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A letter from John Lennan A Bingara Legend A few weeks ago we published a photo of a Bingara Intermediate High open weight team which was coached by one of Bingara’s ‘legends’, John Lennan. The team won their division at the Tamworth Peels School carnival and this was not surprise, as they had some great players, and most importantly, they had a dedicated man as coach. John, a school teacher, went on to coach many teams, including Captain/Coach of the 1965 First Division A grade team.

note that it was 1956 when I transferred from Top Bingara to town. The day the team was winning at the Peel Schools Carnival in Tamworth I was in my sickbed in Bingara. My colleague Ellis Skelton our manual arts teacher graciously agreed to manage the boys for the day. He played his part well and enabled the team to achieve a milestone in their school careers. Having missed the action I cannot comment on the performances but their victory was remarkable in several ways. The team photo suggests that they had only thirteen players to get through the day.

No reserves. They went to the carnival without any lead-up matches. No match fitness and no familiarity. A few team members were not regular league players but were there to support the others. Lack of experience.

THE LOCAL BINGARA An independent, privately owned business, by the publisher, RODNEY KING of 60 Maitland Street, Bingara. The Local is produced and printed in Bingara by Bingara Newsagency Publication Day: Thurdsay Phone: 02 6724 1500 Email:

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Thus, we sent a copy of the Local to John and asked him for a few comments about the team and we were delighted when he told us: ‘I enjoyed your article and it bought back some fond memories of Bingara Intermediate High and the people of your unique town. It is always difficult to compare teams of different eras but if it arouses interest in the coming reunion and reminds people of past successes, then the purpose has been served. If it helps clarify when the open side was victorious, you should

We were lucky that we had an oval within the school grounds to train on in our lunch times. We also had a supportive Principal in Dudley Hyland and of course the usual supportive parents to back us up. I am refraining from mentioning the stand out players as league is a team game and every boy played a role. Suffice to say there were some very talented boys in the team. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.’ Kind Regards John

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One of the outstanding features of Bingara over many decades was the dedication of doctors who had given their heart and soul to the town. This was especially true in the early, formative years when they worked under extreme circumstances. Later, Bingara was also very fortunate to have a long, unbroken run of these family doctors, but then the world changed and so did the way medical services were provided. Nowadays, even small towns like Bingara could never get by with just one doctor and the answer is modern medical centres, often operated by corporations with the resources to make it work. Sure, the personal touch is not the same, but the over-riding plus is that despite doctor shortages in the bush, most of the time, doctors are available. However, for many of Bingara’s long-term residents, the memories of the family doctor are still strong and one who made a huge impression during his life was Dr. Archie Kalokerinos. For example, in 2000 he was awarded the title Greek-Australian of the Century by the Melbourne-based Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos. Thus, we decided it is time to refresh our memories of this great man and to do this, we have quoted the following press release, issued on his passing in March 2012: ‘Archie’ Kalokerinos was born Archivides Kalokerinos, to Greek parents from the island of Kythera, in Glen Innes, Australia, on 28 September 1927. (He was named after the Greek hero Alcibiades, but during translation the spelling was mistaken). He was always proud of his Greek heritage -“ Greek background acted, always, as the guiding light through the darkness and unknown.” ISSUE 156|Thursday 17th May 2018

‘Dr Archie’, as he was affectionately known, took his medical degree from Sydney University in 1951 and then spent six years in England. On his return to Australia, he was appointed Medical Superintendent of the hospital at Collarenebri, a town 500 miles north-west of Sydney. In 1965, he tried his hand at opal mining at Coober Pedy. He became a world expert on opals and in 1967 and 1971, wrote two definitive books on the subject. Later, becoming disillusioned with opal mining, he returned to medicine at Collarenebri where he served until 1975. Dr Kalokerinos became very concerned about the high mortality rate of Aboriginal children in north-western New South Wales. He came to the conclusion that the infants had symptoms of scurvy, a deficiency of vitamin C, and he treated them accordingly. At one stage, in one central Aboriginal community, every second Aboriginal child was doomed to die in infancy. When supervised by Archie Kalokerinos, the death rate in the area dropped to zero after Archie applied his ‘counter intuitive’ therapy. Dual Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, in the foreword to Kalokerinos’ book Every Second Child, endorsed his views and his clinical acumen. In 1975, Phillip Noyce produced the compelling docudrama about Dr Archie Kalokerinos and aboriginal healthcare and his use of vitamin C, entitled God Knows Why But it Wor ks. Opening the Kytheraismos Conference II, in Canberra on the 15th September, 2006, then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, asserted that he could think of no other group that has more totally integrated itself into the

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mainstream of Australian life, yet preserved a passionate love of their home culture than the Greeks. They have really shown the rest of the world and the rest of Australia how it should be done. The people of Kythera’, he added, ‘have made an enormous contribution to Australia, over a very long period of time. They have made a particular contribution to regional and rural Australia’. Amongst the many high-achieving Kytherians in the room, he singled out Dr Archie Kalokerinos for special mention. ‘Dr Archie Kalokerinos practised medicine in central New South Wales and through his consistent and selfless efforts, saved the lives of many young, indigenous Australians’. It would be interesting to perform a ‘Schindler’s List’ type analysis of the extended families of the children saved and determine how many aboriginal people owe their existence to Dr Archie Kalokerinos. On 17 December 1977, Dr Archie married Catherine Hunter at St Lukes Church, Mosman. In a brief autobiography, he wrote of her: ‘There is one non-Greek who I need to thank. It is my English wife, Catherine. She tolerated a great deal when I became obsessed with what I was doing. In the end, there is nothing like teamwork’. From 1976 to 1982, Dr Archie worked with the Aboriginal Medical Service. From 1982 to 1992, he conducted a medical practice in the north-western NSW town of Bingara. Dr Kalokerinos would later enter a number of controversial debates, including those surrounding vaccination, sudden unexpected shock, sudden unexpected unconsciousness, otitis media, sudden infant death syndrome and shaken baby syndrome. Dr Kalokerinos was a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, a Fellow of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists, Fellow of the Hong Kong Medical Technology Association and a Mem-

