HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE
I watched the online recollections of Noel Townsend and amazed at his memory (The Area News, Wednesday 24th February 2021).
Bonnie Owen, great that his story sent you in search of the woolshed at Benerembah.
Dr Solomon Goldberg was the owner of the Rio Cinema theatre in Griffith.
My parents were the cleaners at one time, then the Lyceum Cinema theatre owned by Mr Henri Morel.
Thank you Noel for sharing your story.
Keep up the good work Bonnie, bringing Griffith's history to life for the younger generation and happy memories for the older residents.
Gloria Velleley, Belrose
'HILLSTON'S WORLD CHAMPION'
Toby Price, son of John and Pauline was born in Hillston in 1987,
At age two, first ride on a motorbike and from then always wanted more,
He practised and tuned his skills riding dirt bikes along mallee tracks,
And went in and won a motorbike race when aged only four.
It was evident his skill was heading him for greatness,
With that outback determination we all knew he would,
Although moving to the Gold Coast to help his career,
It was this early Hillston life that was to make him so good.
After winning many Australian off-road championships,
The Dakar Rally and then the Finke Desert race,
In 2018 won the FIM cross-country rallies world championship,
With his dedication Hillston knew he would be a motorbike riding ace.
By Stuart Clarke
Stuart's new poetry book 'Riverina Rhymes' is available at Griffith News and Gifts and the Hillston Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery.
PLAN IS ONLY NOW A 'TRAGEDY'?
Former Prime Minister John Howard, the instigator of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, describes it now as a 'tragedy'.
So how does he think the rural farmers and their communities are feeling about this disaster?
In particular, how do you think we feel about current governments who all know, deep down, that this "tragedy" continues unabated before their eyes?
And that the present day Prime Minister, his environment minister and even the National Party (who used to support farmers and regional communities) are allowing the 'tragedy' to go full steam ahead, unchecked.
Yes, the plan is a 'tragedy'. But an even greater tragedy is the lack of political courage to acknowledge the problem and fix it; the unwillingness of those in power to do anything, because decisive action may cause political grief in capital cities and South Australia.
Instead they pretend everything is rosy, all the while presiding over declining river health and suffering rural communities.
Laurie Beer, Mayrung
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