Empty homes as flood waters rise

Forbes in flood 2012
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An evacuation order for 235 properties remains in place this morning in Forbes and the State Emergency Service (SES) believes the majority of people have already left their homes.


The stage two evacuation order issued yesterday asked affected residents to leave their properties before 8pm and report to an evacuation centre to be registered.

SES Community Engagement Officer Megan Hill said she hoped that affected residents were no longer at home.

“We do have information on who has chosen to stay in their homes. We ask when we do the doorknocking process,” she said.

“There were 226 home doorknocked yesterday, and we have indications that the majority of those people had already evacuated.”

The SES are urgently seeking assistance with sandbagging and are asking volunteers to report to the SES headquarters in Forbes on the corner of School Road and Farnell Street.

“We are packing thousands and thousands of sandbags,” Ms Hill said.

“Yesterday we had teams of around 20 people sandbagging. It was fabulous. There were kids as young as 12, and entire families were coming down to help.”

“People are able to pick up sandbags from our Forbes centre.”

The Bureau of Meteorology is still predicting the Lachlan River will peak near 10.65 metres late Thursday with major flooding at the Forbes Iron Bridge.

“At Forbes, river levels are rising slowly and have exceeded 10.5 metres this morning,” the bureau said in a statement.

“The Lachlan River at Nanami peaked at 11.54 metres around 4am Wednesday morning.”

Two evacuations centres remain open in Forbes: Forbes High School on Wyndham Avenue and the Jemalong Regional Education Centre on Church Street opposite the high school.

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Lachlan R at Forbes Iron Bridge – Bureau of Meteorology

Latest river levels

■ Iron Bridge – 10.53m at 2pm

■ Nanami – 11.48m 1pm at 1pm

■ Mulyandry 11.47m at 1pm

■ Cottons – 6.97m at 1pm

■ Jemalong Weir 7.74m at 8.40am

Wyangala Dam

■ Dropped to 101.6% this morning.

■ In the 24 hours up until 9am yesterday 19,209 megalitres of water entered the storage with State water releasing 30,039 megalitres.

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Born in the Lockhart Shire

Lockhart Shire Councillors, at their March meeting, discussed the possibility of developing a “Hall of Fame” concept with past and present residents being acknowledged as suggested by the Lockhart Shire Tourism and Economic Development Steering Committee.
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Since settlement, the Lockhart Shire has been the birthplace of many prominent citizens, examples are:

Don Kendell, (started Kendell Airlines-no REX) born (19 January 1930 – 14 October 2001) and raised in Lockhart Shire was the founder and Chairman of Kendell Airlines, now a part of Regional Express Airlines. In 1992, Don Kendell was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to aviation.

Donald Hazelwood Concertmaster Emeritus, Sydney Symphony Orchestra was raised in Urangeline. He was a violinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for 45 years, and has enjoyed a long and successful career at the forefront of Australian classical music.

For his services to music he has received numerous awards. He was given an OBE in 1976 and was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

Norm Provan, “Sticks” (born 1932), was raised in Bidgeemia (Lockhart Shire) and is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. Named amongst the nation’s finest footballers of the 20th century, he was a representative in the Australian national team from 1954 to 1960 earning 14 Test and 2 World Cup caps.

John Herbert (Jack) Crawford was born in 1098, raised in Urangeline (Lockhart Shire) and won the Australian Open four times – from 1931-33 and in 1935.

He made his debut at the Australian Championships in 1927, losing an epic first round against Gar Moon. In 1933, Crawford won his third Australian title, beating American Keith Gledhill in the final.

Reg Gleeson was born in 1950. He is the former star Swans half-back and had previously played with Osborne before he was recruited from Lockhart.

More recently the list of prominent citizens from the Lockhart Shire includes Adam Schneider and Jackson Strong.

As all areas of the Shire have produced prominent citizens a central ‘Hall of Fame’ could be developed in Lockhart and all other towns and districts of the Shire displaying a duplication of the personalities for their respective areas.

