Lodge Namoi celebrated 130 years of continued traditions as local and visiting Freemasons gathered for Saturday evening’s installation ceremony and dinner. The night, in particular, was a poignant occasion for the Hall family, with grandfather Len Hall vacating the chair of King Solomon as the worshipful master of Lodge Namoi and passing the regalia to grandson Jordan Rex. Following the installation and ceremony, Freemasons and partners gathered at the Narrabri RSL to celebrate the occasion. Among the visiting officials at Saturday night’s installation at the Lodge Namoi hall was grand master (NSW/ACT) Les Hicks. Following the installation proceedings conducted inside […]
Thumbs up to the government for planning a jobs and skills summit. Hopefully, one of the things the summit could do is resurrect TAFE training across trades and other skills to the major status it once had. TAFE was a fantastic training vehicle for so many jobs and careers for decades – why was it gutted?
Thumbs down to tipping in restaurants. A report in a Sydney newspaper this week says the day of the standard restaurant ‘dinner for two’ at a posh city restaurant is now $100 or more. Included in the reviewer’s costings is a 10 per cent tip – eg, a $1000 dinner means an obligatory $100 tip. For what? For the waiter just doing his or her job and already getting various pay loadings? In the US, the tip appears on the bill as a matter of routine 10 or 15 per cent whether the food and service have been stellar or pathetic. We are getting to that stage now in Australia, apparently.
Cubbaroo polocrosse players are on a mission to improve the community’s mental health and wellbeing by urging people to start a conversation and check in with friends, family, and locals. At the club’s recent Wee Waa carnival, players proudly wore shirts made by TradeMutt – a social impact workwear brand created by two Australian tradies, who wanted to spark more comfortable discussions about mental health awareness and issues. The brand is well-known for its colourful and eye-catching shirts that aim ‘to make an invisible issue impossible to ignore’ and encourage people to talk more about how their feeling, especially in […]
The Galloping Gully Polocrosse Club carnival scheduled for last weekend was unfortunately washed out, which continued years of frustration for the sport that has seen many carnivals called off due to drought, COVID-19 and rain. It was the second weekend in a row that Narrabri Shire players had their carnival plans ruined after the 2022 NSW Zone Polocrosse Championships were abandoned on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. However, Gully is determined to run a carnival for the first time since 2019 this year and has rescheduled the highly-anticipated event to Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. This […]
Disappointing to see that some 27,700 claims for flood damage up north are being treated as ‘suspicious’ and fraudulent. Reportedly 793 are now criminal cases. As Minister Bill Shorten observes, the fraudsters take money from people who genuinely need it. Some 3.5 million claims have been lodged between February and July and $1 billion in financial support has been handed out so far.
On this day in 1930, the world’s first coloured cartoon with synchronised sound was released. ‘Flip the Frog – Fiddlesticks’ was created by animator Ubbe Eert Iwerks, Mickey Mouse’s co-creator. Flip the Frog is the featured performer at an outdoor nightclub in the forest, and his dancing and piano-playing pleases the crowd of critters. Although the cartoon was made in the USA, it was first shown in cinemas in England.