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Wednesday
Apr232014

Warialda Farewells treasured local

ANZAC Day this year will be incomplete with the passing of one of Warialda’s most well-known locals, Stuart Robertson (Robbo).

Robbo was always one of the stalwarts of any of the ceremonies of commemoration in Warialda, always participating in ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day events.  He was well known in the community for his devotion to his wife in the hospital, visiting her several times a day, every day.

His funeral was held on Tuesday, with a large crowd attending to farewell ‘Robbo’

Born in 1922, Stuart first moved to Warialda around 1936 and married a local girl Hazel Gainey in 1945.
Before marrying Hazel, Stuart was an army man, joining in 1939 when he was just 17.   He drove supply trucks from Alice Springs to Darwin before serving in New Guinea and came back to Australia from New Guinea seven months after the war ended.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Local success at Moree Superstar

The annual Moree Superstar grand final was held last weekend, in conjunction with the nation-wide Youth Week celebrations. The event which took place at the Moree Town Hall was a showcase of the musical talent across the region.

Entrants from towns including Moree, Goondiwindi, Croppa Creek and Warialda performed before a panel of judges with a special guest judge Taylor Henderson, 2013 X-Factor Runner Up attending the day.
Performers auditioned prior to the day, with the Saturday event running as the Grand Final. Singers entered into the categories of senior individual, senior group, junior individual or junior group.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Donations come under microscope

The Gwydir Shire Council will consider its support to local community organisation and events tomorrow as the annual Community Donations list comes before the Council.

The budget allocation for community donations has been reduced in 2014-2015 in light of the Council’s current financial situation.  In 2013-2014 the budget was $217,000, however for the coming financial year, the budget has been reduced to $161,535.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Flying win for The Early Bird at Races

The weather presented a beautiful day for the annual Warialda Races, held at the Racecourse last Saturday.
The 2014 Warialda Cup, Sponsored by Coolatai Rural Supplies – Anipro, was won by The Early Bird, trained by Gavin Groth of Gunnedah.

The Fashions of the Field was won by Melanie Williams in a black and white outfit (the popular colour combination of the day).  Graham Sweeney was named Mr Racing in his pink shirt and trilby hat.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Potential for CCTV in Warialda

The recent Chamber meeting saw the idea raised of a possible CCTV (closed circuit television) installation within the Warialda CBD.

A trend across Australia is seeing many communities installing and implementing surveillance systems as a means to extra security and crime prevention.

Recently, the Warialda community have actively been attempting to decrease the amount of crime occurring in homes and businesses alike. The upcoming launch of the online ‘eyewatch’ group and community meetings involving members of the Barwon Police have positively involved locals in the reduction of crime and the desire to make changes as a community.

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