At their April meeting the Tourism and Economic Development Steering Committee will discuss this matter further – the “Hall of Fame” project will not only give recognition to the achievements of the above mentioned individuals but also offer inspiration to current and future generations.

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Volunteers arrive in Forbes to help

Ann Tasker and Michael Byrnes came from Parkes and Raelyn Hitchick came from Bogan Gate to assist with the emergency accommodation effort in Forbes.
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People affected by floods will have places to stay thanks to the efforts of Forbes Shire Council and several other organisations, including many volunteers.

Manager Communication and Development at Forbes Shire Council Kristy Hartwig said the Forbes High School Hall and Jemalong Regional Education Centre (formerly JRV) will serve as temporary emergency accommodation.

“People who have been issued with an evacuation order can present themselves at either of those places,” Ms Hartwig said.

Lending their support to people affected by the flood in Forbes are several organisations and volunteers from other towns.

Ann Tasker from Parkes and Raelyn Hitchick from Bogan Gate have travelled here to give their assistance to our community.

“I’ve been with the church for over 40 years,” Ms Tasker said.

Although a long-serving volunteer in many organisations this is Ms Tasker’s first year providing emergency services with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), one of several volunteer groups helping with the flood effort.

Ms Tasker and Hitchick hope they can help anyone in need.

Also here to help is Michael Byrnes from Parkes, a member of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

“The people of Forbes are pretty resilient,” Mr Byrnes said.

“A lot of them are organised but if they aren’t then we can help.”

Mr Byrnes believes people often wait until they see the water before they go, but he said the best time to be prepared is now.

Anyone who has questions or concerns regarding the coming flood can go to Forbes Shire Council’s help desk at the town hall, or visit their website.

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235 Forbes properties told to evacuate

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The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued an evacuation order this morning for over 235 properties in the Forbes Shire.

The evacuation order follows a prediction from the Bureau of Meteorology that rising flood waters in the Lachlan River will exceed the major flood level of 10.4 metres before midday.

The river is expected to peak near 10.65 metres during Thursday.

SES spokesperson Alex Chesser said the order was put in place at 8.30am and affected residents are being asked to evacuate in the next 12 hours.

“That is for a number of reasons, obviously for rising flood waters but also it is a lot harder to move around in the dark,” he said.

“We are advising people to leave as soon as possible … the situation can change quickly.”

Emergency personnel will be out in affected areas this morning door-knocking to provide further information to residents.

“The SES here are on top of what they expect to occur,” said Mr Chesser.

“It is just facilitating that work on the ground. There is potential for further rises, but at this stage we are just concentrating on the relocation of people in the affected area.”

Two evacuations centres have been set up in Forbes. The first at the Community Services Building on Elgin Street and the second at Forbes or Forbes High School on Wyndham Avenue.

Affected residents are asked to visit one of the centres to register before going to stay with friends and family. Community Services will be on hand to help organise accommodation for those who need assistance. RSPCA will temporarily house pets during the evacuation period.

Areas that have been asked to evacuate include:

South West Forbes (Lake Forbes to Newell Hwy)

■ Elizabeth St, Farnell St, Hilda St, Show St, Forester St, Marcia St, Racecourse Rd,

Thelma St, Mona Pl, Margret St, Junction St and Lachlan St

North Forbes and the CBD

■ Battye St, Bedgerebong Rd, Browne St, Camp St, Clear St, Cross St, Farnell St,

Farrand St, Grenfell St, Johnson St, North Circle Dr, Dowling St, Parkes Rd, Rankin

St, Renfree St, Sam Street, Sherriff St, Spring St and Templar St.

