Council Backs Classic Wallabies Match
Residents of the Moree Plains and the North West are in for a treat on Saturday, 23 March as the Moree Rugby Union Club welcomes former Wallabies to Moree for a Wallabies Classic Match, thanks to a $2000 donation from Moree Plains Shire Council.
The donation – which was awarded through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program - will contribute directly to the cost of hosting the Wallabies Classic Match which is expected to draw huge crowds to the region.
Moree Rugby Union Club President, Paul King thanked the Council for its donation, "this is a great event for our town and a fantastic opportunity to watch and meet some well-known former Wallabies”.
“With up to 3000 people predicted to attend, we are hoping that the influx of people will also help out local business in this difficult, dry time,” said Mr King.
The Classic Wallabies will take on the Central North over 35’s Barbarian team, made up of an invitational side from Moree and some of the region’s best representative players. The afternoon will include a host of curtain raiser matches featuring local clubs and players of all ages ahead of the main game.
In addition to the Match, the Classic Wallabies team will be holding a coaching clinic for Junior Clubs across the Central North zone and will be visiting local schools to teach the students the fundamentals of rugby.
Mr King remarked “these junior skills development clinics, fundraising events and exhibition matches are vital in supporting the ongoing growth and development of grassroots rugby in towns like Moree”.
Tickets are available pre-sale on-line .
If your community, sporting or educational group wishes to apply for financial assistance for a local event, function or sponsorship, applications for the period from July - September 2019 are due 14 June 2019. Copies of the Public Donations Policy and Application Form are available HERE or at Council’s customer service centres at the Max Centre, Mungindi and Boggabilla, and also at the Moree Community Library.
Moree Celebrates the Art of Ageing
In the lead up to Seniors Week, Moree residents are encouraged to challenge their views on older people by visiting the 2018 Art of Ageing Exhibition in the Moree Community Library on display from 6 March until 21 March 2019.
The Art of Ageing is a photography exhibition that celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.
The NSW Government commissioned the exhibition to highlight the incredible lives of seniors and promote inclusive communities for all generations.
Moree Community Library Coordinator, Mrs Samantha Geatches explains how the exhibition celebrates the colourful lives of older people living in regional NSW.
“A learner driver, gymnast and ukulele player is among the extraordinary older people who feature in the 2018 exhibition.”
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the exhibition aims to challenge perceptions of ageing and demonstrate the diversity and experiences of older people across the state.
“Misconceptions about the lives of older people are prevalent in our community, but the experience of ageing is unique. Many older people are artists, athletes, business owners, farmers and volunteers, and this Exhibition challenges people's perceptions."
The exhibition will travel to 21 locations to July 2019, and comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn. The exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can be viewed online at the Department of Family & Community Services website.
Photograph: The Art of Ageing Exhibition at the Moree Community Library. ‘Benny’ – Photographer – Kerri Ambler
My Moree Unveils Exciting New Mural Competition
The My Moree team are encouraging residents of the Moree Plains to get creative and enter a locally-inspired mural design into a new competition on the My Moree Facebook page.
Launched on 6 March 2019, the competition will see the winning design take pride of place as a 14-metre-long artwork under the Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge. The lucky winner will also receive $500 prizemoney in reward for their creative efforts.
Council’s Senior Communication Officer Susannah Pearse explained that the mural installation is part of Council’s Mehi River Corridor Project which has been funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 1 and is designed to improve the overall amenity of the Moree township’s natural asset.
“Many residents have already taken advantage of the shared pathways delivered in the first phase of the project. This next stage will see the installation of a mural and LED lighting under the bridge, with static exercise equipment, additional picnicking infrastructure and seating to follow,” she said.
“We know that the Mehi River is of significant importance to our local people and culture and hence are keen to get the community involved in the project.”
Competition entrants have until midnight on Friday 29 March 2019 to create their designs and upload an image of the design to the My Moree Facebook page in order for them to be considered. Entries will be judged on the image’s popularity (likes and shares) on the My Moree Facebook page, its overall visual appeal and how well the mural represents the Moree Plains Shire and the My Moree brand.
“We know from the My Moree Photography Competition and the Moree Portrait Prize that we have a large number of incredibly talented artists in the region and we cannot wait to see what they think is emblematic of our region and lives on the Plains,” said Mrs Pearse.
Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter and designs can be created with any medium be it paint, pencil or PC, providing that the artist or their representative (for artists under 18 or those without a Facebook page) can load an image of the design to the My Moree Facebook page.
Interested parties are encouraged to view and follow the My Moree Facebook page for further updates. Full competition Terms and Conditions and details on how to enter the competition.
Photograph: My Moree is calling all local artists to submit designs to its mural competition as part of the Mehi River Corridor project.
Photograph: Area under the Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge where the winning artwork will be installed.
Junior Touch Football Committee Call-Out for Coaches and Referees
The Moree Local Drug Action Team held its first Junior Touch Community meeting Tuesday, 26 February where nine members of the community put their hands up to be on the committee for the launch of the 2019 season.
The program for 7-17 year olds is one step closer to kick off with a sign up and skills day planned for mid to late March.
Council’s Community Development Officer Ros Laws explained, “we are excited to have the junior touch football committee up and running”.
“We rely heavily on these volunteers, who contribute to the future success of the program in Moree.”
The new committee members are:
• Chairperson – Lesley Fernando
• Secretary – Bronwyn Adamson
• Media/Promotions – Russell Cook
• Ground Manager – Paul Spearim
The committee are still looking for eligible coaches and referees to undertake the free training to be accredited by NSW Touch. All fees associated with coaching and referee training will be covered by the Local Drug Action Team.
Mrs Laws explains that referees and coaches are crucial to the game and volunteering can be very rewarding.
“You just need to have a Working with Children Check and the passion to help out our youth,” said Mrs Laws
Additionally, as part of the LDAT funding, all players can participate for free this season, and a number will be eligible for free membership with the PCYC, courtesy of Moree Community Drug Action Team.
Touch football is one of the fastest growing sports in the Country. The sport has over 690,000 registered members and is among the top participant based, organised sports in Australia.
“Touch football is fun, safe and inclusive. It can be played by both boys and girls of all ages and the low contact nature of the sport makes it easy for children with limited sporting experience,” Mrs Laws said.
All players will be required to participate in a short workshop around safety, personal development and healthy lifestyle which will be presented by participating services before each game commences. Workshops will be held weekly prior to games and it will be a rule of no workshop, no play for the duration of the funded program.
Photograph: (L-R) Junior Touch Football Committee. Jillian Knox, Karen Barker, Ros Sampson, Denise Haines, Ros Laws, Russell Cook, Ida Whitton, Bronwen Adamson, Lesley Fernando, Natasha Pidcock, Paul Spearim, Cecil Craigie (Front) Crystal Trotter