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ber of the New York Academy of Sciences. In 1978, he was the subject of This is Your Life and was presented with The Australian Medal of Merit for Outstanding Scientific Research. He retired from full time practice in 1992 and apart from performing occasional locum work in Tamworth, he spent most of the latter part of his life doing private research. He subsequently moved from Tamworth to Cooranbong on the Central Coast and then to Rushcutters Bay in Sydney. In 2000, he was declared the Greek Australian of the Century by the Melbourne newspaper, Neos Kosmos. On Dr Archie’s passing, former Mayor of Bingara, John Wearne, spoke for an entire community when he said: ‘Many people in Bingara will grieve for the loss – he was much revered in Bingara’. His offices were situated within what is now the newly renovated Roxy complex. This is only fitting, as the Roxy complex, including theatre, café and museum, memorializes the contribution that Greek-Australians have made to rural Australia.’ Archie was the beloved husband of Catherine, adored father of Ann, Helen and Peter and and loved grandfather to Oscar. Archie recounted his life in his autobiography Medical Pioneer of the Twentieth Century, a book that has never been out of print and which is available from Biological Therapies Publishing, Melbourne. Archie’s most endearing qualities, Daan Spijer suggests, were his humanity and honesty and those are qualities which stood out throughout his life. Those who had been privileged enough to meet Dr Archie will know that these qualities were even more evident in personal encounters. He passed away peacefully on 1 March 2012. His vibrant and engaging presence will be sorely missed. May his memory be eternal.

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Victoria – The Weekly Times May 9th

Vegie exports steam ahead While Australia has lost a lot of its capacity to compete on the world stage for manufactured goods, the high quality of agricultural products is helping balance our trade. For example the Times reported: ‘The value of Australia’s fresh vegetable exports is soaring, up more than 60% over the past five years. According to Global Trade Atlas data, the total value of fresh vegetable exports reached $52 million last year, up 61% on 2012 and averaging yearly increases of about 10%.’ The main markets are Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Boom time for Australia’s organics industry The Times reported: ‘Australia’s production of organic goods is booming, with value of the industry almost doubling within five years. Fruit, vegetables, nuts, meat and eggs account for almost three-quarters of that trade, with each of these sectors having grown enormously since 2014.’

Trial on guardian plants

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‘Could planting native eucalyptuses between vegetable rows help keep pests away?’ This question was posed by a group of academics from Charles Stuart University who are conducting a nationwide search for the Achilles heel of harmful insects. In parts of Asia native plants and flowers are planted as ‘companions’ for rice crops and their presence had reduced farmer’s pesticide use and lifted crop yields. Geoff Gurr, a professor of applied ecology, said that this approach of using companion plants was widely developed across Asia and was a recommended practice in China. He also added: ‘We’re trying to build up a rich picture across states and times of year on what the effect is of neighbouring land use. It might be that we find native eucalyptus forests are really good at encouraging beneficial insects and that has a knock-on effect of lowering pest numbers, but we could find growing cabbages next to apple orchards is the solution.’ The problem in Australia is that we have a big knowledge gap and the project has funding for three years to come up with some solutions.

Queensland – Queensland Country Life May 10th

Aus leading the charge on sustainable beef One of the important statements coming from beef week concerned the efforts made for sustainable beef production. The chief sustainability officer for the OSI Group, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman told the Queensland Country Life: ‘Australia should claim its’ rightful place at the front of global sustainable beef work, not just as a service for farmers but in the interests of taking such efforts forward.’ The OSI Group is a global supplier of custom value-added food products, with offices in 17 countries and a portfolio of customers that include the likes of Aldi, Costco, McDonalds and Subway. The group believes that there are three key elements of sustainability: environmental soundness, social responsibility and economical viability. Nicole added that in Australia the work is farmer-led, but in other countries the sustainability work does not have farmers at the centre. Page 6

NAB continues to exodus bush towns

Call for action on beef reform It was reported: ‘The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Mick Keogh has issued a pointed statement criticising the “disappointing” level of improvement in transparency in cattle and beef markets. Reforms suggested by the ACCC March 2017 included greater price reporting of non-auction sales, more processor price offer transparency, simplification of pricing grids, and measures to increase transparency in saleyard auctions. The Red Meat Advisory Council is the target of the ACCC’s remarks in view of its reluctance to engage with recommendations and the belief is that they should not be in a leadership role regarding reform. Thus the ACCC will engage with the state and federal government regarding implementation of re-

form recommendations.

