LLS voters elect three new board members

BIG DIG: Matt Martin was finishing this creek crossing on a district farm with Hotham’s Caterpillar D6 last week.
BIG DIG: Matt Martin was finishing this creek crossing on a district farm with Hotham’s Caterpillar D6 last week.

BOARD elections for Central Tablelands Local Land Services resulted in Wendy Bowman, John Lowe and Howard Sinclair being installed for a three-year term.

They join Ministerial appointees Ian Rogan (chairman), Tess Herbert, Reg Kidd and Pip Job as full board members to represent an area that extends to Mudgee, Cowra, Lithgow, Oberon and Bathurst.

Best wishes

A CHEERIO call to retired Evans Plains farmer and former stalwart of NSW Farmers, Cam Ross, who has had a few recent health problems.

Cam and his brother Hugh conducted the large scale “The Springs” property for many years and were renowned for their ability to select quality mobs of merino wethers and run them for their productive lifetimes.

Cheers, Maisie

RESIDENTS from across the Central Tablelands would join me in congratulating Maisie Scott on her OAM award in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

The Scott family from Meadow Flat has always been heavily involved in community affairs and this award is recognition of Mrs Scott’s lifetime efforts.

Slice of history

ALAN McRae provides a summary of coming events of Bathurst District Historical Society.

Monthly musters are held in the Uniting Church Hall in William Street and are open to interested community members and start at 7.30pm.

Tonight’s muster involves Chris Stewart speaking about a year in detail from a Grazcos diary and he titles it “Dear Betty, don’t fence me in”.

There are a lot of members of my generation who worked for Grazcos at times and some of them would enjoy this presentation.

Details from Chris Stewart on 0408 084 450.

Doing it tough

WHILE some Bathurst residents are enjoying the positive upturn in real estate values, many rural commodities and general consumer demand, there is also unprecedented demand for financial assistance from the likes of the Salvation Army and Vinnies in Central West towns.

This theme follows through to the rural scene where many are not enjoying the upswing in commodity prices and livestock traders who buy first and sell later are faced with sourcing seriously large amounts of funding to do the initial buying.

For every producer who takes delivery of a shiny new tractor this winter, there is another producer who is worried by the repair bill that is coming to fix his “old faithful” tractor.

TOP CROP: Leading vegetable growers Mick and Steph Cook have this stand of vegies looking good at their Gormans Hill property.

TOP CROP: Leading vegetable growers Mick and Steph Cook have this stand of vegies looking good at their Gormans Hill property.

Lonely trip

A B-DOUBLE load of four old merino ewes, 58.5kg liveweight, not station mated, sold on Auctions Plus last week for $210.50.

They were freighted from Longreach in Queensland to Orroroo in South Australia - a distance of 1900km.  The driver probably had a long drive home without a back load.

Poll positions

DISCUSSIONS are getting much more serious as time approaches to actually nominate for the Bathurst Regional council on Saturday, September 9.

The claim has been made that people nominate because they care and this is a great reason to be involved. 

Some use councillor status as a jump-up to higher roles but nearly all are keen to try to help their fellow man and they like the constant contact with staff and community.

Having been involved with council and boards of directors over a few years, I’m sure that the members who do the most talking definitely have the least to say.

Diary dates

  • Monday, June 19: Bathurst branch of NSW Farmers to hold its annual general meeting at Bathurst RSL, 7pm sharp.
  • Saturday, August 19: Bathurst Merino Association annual ram expo and working dog auction. Inquiries to offer working dogs for sale to colonsaystud.com

Wool report

THE wool market stabilised this week after several weeks of decline.

The market was easier at the start of the week but got stronger as the week progressed.

The 17 and 18 microns were around 10c/kg cheaper by the end of the week but all other microns were firm to a little dearer.

The 20 and 21 microns gained around 15c/kg and crossbred wools gained around 5c/kg.

The northern market indicator finished the week on 1545c/kg, down 2c/kg.

The market could be a little dearer next week if this positive trend continues.

Sales next week will see 30,808 bales on offer nationwide.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Laugh lines

GEORGE was inquiring about a knee replacement as he’d been hobbling for some time. He asked the specialist: “When it’s done, will I be able to run quick?” The doctor assured him that he should certainly be able to run quite quickly. George added: “Jeez, that’ll be good doc, I could never run quick ever since I could walk.”

I’M told that government is similar to a six-month-old baby; an alimentary canal at one end (with a big appetite) and absolutely no sense of responsibility at the other.

PUNCTUATION matters: Secretary about to be married urgently, needs a two-bed apartment, or, Secretary about to be married, urgently needs two-bed apartment.