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The Gulgong com­mu­nity came to­gether on the week­end to cel­e­brate one hun­dred years since the Gulgong District Soldiers Memorial Rotunda was of­fi­cially opened in Memorial Park by the then Mayor, Wade Gud­geon.

Con­struc­tion of the Rotunda com­menced in 1916, two years be­fore World War One ended.

It is be­lieved to be one of the old­est memorial ro­tun­das and the sec­ond old­est war memorial in Aus­tralia.

The Gulgong Progress As­so­ci­a­tion man­aged to pull to­gether the funds for the rotunda in 1916, at a cost of 244 pounds. In a coun­try town in a na­tion at war, it was an amaz­ing ef­fort.

Thank you to the Gulgong RSL Sub-branch for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in re­fur­bish­ing the rotunda and or­gan­is­ing a truly his­toric day for Gulgong.

No event in Gulgong is com­plete with­out a lit­tle mu­sic from Des Kelly and I joined Des to per­form Waltz­ing Matilda af­ter the for­mal­i­ties had con­cluded.

The ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of those from the Gulgong district will never be for­got­ten. Around 400 chil­dren at preschools across the Calare elec­torate will be given the op­por­tu­nity to learn a sec­ond lan­guage this year, thanks to the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s $15 mil­lion Early Learn­ing Lan­guages Aus­tralia (ELLA) pro­gram.

Yeo­val Preschool will be tak­ing part in the pro­gram and our lo­cal pre-school­ers will be learn­ing the Ital­ian lan­guage. We know the pos­i­tive im­pact learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can have on a child’s en­gage­ment and de­vel­op­ment so it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see so many preschools in Calare tak­ing part in the pro­gram.

This will be the start of a life-long in­ter­est in lan­guage learn­ing for our lo­cal chil­dren while at the same time boost­ing their English and prob­lem-solv­ing skills.

ELLA is a dig­i­tal, play-based pro­gram where preschool chil­dren use a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive ap­pli­ca­tions.

It is de­signed for use by ed­u­ca­tors who do not have for­mal lan­guage train­ing and ex­ten­sive sup­port, train­ing and re­sources are pro­vided to as­sist ed­u­ca­tors in the ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of early lan­guage learn­ing and cul­tural aware­ness. More de­tails about the pro­gram can be found at

CAPTION: An­drew pic­tured with WWII vet­eran Les Monks.

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