New South Wales – The Land May 10th

Budget gets ‘B’, some big ticks The Land reported: Farm groups have given the Federal Budget a “B” and said that it lacked “sizzle”, and had no extra funding for mobile blackspots.’ Poor communications in country areas is a huge challenge that des-

perately requires up grading. What was liked was some more funding for the inland rail project, upgrading of regional roads, rail lines and bridges. Also, funding for a regional medical school, the funding for more agriculture export councillors and biosecurity through better border security were all seen as positives. But the downside was lack of drought funding and the poor communication service which need more funding. NSW Farmers president, Derek Schoen said this was, ‘A big let-down for regional communities.’ It’s 1982 for some, and mud for others ‘With winter just around the corner, and frosts already recorded in higher regions, the dry autumn across much of NSW is reviving tough memories of 1982 for many farmers. Considered the worst dry period since 1965-66, the 1982 dry started with a poor spring in 1981, leading onto a dry autumn/winter through 1982. Stock were fed for almost the entire period.’ However despite the dry outlook, the North Coast is currently experiencing plenty of rain with mud ankle deep in some areas.

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The Victoria rural newspaper, the Weekly Times, reported on Wednesday May 9 2018: ‘Nab is the latest of the major banks to announce it will be exiting towns in Victoria, with two branches to be shut in the Western Districts in July.’ It was claimed that the bank had closed 300 rural branches across Australia in the past three years and those in Casterton and Port Fairy, were the next to go. Glenelg Shire councillor Karen Stephens said: ‘The closing would hit Casterton hard, with about 40 businesses relying on the Nab – the town’s only remaining bank – for day-to-day cash management. She said the bank’s figures showing a decline in local transactions were “manufactured” and that moving accounts to other local branches without account holders’ knowledge should be a matter for the banking royal commission.’

Bingara residents will be aware that the Nab also announced transaction data as a reason for closing the branch here and in view of the findings of the royal commission, nothing surprises as far as bank behaviour is concerned. However on the plus side, we retain the Regional Australia Bank and it is hoped that our support of them will be sufficient to sustain our future banking needs well into the future. (Editor)

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Red raspberries originated in Europe and have been around for thousands of years. Many people already know the health benefits of consuming the plant fruit but did you know that red raspberry leaves can be used to make a herbal tea which has a multitude of benefits for women? Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries to support respiratory, digestive and uterine health, particularly during pregnancy and childbearing years. It is high in vitamins C, E, A, B and has good amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. It also contains essential trace minerals such as zinc, iron, chromium and manganese. Raspberry leaf tea tastes more like black tea, not like raspberries as its name suggests. If taken regularly (1

cup a day) from 32 weeks onwards in pregnancy, it tones and strengthens the uterus helping to make labour and delivery easier. It has also been known to help bring breast milk in and ease monthly menstrual cramping pain. Red Seal Leaf Tea is now available at Bingara IGA and Hardware.

Iced Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (Recipe from: Ingredients • 6 cups of water • 3 to 4 organic red raspberry leaf tea bags • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice • 1 tablespoon of honey • 1/2 cup of frozen berries

2. Remove the pot from the heat source and place the tea bags in it, then steep for 15 minutes. 3. Once the tea cools down, transfer to a large pitcher, then mix the rest of the ingredients. 4. Store in the refrigerator or pour ice cubes, then enjoy. Cheers!!

Method 1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot.

KITZ LIVING FOODS Kitz Living Foods is an Australian family owned business located in Murwillumbah in Northern NSW. Born in a family kitchen in 2006, Kitz Living Foods offers consumers a range of healthy organic snack foods that contain nothing artificial. All nuts and seeds are soaked overnight in filtered water to ‘activate’ the ingredients, making them easier to digest. Products are then dehydrated at 47°C or less so they remain ‘alive and raw’ meaning that you, the consumer, gains maximum nutrition from them. The company specializes in snacks for vegans, raw foodies and allergy sufferers, being free from wheat, gluten, ISSUE 156|Thursday 17th May 2018

dairy products, peanuts, sesame, soy, eggs, yeast, fish, shellfish and cane sugar. Many products are also suitable for those following a Paleo or low carb diet. Kitz Living Foods also considers impacts of manufacturing and packaging on the environment. The company factory is powered exclusively by 100% renewable energy and all retail packaging is compostable. There is currently a small selection of Kitz products available in the Health and Wellbeing Section of Bingara IGA and Hardware. Look for Coconut Dream Caramel Bar, Coconut Lime Sublime Bar and Classic Raw Pizza Base. Cheers!!

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Bingara Rugby League 90th Anniversary

Caption: Can you name the footballers in this team and the year? Struggling? Then why not drop into the Bingara Bullets 90th Anniversary celebrations at the Sporting Club on Saturday night, and get the answers. Following Saturday’s Bingara Bullets verses Ashford Rooster’s Group 19 clash at Gwydir Oval, all roads will lead to the Bingara Sporting Club for the official celebration of ninety years of rugby league in the town. To kick the weekend off there is a “meet and greet” at the club on Friday night for current and past players, also committees and supporters. This is a great chance to renew friendships, make new ones and relive past glories. The game on Saturday should be a ripper with the Bullets coming off a win against Walcha and Ashford fresh from a 30-22 victory over Guyra. Also, as an acknowledgement of the wonderful contribution of past players, the Bullets will wear specially made “reunion” jumpers which will be auctioned that night. The official part of the weekend will commence about 6 pm at the Sporting Club with a welcome by the club followed by a brief trip down memory lane of the game since the 1920s. At approximately 6.30 pm dinner will be served and people will be invited to take the floor and share their experiences with those present. Finally, at 8 pm the auction of the reunion jumpers will be held and afterwards, entertainment by the Stunned Mullets. To book for the meal ($25) go to htts:// Also, you don’t need to buy a ticket to attend the night, only buy if you want a meal. ISSUE 156 |Thursday 17th May 2018