Eastern residential area

■ Bandon St, Barwin St, Bridge St, Church St, Clark St, Ferry St, Flint St, Herbert St,

Hill St, James St, Ooma St, Orange Rd, Oxford St, Rifle Range Rd, Sandhills Rd,

Twogood Ln and Young St

South Forbes

■ Bathurst St, Blackwood St, Cargo Ln, Church St, Claret St, College Rd, Forbes –

Cowra Rd, Mole Ln, Moselle St, Muscat St, Reymond St, River Rd, Stacey St,

Wambat St, Koala Pl, and Wandary Ln

■ Apex Caravan Park

Before leaving home people should:

■ Turn off the electricity and gas at the main switch or at the gas bottle

■ Turn off all electrical items and store securely

■ Put belongings up high on tables, beds and benches

■ Store light weight items in roof space

■ Take pets with you when you leave

■ Take clothes & bedding, medicines, personal & financial documents, mementos and photos

■ Check with neighbours to see if they need help

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Lockhart’s St Mary’s Debutante Ball was held last Friday, March 30 with fifteen girls making their debut together with their partners.
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While some traditions have faded, or even disappeared over the years, the Lockhart Debutante Ball is still going strong.

Dance teacher for the Ball, Mrs Fran Day said “This was a once in a lifetime

experience for the debutantes that was unforgettable.

“Seeing all the beautiful young women in their stunning dresses with their good-looking partners and shining smiles on

everyone’s face, made friends and family and especially their parents extremely proud.”

This year, St Mary’s had the Most Reverend Gerard Hanna, Bishop of Wagga Wagga, to officially receive the debutantes and their partners.

Mrs Day said “The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Bishop Hanna most sincerely for undertaking this important duty. Special gratitude must also go to Father Darren Howie, Parish Priest St Mary’s as well as Jason Gooden, Chairperson St Mary’s Parish and his wife Liza”.

The tuition and choreography of dance teacher Mrs Day had the debutantes and their partners captivating the audience not only with their presentation dances of the Waltz and the Cha Cha, but also with a spectacular floor show performance ‘Shout’. The Floor Show has been a feature of St Mary’s debutante balls.

The event was compered by Trent Gooden and coordinated by St Mary’s committee – Mrs Lyn Hamson, Mrs Chris Nimmo, Mrs Marg Firman and Mrs Chris Doig. The Ball’s Master of Ceremonies was Mrs Sally Carn and Mr Trent Gooden compered the evening.

Mrs Day added “The debutantes and their partners must be congratulated on the dignified manner in which they presented themselves.”

Back Row left to right: Lachlan Lane, Tyler Krebser, Dale Palmer, Thomas Bennett, Nick Parks, Charlie Bender, Tenille Healy, Alana Parks, Amanda Schneider, Abbey Golder, Teagan Hannon, Annabel Bender, Melanie Guttler, Nicki Guttler, Chloe Sheather, Jana Shilo, Mikala Shilo, Zac Atkins, Jesse Shilo, Joshua O’Connell, Jake Chandler, Robert Farrall and Simon Hounsell. Middle Row left to right: Mitchell Carter, Will Lane, Grace Alexander, Alice Lenehan, Jason Gooden (Chairperson St Mary’s Parish Lockhart) Liza Gooden, Father Darren Howie (Parish Priest St Mary’s Lockhart), Most Reverend Gerard Hanna (Bishop of Wagga Wagga), Fran Day (Dance Teacher), Bridget McDonnell, Anna Rose Colburn and Dougal Howard.

Front Row: Page Boy Matthew Lenehan and Flower Girl Maggie Lane Photo: Felicity Melton

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Grierson the best

Roy Simmons (CENTRE) accepted the 2011 Sportsperson of the Year award on behalf of his grandson James Grierson, from Anita Morrison and Shaun Read.James Grierson ended a very successful year after being named Forbes Sportsperson of the Year (SOYA) for 2011.
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The presentation of awards was made at the SOYA dinner held at the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club before an audience of just under 200.

“If the weather conditions had of been in our favour I’m sure many more would have attended,” evening MC John Schrader commented.

Grierson joins a long list of outstanding sporting identities who have been recipients of the Forbes Advocate sponsored trophy first presented in 1974.

Grierson was applauded as a worthy winner after considerable success across a number of sports, however golf wins were his major successes.

