Lansdowne Valley news with Margaret Haddon

The 2017 Taree Motorcycle Club club champion Dale Austin.

The 2017 Taree Motorcycle Club club champion Dale Austin.

On Sunday, December 3 the Taree Motorcycle club held its annual end of year club presentation and Christmas party at Old Bar Tavern.

Lansdowne School teacher Dale Austin placed first overall in the four classes she competed in during the year at Taree Motorcycle Club Old Bar oil track. These classes were women’s, pro open, pro 450 and pro 250. She was also the 2017 Taree Motorcycle Club club champion. 

She is very competitive and has won this award three years running, and looks forward to the 2018 racing season. Dale thanks everyone that makes these days possible and all the support that she received during the year.  

Coopernook Fire Brigade desperately needs new volunteers with the threat of the extreme hot weather that we can expect over the coming months.

Coopernook Fire Brigade desperately needs new volunteers with the threat of the extreme hot weather that we can expect over the coming months.

Coopernook rural fire brigade calls for volunteers

The Coopernook Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade are sending out an urgent message to our local community members to think seriously about becoming a member of the brigade.

Presently Coopernook brigade is struggling and is really needs to get more volunteers as soon as possible. With the threat of the hot weather that we can expect in the coming months it is important that volunteers come forward.

The Coopernook station has just been renovated and full training and gear is provided free. All applicants should be 16 years plus.

If you have a lot of time to spare or a little time to spare time it will all help and will be greatly appreciated not only by the brigade members but also the surrounding community. You will be joining a friendly and dedicated team. if anyone is interested in joining or would like further information please contact Joanne Collins.

Fishing Club

Only one Lansdowne fishing club member weighed in after the December outing last weekend.

Les Gardner had a great weekend and caught 14 fish for a total weight of 6.5kg, 10 bream with the largest weighing 0.4kg, three flathead with the largest weighing 2kg and one tailor weighing 0.5kg.

On Saturday, December 9 the club has its $50 seafood tray on at the Lansdowne Bowling and Recreation club. Their annual Christmas seafood raffle will be on Saturday, December 23. There will be 25 seafood trays, 10 meat trays, 10 chicken trays and nine hams. Tickets go on sale at 5pm with the draw starting at 6.30pm. 

Social darts

Lansdowne Friday evening social darts results was won by Nellie Turner, and the runner-up was Merve Turner. Women’s highest score winner was Ruth Adam on 94. Junior highest score winner was Izzy Swan on 121. The social darts club will hold their presentation evening on Friday, December 15 at the Lansdowne Bowling and Recreation Club.

School robotics program

Upper Lansdowne School has purchased eight WeDo 2 Lego boxes for their 2018 robotics program. This program will enable the school students to build different types of robots and bring them to life by coding them to perform different activities.

This is a very exciting initiative as it will support the students’ coding lessons by engaging them in meaningful play that will help develop their interest and motivation. It will also help develop the students’ logical and analytical thinking as well as creativity.

The Upper Lansdowne school’s vegetable garden will receive a makeover and eight brightly coloured raised garden beds as part of the 2018 Kitchen to Garden program. 

The garden beds will bring the wow factor to the school’s entrance and each student will have the responsibility of looking after their own garden.