Tooheys Group 19 Rugby League Results Round 6

A Grade Armidale 16 Defeated by Narwan 38 Moree Boars 12 Defeated by Inverell 18 Moree Boomerangs 72 Defeated T i n g h a 24 Glen Innes Bye Reserve Grade Armidale 6 Defeated by Narwan 46 Moree Boars 36 Defeated Inverell 34 Moree Boomerangs Bye Under 18s Moree Boars 24 Defeated Inverell 10 Moree Boomerangs 10 D e f e a t e d b y Tingha 16 Armidale Bye Glen Innes Bye Ladies Leaguetag Armidale 16 Defeated Narwan 0 Moree Boars 24 Defeated Inverell 12 Moree Boomerangs 14 Defeated Tingha 8 Glen Innes Bye Second Division Men’s Ashford 30 Defeated Guyra 22 Tenterfield 42 Defeated Walcha 16 Warialda 18 Defeated Uralla 16 Bingara Bye Ladies Leaguetag Ashford 16 Defeated Guyra 6 Tenterfield 10 Defeated by Walcha 22 Warialda 0 Defeated by Uralla 52 Bingara Bye

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Source: Warialda Standard and Northern Districts’ Advertiser, Monday 3 April 1933, page 2 The Bingara P. and A. Society has reason to be well pleased with the success of the third Show held on Wednesday and Thursday. During the past twelve months a great improvement has been made in the show ground appointments, including the erection of a fine large luncheon room. There was good competition throughout the horse section, and particularly in the hacks the judge (Mr J. Ross of Harden) was given large fields of high-class horses to choose from. The prize winners appear in another column. The grand parade took place after the official opening on Thursday. In the pavilion there was a very nice display. The Horton District exhibit arranged by Mrs. W. H Crowley of Rocky Creek, occupied a large space, and was a great credit to the residents of that area. The exhibit comprised produce, women’s work, all kinds of preserves &c. The District includes Horton River, Rocky Creek, Pallal, Caroda, Palaroo, Back Creek and Derra. The cattle were a feature of the Show, Mr. Gordon Munro’s herd of Aberdeen Angus exhibits commanding great admiration. The champion bull and cow in Herefords belonged to Messrs. Hays Bros. In Shorthorns Mr. H. W. Capel had the champion bull and cow. In the Aberdeen Angus section Mr. H. G- Munro swept the board, and he also gained the grand champion prize for both bull and cow.

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Warialda district owners contributed largely to the show in the sheep section and gained most of the prizes They struck strong opposition in the main classes from Wallah Pastoral Company and Linton Estate, D Conway took eight first prizes, also for reserve champion ram and champion ewe in fine wool, champion ewe and reserve champion ewe in medium, reserve champion ram in strong wool. S. W. Kent gained nine firsts and champion ram in medium wool. Walter Moore secured three first prizes. There was a large number of poultry exhibits, C. G. Wilson’s Rhode Island Red cockerel was champion male bird of the Show, and R. Scutt’s pullet was champion female bird of the Show, C. G. Wilson’s being second. Other Warialda winners wore J. Rose, who secured two firsts for Silver Laced. Wyandotte cockerel and pullet, and F. W. Morris, first, for Utility White Leghorn Cockerel. E. Maidens, of Koloona, secured first for Columbian Wyandotte Cock. Mr. F. Morris’ Warialda Apiary took first prize against two others for both light and dark honey. Few of the country P. & A. Societies have a President to equal Mr. Gordon Munro in initiative, energy, and popularity. The social side received great attention, and the distinguished visitors were entertained at dinner at the Imperial Hotel on Wednesday, as well as at the official luncheon to His Excellency the Governor and Lady Game on the Show Ground on Thursday. In the arrangements the President had a good assistant in Mr. T. D. Ryan.

Photo Left: Bingara Show’s First Lunch

Photo Right: Bingara Show 1931

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Source: Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Tuesday 13 May 1890, page 5 Monday. The Mayor presided at a public meeting on Saturday for the purpose of assisting the sufferers by floods on the Darling and elsewhere. Resolutions of sympathy were passed, and a subscription list opened, to which a liberal response was made. A committee was Photo: formed to collect subscriptions outside of the Fletcher’s stamper battery on the bank of Barrack Creek 19km from town. Bingara. Operators home in right background. Photo 1905 The Bingara Gold-mining Company are raising stone from the 160ft. level which is showing gold freely. The Brisbane Syndicate at Barrack Creek Source: Inverell Times, start crushing in a few days with a plant on an Friday 5 September 1930, page 4 entirely new principle. The search for gold has broken out again at Bingara, and 20 to 30 pros The weather is splendid. prospectors have been engaged upon sur rounding fields during the past three months. Although finds of no great quantity have resulted, a little gold has been won. Mr. J. H. C. Farrar has been engaged in the Source: Manilla Express, neighbourhood and carries some nice specimens in a small bottle. Friday 13 July 1934, page 2 Two Bingara prospectors, have recently opened up a very promising quartz reef, ranging from a foot to eighteen inches in thickness, about 1 1/2 miles from Bingara. The reef is showing coarse gold freely.



