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SPECIAL EDITION Thursday 18 April 2019


REVERENCE… Memorial Hill in Parkes where the Dawn Service is held on Anzac Day. The RSL and Services Clubs Association are reminding people of the special significance of Anzac Day and encourage Australians to reflect on how we should behave on this day. (Photo: Parkes Shire Council)

Respect Anzac Day

Anzac Day is about mateship, respect, loyalty and freedom and the acknowledgement that war is terrible, but our way of life is worth fighting for. Parkes Services Club is reminding Parkes Shire residents to reflect and remember on Anzac Day next Thursday, 25th April. “Respect the day, celebrate our freedoms, remember their sacrifice, honour our traditions and look after your mates,” said Club President Terry Knowles. “We’re not saying don’t have a drink and a punt. We’re saying enjoy the day, the atmosphere, your mates. But do it in a respectful manner, after all mateship is one of our proudest Australian values.” “We want to attract greater numbers to

services and marches, and we want positive behaviour by younger people, treating veterans with respect,” said Terry. “It’s a day to celebrate everything that unites us as a nation, and to remember all of those who fought so hard to preserve and protect all that we hold dear.” The Parkes Services Club will host the Anzac Day breakfast from 6:30am for all who attended the Memorial Hill Dawn Service. The Anzac Day Luncheon at 12 noon is for serving and ex-service men and women and invited guests, while the traditional Anzac Day Two Up will be held in the bistro section from 12 noon to 5pm with proceeds going to Parkes Legacy.

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BE Seen The balloons will compete each morning and afternoon from 22nd April. The famous Cabonne Country Balloon Glow is on Saturday, 27th April at Canowindra Showground from 3pm lighting up the night sky.

Marshall Beaton and Tianna Simpson performed as My Sweet Melancholy for the very first time at the Parkes Visitors Information Centre last Thursday when Greg Page launched his book on Elvis.

Winner: Congratulations to Cynara Jones who won tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Thank you to all the readers who took part in the competition. Double Demerits: Double demerits will be in place for eight days during the Easter and Anzac Day holiday in NSW and the ACT. It starts today, 18th April; to Monday, 22nd April with a one day break before starting again on Wednesday, 24th April to Sunday, 28th April (inclusive). Double demerit points apply for speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences. Drivers caught using their phones during this period can expect to be hit with the fine as well as up to 10 demerits. Magical Balloons: Over the next 10 days Canowindra will awake each morning to hot air balloons filling the skies for the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge. The official competition kicks off with the Key Grab on Sunday, 21st April. Balloons launch from a site of their choosing, with the aim to fly in and pluck a large key from the top of a flagpole for this spectacular event with a safety exclusion zone around the flagpole for spectators to watch the fleet approach and cheer the pilots on.

Recycled Water: The final concrete pour for the new recycled water reservoir on Nash Street for the Recycled Water Scheme was completed recently. The project also includes the construction of three pump stations and a 12km purple pipeline. Several local contractors have been engaged in the four-week build. Magill Concrete Pumping, Hanson Concrete, and Parkes Concrete poured 400 cubic metres of concrete for the reservoir, while Westlime and Agri West supplied materials and K&H provided geo technical expertise. The project is on schedule to finish in July, and the pipeline construction will be completed by Easter. Apart from delivering recycled water to sports fields and parks, Council is planning beautification works too. Potential projects include using topsoil from construction for a bush tucker garden on the corner of Eugowra Road and Henry Parkes Way. The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.

At the final concrete pour for the new recycled water reservoir were (L-R) Claire Li, Kevin Turner, Cr Bill Jayet, Cr Neil Westcott, Sloan Trad, Julian Fyfe and Elliot Altmann.

Christene Bell from Tullamore enjoyed meeting the original yellow Wiggle Greg Page in Parkes last week.

Bill Barber and Alan Curteis of the Parkes Antique Motor Club took part in the Meet the Author, Meet the Owner event at the Parkes Visitors Information Centre on Thursday.

Author Adam Courtenay with Linda Reilly at the Parkes Library last Thursday. Adam talked about his book The Ship That Never Was.


0500 hours Dawn Service at Peak Hill 0530 hours Dawn Service at Parkes 0600 hours Dawn Services at Bogan Gate, Tullamore and Alectown

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Faster Rail Link For Parkes The Federal Government is investing $8 million into a business case for a faster rail link from Parkes to Sydney. The Parkes-to-Sydney business case is one of five as part of a 20-year vision to better connect capital cities with surrounding regional centres. “We want more people to live, work and raise a family in the regions,” said Member for Riverina, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. “It also has the potential to let people live in the regions and work in the city if they so choose.” The current 445-kilometre rail journey is about 6½ hours travelling at an average speed of 68 kilometres per hour. A faster passenger rail would strengthen economic and social ties and connect more people to housing, jobs and services, particularly in regional areas.

