I hope everyone received the good fall of rain which has finally come our way, and fortunately for many other areas of NSW, providing an initial fall for some, and follow up for others. Hopefully this will alleviate many water shortage problems, and with most of summer behind us, some pasture growth. Politically those who understand the need for more follow up rain, will hopefully suppress any premature media talk that “the drought is over”. A long recovery period is ahead for us, and the bush fire ravaged areas, needing better than average seasons.  It is disappointing to hear very little, if any, talk about new infrastructure to store more of the current storm water and flooding occurring, watching this valuable coastal water waste its worth and end up in the ocean.

The Shire continue to plan some events for the low key recognition of 30 years since the 1990 Nyngan Flood. The Navy has promised a helicopter to fly in for Anzac Day and their crew take part in the local service. Local clergy have agreed to a combined Church Service on Sunday 26 April 2020. The Museum Committee Volunteers will host a morning tea to showcase the partial expansion of the Museum into the old SES building, which has had some very necessary structural repairs carried out. Tayla Martin will be hosting a community evening event on Friday 24 April 2020. She successfully secured $3,420 funding to support a Hometown Workshops since the Flood Program. This will see artists host a series of community art workshops reflecting the 1990 Flood. Well done Tayla.  A general invitation will be sent to any individuals or organisations who helped before, during and after the flood, to return for this long weekend, so Nyngan people can again express appreciation to them for the help they gave which will never be forgotten.

Our efforts to have flashing lights at the Hoskins Street level crossing continue, the only railway crossing in the towns between Dubbo and Cobar to not have them. After raising this safety issue with Minster Paul Toole again in Bourke some months ago, his department finally told us that this crossing was not very high on the priority list for John Holland, and they would do what they could to make it safer! This remains completely unsatisfactory, as does the speed of some ore trains through Nyngan. The cost of these lights being stalled is minuscule compared to the cost of an accident there. Efforts will continue.

Now the Recreation Weir is full, parents please take the time to have a look at the rope attached to an overhanging tree branch near the bridge that some children are swinging off. If they fall off this limb, they will seriously injure themselves on the bank or in the shallow water. What they are doing is extremely dangerous and illegal.

Councillor Greg Deacon, a former Nyngan Rotary Club President showed us a small board that had all the names of the Nyngan Rotary Club Charter members and Presidents going back to the 1960s. As sadly the local club no longer operates, Council had these names printed on a large Honour Board, and presented this historic board to the Museum for safe keeping. Rotary Park remains a testimony to the years of community service this club, and its members carried out in Nyngan.

Ray Donald OAM


Nyngan Observer

From the Mayor’s Desk

Wednesday 12 February 2020