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Photo: The All Nations (also called the New Bingara Gold Mine). Closeup of the headframe (left) and the millhouse enclosing the stamper (right). Date unknown, but probaly late 1930’s or early 1940’s.

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Source: Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser, Friday 2 November 1917, page 2 While Lieutenant Killeen, of the Sportsmen Unit, was speaking at Bingara on Thursday night last week, an interjection was made by Mr. Cecil Last, who was among the listening crowd. In reply, the speaker invited Mr. Last to come up on the platform and publicly state his views on recruiting. Mr. Last stated that, if he did so, he might render himself liable to prosecution under the War Precautions Act, adding that he would answer the statements of the recruiting speakers at his (Last’s) own meeting on the following Saturday night and would give Lieut. Killeen an opportunity of speaking from the same platform. The offer was gladly accepted and last Saturday Lieut. Killeen and Mr. V. S. Spence arrived in good time at the meeting place, the Central Hotel balcony; The Mayor (Mr. Bull) presided, but after proceedings had been formally opened Mr. Clark, secretary of the Bingara branch of the P.L.L., asked permission to speak, and stated that a meeting of Mr. Last’s supporters held during the day, had decided to request Mr. Last not to speak at the recruiting meeting. Mr. Clark further expiated that Mr. Last had been fined on a previous occasion and his local supporters did not wish to be called on to pay another fine for him, and had therefore requested him not to speak in case he should make some remark on which a prosecution would he based Lieut. Killeen expressed regret that Mr. Last had not stood to his challenge, and improved the opportunity by a forceful address, lasting two hours, on the war as it affected the worker and the reasons why he should fight. Mr. V. A. Spence also spoke. In consequence of Mr. Last’s ‘challenge’ the arrangements which had been made for speaking at Tingha on Saturday night were modified, but. Sergt Major McMurtrie spoke there and received an exceptionally good hearing. — Inverell “Argus”

Photo Left: HPC 402 at Warialda 14/10/1983 If you have any family History you’d like to share with the local readers please email them to: we’d love to hear from you.

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Photo Right: WARIALDA RAIL Located 7km SW of Warialda Original concrete silo type S016 (1600 tonnes capacity). Extra bins (6000 tonnes) added in 1690. D150 bulkhead (15000 tonnes) built in 1966.

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winter gardening a guide to Companion planting

Most gardeners have heard of the benefits of companion planting, but many are confused about just what companion planting means and how its principles can be applied in the garden. Companion planting involves grouping garden plants together so that they help each other to grow better. They can do this in many different ways, such as: 1. Plants that attract beneficial insects Planting a mixture of flowers and herbs among vegies and fruit trees will encourage a healthy diversity of living creatures to move into the garden. Insect-attracting plants that grow readily from seed include herbs like thyme, sage, coriander, chives and mint, and flowers such as cosmos, calendula, lavender, echinacea and marigold. Phacelia, available in Yates seed range, is very successful at attracting useful garden insects such as bees (valuable pollinators) and hoverflies (aphid predators). Phacelia’s appealing lavenderblue flowers produce copious quantities of pollen and nectar that make them irresistible to many insects. 2. Masking and decoy plants Masking plants emit an odour that disguises the smell of desirable plants and confuses the insect pests that might otherwise attack them. A good example is planting chives, onions or garlic near roses to deter thrips, aphids and other pests. Closely related to the masking plants are the ‘decoy’ plants that attract pests to themselves and away from their neighbours. Nasturtium is one of the best known decoy plants. Nasturtiums act like magnets, pulling pests away from other plants (pictured). Plants like this are sometimes called ‘sacrificial’ or ‘martyr’ plants because they’re prepared to suffer in order to protect their companions. 3. Nurturing plants Other plants improve conditions for their neighbours. The best-known of these are the peas, beans and other members of the legume family that have the ability to capture nitrogen from the atmosphere. Plants growing in close proximity to peas and beans benefit from the nitrogen the legumes have added to the soil. 4. Choosing companion plants Working out which plants grow well together is often a matter of individual trial and error, but Yates seed packets have recently been re-vamped with the addition of lots of extra information, including recommendations for herb and vegetable companion planting. Here are some favourites: pumpkin loves corn, beans and radish; cabbages love beans, celery and onions; beetroot loves broccoli, lettuce and onions. Before sowing, always check out the ‘Hint’ section on the back of Yates vegetable and herb seed packets.

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TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HERB GARDEN THRIVING ALL WINTER LONG Choose Your Herbs Pick hardy herbs, like chives, mint, parsley, thyme, rosemary and basil. These herbs will survive well as long as they are kept in moderately sunny areas and watered regularly. You can also choose herbs, like lemongrass or spring onions, that don’t even need to be planted. Keeping them on a sunny windowsill and regularly replenishing their water supply is all you need to do. Choose Your Location Pick a south-facing window, where they’ll be in the sun for most of the day. But be sure not to pick a location where they’ll need to be moved or they’ll be in the way as you work or cook. Try hanging window boxes on the inside of your windows instead of on the outside. You could also try using mason jars as mini herb gardens. Be Wary of Over-Watering Plants that needed to be watered daily over the summer may need water only every two days. Feel the soil; if it is moist, you don’t need to water your plants.

