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Bird call to keep Cook Park aviary

Bird call to keep Cook Park aviary

FOR THE BIRDS: Orange Bird Society president Tony Ford hopes Orange City Council keeps the Cook Park aviary. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0301aviaryBIRD enthusiasts are calling on Orange City Council to keep Cook Park’s bird aviary open as questions surround the future of the facility.
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“Lots of people go to the park to look at the attractions and read information about them,” Orange Bird Society president Tony Ford said.

The society’s treasurer Ray Smith agreed.

“It would be disappointing if it closes because birds are animals that people don’t get to see,” he said.

“It’s a positive thing for Orange to have. If they moved it somewhere else it would need the same access.”

The future of the bird aviary was brought up as part of community consultations to form a draft master plan for the park, Orange City Council corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said.

Consultants preparing the plan hope to maintain and enhance the Union Jack layout of the park but the aviary is in the way.

“Questions were raised about whether it was a council core business to hold a licence for fauna,” Mr Redmond said.

Mr Ford said in the past bird lovers had concerns about the treatment of native birds in the aviary but now the birds appeared to be healthy.

“A lot of people don’t like to see birds in aviaries,” Mr Ford said.

“But nowadays they’ve been bred there, they wouldn’t know how to survive in the wild.”

Mr Redmond said there may be an animal welfare argument against the aviary but the council always met the high standards of their licence to keep the birds.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is the licensing authority for the aviary.

The DPI’s exhibited animals leader Matthew Crane said the licence sets standards for the welfare of the animals including the enclosures, social arrangements, diet and the educational value of the signage.

While he could not comment on the conditions of the park’s aviary, he said licences were renewed each year with regular inspections part of the process.

Mr Smith said in the past bird society members were instrumental in running the aviary with many donating birds and helping to clean and maintain the facility before it was taken over by council.

“People in the club would be happy to be more involved,” he said.

“Since there is a dedicated bird society in Orange there is a lot of knowledge from the members of our club.”

Mr Redmond said it was still early days for the draft plan and all views would be balanced in the document when it comes back to councillors.

The community will again be able to have input on future plans for Cook Park in April.

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Updated road closures

Updated road closures

Due to extensive flooding across the region the following roads have been closed.
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Orange road closures

– Ophir Road Second Crossing has 80 to 100 millimetres of water. Water on road signs have been erected and motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

– Ophir Reserve is closed due to flooding

– Bulgas Road causeway at base of Suma Park Dam has 100mm of water across the road. Water on road signs have been erected and motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

– Ophir Road Fourth Crossing in Cabonne is closed with a reported 1.5 metres of water flowing across the roadway.

Great Western Highway at Kelso in Bathurst

– Traffic affected in both directions. RTA advice – exercise caution and allow extra travel time.

Canowindra Road from Canowindra to Cowra

– Road closed in both directions. RTA advice – avoid the area, use an alternate route

Mid Western Highway between Blayney and Cowra

– Traffic affected in both directions. Emergency services on site

Lachlan Valley Way between Cowra and Gooloogong

– Road closed in both directions. RTA advice – avoid the area, use an alternate route

Condobolin Road, Parkes to Bogan Gate

– Road closed in both directions. RTA advice – avoid the area

Newell Highway, Forbes to Parkes

– Highway closed in both directions. RTA advice – avoid the area

Abercrombie Road at Abercrombie River Crossing, Tuena

– Road closed in both directions.

Olympic Highway between Young and Cowra

– Road closed in both directions, motorists advised to avoid the area and use an alternate route.

– The Bendick Murrell bridge is washed out, the water is not expected to recede until after the weekend.

– Motorist can use Henry Lawson Way to Grenfell and then the Mid Western Highway. This detour is suitable for all vehicles.

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BLEAK CITY

BLEAK CITY

SWAMPED: Windyhill Nursery staff member Denise Patteson looks on as the plants receive a drenching. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0301mlrain2AREAS around Suma Park Dam are being monitored by Orange City Council following continual rainfall across the region.
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Areas surrounding Bulgas Road, the Second Crossing, Emu Swamp Road and Hiney Road are being monitored, however, as of late yesterday no road closures were in place.

Heavy rainfall has lashed much of the central west with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning heavier rainfalls are expected today.

Orange City Council corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said areas close to Suma Park Dam were safe despite water levels being 40 millimetres above the spillway.

Mr Redmond said the city’s stormwater drainage systems were built to cope with a lot of rain over a long period of time, and he was confident they would stand up to predicted rainfalls.

