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Dumbleyung ladies in black entertain car club

Alex Adams, Roisin Lynch, Jacki Ball, Pip Shields and Tara Green put on a great performance for the recent Vintage Car Club dinner in Wagin.DUMBLEYUNG Theatre Club girls once again put on a great display of dancing and poise at the annual Vintage Car Club dinner in Wagin over the long weekend.
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Choreographed by Tara Green, the four dancers - Alex Adams, Roisin Lynch, Pip Shields and Tara Green - performed an interpretive dance to Tracy Chapman's song Fast Car.

With the dancers dressed in black, using only blue umbrellas as a stage prop, the dance was mesmerising.

It was preceded by poetry, with a poem read by Green, followed by each of the girls reading a verse of another poem - all in the theme of cars and driving.

The performance concluded with Jacki Ball reading the Tom Cochrane song Life is a Highway as an adapted poem.

This is the third year the dancers have performed at the dinner and they are always a popular item on the night's entertainment schedule.

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100 years between plumbers for Dumbleyung

Malcolm Roberts and his brother Stephen at work on a farm at Kilburn, east of Dumbleyung.IF YOU wait long enough history will repeat itself.
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Dumbleyung’s first plumber, gas fitter, general mechanic and galvanised iron worker was Seth Hargraves who ran his business from Harvey Street from 1911-16.

Like many businesses of that time he also had premises in Wagin.

It is thought the next specialised plumbing and gas fitting business was started exactly 100 years later when Malcolm Roberts established his new business, Dongolocking Plumbing and Gas.

There have always been builders in Dumbleyung who have done their own plumbing work and there were those who put the sewerage through in the late 1960s.

After leaving school at Aquinas, Mr Roberts moved into the field of syphonic roof drainage.

He enjoyed the plumbing component which led to an apprenticeship with Sweet Water Plumbing.

Half of his apprenticeship was served in Perth and the remainder in Wagin with Dale Painter of Wagin Plumbing.

Mr Roberts enjoys swimming, cycling and running and is a member of the Kukerin Dumbleyung Football Club and the Dumbleyung cricket and fishing clubs.

He lives at Dongolocking with his fiancée Kira Haast, a beautician.

For the moment Mr Roberts is fortunate to have his brother Stephen as his offsider.

On returning from Afghanistan, Stephen discharged from the army and has returned to the family farm at Dongolocking.

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Bike plans take shape in Dumbleyung and Kukerin

Dumbleyung Shire Landcare Zone facilitator and grants officer Cara Badger and manager of works and services Jeff Alderton examine the site and plans for the local bike plan in Dumbleyung.THE Dumbleyung Shire Council recently adopted its local bike plan.
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The plan was obtained with Department of Transport funding through the Local Government Regional Bicycle Network funding.

It is intended to create a Local Bike Plan for the towns of Dumbleyung and Kukerin.

Mike Maher of Transplan Pty Ltd came down during the Christmas/New Year break and rode around both towns with Landcare Zone facilitator and grants officer Cara Badger.

From this he developed a draft and put it out for community consultation, which recently ended.

The plans cover a number of things, but Mr Maher concentrated on looking at quality of bike facilities and paths, what routes people would use to major facilities like the post office, shop and school and spoke with the teachers about how many students rode to school.

Now that this plan is in place, the shire can apply for future funding through the same scheme to adopt these recommendations.

This funding would also be used to improve and maintain paths and infrastructure.

The plan reinforces the importance of a healthy lifestyle, looks at the impact on the environment and takes into consideration accessibility as a multipurpose path which wheelchairs, prams and gophers would be able to use.

Manager of works and services Jeff Alderton said now the plan was adopted it opened up dual opportunities to apply for funding not just for implementing the plan, but to improve the existing footpaths in both Dumbleyung and Kukerin, including providing better access for prams and gophers from paths onto streets.

Mr Alderton said it was hoped that work could begin this financial year, depending on funding availability.

Although not in the first stage of the plan, he said eventually a walkway/cycle way would extend through the centenary park area in Dumbleyung.

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Search for phascogale populations in Dumbleyung Shire

WILDLIFE Research Management is currently trapping red-tailed phascogales in the northern areas of the Dumbleyung Shire.
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This research is to identify where populations are within the South West Catchment Council project - Ecobridge (Tarin Rock to Dongolocking to Toolibin).

Leon Rakai from Wildlife Research Management said they had great success with finding individuals in an array or vegetation types, from salmon gums to mallee scrub.

A female will nest in a hollow tree trunk (or ‘stag’) while the males will just happily camp under a piece of bark.

Landcare officer Cara Badger said when they had approached farmers about whether they have seen phascogales, they are often mistaken for field mice.