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Moroccan Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Soup

with Coconut Ginger Cream and Pistachios

INGREDIENTS 1 cloves head garlic for roasting • • 2 tablespoons coconut oil • 1 red bell pepper chopped • 4 cups butternut squash peeled + cubed • 1 teaspoon spicy curry powder • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1/2 teaspoon cumin • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried) • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk • 2 cups veggie broth • salt and pepper to taste • 4 ounces goat cheese softened + more for topping • roughly chopped cilantro + pistachios for topping • arils from one pomegranate for topping

COCONUT GINGER CREAM • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk • 1-2 tablespoons fresh ginger

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Chop off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal cloves. Peel any excess paper/skin off the bulb of garlic. Pour about one teaspoon of olive oil on top of the garlic cloves and cover with foil. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the garlic is golden brown and soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool five minutes. Squeeze garlic out of the paper skin into a small bowl, mash well with a fork and set aside. Meanwhile, add the coconut oil to a large soup pot set over medium heat. Once hot, add the red pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add the cubed butternut squash, spicy curry powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes then pour in the coconut milk and veggie broth. Bring the soup to boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork tender. While the soup is cooking, make the ginger cream. Add the cold coconut milk and 1 tablespoon ginger to a small bowl. Taste and add more ginger if needed. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve. Once the butternut squash is tender, add the roasted garlic and the crumbled goat cheese to the soup. Remove the pot from the stove and allow to cool slightly, then puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Return the soup back to the stove and heat through. To serve, ladle the soup into bowl. Drizzle the coconut ginger cream over the soup and swirl with a spoon. Garnish with chopped cilantro, chopped pistachios and crumbled goat cheese. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils. Serve aside a hot piece of naan. Share your recipes with the local Email: or submit neatly handwritten recipes to the Bingara Newsagency ISSUE 156 |Thursday 17th May 2018

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We are pleased to add another feature to the Local’s classified advertising, a Business Directory, to help our small businesses get their messages out. For a very affordable $6.50 per week, anyone with products or services available for Bingara residents, qualify for this discount price. We are keen to hear from trade’s people, those with home cottage industries, or with skills such as photography, computers and information technology, and they are prepared to help others for a reasonable return. To lodge an advertisement, simply phone or call on the Newsagency (02 67 241 500) or text Rod on 0428241500 TRA ELECTRICAL


Travis Allen 0458 241 244 traelectrical@

Andrew O’Neil 0447 955 984 andrew.c.oneill

public notice Trading hours Bingara Newsagency

Due to the electricity interruption on Sunday 20th May The Newsagency will be open 6 am – 8 am for normal trading and 8 am – 10.30 am for the sale of newspapers at a street stall.

advertise business, trade, service or cottage industry contact Rod at the Newsagency 0428241500 (Text) thelocal19@

public notice Winner of Newsagency Voucher

The winner of the Local’s Mother’s Day Newsagency Gift Voucher was Mrs. Pam Dixon. Congratulations to Pam and thank you to all who entered.

meeting notice Bingara Historical Society

Bingara District Historical Society General Meeting will be held on Friday 18th May 2018. Please note new time 10.30 am at the Bingara museum.

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Bingara boys represent at Country Rugby Union Championships Social Bowls: Last Wednesday there were 10 playing social bowls; Carol Rattray, Max Geddes and Jill Carmody defeated Peita Rampling, Russell Lewis and Bev Roberg 20 shots to 8; Ted Sparke and Graeme Mack defeated Robyn O’Neile and Garry O’Neile 19 shots to 17. Ken Smith Mixed Triples Round Robin: Round 6 of the Ken Smith mixed triples will be played on Saturday; Graeme Mack to play Graham McManus; Garry O’Neile to play Mervyn Galvin; Ashley Otter to play Allister Lemin; Phil Brien to play Trevor Galvin. Club Championships: On Sunday the semi-final of Men’s Fours will be played in the club championships; Kevin Galvin, Peter O’Dell, Graeme Mack and Trevor Galvin to play Jack Walton, David Withers, Graham McManus and Phil Brien G.D.B.A Reserve President Men’s Pairs Bingara bowling club hosted last Saturday and Sunday the Reserve president Men’s pairs. The following result are; Saturday morning Brian Wade and Michael Ivanov defeated Allister Lemin and David Withers 23 shots to 14; Phillip Dodd and Mark Karuss defeated Craig and Raymond Ruleose 22 shots to 12; Col Whitfield and Jim Henderson defeated Jack Walton and Stuart Dixon 20 shots to 19. Semi-final Saturday afternoon Brian Wade and Michael Ivanov defeated Phillip Dodd and Mark Karuss 24 shots to 9; Col Whitfield and Jim Henderson defeated Adrian and Stephen Singles 26 shots to 13. Final Sunday morning; Brian Wade and Michael Ivanov defeated Col Whitfield and Jim Henderson 24 shots to 13. Zone 3 grade 6 Pennants final On Saturday May 26 and Sunday morning 27 the Bingara bowling club will host the Zone 3 Grade 6 pennants round robin final. Winner go to State final. The following teams playing are Moree, Narrabri, South Tamworth and Armidale Service. The start of all games will be Saturday 9.00am and 1.00pm and Sunday 9.00am. Duty Team: Rob Kilmore, Mervyn Galvin and Stuart Dixon ISSUE 156 |Thursday 17th May 2018

Bingara’s Brandon Tevaga and Jack Newnham played in the under 12’s Central North team at the Country Rugby Union Championships on the weekend in Armidale. Both boys played well and represented their region with pride.

