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CONTENTS SPRING 2016
110-PAGE TOWN FEATURE: CONDOBOLIN, LAKE CARGELLIGO & WEST WYALONG Our three feature towns all boast rich histories and bright futures and a myriad reasons to visit and explore. But perhaps their greatest attributes are their people and a strong and unflinching sense of community.
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PLAN OF ACTION
IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT
Crowds flock to the 138th Crookwell Show.
Farming family's future is in safe hands.
Clever designs simplify life on the farm.
Cassie Garlick making it in a man's world.
162 PIECE OF PARADISE
GARDEN OF GRACE
FABULOUS AL FRESCO
Meg and Peter Low's delightful "Gairloch Garden" is full of surprise and delight.
Crookwell's "Kiloren" is a picture of sophistication and tranquillity.
Timely tips for outdoor entertaining in style.
178 NATURE AT ITS FINEST
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A holiday that takes in some of Tasmania's extraordinary wilderness is good for the body and soul.
Delicious gluten-free recipes for the home cook.
Old-fashioned lamingtons with a spring twist.
204 EVENTS IN THE WEST
MAN ON THE LAND
Pictures from CWL's Winter launch at Binda.
The Central West's blushing brides and gallant grooms tie the knot in true country style.
How hard work paid off for unlikely farmer John Daunt.
ON THE COVER Discover the west’s best
o Condobolin, Lake Cargellig & West Wyalong town feature
2016 SPRING 2015
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“The Horse Whisperer“ from Lake Cargelligo, Steve Johnson, harvesting with his team of Clydesdales. Photography: David Woodside
‘Gairloch’, Oberon & ‘Kiloren’, Crookwell
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From the Publishers Welcome to spring in the beautiful Central West! We always love this stunning season as it manifests itself in the flush of green, the new life in every shape and form and, in particular, the magnificent gardens that we have here in the Central West. In this issue, we again have beautifully crafted garden stories, thanks to garden guru Elizabeth Swane. We have many comments about our photography and Angus Waddell can take the credit for the garden images you will see showcasing the fascinating gardens at "Gairloch", Oberon, and "Kiloren", Crookwell. Edition number 13, featuring Boorowa and Crookwell, broke all our selling records with over 1050 copies sold in just three weeks in these two unique towns. We were thrilled with the way these local communities, visitors and friends embraced the Winter magazine and feel proud to have been associated with such visionary community leaders. Our launch held in May at The Stables, Binda, just north of Crookwell, was a night to remember. Mayors, council staff, politicians, advertisers, local identities and CWL team members celebrated in grand style, under the watchful eye of our gracious hosts, Annette and Wentworth Hill. We enjoyed the Mudgee Small Farms Field Days, where we again made valuable connections with readers and introduced our magazine to many new people. Thank you for taking the time to come and say hello and give us your feedback about CWL.
CWL team members enjoyed the Winter Launch at The Stables, Binda. Alex and Elizabeth with Zora Regulic, Anna Tickle, Kate Boshammer and Mitch Brakenridge.
The Spring Feature Towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong were very welcoming and truly took on board the concept of sharing their thriving towns with our readers. We are most grateful to have received overwhelming support from businesses. You will be able to marvel at the business success stories and gain inspiration from their determination to make their mark on the local economy. As you would be aware, this magazine could not exist without the support of our loyal advertisers. There are a large number of advertisers who started with us in our first edition, Winter 2013, and who are still flying their flag in our magazine, 3Â˝ years later! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We appreciate your support of our advertisers wherever possible. Our next Feature Towns for Summer 2016 are Blayney, Millthorpe and Carcoar (and the surrounding villages). These quaint towns so rich in history will be a joy to research and we look forward to sharing their stories with you in our 15th edition of Central West Lifestyle. Take care of each other, make every moment count and enjoy the latest edition of Central West Lifestyle! Warm regards,
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One of the many stunning sunsets that Lake Cargelligo has to offer.
elcome, dear readers, to issue 14, as we continue our journey of discovery. In this edition we visit Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and West Wyalong, three very different towns but all with amazing stories and a rich and diverse history. West Wyalong certainly has the X factor. It’s a small but bustling town with so much going for it – friendly strangers, historic shops built during the heyday of the great gold rush, a crooked main street and new dynamic businesses forging ahead each day. Less than a century after it petered out, the gold is back, albeit on a very different scale to that faced by miners a century ago. My time at Evolution Mines was a real eye-opener. Oddly enough, there is still a road in town aptly named Perseverance Street, which would have been pretty apt for the miners of the time. Farming, too, is changing hands. Many of the old timers who still vaguely remember riding a horse to school, snapping up land for a few pounds an acre or doing big deals on the strength of a handshake down at the pub, are pulling up stumps and retiring to town, ready for a highly equipped new generation to take over. Of course, there are others staying put, thank you very much. One of these characters is the irrepressible "Horse Whisperer" from Lake Cargelligo, Steve Johnson, who with his best mate and wife by his side, cleared a rundown old site on the lake’s foreshore to build a unique bush oasis for their family of big, powerful Clydesdales. The way he works a 10-horse team is simply gobsmacking. Sadly there are not too many left with the skills, confidence and patience to get 10 tonnes of horseflesh working cohesively on the strength of a single command!
