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So You Want To Be a Councillor?

As you may be aware, with the council mergers no longer going ahead Blayney Shire Council will be included in the Local Government Elections on 9 September 2017. In preparation for this, Council and the Carmanhurst Villages Association would like to invite you to an information session to let prospective candidates know more about what life as a Councillor is really like, your roles and responsibilities in civic duty and what the process involves to nominate etc. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors will be making themselves available to add their insights and answer any questions from anyone interested in becoming a Councillor for Blayney Shire Council. This informative evening will be h

Showground Working Bee

The Carcoar Showground Committee will be hold a working bee at the showground at 9am on Sunday May 7. Work will involve removing dead trees, cleaning the glass cabinets, sanding back the benches around the ring and re-cementing those benches which have been lifted out of the ground in places. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours is invited to come along and lend a hand.

Green Thumbs Up For Down to Earth Gardening Expo

Last Sunday The Carcoar Hospital Museum & Restoration Committee held their annual “Down to Earth” Gardening Expo and Plant Fair. The event, which aims to highlight ecology and sustainability along with the relaxation and pleasure to be derived from gardening, attracted hundreds of enthusiasts. The Carcoar Show Ground with its backdrop of mature trees and open spaces proved to be the perfect venue for visitors to browse the quality stalls whilst soaking up the Autumn sunshine. In addition they also had the opportunity to learn more about various aspects of gardening and sustainability from a range of expert speakers including ABC radio's Reg Kidd, Chris Cuddy , Sally Bourne, Paul Kirkpatrick,

Lest We Forget

Whilst much of the media coverage was focused on the services being held in larger centres, the more modest scale of the local Anzac Day commemorations did nothing to diminish the sentiments of those who attended the Carcoar, Mandurama and Lyndhurst gatherings. In Carcoar marchers made their way down Icely Street to the accompaniment of bagpipes. Arriving at the cenotaph marchers and onlookers listened as speeches were read out acknowledging the sacrifices of those who fought and died in war. A special tribute was also read out by members of the Tucker family acknowledging the sacrifice of Private Spencer Gordon Tucker who was killed in action in 1917. The service concluded with the laying o

Sallydale Organic Farm @ Down to Earth Gardening Expo

27 years ago we bought a derelict 40 acre farm in Marshall's Lane with 4 trees on it.....oh and a derelict pise house built in 1840. We had jobs in Bathurst at CSU and 2 gorgeous kids one of whom had quadriplegic cerebral palsy....and we had a dream !! We had done some permaculture training and shared a love of history.So, our dream was to establish a traditional self sufficient mixed farm based around a heritage apple orchard with a small flock of sheep, poultry, a great vegetable garden and native corridors to support birds and native wild life. And in 2017 we have achieved almost all of it...the kids are grown up, one works at CSU uses four languages and several Masters Degrees and the ot

Guest Speaker Frank Malfroy @ D2E Gardening Expo & Plant Fair

Growing up, Frank's family lived on a bush block and they had chooks, ducks, horses, donkeys and vege gardens. Bees seemed to fit into the small farm thing back in the late 60/70s and Frank caught a swarm and put it in the backyard. An old beekeeper nearby showed him the ins and outs of how a beehive works. “I got stung - by that I mean bee venom is addictive - I started with one and ended up with over 1,000 hives. It seemed like a good way to earn a living at the time. It's had it's moments...”. In about 1975 Frank started working with Gretchen Wheen, a queen bee breeder, who had a property on the Hawkesbury River. He learnt all about raising queen bees as well, on and off for about years.

Carcoar Museum Open Day

The Australian Heritage Festival is Australia’s biggest annual community-driven heritage festival. As part of Carcoar's contribution to the festival the Court House, Hospital Museum (open only Saturday 29th) and Stoke Stable will be open on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of April to showcase the way we lived and offer visitors a fascinating trip down memory lane.

Guest Speaker Chris Cuddy @ D2E Gardening Expo & Plant Fair

Chris Cuddy is a passionate plantsman who established Perennialle Plants in 2010 to make the frost and dry tolerant plants he loves available to the gardening public. He is a Horticultural Scientist with over 20 years experience in production horticulture and he brings this expertise to the quality plants he produces. His love for plants began when he was growing up near bushland in Sydney and much of his childhood was spent traipsing the bush and watching the plants and animals. His passion for plants further developed when as a young teenager he discovered bonsai and his passion for propagation started. Later, a Saturday job at a propagation nursery further flamed this passion. A stint in

All Shook Up @ Carcoar

In the early hours of Friday morning Carcoarians were roused from their slumber by a an earth tremor which according to the Australian Governent Geoscience website measured 4.3 and lasted between 5 and 10 seconds. Residents reported a low rumble, windows shaking and the sensation of the ground shifting beneath them. The tremor was centred near Four Mile Creek Road not far from Cadia and was felt within an 84km radius. Following the tremor Cadia suspended underground mining operations.

The Countdown Is On

With only ten days to go until the big event, The Down to Earth Gardening Expo and Plant Fair is shaping up to be one of the biggest events of its kind in the Central Tablelands. There will be workshops and pop up talks from garden gurus plus the opportunity to connect with other enthusiasts. Gardeners will also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase rare and unusual plants direct from the growers, including perennials, heirloom fruit and vegetables, roses, maples, irises and so much more. In addition the event will showcase Australian sculpture in the beautiful rural setting of the Carcoar showground. Entries are still open for the recycled garden art competition. Artwork must be compri

Guest Speaker Reg Kidd @ D2E Gardening Expo & Plant Fair

Reg Kidd was born and bred in Orange in the Central West of New South Wales. He has been presenting ABC Central West and Western Plains Gardening Talkback at 8:30am on Saturday mornings since 1989. Reg brings a comprehensive knowledge and infectious sense of humour to the program. Reg has been in horticultural training and education for more than 20 years, particularly the Western Institute of TAFE, and he now runs his own private consultancy firm. Reg is able to travel extensively across the region, and regular listeners are familiar with his response to callers from right across the ABC Central West and Western Plains broadcast area, which covers half the land mass of the state.

Guest Speaker Paul Kirkpatrick @ D2E Gardening Expo & Plant Fair

Paul Kirkpatrick (aka "the extreme gardener") is truly consumed by all things horticultural - he works as a gardener, in his spare time he gardens, reads garden books and watches TV garden shows. Paul currently works as head gardener of two heritage listed, Paul Sorensen designed gardens near Wollongong as well as freelance writing and managing a retail business, Estate Gardening which sells professional-grade garden tools and accessories. Currently Paul also writes for a number of garden and trade magazines. Over the years he has spoken to over a hundred groups on topics as diverse as French garden design, the flora of Norfolk Island and roses in New Zealand. Check out Paul's website here.

Guest Speaker Sally Bourne @ D2E Gardening Expo & Plant Fair

We all have a vision of how we would like our outdoor spaces to evolve. Sally Bourne specializes in bringing that vision to fruition. Sally believes the ability to listen closely and interpret the key aspects of style and purpose as defined by the client are integral elements in the design process. Inspiration and intuition are also key components in her design. She brings a love of design and a passion for the natural world to her projects. Sustainable, rustic, earthy, achievable and family friendly gardens are the Sally Bourne Landscapes’ trademark. See more of Sally's designs here.

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