Getting dryer. Cyber bullying crusaders
THE pathetic few spots of rain Dubbo and Wello experienced this week didn’t even make me think it could actually rain in proper measure ever again.
The current drought is incredibly serious and its ramifications extend far beyond the next good drenching rain.
We’re entering the colder months, allegedly, and even if we get rain it’ll take a while for any feed to grow.
That’s if the denuded paddocks aren’t washed away in the flood, well, what topsoil is left on them anyway.
One thing that’s incredibly concerning to Dubbo is that if it doesn’t rain, and farmers are forced to sell all their stock, especially sheep in our case, there’ll be a very short supply when the season does break so Fletchers International could struggle to find enough to buy, and that means there may be less work out there, and that means trouble for Dubbo.
So even if you’re not a cocky or in the ag business in some way, don’t pretend this extended dry can’t impact on you, because it can.
So many people I’ve been talking to are between a rock and a hard place, unsure how many stock to keep feeding because if it rains they’ll be worth much more, or to sell and get out of that vicious circle of keeping as many as possible, put the cash in the bank and hope you can get back in the market when the break does arrive.
This sign (pictured above) says it all, there’s just not much fodder left in these parts and when you have to cart hay up from Victoria or South Australia it takes all the joy out of the exercise.
Closer to town, many people are running out of rainwater so the local water suppliers are doing a roaring trade.
Let’s hope the rains come before too many farmers have to start carting water to keep stock alive – that’s like eating soup with a fork. I WAS faced with two choices on Saturday morning – go straight over to watch my 15-year-old play footy on No.2 Oval or detour via the Dubbo Men's Shed and pick up some tools I really didn’t need.
Needless to say, I went to the Men's Shed garage sale. And just to prove they don't make them like they used to, I'll bet the 40-yearold ring spanners I picked up will still be as good as new in another 40 years – if they don’t get lost. Everything on offer was at very cheap prices to boot.
Well done! I ALSO should be banned from going to book fairs, it’s just not fair that I don’t have unlimited shelving to store a few million books.
My current collection stands at about 20,000 books, give or take a few, so I knew I shouldn’t have rocked up to The Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie’s Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair.
Four bags of books later and I’m in strife yet again, but what a wonderful event and a great cause, with more than 14-grand raised this year – a new record.
The volunteers who stacked the books reckon about 2000 people trooped through the doors. I rolled up with just a few minutes to go and while I was able to stuff a bagful of books for only $5, the early birds would’ve cleaned out many of the gems.
Maybe next year I’ll have to be the first there, and the last to leave.
Speaking of leaving, Peter Bartley’s been the genial helm of the fair, coordinating the event for nine years, but he's 'retiring' from that role and Peter English will step in.
It’s great to see so many community organisations working together, with the flying doctor support group and Dubbo Men's Shed pitching in to give a hand.
I did score two WEB Griffen novels, although I already had those books they’re hard to find so I couldn’t resist.
Now when my wife tells me she has nothing suitable to wear, I’ll half understand what she means. WORDS fail me when it comes to this bloke. He would be one of the nation’s biggest opportunists amongst our senior politicians – and that’s saying a lot.
To think we allowed this person to become deputy prime minister is beyond the pale.
The italics are mine. TREVOR MILLARD made a Facebook post on a Dubbo page the other day, trying to find some locals who helped him after he was involved in a motorbike crash in the city.
“Howdy all, over a month ago now I was involved in an accident on my motorbike at the roundabout on the corner of Birch Avenue and Wheelers Lane," Mr Millard wrote.
"I am trying to find the young gentleman who was first on the scene and used his belt around my leg to help with the bleeding.
"Also after a mature aged male who laid on the ground with me talking and keeping me from going into shock till the ambulance arrived on scene.
"Please if anyone has any information about these two incredible people I would be very grateful."
If you know anything about the identities of these two people you can catch Trevor on Facebook or drop me a line. It’s great to see people who appreciate it when someone does them a good turn. IT’S great to see so much roadwork going on around this area, although I hear plenty of complaints from people about how much they’re held up by roadworks.
Now motorists travelling along the Golden Highway at Elong Elong will soon have a safer and smoother section of road with a $620,000 road upgrade progressing well.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the NSW Government-funded project would involve rebuilding a 1.5 kilometre section of the road about 50 kilometres east of Dubbo.
“The existing road surface was rough and required removal and replacement,” Mr Grant said.
“During this work, the opportunity will also be taken to clean out table drains next to the road to ensure rain and other surface water can effectively drain away from the road.
“Once the road has been rebuilt, it will be re-sealed and line marking will be carried out,” Mr Grant said. I’VE been wary of the federal government’s push for chaplains in secular schools. No doubt there's plenty of the government’s rightwing agenda in there, but like anything there’s the good with the bad and much would depend on the quality of the individuals who are employed in the program.
One thing which is promising is a new focus on bullying, specifically cyberbullying, which Member for Parkes Mark Coulton says will mean school chaplains across the electorate are required to undertake training in this area to fully equip them to deal with the challenges they face.
“I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact this programme has and the strong community support behind it, and I’m pleased to see a greater focus on addressing bullying,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Government has announced its ongoing support of the National School Chaplaincy Programme which provides vital pastoral care services to thousands of students and school communities across Australia, including in the Parkes electorate.
“The Government’s 2018-19 Budget extends the National School Chaplaincy Programme on a permanent basis and backed it with an extra $247 million,” he said.
Bullying, particularly in cyberspace, is totally out of control and not just in schools – Facebook for all the good it does is a disaster area, giving voice to mentally-ill lunatics who have toxic agendas, and the worst thing is they can do it all anonymously, in the most gutless way.
I’m hearing of so many people who are getting hammered by this sort of behaviour – young and older.
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News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a councillor on Dubbo Regional Council, and is also employed part-time by Landcare. He writes here in his capacity as a journalist.
A sign of dry times...
John Gibson is one of the Dubbo Men's Shed team who put on a hard-to-resist garage sale last weekend.
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