As usual I met my fair share of characters, from footballer and now bus-driving legend John Kelly to Brother Dominic Levak, a Franciscan friar discovering life in a chapel in the middle of a farm, to publican Paddy Reardon, who welcomes all his customers to the bar as if they're old friends. A big thank you to my gracious hosts, Mick and Vicki Hanlon, for putting me up in their home during my stay, although I rarely saw them, such is the life of a newsagency owner! I also visited some amazing contemporary homes, including the almost palatial residence of Len and Jo Lynch (West Wyalong) and the simply sensational open-plan home of Tony and Jill Broadley (Condo). By the time you are reading this, the cold winter chill will have lifted as we enter spring, the most exciting time of the year (for me anyway). It's the time to start again, to get motivated and feel truly alive, as the country bursts into colour and locals everywhere reconnect with the good (and often simple) things in life. For me, personally, it will be a challenging time, as I sell/dump/move 25 years of my life, including suitcases full of negatives, prints and paper work, to my hometown of Coonabarabran after what seems a lifetime in the Country Music Capital. It's that time in my life to bite the bullet. Real hard. Getting rid of the things that you liked and sourced through hundreds of little shops or auctions is like losing a tooth! But the best things in life are not things. I've learnt that.
Across the lake I was able to take an early morning boat ride with Peter and Barbara Nilsson to view the majestic bird life. As we drifted through big mobs of pelicans, I heard some fascinating tales of life on the lake.
So it all has to go. The stage, where we had hundreds of memorable nights I can't remember with friends I'll never forget; the studio, scene of so many magical moments, is almost bare as I prepare for the next chapter of my journey.
Condobolin, on the Lachlan River, is another great town you can't help but like – and not just because some say it's the geographical centre of NSW. It's definitely the heart of the country and home of the Overflow Station, the setting for Banjo Paterson's famous poem Clancy of the Overflow.
What keeps me focused is the prospect of spending quality time with the most important person in my life, my dear mother, who is about to celebrate her 80th birthday (sorry, Mum, if it was a secret).
There's always something to do in and around Condo and I was fortunate to attend the ABBA Festival at nearby Trundle, the town with the very wide main street and now home to the only festival of its type in the world (all is revealed in the next mag).
Good luck in your endeavours and never, ever give up!
I've been writing and photographing the "best of the Central West" for over four years and can now say that I'm one bona fide resident.
“The best things in life are not things. I've learnt that.” 8 CWL
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SPRING 2016 CONTRIBUTORS
Meet your team
Publisher & Editor
Publisher & Advertising
Chief Writer & Photographer
Sub-Editor & Proofreader
Writer & Social Media Manager
Home & Style and Travel Writer
PAUL & ANNE LOVERIDGE
ROBERT I BRUCE
Country Cuisine Writer
Seasonal Food Writers
Weddings & Events Writer
Social Media Curator
SECTION I have enjoyed receiving Central West Lifestyle since the day about eight months ago when I saw a copy on the table at a Moss Vale coffee shop. I hurried to the newsagent to buy a copy. Recently our newsagent told me that, if you don't turn up within a few days of its arrival, it is sold out. That doesn't surprise me because it is so stacked with very interesting stories. Your last two editions, the one featuring Orange and the latest one featuring Crookwell and other towns in that area, are very special to me, because I was born in Bigga, a small village close to Crookwell and, when I was six years old, our family moved to Orange. My mother was a Bigga girl and my father was born in Crookwell, and, along with his brother and sister, served in WW1. The aerial photos of the towns are particularly exciting and a challenge trying to identify familiar buildings and streets, and the personal stories about so many interesting people, with lots of familiar names, are lovely to read. Central West Lifestyle lives up to its name, featuring not only the facts about the towns but the stories of the people and the community spirit of each settlement. Vera Pickford, Moss Vale
We are a very small business in the village of Bowning on the Hume Highway just outside Yass. When approached by Alex late last year, about selling the CWL in our home and garden decor business, we were not really sure that the magazine would “fit” our business. How VERY wrong we were! Elizabeth and Alex returned, followed by Jake and his trusty camera. They prepared an amazing article about Mayfield Mews and the history of our magnificent home. The article was accompanied by beautiful photographs and appeared in the Winter edition. We are convinced that Henry Lawson, who lived in our home, would be very proud of the written word. The response from people in the featured towns of Boorowa and Crookwell has been mind blowing! We are selling heaps of magazines to our loyal customers, Hume Highway travellers and people from all over the Yass region, the Riverina and beyond. The magazine is stylish, vibrant, honest and stunningly photographed and presented. Cyril and Debby Cox, Mayfield Mews, Bowning
