With the Easter long weekend upon us there is plenty to do around the region for those enjoying some well-earnt time off. The fun will begin on Friday at Boehme’s Hall at Stuart Town with a Good Friday Dinner and bush poetry reading.
This evening marks the beginning of the fantastic Man from Ironbark Festival for which Stuart Town has become renowned. This Saturday Stuart Town, formerly known as Ironbark, will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Paterson poem, The Man from Ironbark. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the small town to join the celebrations.
If dropping a line is more your style this weekend will be your chance to join thousands of keen anglers at the annual Lake Burrendong Fishing Classic. This community-driven event goes from strength to strength each year. It is a catch and release fishing competition that is open to everyone with all proceeds going back into programs that help maintain healthy waterways.
Or if you prefer fuel to fish the 41st Annual Toyota Nationals is on in Dubbo April 15-16. For all the Toyota enthusiast out there this is the event for you with a Show and Shine at Ollie Robins Oval, a motorkhana and drag racing. Whatever your interest or passion there is plenty for everyone right across the region this long weekend.
School holiday driving
With people heading off on trips over the next two weeks it’s important that everyone take care on the roads and be aware of any signs of fatigue. Fatigue is one of the biggest killers in NSW because when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel they have little to no time to break before a crash, causing the impact on the driver’s body to be greater than if they were involved in a non-fatigue related crash.
To help combat fatigue Dubbo Regional Council has partnered with 22 other Councils for the Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme. When drivers travel more than 100 kilometres from the town on their drivers licence, between 1 March and 31 May every year, they are eligible for a free cuppa at participating businesses. Participating local government areas stretch from the Queensland to the Victorian borders and drivers can find participating businesses at www.freecuppa.com.au.
A big congratulations to all the organisers, businesses and volunteers who came together to bring the WestView Drive-in back to life for National Youth Week. The success of the weekend is a testament to what good ideas, hard work and collaboration can achieve.
Nominate a legend
Excitement is building ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and there is still time for you to nominate a local legend to carry the Queen’s Baton when the relay makes its way to our region. The relay started at Buckingham Palace last month and will land on Australian shores in December to wend its way to the Gold Coast for the Games in April.
Two important stops the relay will be making will be at Dubbo and Wellington and locals are needed to carry the baton. Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great and will represent a community with pride. If you know someone who fits the bill make sure you nominate them at www.gc2018.com/qbr. Nominations close on 15 May.