Last year Grierson, in his first out of junior ranks won the Forbes Golf Club championships, the Nissan Classic, as well as figuring in a number of major competitions in the metropolitan area as well as divisional competitions.

His Forbes championship win saw him join his father Andrew and grandfather Roy Simmons as Forbes Golf Club champions.

Grierson was also a member of the Forbes Rugby league Club’s winning grand final combination.

SOYA runner-up was Adam Hall who had an outstanding rugby league season being named in the Group XI side which won the country championships, he was also named in the country seconds side to win man of the match awards.

He was also captain coach of the Forbes Magpies which played in the semi finals of the Group XI competition.

President of the SOYA, Andrew Norton-Knight said at the dinner that Forbes should be proud of their sporting achievements and those of the facilities supplied in assistance from the Forbes Shire Council.

Full story in Thursday’s Advocate.

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Henty captain Grant Forrest capped off a stellar season by winning most of the major awards in the Holbrook and District Cricket Association for season 2011/12.
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Forrest, who only a week ago led his team to premiership success against Holbrook Colts in the HDCA Division One grand final, dominated the awards.

He was a clear winner of the Champion Player Award finishing ahead of TRYC star Jeremy Bunn and Culcairn dynamo Steven Brand third.

The Most valuable Player Award also went to Forrest, the award is voted on a 3, 2, 1 basis by opposition captains on each round during the home and away season.

Forrest was also a clear winner in the batting racking up 603 runs for the season that included three centuries with a top score of 166. Brand finished second with 435 runs.

The leading wicket taker in the home and away season was Osborne speedster Ben Davis with 26 wickets, followed by Forrest 22 and Holbrook’s Ben McKenna 21.

The fielding award for most catches was won by Jeremy Bunn with 11, followed closely by Holbrook’s Jack Nunn with 10 catches.

In Division Two the champion player award went to Uranquinty player Simon Taylor, narrowly ahead of team mates Josh Marshman and Jason Paull in a Quinty trifecta.

Taylor completed a fine season with the willow as well, when he took out the batting aggregate with 366 runs, ahead of Paull on 358 and Henty’s Simon Hillier on 282.

The bowling aggregate went to Uranquinty all rounder Josh Marshman with 23 wickets, just ahead of consistent Henty performer Chris Spicer on 21 wickets.

To complete a dominating year for Uranquinty who won their third straight Division two title, Jason Paull 11 catches finished just ahead of Brett Marshman to win the fielding award.

Henty cricket club took out the club championship award, finishing ahead of Holbrook, who had three teams make grand finals, but none collecting the title.

The Holbrook DCA season was again a very successful one with its rep teams in juniors and seniors performing very well in regional competitions.

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Farrer Tennis Grand Final

Farrer Tennis Section 1 Grand Final winners – The Rock. Back: Roger Vennel, Tamara Verus, Deb Metcalf, Anthea Driscoll, Sophie Driscoll. Front: Darren Verus, John Jarrick, John McLaughlin. Photo contributedThe Grand Final of the Farrer Tennis Association was played in blustery conditions at Mangoplah on Saturday. The conclusion of the tennis season saw wins to both favourites in Sections One and Two.
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Two weeks ago The Rock defeated Mangoplah Goannas by 28 games, obtaining them the grand final berth, and making Goannas face Burrandana in the preliminary final. Goannas eliminated Burra for their chance to challenge the reigning premiers for the cup. But The Rock proved too strong, this time winning by 30 games. However the match seemed closer than the scores indicated, with the Goannas trailing by just 15 games half way through the afternoon’s play. But then The Rock got into top gear to win the next three sets easily and hold a 31 game advantage. Whilst at this stage the match was decided, a forfeited 6-0 by the Goannas disappointed the large crowd that attended the match. Outstanding for The Rock were John McLaughlin, John Jarick and Sophie Driscoll, who overshadowed the best for the Goannas being Pop Harris, Gabe McRae and Edward Lloyd.

Final Score: The Rock 81 d Goannas 51.

