Dodwell family performs well


A total of 420 runs were put through on the day and there were some great scores, particularly for the Dodwell family of Bethungra.

Winners were Simon Dodwell on Cut Em Loose (Shane Kier and Fifes Stock Feeds Novice Draft), Simon on Tasso’s Diva (Claude Dunn Open Draft), Debbie Dodwell on Wallabah Excel (Barton Curtain and Blinds Ladies Draft), daughter Brooke Dodwell on Tasso’s Diva (Thornridge Stock Horses Junior Draft), Emma Ford on Betsy (Interstate Engineering Ladies top Cut-out), Ian Laurie on Revere (Gunning Ag and Water Solutions Maiden 1), Lyn Kelly on Mattea (Gunning Ag and Water Solutions Maiden 2) and Nathan Hart on Kea (Frank Coonan Juvenile Draft).

Thanks to all the sponsors including major sponsors McDonald Wools Gunning.

Cattle for the day were donated by Brett Hart, Mike Katz, Brent Medway, Don and Maddie Guilfoyle and Brendan Abbey, with transport carriers that included Brent Medway, Kerry Medway, and David Marshall. Thanks to the O’Brien family for catering and Ian Sumner as first aid officer.

Show approaches!

With the 111th Gunning Show on Sunday February 17, Upper Lachlan Shire Council staff members have been hard at work freshening up signs, mending fences and generally getting the grounds in order. Just a nice drop of rain would complete the picture. See you there with bells on!

Veteran cars visit

Beautifully restored veteran cars caused quite a stir on the streets of Gunning last weekend as owners had lunch in Gunning. Enthusiast Warren Irish, who came in his Model T Ford, said club members really enjoyed visiting villages like Gunning to see what he called "the real Australia". 

But wait, there’s more…

Remember in 2011 when all those old trucks cruised through Gunning in the 'Haulin' the Hume' run? It's on again for 2013 on Saturday April 27. This time the convoy of 250 trucks and busses will stop in Gunning for lunch. Organiser Bruce Gunter and his father Geoff were in Gunning recently to see how arrangements are going, meeting with local organiser and enthusiast Bernie Boyce.

Unwelcome change

The 28th president of the USA, Woodrow T Wilson once said "If you want to make enemies, try to change something”. It isn't quite as bad as that but one recent change has a few of us pretty hot under the collar. The current arrangements for community transport end on February 28 and, until then, it was supposed to be business as usual. But not for the volunteers who take seniors to a weekly activity day in Gunning who seem to have fallen between two organisational stools.

As one of these volunteers, I must say that I find it extraordinary that at five minutes to midnight in the dying days of the old arrangement, somebody made a decision without any discussion to change procedures for these particular volunteers.

A different organisation, Homecare, will look after the future community transport needs of the district so let's hope this kink in arrangements can be sorted out come the handover on March 1.

Coming up


17: 111th Gunning Show. Visit


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.

Emma Ford with Betsy. They participated in the camdraft's ladies top cut out division.

Emma Ford with Betsy. They participated in the camdraft's ladies top cut out division.

The novice draft line-up at Gunning Campdraft at the weekend.

The novice draft line-up at Gunning Campdraft at the weekend.

Simon Dodwell on Tasso's Diva.

Simon Dodwell on Tasso's Diva.