"A key descriptive feature of this endangered species is its red bushy tail," Ms Badger said.

To be involved in the trapping exercise or if people think they have seen a phascogale, call the Dumbleyung Landcare office on 9863 4225 or Wagin/Woodanilling office on 9861 2222.

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Life as a university student

Students from the central west region experience life as a university student at Dubbo's Charles Sturt University. Photo: ABANOB SAADALMOST 70 students from the central west region experienced life as a university student at Dubbo's Charles Sturt University (CSU) yesterday.
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CSU prospective student advisor Rebecca Morgan said the MYDay expo was a success for students in years 10 to 12.

Ms Morgan said the expo was a great way to encourage students to consider university education and it gave them an insight into daily life at university.

"It basically gives the students an opportunity to explore the living and learning side of university," Ms Morgan said.

The students told the Daily Liberal the expo was brilliant and beneficial to them.

"It helped give us an insight into how the courses worked and what is needed for certain courses," a Dubbo College Senior Campus student said.

Students attended from Dubbo Christian School, Dubbo College Senior Campus, Gilgandra High School, Gulgong High School, Narromine High School, Mudgee High School, Peak Hill Central and Wellington High School.

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Fight to keep revenue for golf club

BANNING the Dubbo Golf Club's advertising signs on their Newell Highway frontage will only cause the club to lose a vital revenue stream according to a Dubbo City Councillor.
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Cr Ben Shields said he was shocked to learn the council was attempting to order the signs be removed because they were against "policy".

However, his allegations have been denied by the council's general manager Mark Riley, who said no steps had been taken to ban signage or issue orders for the removal of signage at the Dubbo Golf Course, nor has it stated any intention to do so.

Mr Riley said the council always sought to work with businesses, applicants and organisations in an attempt to help meet their objectives.

The council was bound by legislation, including the local environment plan, and was meeting with the golf club next week to discuss their objectives and assist them with signage on the site, in response to a concern raised some months ago by a local business.

Mr Riley said advertising signage in the city was controlled by the Dubbo LEP, which was gazetted by the NSW Government in November 2011.

The current LEP requires advertising signage to relate to the use of the land upon which it is located. These same provisions were also included in the previous LEP, which was also gazetted by the NSW Government in 2001.

However, Cr Shields was adamant advertising signs were not "causing anyone any harm".

"They have been up for many many years and it proves exactly what I have been saying - that council's attitude to business and its nit-picking attitudes are over the top," Cr Shields said.

"Other cities and towns do not have such stringent signage laws. I have checked with council staff and behold this is a rule that Dubbo has decided to implement and not a state government forced regulation."

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Mitchell House off limits for use as host to offenders program

DUBBO residents can rest assured Mitchell House will not be used as a facility to house the Community Offenders Support Program (COSP), Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.
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Mr Grant said Mitchell House had previously been earmarked by the NSW government to house the COSP, a program which houses offenders on parole or serving a community- based sentence.

The NSW government backed down after strong opposition from the community and Mr Grant promised to find an alternative site for the program.

"I reassure community members Mitchell House will not be used to house the COSP while I am the member for Dubbo," he said.

Westhaven Association currently occupies Mitchell House.

Mr Grant promised said he would only make a decision after extensive community consultation.

DUBBO residents can rest assured Mitchell House will not be used as a facility to house the Community Offenders Support Program (COSP), Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

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Jolly ladies enjoy June luncheon

Sheila Johnson, Robin Dunham, Sandra Hill, Roberta Taylor, Betty Spooner, Coral Davies and Gloria Eckersley made up a table at the luncheon.FRIENDSHIP and fashion was the order of the day last Thursday when the Wagin Anglican Ladies’ Guild hosted its annual Jolly June Luncheon.
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The guild’s president Barb Cumming said the luncheon, which started eight years ago in 2004, was held to raise much needed funds to help restore and maintain both the St George’s Anglican Church and the hall.

Money raised over the past eight years has allowed the guild to almost replace the kitchen in the hall, get new crockery, cutlery, tables and another lot of chairs.

Mrs Cumming said the reason the luncheon was held at the Wagin Bowling Club this year was because the hall was in desperate need of repairs to the ceiling.

“The event has been well supported again this year, which is wonderful to see,” Mrs Cumming said.

“It is a great day and those who come and support it get to enjoy a lovely lunch and some wonderful company.”

Kings Park Fashions travelled from Perth to present an extensive range of clothing, available for purchase and put on an entertaining fashion parade after the meal.

Mrs Cumming thanked Kings Park Fashions, the volunteer models who participated in the parade, the Wagin Bowling Club for providing a venue and especially all the helpers behind the scenes who made the event so successful.

“It is really fantastic that people keep attending every year, the support is greatly appreciated,” she said.

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