The big day is almost here and what great treats are in store. All the usual ring events are on from 8am as is the popular yard dog trials with the shearing from 9am. Try your luck on the mechanical surfboard between 12 and 4pm. There is plenty for kids, including the Great Zamboni Magic Show. Tasty home-cooked food will be available in the Supper Room and the bar opens at 12 noon.
Showing off your flowers
Goulburn's Alan Strachan, a long time judge including at the Royal Easter Show, was guest speaker at the Gunning Garden Club's meeting last Sunday.
Alan stressed that there are useful tips printed in the show schedule, such as picking blooms in the early morning of show-judging days and plunging the flowers into water up to the neck. Make sure to read what each class asks for, otherwise your exhibit will not be judged as it is NAS, ‘not according to schedule’. ‘Not necessarily distinctive’ could mean two flowers of the same variety or colour and one different. Distinctive means each flower should be different.
The AGM of the club is at 2pm on March 10 at the Tony Foley Centre with enquiries to the secretary, Hazel Rath, on 4845 1021.
Swimming pool news
Thanks to Mardi Lees, the Gunning Swimming Pool is open until 7pm on Fridays and the barbeque is fired up so families and friends can have a picnic tea. Lions Club of Gunning has donated the picnic table. Also, at noon on Fridays is 45 minutes of aqua aerobics costing $15 per session plus pool entry. The swimming pool season runs until Easter Saturday, March 30.
Going, going, staying
The apparent disappearance of Upper Lachlan Shire Council jobs from Gunning has stirred up local anger. One organisation that is very concerned with this latest turn of events is the Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group, which has written to council about a continuing local weeds officer. The group says having a weeds officer here shows local residents that council regards the issue as an important one in our part of the shire. A locally based officer gets to know the people and problems better and is well placed to act proactively to reduce them.
ULSC general manager John Bell has given the good news to JCLG president Genevieve Starr that the position will remain in Gunning.
Dead birds in Gunning
A somewhat mysterious fate seems to have overtaken some galahs and cockatoos in Gunning. About eight dead or dying birds were found by local school children within a very short space of time. A local WIRES volunteer was contacted. Some were pink and grey galahs and three sulphur crested cockatoos were found dead on the side of Hume Street within a metre of each other.
This series of deaths is baffling. If anyone knows anything about why these birds have died, please let me know.
2: Wool, Dine & Dance, Gunning Shire Hall 6.30pm, tickets 4845 5167.
9: Serrated Tussock Field Day, Ladevale, Upper Lachlan Landcare.
23: Gunning Lions 50 years celebration dinner, Shire Hall.