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Reward awaits good samaritan

Monday, 14th January, 2013

Marlene Sweet wants to thank a lad who helped her after she took a fall at the weekend. Marlene Sweet wants to thank a lad who helped her after she took a fall at the weekend.

By Erica Visser

When Marlene Sweet fell over at a shopping centre carpark at the weekend, a teenage boy helped her up and gathered her shopping.

However, in her distress, Ms Sweet did not have time to properly thank the good samaritan but she’s hoping for another chance.

“I fell over near the McDonalds car park on the road on Saturday afternoon,” she said.

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Mayor rejects population forecast

Friday, 11th January, 2013

A NSW Government action plan suggests the region’s population will fall by 25 per cent by 2031. A NSW Government action plan suggests the region’s population will fall by 25 per cent by 2031.

Mayor Wincen Cuy has rejected a government “action plan” for the Far West which forecasts a 25 per cent drop in population, saying future projects could actually increase the population.

The so-called Far West Regional Action Plan was one of six regional action plans released late last month by the Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries.

Mr Humphries said the plans outlined the government’s priorities for each region for the next two years and were put together after extensive consultation.

In the Far West plan, on a page headed “About Our Region”, the region’s population of 22,349 is projected to be less than 17,000 by 2031.

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A day at the museum for the kids

Friday, 11th January, 2013

Museum Education Officer, Ian Howarth, in one of the exhibits from the Odditorium show which will be part of the children’s workshop next week. Museum Education Officer, Ian Howarth, in one of the exhibits from the Odditorium show which will be part of the children’s workshop next week.

Do the kids need to get out of the house. Do they need a stimulating distraction? Then the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum has just the thing.

It is about to stage a fun-filled workshop for children from five to 12 years old on Tuesday. It will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm and the cost is just $40. 

Museums are great places to visit and while away the long hot days of summer. They are cool and imaginative institutions, full of curiosities and historical objects. 

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$20m plant set to roll

Friday, 11th January, 2013

One million tonnes of stockpiled raw ilmenite will begin to be fed through Cristal Mining Australia’s newly expanded plant on the Pinnacles Road from Monday.

Work on the $20 million expansion, which began in July, has now reached the commissioning stage, according to Mineral Separation Plant manager Clayton Trengove.

The BHT plant, which is pinned to the plant built in 2006, will allow Cristal (formerly Bemax Resources) to treat between 280,000 and 450,000 tonnes of additional material a year.

Most of the raw ilmenite, or Ti2, will be used as feedstock for the parent company’s yet-to-be constructed slagging plant in Saudi Arabia and used as paint pigment and in pig iron.

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Bigger the better in Birrell’s backyard

Friday, 11th January, 2013

Les Birrell and his supersized Russian garlic. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Les Birrell and his supersized Russian garlic. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

If you ever need to fend off vampires or the common cold, just ask Les Birrell for a piece of garlic - he’s got plenty.

The Piper Street green thumb proudly showed off his 11cm thick Russian garlic yesterday, one of hundreds that have shot up in his patch this year.

The robust and unusually large bulb is grown across Australia and is known for its pale pink flowers.

They are normally larger and milder than ordinary garlic.

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