It was with great delight I read the Winter edition of Central West Lifestyle featuring Crookwell and Boorowa and showcasing the appeal and highlights of both towns and their shires. Many Crookwell and Upper Lachlan identities and attractions made an appearance in the glossy pages of the magazine. It proved an interesting read for locals, as well as adding to the area’s appeal for tourists and prospective residents. The demand for the magazine was so strong that the local newsagent sold out of copies twice and has now sold more than 800 magazines in the first month. Congratulations Elizabeth, Alex and your team; may there be many more splendid editions in the future. John Shaw OAM, Mayor, Upper Lachlan Shire Council
I have been so impressed with your publication, not only the excellent features of people and places in the area, but even the ads are impressive. The whole publication is top class. As I am building my new home in Kew, I have found quite a few items from your local businesses for my build, especially the pressed tin manufacturers from Bathurst. Congratulations to the whole team on such a professional publication. I was so impressed, I immediately ordered the back copies and signed up for the next year. Be assured all of your magazines will be displayed on my coffee table for all to see. I am sure my friends will be driving over the “Sandstone Curtain” to experience your very interesting and historic country towns and cities that I have been enjoying lately, even seeing snow for the first time! Thank you to all for making my stay over in the Central West so interesting and I await your next publication with anticipation. Colleen Sydenham, Kew
The Winter 2016 issue of Central West Lifestyle featured beautiful Boorowa and the surrounding region in a gorgeous display of words and images by Jake Lindsay. The launch of this issue showcased many inspiring stories that make up our town and countryside. Boorowa is truly rich in entrepreneurial adventurers and, with a landscape that sets up success, its potential is limitless. Visually, our region came alive on the pages and has generated marketing and tourism opportunities that will share our particularly wonderful brand of living with other regions across NSW, and indeed, Australia. I have been told that this issue has been one of the highest selling issues in recent history and I am proud that Boorowa has played a part in that success for the magazine. On behalf of Boorowa and the Hilltops Council, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful portrayal of our town and our local area and the opportunities that this partnership has extended to the Hilltops region as a whole. Wendy Tuckerman, Administrator, Hilltops Council Congratulations on the success of your amazing publication, which has survived so well in spite of the age of online technology. I have to admit I thought you were very brave initially but you have proved to have overcome that small hurdle by the popularity and sales you have achieved in just over three years in the publishing business. It is so good to be able to take such a lovely gift to friends and relatives! It has a broad range of appeal and is always very welcome wherever I take it. A beautiful magazine, wonderful photography and an informative showcase for our great region. I have even learnt quite a lot about our lovely district filled with so many unsung heroes! Jan Kennedy, Warren
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FROM THE MAYOR As Mayor of Lachlan Shire, I am delighted that Central West Lifestyle is showcasing some of the gems on offer here. The Lachlan Shire encompasses the towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham and the villages of Tullibigeal, Burcher, Albert and Fifield. In the near future, I encourage you to experience first-hand the good old-fashioned country hospitality that the communities of Lachlan are most famous for. I am a proud local, born in Condobolin and raised in Tottenham. This rural upbringing cemented my passion for rural life and dedication to making a difference for future generations by being an active member of my local community. My hometown of Tottenham is located at the northern end of the Lachlan Shire and is the closest town to the exact geographical centre of NSW. Known as The Soul of the Centre, Tottenham has a town population of 330 with an overall regional population of 1000. The Tottenham community has a can-do attitude, driven by the desire to ensure that essential services and facilities are provided locally. The Tottenham community is testament that hard work and dedication pay off. There have been several notable achievements over the years including the refurbishment of Tottenham Airport to ensure its suitability for planes and medical aircraft to provide emergency air ambulance services, the vital recruitment of a full-time doctor for the community, the training of five local Ambulance volunteer officers to assist our single-officer Ambulance station, the construction of a new kiosk/ sports clubhouse at the oval, popular rural and community field days and environmental tree planting projects to name a few. The pride and dedication of locals who actively contribute to their community is echoed throughout the Lachlan Shire, with each of our towns and villages boasting services and facilities that enable us to comfortably live our rural lifestyles. Lachlan Shire Council will continue to grow and develop the region in partnership with our active communities. Already famous for our rich Aboriginal history, our unique attractions, quality events and vibrant natural beauty, I am excited about the future of the area. The unique beauty and potential for growth throughout the Lachlan Shire is why I initially stood for council in 1991 and over the years strong foundations have been built for future progress. More recently I was honoured to undertake the role as Mayor in 2015. 14 CWL CONDOBOLIN
THE PRIDE AND DEDICATION OF LOCALS WHO ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITY IS ECHOED THROUGHOUT THE LACHLAN SHIRE.