Photo: Brandon Tevaga

Photo: Jack Newnham

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minor league news Braving the cold in Moree

Photo: (l-r) Beau Lyons in the under 6’s and the victorious Junior Girls Leaguetag team The Bingara Minor League teams travelled to Moree last on(2), Tamiya McClymont (2), Chloe Gillogly (1) and Zoe week and braved the cold weather. The under 6’s had the Allen (1). Well done girls. bye this week but still had a game against some Moree The under 10’s had a very close game but in the end the under 6’s. You just have to love the smiles on their faces. final score was 20-18 to Moree. Try scorers were Max The under 8’s played 2 games against Moree Mehi and Gillogly (1) , Liam Johnson (1), Indika Gallen (1) and Moree Gwydir. Against Moree Gwydir the final score Cameron Tevaga (1). Jed Langan had a great goal kick. was 64-8 in Bingara’s favour with tries to Sam Lyons (4), The under 12’s were last to play for the boys. It was anJock Craddock (3), Jai Allen (2), Maison Cory (1), Lach- other close game with lots of hard defending. The final lan Foster (1), Jarrod Kilmore (1). Successful conversions score was 8-12 to Bingara. Try scorers were Darcy Todd to Hamish Rattray (2), Maison Cory (2), Jock Craddock (2) and Brock Galvin (1). (1), Lachlan Foster (1), Jarrod Kilmore (1) and Sam Ly- The Senior Girls had their first win of the season with a fions (1). The under 8’s also won against the Moree Mehi nal score of 8-14. Tries went to Erica Dixon (1) and Jessie team with another blow out score of 50-12. Tries in this Lott (1) and, as the final whistle blew, Brooke McKinnon. game to Maison Cory (3), Jarrod Kilmore (2), Jock Crad- Brooke was successful with a conversion. dock (1), Lachlan Foster (1) and Sam Lyons (1). Success- What a great day of football in chilly conditions. Next ful conversions to Maison Cory (1), Lachlan Foster (1) week most teams travel to Guyra, except the Senior girls and Sam Lyons (1). Other tries and conversions were by who have a bye. Let’s hope Guyra is not too cold. Moree players. Game times are as follows: Under 6’s, Under 8’s and JuThe Junior Girls notched up another win with the final nior Girls @ 9.30am, Intermediate Leaguetag @ 10.10am, score was 16-24 to Bingara. Tries went to Addison Dix- Under 10’s @ 10.50am and Under 12’s @ 11.30am.

golf news

Chook Run Last Thursday’s Chook run was played in quite good weather and Tim Cox came in with the best score of 22 stableford points. Next was Mervyn Hall on 21 points. We always enjoy a good roll up of players, including visitors, so anyone wishing for a game please note we tee off at 2.30pm and play the back nine. Sunday’s Golf Mervyn hall was the winner of the Monthly Medal, carrying onhis good form from the Bingara Open, he carded ISSUE 156 |Thursday 17th May 2018

a 64 net. Runner up was Tom Fullerton with 67 net and ball winners were: Peter Smith, Lloyd Fullerton and Bret Rayner. The nearest to the pin on the 7th & 16th was Mervyn Hall and on the 9th & 18th, it was Campbell Bond. All golfers please note that the match play sheet is on the board, just put your name down to be in the draw. Next Week’s Golf Thursday: chook run 2.30pm Sunday: 18 holes verses par match, names in by 12.00pm for tee off at 12.30pm. Don’t forget the Narrabri Open is also on

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Thursday: Sunny. High 23. Wind east-southeast around 4 kph in the morning, becoming westsouthwest in the afternoon. Thursday night: Clear. Low 5. Wind south-southeast around 4 kph in the evening, becoming east after midnight. Friday: Sunny. High 21. Wind northwest around 5 kph in the morning, becoming westsouthwest in the afternoon. Friday night: Clear. Low 5. Wind south-southwest around 3 kph in the evening, becoming south-southeast after midnight. Saturday: Sunny. High 22. Wind south-southeast around 5 kph in the morning, becoming southsouthwest in the afternoon. Saturday night: Clear. Low 6. Wind southeast around 6 kph. Sunday: Sunny. High 22. Wind east-southeast near calm in

the morning, becoming westnorthwest in the afternoon. Sunday night: Clear. Low 6.Wind south-southeast around 3 kph. Monday: Sunny. High 22. Wind southwest around 3 kph. Monday night: Clear. Low 4. Wind southsouthwest around 3 kph. Tuesday: Sunny. High 24. Wind south-southwest around 7 kph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 4. Wind south-southwest near calm. Wednesday: Sunny. High 23. Wind southwest around 5 kph in the morning, becoming 11 kph, gusting to 25 kph, in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Mostly clear in the evening, becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low 9. Wind south around 7 kph.

