THE REGION AT A GLANCE
HEAR the dulcet tones of Dubbo’s young musical theatre talents when they perform STRAW AND ORDER, the Christmas story told with a twist (and hints of Law and Order). The 7 to 12 yearold members of the Macquarie Conservatorium Youth Music Theatre are set take to the stage on SUNDAY AND MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 and 28 at the
MACQUARIE CONSERVATORIUM. Tickets are just $5 and it’s a family friendly 40 minute show.
As the story goes Straw and Order is a courtroom in Bethlehem, Judge Grump is far from happy with the complaining cows and a denying donkey.
As Judge Grump encounters quarreling innkeepers, self-important wise men, cool shepherds, some dancing sheep and a spectacular angel choir, everything starts to become clear and the story of Christmas unfolds…...
Led by director Camilla Ward and musical director Raelene Burn, the young performers are part of a popular program at Macquarie Conservatorium introducing children to the skills and thrills of music theatre.
“Our Youth Music Theatre Program gives children the chance to develop their singing, acting and movement, through fun training activities, and by rehearsing and performing in their own shows,” say musical director Raelene Burn.
“It’s an enjoyable and creative activity for kids,” says director Camilla Ward.
Their entertaining Christmas musical this November has toe-tapping songs and plenty of comedy, and is ideal for kids of all ages and their families. As well as their Sunday afternoon show, two shows on Monday morning for school and pre-school groups have been scheduled, and one is already sold out. Visit www.macqcon.org.au for more information and bookings.
HEAR all manner of entertainments at the Dubbo Regional Theatre on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 at 1pm, as the magnificent line-up of quality productions for 2017 is revealed at the 2017 SEASON LAUNCH.
You could just pick up the new 2017 season booklet when it’s distributed but the season launch is an opportunity to find out more about the shows than the booklet will offer.
There’s live performances, exclusive footage and interesting tidbits on performers and shows to help you with your decision making on what shows to invest in.
The 2017 Season will be packed with musicals, drama, comedy, concerts, dance and must-see children’s shows. Classical ballets will be a feature of the Season and patrons will be spoilt for choice.
“The Season Launch ticks all the boxes; it’s a matinee, a variety concert with singing, dancing and comedy, followed by refreshments and a 56 page Season booklet to peruse. All of this for $25 a ticket and free if you are a 2016 subscriber,” Ms Christof said.
“Everyone has the chance to win the lucky door prize of a $500 gift voucher to splash out on the 2017 Theatre Season for yourself and someone special.”
“Craig and Kay Carolan from Kings Hall Jewellers have come on board as the new 2017 season launch sponsor which means the bar has been raised further in the way of Season Launch entertainment.”
“The ticketed event is open to the public, you don’t have to be a Subscriber, or have ever been to the theatre for that matter. You can come on your own or with a bunch of friends - either way, it will be an afternoon to remember!”
SEE the one and only SARA STORER perform in “Another night by the Billabong” at the WARREN Sporting and Cultural Centre to benefit Riversmart on
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2. Tickets $30 each or if you want to take the luxury bus trip option from Dubbo or Narromine, contact Langley's Coaches. See www.riversmart.org.au for all the details. Tickets are selling fast so get in soon to avoid disappointment. Seating is limited.
Then on SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 and 11 throw in a line at the Macquarie River Fishing Classic, Carp muster and river cleanup. A major sponsor is Macquarie Toyota, Warren. Fish anywhere from Burrendong to the Barwon! All who enter go in the draw for a tinnie-trailer-outboard package donated by Dubbo Marine. See www.riversmart.org.au for all the details. Enter early to save yourself $10. Gold sponsors, Twin River Machinery and Macquarie Caravan Park.
SEE THE GULGONG FOLK FESTIVAL will be held on DECEMBER 30, 2016 to JANUARY 2, 2017 and has always brought together the best of traditional folk music. It is a venue that has provided an avenue for new and young emerging talent.
There will be performances, concerts and blackboard sessions in the Centennial Hotel, Commercial Hotel, Post Office Hotel, Prince of Wales Hotel, RSL Club, plus the Butcher Shop Café all weekend.
Also in the legendary Prince of Wales Opera House and in Coronation Park covering music traditions from Folk to Bluegrass to Gypsy Jazz, some raw blues and lots of what comes in-between.
Gulgong is famous for its traditional Folk Sessions that many visitors enjoy joining in. A small traditional friendly family focused long weekend is what makes Gulgong unique. From a Come All Ye session at the Centennial Hotel Friday night of December 30 through to a final farewell on the Monday afternoon/evening.
DO watch out for RUSS THE STORY BUS will will visit schools in Dubbo on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL OF MOVING STORIES first
trip to regional NSW.
Decorated with illustrations by Shaun Tan from his acclaimed picture book 'Rules of Summer' and packed with the latest children's books, Russ will take much-loved children’s and YA authors and illustrators to meet with regionalbased school children. The hands-on approach aims to inspire students to pick up a hardcover book and find the joy in reading.
This would make a fantastic colour story about bringing education opportunities to school groups in regional NSW. For many, it will be a first-time experience to interact with the writers and illustrators of the books they have been studying.
The children will get a chance to browse the latest children’s and YA book, take home a book of their choice for FREE, meet the author or illustrator of their favourite books and ask them questions about their craft, upbringing and career, participate in fun activities, explore the bus’s amazing interior (it has shelves, like a library, as well as an open space for ‘story time’ and activities) and enjoy the larger-than-life artwork painted by award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan from his book Rules of Summer.
Between 9.30am and 11.30am the bus will be at Dubbo West Public School and from 1pm to 3pm, Dubbo Public School.
DO avail yourself of an EXTENSION TO
DISASTER ASSISTANCE as a result of flooding in the Brewarrina Shire since August.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the extension of disaster assistance for seven additional local New South Wales communities in response to flooding which occurred from late August.
The extension ensures the people of the Shire will have the resources and support needed to recover from the impacts of the floods.
The total number of disaster declared local government areas is forty-three and includes Albury, Brewarrina, Carrathool, Greater Hume, Griffith, Lockhart and Wagga Wagga.
Under the NDRRA, a range of assistance is available to help flood affected individuals, small businesses, primary producers, and the local councils with their recovery, including help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets; receive concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and nonprofit organisations, freight subsidies for primary producers; and grants to non-profit organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au. Further information on disaster assistance is available atdisasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.
IT can be done. The Victorian Andrews Labor Government introduced legislation this week to PERMANENTLY BAN FRACKING IN VICTORIA.
In a national first, the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 will permanently ban all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas and extend the moratorium on conventional onshore gas exploration and development to June 30, 2020.
Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on unconventional gas for years.
This legislation ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking.
It forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria which received more than 1600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas.
It is still unclear whether the Nationals will support the Labor Government’s legislative ban.
The legislation will protect Victoria’s farming sector, which employs more than 190,000 Victorians and exports $12 billion in food and fibre products a year.
The Bill amends the Petroleum Act 1998 and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 to implement the Government’s decision.
Premier Daniel Andrews said: “We were elected to put people first – and that means supporting Victorian farmers, their families and regional communities by protecting their produce and our environment.”