My father and uncle also shared the same vision for Lachlan. My uncle was the mayor on three separate occasions during the ’40s and ’50s and my father was mayor in the late ’60s. I have numerous memories as a child of my father attending council meetings and community engagements and I am proud of the growth and progress that has been achieved over the years. The Lachlan Shire is a thriving region for my children, grandchildren and future generations to come. I encourage you to visit and enjoy the various bush experiences that Lachlan provides, so reach for your hat, pull on your boots and feel welcome to make our home, your home. Cr John Medcalf, Mayor of Lachlan Shire Council
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he Lachlan Shire Council area is in the heart of NSW and is well known for its natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals and relaxed bush lifestyle. Lachlan is home to approximately 6775 residents, and is in Wiradjuri country, with one in six identifying as Aboriginal. Early European explorers recorded their journeys passing through Lachlan with surveyor George Evans, who named the Lachlan River, being the first European to visit the area in 1815. Explorers John Oxley (in 1817) and Thomas Mitchell (in 1836) were the first recorded European presence in the region, with Lake Cargelligo first named Regency Lake by John Oxley in 1817, in honour of HRH Prince Regent, later George IV. Surveyor General Major Thomas Mitchell renamed it Cudjallagong, which was the name given to the Lake by the local Aboriginal people. By 1844 the “Condoublin” run had been established and in 1859 the town of Condobolin was gazetted. For more than 20 years it was essentially a stopover and river crossing for drovers moving stock from the north and west of NSW. Copper and gold was found in the Condobolin area from 1885 until 1910 and the town benefitted from the subsequent traffic with Condobolin municipality declared in 1890. The railway arrived in 1898 and Condobolin was the railhead for the Central West until the line to Broken Hill was completed in 1927. Agricultural production was further expanded when the Wyangala Dam was established on the Lachlan in 1935. Lachlan is home to many traditional farming cultures and is one of the largest grain-producing areas of NSW. It is a rich agricultural area and in addition to grain, Lachlan is a significant producer of sheep, wool, beef and cotton. The agricultural sector accounts for nearly a third of economic activity. A small but very successful light-manufacturing sector has emerged in both Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo and Council has also established industrial estates in an attempt to promote further growth. Tourism is an emerging industry, with the natural beauty of the Lachlan River, the picturesque Lake Cargelligo and Gum Bend Lake, and Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham being recognised as RV friendly. Return visitation to Lachlan is high, thanks to our reputation as a relaxed and enjoyable destination.
Return visitation to Lachlan is high, thanks to our reputation as a relaxed and enjoyable destination.
The heart of NSW is home to many great events like gymkhanas, sports days, rodeos, cutting competitions and picnic race meets, all of which are held annually in our towns and villages. Bush adventure is also part of daily life. Covering an area of 15,000 square kilometres, Lachlan offers hidden gems to explore like the Christ the King farm chapel, Jan and Steve Johnson’s live draught horse display and several other local museums. Lachlan is also a popular fishing location and is something of a dream destination for birdwatchers, thanks to our fertile river country, inland lake systems and flat prime agricultural land. The Lachlan district is a great place to explore and an even better place to call home. CWL
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Pride of place THE WIRADJURI CONDOBOLIN CORPORATION IS FOSTERING A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND CULTURE.
y caring for our country and uniting and healing our community, we are forging a new beginning,” says the charismatic general manager of the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC), Ally Coe.
Established in 2003 as a meeting place, conference facility and home for educational programs, the WCC has become the envy of many Aboriginal communities. More importantly, Ally sees the centre as a special place for reconciliation.
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The centre is owned and run by local Indigenous people but is open to everybody. Condo is the home of the Kalarie people, lower Lachlan region, considered to be the heartbeat of the Wiradjuri nation. The facility, beautifully designed and maintained, is used by the CWA, the Antique Motor Vehicle Club of Australia, the Garden Festival committee and Lachlan Shire Council as well as many schools throughout the district. “It’s even become a tourist destination for those looking for exposure to the Aboriginal culture,” says Ally, a level-headed, determined man always prepared to take a stand.
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