Southern Riverina news

Great turnout for important walk

- Anne Freestone

There were about 50 people who walked around the Finley Lake Saturday morning to support the Lifeline Out of the Shadows Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Community members from across the shire walked laps of the lake for the nine people lost to suicide every day.

Finley locals Michelle and Tony Smith, along with their family members and friends, joined the walk to honour and remember their son Will. He lost his life to suicide last year.

The Southern Riverina Wellbeing Collaborat­ive coordinate­d the walk and registered to fundraise for Lifeline.

The youngest community member to be involved was seven months-old and there were some four-legged friends who joined the walk as well.

It was encouragin­g to see everyone out walking and talking with each other throughout the morning, taking in the sights and sounds of being at the lake and supporting such an important organisati­on.

Those experienci­ng mental health issues can follow the locally based Southern Riverina Wellbeing Collaborat­ive on Facebook for informatio­n about other wellbeing-based initiative­s rolling out across the towns in the Berrigan Shire and Jerilderie.

People can also access informatio­n and support by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14, Lifeline text 0477 131 114 or (chat to a crisis support worker).


Finley Hospital Auxiliary Op Shop advises there will be a $5 a bag sale of winter clothing taking place from today until the excess stock on hand is cleared.

There is some specially marked clothing which is not included in the sale.

There is an extensive range to choose from so be sure to call in, cram as much as you can into a bag and walk out with some great


The lovely volunteers are great to have a talk with and always ready to help in any way.


The Finley Lions Club wood raffle is coming to the end of the 2022 winter season, with the last to be held on Saturday, September 24.

Tickets sold in September have been, and will be, combined after the drawing of the last trailer load for the final draw.

A fire pit constructe­d, as usual, by John O’Rourke will be up for grabs.

The winner of last Saturday’s load of wood very kindly donated it back to the Lions Club, to be given to someone in need.

The members of the Finley Lions Club continue to raise funds for many projects and support other worthy causes in the local community, and are to be congratula­ted on the time and effort they contribute.

One of their recent activities was to provide for and cook the barbecue at the Finley Golf Club Pink Day organised by Joanne Dean.

As a result of their efforts, Jo was delighted to present the club with a cheque for the

proceeds on Saturday morning.


Due to unforeseen circumstan­ces, the CanAssist Finley branch monthly meeting which was to have been held last night had to be cancelled at the last minute.

The executive apologises for any inconvenie­nce caused.

The next meeting will be held at the Finley Bowling Club on Tuesday, October 11 from 6pm.

Members are reminded that this will be the AGM. New members are always welcome.

All funds raised stay in the local area and are used to assist those travelling their own journey with cancer; all totally confidenti­al.


Finley is very fortunate to have a new business opening this Saturday.

Newcomer to town Louise Hallinan will have a grand opening for the Smart Brain Health Centre in shop one in the Central Arcade from 10am and is looking forward to warmly welcoming everyone.

Louise moved to Finley the week before Christmas last year with her son Zachary.

She decided to move out of the city as she always loved country life, having lived many years ago in the northern river’s town of Bellingen.

Louise is a natural medicine practition­er with 18 years’ experience, and an internatio­nal award-winning author of the book Smart Brain, Healthy Brain.

Zachary enjoys studying history, from ancient to modern times, and both are looking forward to meeting and making new friends in Finley.


Finley Garden Lovers Club is celebratin­g 60 years existence on Wednesday, September 28 with a luncheon at the Finley RS Club.

It will be from 10am to 3pm, with two very different presenters.

All the traditiona­l features will be in place - lucky door prize, continuous raffles, members’ plant trading table, morning tea, lunch plus a celebratio­n cake.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the secretary, Julie Stava, on 0408 648 494 by Tuesday, September 20. Cost is $40 per person.

Special guest speaker is Garden Clubs of Australia president Lorraine Emerson.

A qualified commercial florist with many years of experience in retail nurseries, she became involved with her local garden club almost 15 years ago.

Garden Clubs of Australia has 773 member clubs and over 53,000 individual members.

Lori’s role involves overseeing the day-today operations of the organisati­on along with representa­tion at affiliate functions throughout the year.

Her passion for gardening and floral design has earned her the honour of judging for both the Sydney Spring Garden Competitio­n and her local council for the past two years.

At the celebrator­y luncheon she will speak on the role and advantages of membership in Garden Clubs of Australia, and the organisati­on’s Our Garden magazine.

The second presenter will be Rodney Clarke from Invergordo­n, who will speak on two of his passions - dahlias and chrysanthe­mums.

He has an amazing knowledge of all aspects of cultivatin­g, growing and propagatin­g.

From soil preparatio­n, fertilisin­g, growing environmen­t and presentati­on, he covers all bases.

The organisers look forward to Rodney having dahlias and chrysanthe­mums for sale at the 60th anniversar­y event.


Well known local identity Dennis Smith celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday, in a gathering organised by his wife and children at their home.

Jodie Brown made and decorated the beautiful cake, and Dennis would like to thank everyone who extended best wishes to him on this special occasion.


The Berrigan Bush Drovers are back.

For one night only, everyone is welcome to go along to St Joseph’s Primary School Hall in Finley this Friday night from 5.30pm for a fun bush dance.

People with two left feet are welcome, as the band will teach you some moves.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and under 18s are free.

A barbecue and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Jump onto the link http://compasstix. com/e/tqe4jcphvr to purchase your tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.


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 ?? ?? Lions Club members John O’Rourke, Ray Healey, president Chris Horne and Steve McRae, with Pink Day organiser Joanne Dean.
Lions Club members John O’Rourke, Ray Healey, president Chris Horne and Steve McRae, with Pink Day organiser Joanne Dean.

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