Double Benefit From Tandem Support The burgeoning relationship between Currajong Disability Services (CDS) and St. Vincent De Paul Parkes continues to go from strength to strength. St. Vincent De Paul, or Vinnies, donated material to the Currajong Disability Services Sewing Group. The Sewing Group turned the material into unique quilts and donated them back to Vinnies. “Vinnies have been great supporters of Currajong and when we had the opportunity to do something for them it made sense,” said Currajong Disability Services support worker Deitre Jackson. “These small acts of kindness and generosity accumulatively have a major impact on organisations like Currajong,” said Deitre.


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Greg Page (right) had many tales to tell at the launch of his Elvis book at the King’s Castle in Parkes last week.

Lots More Wiggle Room For Elvis Stories

Greg Page, best known as the original Yellow Wiggle, was in Parkes last week to launch his book on his personal collection of Elvis memorabilia on show at the King’s Castle. Greg’s book, co-authored by David BL Johnstone, is called Elvis His Story, His Treasures looks at many of the items and their stories in Greg’s collection. “The book encapsulates my love for Elvis,” said Greg, who owns the fourth largest Elvis collection in the world. About 800 items of his collection are on display at the Kings Castle at the Parkes Visitors Information Centre. “It is an incredible story,” said Greg. “I somehow feel I’ve had part of it on display here helping to do his story justice. We need to keep his story alive with the younger generation hopefully making a connection.” Greg shared many stories as he took those attending the launch on a wander through the collection. Stopping at a display cabinet with some clothes, Greg said: “Elvis was always giving things away. He had tonnes and tonnes of clothing and Mike McGregor, Elvis’s ranch hand mentioned he loved leather, and Elvis gave him the famous ’68 Comeback Special leather suit. Elvis was about to give it to RCA Records to cut it up for a promotion in 1972/3 when every record sold came with a swathe of Elvis clothing. “Thank goodness the suit was saved as it has become one of Elvis’s iconic outfits.” Greg has great admiration for Elvis’s generosity and kind heartedness, and his spiritual journey interested him when he came across his collection of spiritual books, including a Capricorn horoscope for 1977. “Elvis always underlined passages that interested him. He underlined a passage about the Capricorn man’s soul mate is a Gemini woman (Priscilla is one).” Greg gave the book to Priscilla. In the day to day horoscope in the same book, it stated on 15th August he would have a medical complaint that would need attention. “Elvis went to the dentist on that day and it was the last thing he did before he passed away the next morning.” By Maggi Barnard

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Trundle farm tours + D EVONSH IRE T EA

Would you like to meet some of the next-generation farmers in this area? Would you like to know a bit more about the history of some of the local farms? Here’s your opportunity to get to know some of the locals with a three hour guided bus tour and Devonshire tea. Tours will be running on Friday, 3 May departing from the Trundle Memorial Hall at 9am, and 1pm.

Tickets are $30 and can be booked on 6892 1073.

Odd-Ball Sisters A Must See

From the small rural Queensland town of Esk come three odd-ball sisters who travel around the country performing their popular award-winning musical concerts. With kitchen pot, toilet brush, keyboard, musical saw, tuba, guitar and duelling tambourines, this peculiar trio marry their curious stories with a host of uniquely homemade arrangements of popular songs gleaned from their old wireless. The Kransky Sisters will be at Trundle Memorial Hall for three shows on Friday, 3rd May at 6pm, and Saturday, 4th May at 10am and 12 noon, presented by St Patrick’s Parents and Friends. Tickets at www.123tix. St Patrick’s Parents and Friends are also conducting tours of three local farms departing from the Trundle Hall on Friday, 3rd May from 9am to 1pm. A great opportunity to meet farmers and experience country catering with Devonshire Tea provided. Tickets are $30, phone 6892 1073 to book. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Story Worth Listening To A good audience of over 40 people came to listen to the son of one of Australia’s bestselling authors at the Parkes Library last Thursday. Adam Courtenay was not in Parkes to speak about his famous dad Bryce, but to promote his own non-fiction book called The Ship That Never Was. “I am honoured and overwhelmed by the good turn out,” said Adam who based his book on the memoirs of James Porter. “A convict, bit of a thief, bit of a rogue, only had one eye, and loved to lark about stating he was a beer machine maker.” James could not stop trying to escape, but was not very good at it and ended up being sent to Macquarie Harbour, an extreme penal colony on Sarah Island in the former colony of Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania. According to Adam it was a place where a man would be flogged for looking the wrong way. “You were not allowed to be unwell in a penal colony, and would easily get 50 lashes for being sick!”

James and his mates contrived a brilliant plan and managed to hijack a boat and sail it 6,000 nautical miles to Chile. “James saw the corrupt system that was tantamount to slavery with great clarity and knew he was a cog in someone else’s economic imperative. He did not want to comply. We are missing something if we think his story is not worth listening to,” said Adam. By Maggi Barnard

Author Adam Courtenay was happy to meet locals at the Parkes Library last week and sign copies of his book The Ship That Never Was.