Should water reach amber alert levels, or 230 millimetres above the spillway, council will consult with the State Emergency Service (SES) for action to be taken.

By 5.30pm yesterday more than 14mm of rain had fallen, with the BOM predicting between 50mm and 100mm to fall today. A severe weather warning and flood watch is in place, with thunderstorms likely to produce flash flooding over the coming days.

Orange SES controller Kim Stevens said volunteers delivered more than 120 sandbags to 10 properties across the city yesterday as residents prepared themselves for flooding.

Sandbags were delivered to residents on Bathurst Road, Autumn Street, McLachlan Street and in Clifton Grove, according to Mr Stevens, who said it was a case of the community being prepared rather than being located in known flood zones.

“If the community learnt anything from the flood event in Quinlan Road recently, it is that this event could pretty much happen anywhere,” he said.

Stay tuned to the Central Western Daily’s website and Facebook page today for regular weather updates.

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No time to panic: Cowra mayor

No time to panic: Cowra mayor

THE message from Cowra mayor Bill West is for people to remain calm and use common sense as the 12,000 strong community waits to see what flows down its surrounding creeks and rivers.
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The town has been the centre of national attention since reports of flooding and evacuation yesterday.

However, Cr West stressed that, at this stage, it was a waiting game and for people to remain on alert and be prepared but not to panic.

The focus is on Back Creek, several kilometres west of Cowra, although reports from local SES crews are that its level is dropping.

It’s the next 48 hours, with forecasts of more rain, that is causing worry.

“The majority of locals understand what is happening,” Cr West said.

“Back Creek is the issue now, but in a day or two days’ time it will be different. We are watching very closely what the Boorowa River does, and also how quickly Wyangala Dam is filling up.

“The Lachlan River at present is of great concern, let alone with predictions of more rain and potentially higher levels.”

There are reports the Lachlan River could reach a height of 15 metres.

In comparison, the Lachlan River peaked at 12.3 metres in December 2010.

Cr West urged shire residents to continue to use common sense while waiting to see how the flooding situation proceeded.

This was in response to reports of mass evacuation, which have since proven to be distorted.

“At this stage, I am concerned over what appears to be some confusion and the message being broadcast out, particularly with the broader media,” Cr West stressed.

“People really need to remain calm and use common sense, listen to the local and regional media. Work with varying agencies, particularly with the SES, as they are the agency in charge at this time, although that can change.

“In an emergency I would encourage the community to contact the SES on 132 500.”

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Britt takes out first Medal of season

Britt takes out first Medal of season

LUCKY LADIES: Duntryleague Opening Day winners Sharon Scarr (Division 1), Wendy Reid (Division 2), Cheryl Bennett (Division 3) and Marilyn Maxwell (Division 4).The ladies at Duntryleague were delighted to be back on the course on Tuesday to contest the first Monthly Medal, and first WGNSW Medal for the season, which was sponsored by the Country Duntry Girls.
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Coral Britt took out the Monthly Medal with a net score of 74.

Val Pollack won both the scratch and handicap event in Division One with 93 net 76. Ann Williams was runner up with net 77.

Wendy Reid won the scratch event in Division Two with 100 off the stick. Handicap winner was Coral Britt with net 74, Dorothy Collins was runner up with net 77.

Marilyn Maxwell was the handicap winner with 77 on a countback from Sally Heigh. Sally won the scratch event with 113.

Nearest the pin winners were Margot Quigley (4th) Sharon Scarr (7th) Margaret Bellamy (11th) Jenny Brazier (17th).

The putting competitions, sponsored by Janis Pritchard, were taken out by Sandra Robinson (Division One, 31 putts), Dot Beasley (Division Two, 30 putts and Kathy Fisher (Division Three, 33 putts on a countback).

Last Thursday the ladies teamed up to play an 18-Hole 4BBB and a 12-Hole competition.

First place went to Janis Pritchard and Hattie Crossing with 39 points, second place Helen Corby and Sally Heigh with 38 on a countback from Yoka Smith and Val Pollack on a count back.

Twelve-hole winner was Virginia Conran with 24 points, while the runner up was Margaret Bellamy with 23 points.

Nearest the pin winner on the 11th hole was Marilyn Maxwell.

Congratulations to Wentworth Ladies on winning back the Regency Cup last Friday with a 5.5 to 1.5 result.

Many thanks to all the ladies who participated on both teams, a great day was had by all the players.

This Tuesday, March 6 the ladies play WDLGA 3BBB versus Par (time Sheet) sponsored by Helen Corby and Beryl Pearce.

For those ladies not wishing to play 18 holes a 12-hole competition will be played.

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