Lansdowne Valley news with Margaret Haddon

Dale Ausitin has several bikes she competes on, including a YZ250F and a YZ450F. She rode the YZ450F at Macleay on Saturday.
Dale Ausitin has several bikes she competes on, including a YZ250F and a YZ450F. She rode the YZ450F at Macleay on Saturday.

One of the Lansdowne School’s much-loved teacher is not only good at being a school teacher, she is also very good at another talent. 

Dale Austin is a very good motorbike rider – although she has come to school sometimes with a few bruises.

On Saturday, September 9 the Macleay District Motorcycle club held the 2017 New South Wales Senior Dirt Track Titles Championships at Greenhill Speedway which Dale competed in. 

She was place 4th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd overall in Pro Open Women’s Unlimited.

Dale is not new to the sport as she has been riding since the age of four and began racing and competing since the age of five up until she was 12. 

She was the second girl to race in the junior speedway in NSW. Her sister Erin was the first. 

Dale resumed her riding about five years ago. She has competed in dirt track (oil and dirt), supermoto, postie, GP, dirt Drags and Enduro (pony express). 

Dale was the Taree Motorcycle Club Club’s champion in 2015 and 2016. 

She has several bikes including a YZ250F and a YZ450F. She rode the YZ450F on Saturday. 

Great ready for the fire season

The Lansdowne Rural Fire Brigade will be holding its open day on Sunday, September 17 at the Lansdowne fire shed.

This is a good opportunity to go along and find out very useful information on how to get ready and stay safe during the coming hot summer months.

It is also a great time for the children to have a look over the fire trucks and equipment.

If anyone is thinking of joining the brigade it would be a perfect time to talk to the members and get the information and advice needed. There will be a free barbecue sausage sizzle available.

The brigade members will be at the fire shed from 9am to noon. 

And at Coopernook

Coopernook Rural Fire Brigade will be holding its open day also on Sunday, September 17.

The Coopernook fire shed will be open from 11am until 3pm.

The brigade members will be providing a sausage sizzle and the local crew will be there to answer questions and give advice on being prepared for this coming fire season. If anyone in the community is interested in joining the brigade this would also be the perfect opportunity to talk about it with the members.

Market day

Lansdowne community hall markets and car boot sale which will be held on September 30 at the hall and in the surrounding grounds.

There are a few stall sites still available. If anyone is interested in holding a stall please phone Margaret on 6556 7146 or Valerie on 6556 7261. The Lansdowne Rural Fire Brigade will be attending and has lots of information on keeping safe through the summer season.

Heath Watts will entertain with his beautiful music and there will be stalls with a wide variety of goods from home baked goodies, craft, plants, pre-loved items and lots more. There’s a free morning tea, lucky spots and a raffle. The doors and the barbecue open at 8am until noon.  

Working bee

Lansdowne Football Club will be holding a working bee tomorrow Saturday, September 16 from 9am.

The reason for the working bee is to top dress the junior fields at Lansdowne Oval. Assistance from club members and the broader community would be most welcome. Please take along landscaping equipment and your sun-safe gear.


The Lansdowne Football Club will hold its senior presentation on Saturday evening, September 23.

The presentation will be held at the Airport Tavern and will commence at 6pm.

The junior presentation will be held on Saturday, September 30 at the Lansdowne Oval. The presentation activities will commence at 10am.

Garage sale

A garage and car boot sale is being held at the Upper Lansdowne hall on Saturday, September 16.

The sale commences at 8am and there will be a great variety of goods for sale. Sausage sandwiches, tea and coffee and cold drinks will be available and profits go towards maintaining the hall.

Darts results

Lansdowne Friday evening social darts results: winner Larry Croker; runner up Merve Turner.

Women’s highest score winner was Nellie Turner on 100 and men’s highest score winner was Merve Turner on 98.


It is not too late to book to see the Lizzie Flynn concert on Saturday evening, September 20 at the Upper Lansdowne hall. 

Lizzie Flynn is launching her new album "You and The Open Sky", a collection of original songs which weave audiences through toe-tapping country to tender ballads with songs of lessons learnt and love lost.

Lizzie Flynn will be joined by special guests Zumpa, Rusty and the Saint and the Wayfaring Strangers. It will be an amazing night! Hearty soup is available from 6.15pm as well as tea, coffee.

Book at or phone Pieta on 0409 456846.

Players’ spring offering

The Upper Lansdowne Players’ spring season will feature “When did you see your trousers”? by Ray Galton and John Antrobus and directed by Jodie Lee.

While Howard is asleep in his lover’s flat, a burglar steals his suit, so how to get home to his wife?  Mayhem results, with his Danish au-pair, the Home Secretary, a randy constable who doubles as a flasher, and a singing telegram Gorilla all involved.  A night of outrageous fun is guaranteed. The first theatre dinner will be on Saturday, October 7. Phone Pieta on 0409 456 846 for bookings or information.

Garden club visits worm farm

Upper Lansdowne garden club memberse heading off to visit a worm farm on Comboyne Road on Tuesday, September 19 to learn more about the effects worms have in our garden and in our compost bins.

Members will meet up at Wingham park (museum side) at 9.15am then car pool to the farm where we will have morning tea and a tour of the farm. 

The visit is open to anyone who would like to know more about the diversity of worm farming.

Bring along some morning tea and a chair. Contact Shirley on 6556 9128 or Sandra on 0402 590 859.