MANY parts of our district received useful rain in storms last Friday/Saturday, with native summer grasses producing useful green pick in areas that measured 20 to 30 millimetres or more.
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A snapshot of our rural industries in late January 2020:
IN the wake of the horrible bushfires that have caused so much heartache, there is much concern at the slowness in getting real cash into the hands of people who need it desperately.
The Federal Government's response to the tragedy was tardy at first, but lots of assistance grants have now been announced.
The Rural Assistance Authority, local councils, CWA, Department of Primary Industries and the charity providers such as Vinnies and the Salvation Army are all helping, but the first ports of call should be Andrew Gee or Paul Toole's local offices.
The staff at these offices will give quality advice.
OTHER RECENT RURAL NOTEBOOK COLUMNS:
BIRTHDAY wishes to four of Bathurst's notable sons.
Jerome Carberry, Bruce Seaman, Tony Toole and Tony Turnbull have been blowing out candles in recent weeks and I'm told that this quartet has a combined total of 318 years of lifetime experience.
No one would volunteer to mouthe these gentlemen so their ages are guesswork.
THE recent passing of former Oberon resident Lionel Cunynghame revives memories of a talented cricketer who represented his town in teams that contained Ron Burton, Hodge Evans, Don Elwin and the Schrader brothers.
Lionel was always a quiet gentleman and a real sportsman.
THERE have been a lot of comments on the likely candidates for September's council elections in Blayney, Oberon and Bathurst.
The usual motivation seems to be "I think I could do a better job than some present councillors" and that may be true in some instances.
Before a candidate signs the nomination form, they should realise that these jobs take lots of time and dedication and phone calls will probably come on a seven-day-a-week basis and at all hours.
The councillors who represent all of us deserve much credit for their work for the common good.
LOTS of organisations have plans for Australia Day and the management and staff at the Perthville Store and Servo are certainly doing their bit.
They are donating an all-day barbecue at the shop front to raise funds for the Perthville/Georges Plains RFS and all proceeds will go straight to the local brigade.
Sri and Shiva would love to see you on our national day, and no-one will mind if you donate an extra dollar or two to help the hard-working local firies.
MOTORCYCLE manufacturer CFMOTO launched its fully electric quad bike at a concept show in Milan, Italy last month.
This machine will change many facets of the work and play segment of the market with smartphone integration that brings GPS, custom displays, tracking aids and phone calls through the bike's design.
Add zero emissions to the machine's ability and we get a glimpse of the farm bike future.
THE wool market had a positive start to 2020 with all micron categories gaining significant ground.
The superfine merinos gained around 117c/kg, the fine wools around 100c/kg and the medium to broad merinos around 90c/kg.
The fine crossbred wools gained around 15c/kg, with all other crossbred wools being firm on the pre-Christmas market.
Buyers are saying that good business was done over the weekend, but with 59,890 bales on offer next week, the market will be put under some pressure.
GEORGE and his wife always hold hands in the shops. "If I let go, she'll buy something," George says.
THE old shearer was arrested for exposure. "The girl at the checkout said 'strip down, facing me'," he told the law. "I didn't know she meant the credit card."
A SURVEY asked 1000 young female office workers: "What would you do if you were a young man for a day?"
Of the 1000, 938 of them answered: "Get a pay rise."
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