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Sims Metal Waste to Art & Design Community Art Exhibition at the Parkes Library. Supagas Canowindra International Balloon Challenge with Balloon Glow on 27th April. Go to for more on festival. Anne of Green Gables The Musical presented by Parkes Music & Dramatic Society at The Little Theatre. Tickets at or Regional Business Supplies. Anzac Day Dawn Services at 5am In Peak Hill; 5:30am in Parkes; 6am in Bogan Gate, Tullamore and Trundle. See back page for full program. Anzac Day Two Up at Parkes Services Club from 12 – 5pm. All proceeds to Legacy. Anzac Day at Parkes Leagues Club from 2pm. Happy Hour all day. Parkes Painting Group Exhibition with an Anzac theme - official opening at the Starlight Room, Parkes Services Club at 7:30pm, $10. Exhibition runs until 2nd May. Launch of local author Margaret Dwyer’s second book of fiction and sequel of A Chain of Dreams at the Coachman Motor Inn at 2pm with afternoon tea, entertainment and cutting of Margaret’s 90th birthday cake. Everyone welcome! Bush walking with National Parks Association of NSW at Black Ridge. Meet at Bushman’s Dam, Parkes at 9am. This 8km walk is graded medium. Walk leader Peter Cannon contacted him on 6866 1225. Parkes Arthritis Support Group meeting at the Assemblies of God church hall, Rees Street at 10am. Cheryl Upton from the Physiotherapy Department at Parkes Hospital will encourage us in our Balance and Mobility. All welcome. Trundle Farm Tours and Devonshire Tea. Join a three-hour guided tour from Trundle Memorial Hall at 9am or 1pm. Book tickets, $30, on 6892 1073. The Kransky Sisters at the Trundle Memorial Hall at 6pm on 3rd; 10 am and 12pm on 4th. Tickets $30, book at Trundle ABBA Festival celebrating 30 years of Björn Again, plus Ben Ransom, Ingrid Mae, Amitie, MRQ, The Natalie Prevedello Duo. Tickets and info at Craft Corner AGM at 257 Clarinda Street, Parkes at 10am. Call 6862 3240 for enquiries. Parkes Christian School Kindergarten and Primary Expo at 6pm. Creche available, supper provided. Nigel Stanley at Parkes Services Club from 4pm. Parkes Evening VIEW Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm for 7pm at various venues. Contact Janet Offner on 6862 950 for all enquiries. The Library Book Clubs read fiction and non-fiction books. Meeting times: Parkes Library: 3pm - 4pm, last Wednesday of the month or 6pm - 7pm, last Thursday of the month. Call Parkes Library on 6861 2309 or email Friends of the Parkes Hospital, a not-for-profit group raising funds to benefit the Lachlan Health Service Parkes Hospital, meet on the fourth Thursday of the month upstairs at the Parkes Hospital at 7 pm. All welcome! Parkes Aviation Museum is open Thursdays and Sundays. The ever-growing collection is located at the Parkes Regional Airport. Meals on Wheels Parkes has moved to the old Post Office Building Unit 2/39 Currajong St Parkes. Entry via Court Street.



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Friday 26th April at 7.30pm Starlight Room Parkes Services Club ANZAC Theme Official Guest Terry Knowles Entry $10 Will continue until 2nd May 2019 10am - 7.30pm $2 entry after opening night Proceeds to Legacy

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OUR Bloke Warren Blatch How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Since I started school at Parkes Infants. The best thing in Parkes is my lovely wife Nancye. Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I was the middle man in the family business, A A Blatch. I really enjoyed the interaction with the farming community. What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Golf and bridge. What makes you proud? The achievements of my three children. If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? A pussy cat because they get cared for. What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? ‘Bill the Bastard’ - it’s a great read about a great horse and the Great War. Tell us about your best holiday. Backpacking through Europe in ’72.

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ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN THE PARKES SHIRE | 25th April 2019 PARKES 0530 hours Dawn Service - Memorial Hill 0630 hours Breakfast Bistro - Parkes Services Club 0700 hours Church Service - Holy Family Catholic Church 0730 hours Church Service - Parkes Anglican Church 0815 hours March ‘Fall In’ outside of the Parkes Services Club 0835 hours March Off Route: Welcome Street, Chamberlain Square and Clarinda Street to Cooke Park 0900 hours Anzac Day Commemoration, Cooke Park Wet weather venue - Starlight Lounge, Parkes Services Club 1045 hours Wreath Laying Pilgrimage, Parkes Cemetery War Graves 1200 hours Anzac Day Luncheon, Parkes Services Club 1700 hours Sound Retreat, Cooke Park 1800 hours The Ode, Parkes Services Club

BOGAN GATE 0600 hours Dawn Service & Commemoration of names Following the Service, breakfast will be available for $5 at the Bogan Gate Community Memorial Hall PEAK HILL 0500 hours Dawn Service - AIF Hall 1030 hours March Fall In - Children assemble at Arts and Craft Centre while Ex-Service Personnel, Club Directors, Club Members and Fire Brigade assemble at old Westpac building 1100 hours March procession commences followed by the Commemorative Service TRUNDLE 1030 hours 1100 hours

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