OPINION: Rural Notebook with John Seaman

WHILE some district residents are enjoying the increase in real estate values and many rural commodities, as well as general consumer demand, there is also unprecedented demand for financial assistance from the likes of the Salvation Army and Vinnies in Central West towns.

TOP CROP: Leading vegetable growers Mick and Steph Cook have this stand of vegies looking good at their Gormans Hill property near Bathurst.

TOP CROP: Leading vegetable growers Mick and Steph Cook have this stand of vegies looking good at their Gormans Hill property near Bathurst.

This theme follows through to the rural scene where many are not enjoying the upswing in commodity prices and livestock traders who buy first and sell later are faced with sourcing seriously large amounts of funding to do the initial buying.

For every producer who takes delivery of a shiny new tractor this winter, there is another producer who is worried by the repair bill that is coming to fix his “old faithful” tractor.

BIG DIG: Matt Martin was finishing this creek crossing on a district farm with Hotham’s Caterpillar D6 last week.

BIG DIG: Matt Martin was finishing this creek crossing on a district farm with Hotham’s Caterpillar D6 last week.

Joining the board

BOARD elections for Central Tablelands Local Land Services resulted in Wendy Bowman, John Lowe and Howard Sinclair being installed for a three-year term.

They join ministerial appointees Ian Rogan (chairman), Tess Herbert, Reg Kidd and Pip Job as full board members to represent an area that extends to Mudgee, Cowra, Lithgow, Oberon and Bathurst.

Best wishes

A CHEERIO call to retired Evans Plains farmer and former stalwart of NSW Farmers, Cam Ross, who has had a few recent health problems.

Cam and his brother Hugh conducted the large scale “The Springs” property for many years and were renowned for their ability to select quality mobs of merino wethers and run them for their productive lifetimes.

Cheers, Maisie

RESIDENTS from across the Central Tablelands would join me in congratulating Maisie Scott on her OAM award in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

The Scott family from Meadow Flat has always been heavily involved in community affairs.

Lonely trip

A B-DOUBLE load of four-year-old merino ewes, 58.5kg liveweight, not station mated, sold on Auctions Plus last week for $210.50.

They were freighted from Longreach, Qld to Orroroo, SA - a distance of 1900km. The driver probably had a long drive home without a back load.

Laugh lines

GEORGE was inquiring about a knee replacement as he’d been hobbling for some time. He asked the specialist: “When it’s done, will I be able to run quick?” The doctor assured him that he should certainly be able to run quite quickly. George added: “Jeez, that’ll be good, doc, I could never run quick ever since I could walk.”

I’M told that government is similar to a six-month-old baby; an alimentary canal at one end (with a big appetite) and absolutely no sense of responsibility at the other.

PUNCTUATION matters: Secretary about to be married urgently, needs a two-bed apartment, or, Secretary about to be married, urgently needs two-bed apartment.