                                                                                           LEAGUE CLUB’S
                                                                                                         SIGN UP AFTERNOON

                                                                                                        WHEN: Wednesday the 1st of April at 4pm
                                                                                                        WHERE: At the park across from the Shire
                                                                                                       WHO: ALL 6 to 17 year olds wanting to play!!!!!

                 Isaac Gordon– South Sydney Bears
                                                                                            WANTED WANTED WANTED WANTED
                                                                                 Anyone interested in coaching or assistant coaching teams for the BREWARRINA JUNIOUR
                                                                                                                Please see Rick for more info!