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Stock Report

CATTLE: The number of cattle yarded increased by 400 for a total of 1,360 head. The main increase was in the young cattle section, with larger numbers of weaners and yearlings offered. Quality was mixed with mainly 1 and 2 score conditioned cattle, however there were several runs of well bred weaners and yearlings through the sale. Most of the cattle were drawn from local areas and the Table Lands. Buyers had a few more restocker orders this week, helping to improve prices especially on the better bred cattle. Restocker weaner steers gained 30c selling to a top of 284c, while the weaner heifers were up by 10c, selling to 235c/kg. Medium weight feeder steers held firm, selling to 267c for an average of 247c, while heavy feeder steers sold to a dearer market topping at 268c/kg. Feeder heifers held firm, although some sales struggled to hold firm. Medium weights averaged 231c, selling to 259c/kg. The yarding of export cattle consisted mainly of cows, although there was a few more grown heifers and a small penning of steers. Grown steers sold to a top of 241c and the heifers topped at 235c/kg. The cow market improved, with processors showing more interest this week. Most sales were up by 10c to 15c with medium weight 3 score cows averaging 182c and heavy cows selling to a top of 203c/kg. SHEEP: A larger yarding of 4,900 sheep were penned, of which 2,182 were lambs. The yarding of lambs consisted of a good supply of trade weights, several pens of heavy lambs, and a number of light weight lambs offered. Quality was fairly good with several runs of supplementary fed lambs through the sale, while a number of lambs showed the effects of the season. The market overall was strong with most lambs selling to a slightly dearer market. The larger penning of mutton consisted of some well finished medium and heavy weight sheep, in both the ewe and wether lots. There was several pens of mutton carying a good skin, along with some shawn sheep. Competition was much stronger with prices $20/head dearer and more in places.

As we all know, online buying is here to stay and really lends itself to the publishing industry. Therefore, to survive and prosper in today’s digital world, many newspaper and magazine publishers are catering for two readers, the traditional shop visitor, which are becoming less frequent every day, and the online market which is growing rapidly. Thus, Bingara’s Local has moved with the times and can now be purchased online, either single issues or subscriptions. Over the years we have had many requests for this service, especially from people connected to town who are keen for copies. Therefore our new arrangements are great for these people as it removes the cost of postage and also, online copies are only $1.50 per issue ($19.50 for three month’s subscriptions) Therefore, if any reader has families or friends interested, just suggest to them to access our paper by emailing or visit and click on the Local. However, we still value very highly our readers who call at the newsagency to buy and as the paper is designed, prepared and printed in the shop, Sourced from MLA Inverell Saleyard Report it will always be available. ISSUE 156 |Thursday 17th May 2018

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rugby union news No Joy in Narrabri for the Rats and Rams

The Gwydir River Rats and Barraba Rams were outplayed in both grades at Narrabri when they played The Blue Boars last Saturday. Coming off a solid hit out against the Moree Weebolla Bulls the week before the Rats and Rams were looking to play some solid rugby however they just couldn’t seem to get the play going in their favour. With a few boys out with injury the Rats were pleased to see a few old players stick their hands in the air and travel over to lend a hand. The first half of reserve grade was a great start to the day with excellent defence and attack from both the Rats and Boars. The Blue Boars pounced on a mistake at kick off and were over the line in no time, 35 seconds I think, to lead 5 – 0. Startled is how one could best describe the Rats however in true Rats fashion they took a breath and got stuck in. With the cool breeze behind them the Rats utilized the kick and chase game to perfection constantly turning the Blue Boars around and with harrowing defence from both sides created a very entertaining game of rugby for the spectators. Where the Rats had speed and youth the Blue Boars had size and experience. A kick and chase through saw Alex Abra claim a well deserved try which Dylan Butler converted giving the Rats a half time lead of 7 – 5. The Second half saw the Narrabri Blue Boars come out firing and it was anybody’s game until 14 minutes in the Blue Boars crossed for a try they followed this up with three more unanswered attacks to take the game 27 – 7. The Rats were gallant in defeat and look forward to playing Walcha next week at Barraba. First grade was a tough game with the Rams fielding several Rats on run on and 5 more Rats on the bench and is certainly giving our guys the opportunity to play first grade rugby as well. The Blue boars wanted it more than

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the Rams on the day and were more determined to get the ball and with some great ball skills and some dubious referee decisions the boy’s were finding it difficult to get a roll on. An entertaining game was unfolding and the Rat contingent stood out with Ned Abra popping up everywhere and Andrew Webber showed great defence and attack he was rewarded with a try for his efforts however they were unable to stop the Boars who ran out winners 52-20 in what was a high scoring game. Next week we are at Home in Barraba taking on Walcha which should see a change in fortunes for the Rats and Rams. Reserve grade kicks off at 1.45pm so come along and cheer the boy’s on.. The Rats have some great sponsors including The Sportsmans Hotel, Bingara RSL, Austbrokers RWA, Vinecombe Constructions, Booroomooka Angus, Jac Wagyu, McGregor Gourlay, B & B Marshal Haulage, Northwest Petroleum, Meat on Maitland, Bingara IGA, Alan Reddan Pest and Weed Control, Bingara Laundromat, Ray White Rural, Bingara Newsagency, Dewberry Lane, Pally Styles, Fosters Earthmoving, Bingara Bakehouse, Bingara Pharmacy, Gwydir Plumbing and Gas, Rachel Sherman Photography, Ken Holden, Tex Wright, Glen and Debbie Wade the Gwydir News and Gwydir Shire Council. “Go The Rats”

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Issue 156  

The weekly Local for news, sport, people stories, real estate, Bingara History, recipes and much more.

Issue 156  

The weekly Local for news, sport, people stories, real estate, Bingara History, recipes and much more.