THE RE­GION AT A GLANCE

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HEAR

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!”

Book­ings es­sen­tial.

SEE

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

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.

ETC

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.”

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