March saw Lynda Quigley and Rob Stain head out on the first ILC Country Service trip for the year. Lynda and Rob commenced the trip in the Great Southern Region, attending the “Healthy in the Bush” Expo, held in Cranbrook, and then onto the Wheatbelt region for the remainder of the trip.
Lynda and Rob visited Narrogin, Wagin, Corrigin, Bruce Rock, Merredin and Kellerberrin.
Colette Lapin, our country coordinator, joined the trip to be part of the Wagin Woolarama and was as impressed as Lynda and Rob, with the exhibits and the number of people who attended. The ILC mobile display unit was set up for the two days and lots of people visited to gain advice about assistive equipment and the services that the ILC offer.
Rob, Colette and Lynda also took a little bit of time out to view some of the other exhibitors and the exhibits on display. Of particular interest were the shearing trails, with young and old shearers competing to shear the highest number of sheep within a set time. It was interesting to see the agility and enthusiasm of youth pitted against the method and experience of the older shearers.
Another delight was the cooking and art displays, with a highlight for Lynda being the entries from primary school children, in the cooking section. Decorated cupcakes, muffins, jams and other baked goods had been enthusiastically prepared and lovely to see the effort put in and the promise of the continuation of these types of events in rural communities, with younger generations obviously valuing the competition as earlier generations.
From Wagin, Rob and Lynda travelled on to Corrigin. Lynda isn’t always the greatest navigator, and there were a couple of “scenic routes” that provided the opportunity to see some of the properties along the back roads between towns. The drive also provided the opportunity to view Lake Dumbleyung from the along the road, which was at a 100 year high, so a fairly significant sight, considering that the information at the tourist information stop in Dumbleyung indicated that the lake is typically dry.
In addition to the Dumbleyung Dunny, there is also a memorial to the Country Women’s Association, paying tribute to the valued contribution of this organisation, and a display of information and memorabilia regarding the 1964 World Water Speed Record broken by Donald Campbell on Lake Dumbleyung. Donald Campbell broke both the World Land Speed and World Water Speed records in 1964, and remains the only person to have completed this in the same year. The plaques and information made for interesting reading and ta replica of the Bluebird, the vessel used by Donald Campbell for the record, is proudly displayed in Dumbleyung. It is an interesting story, and more details can be found at: http://dumbleyungbluebird.com.au/