Pleasant Hills confirmed their status of favoured Section 2 premiers, despite the absence of their Canberra recruit, and won their first Section 2 premiership in 29 years. After the Burrandana men won six sets to zero the previous week to eliminate Yerong Bunyips, it was a different story this week when they were only able to win one set against Pleasant Hills. Whilst the ladies sets were 3 sets each, the margin was 66-41 prior to the final four mixed doubles sets.

Congratulations to Pleasant Hills on their long awaited premiership, led by Captain Sam Terlich on and off the court. He was able assisted by Luke and Sue Fifield, while Burrandana can be proud of Anna Davis who played strongly all afternoon.

Final score Pleasant Hills 82 d Burrandana 60.


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Pink to colour Holbrook race day

Tracey BevanTracey Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and director, will be the guest of honour at this year’s Elders’ Holbrook Commander Cup racing meeting, which is being held this Saturday, March 31.
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The race meeting will be a Pink Day in support of the McGrath Foundation and Tracey Bevan will officially open the races.

Tom Last, Holbrook and District Race Club vice president, said all the horses on the day will be wearing pink saddle cloths signed by champion jockey Damien Oliver.

These will be sold after the last race of the day and anyone who buys a saddle cloth will also receive a pink strapper’s jacket that was worn on the day. All funds raised from the sale of the saddle cloths will be going to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting’s activities begin with the screening of the recent Australian movie “The Cup” on a mega screen at the racecourse on Friday night.

Mr Last said the gates will be open for the screening from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All proceeds from the movie screening will also go to the McGrath Foundation.

The race meeting, which began in 1907, features six professional races with the main event being the annual 2400m Elders’ Commander Holbrook Cup. The cup carries prize money of $9000.

Mr Last said he is expecting a strong field in all races, with trainers coming from Albury, Wagga, Canberra and surrounding districts. Other races on the day include the Ladies Bracelet and President’s Cup.

There will be full TAB facilities and a bookmakers ring at the races and patrons will be able to view the Rosehill Guineas on the Race-Tech Super Screen.

Mr Last says the race meeting is yet again set to be great family day and a quality race meeting in a country atmosphere.

There will be marquees for hire, entertainment for children as well as the ever popular fashions on the field.

Gates open at 11am with the first race at 12.30pm. The entry fee to the races is $15 an adult and children are free.

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Extra flood assistance now available

Aditional financial assistance is now available for flood affected residents and businesses, including farmers, and communities in Lockhart and Urana.
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The additional funding was announced by the Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon and NSW Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher last week.

The funding has been made available under the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has welcomed the announcement.

”This was essential funding for hundreds of people in Farrer and the Riverina and it is extremely good news,” she said.

“I would particularly like to thank the Attorney General and her staff in getting this relief funding through.”

Farmers, businesses and communities in Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young access up to $15,000 for clean-up and recovery grants.

“While we continue to monitor the emerging situation in New South Wales there is a need for swift action to help local economies recover as quickly as possible,” Ms Roxon said.

“The grants will be of enormous benefit to help . . . by funding clean-up activities, grants to community service organisations, replacement of damaged equipment, stock and other general repairs.”

Applications for the grants can be made through

the NSW Rural Assistance Authority by calling

1800 678 593.

In separate statement Ms Roxon also announced that residents of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young who have been severely affected by recent flooding could claim Commonwealth payments of $1000 for each adult and $400 for each child.

“This assistance is over and above the support already being provided by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments under the jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA),” she said.

People living in these communities may also be eligible for personal hardship and distress assistance, including help with replacing essential items of furniture, personal effects and repairs to houses, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary

producers and transport freight subsidies for primary producers.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) can be claimed by eligible people in the local government areas of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young following the flooding that occurred during late February and March 2012.

Affected residents do not have to lodge the claim in person at a community recovery centre.

The easiest way to lodge a claim is online at or by calling the Australian Government Information Line on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm local time, seven days per week.

Completed claim forms can also be lodged in person at a Commonwealth Department of Human Services service centre.  Further information is available at

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