Greg Page, best known as the original Yellow Wiggle, was in Parkes last week to launch his book on his personal collection of Elvis memorabilia on show at the King’s Castle.
Greg’s book, co-authored by David BL Johnstone, is called Elvis His Story, His Treasures looks at many of the items and their stories in Greg’s collection.
“The book encapsulates my love for Elvis,” said Greg, who owns the fourth largest Elvis collection in the world. About 800 items of his collection are on display at the Kings Castle at the Parkes Visitors Information Centre. “It is an incredible story,” said Greg. “I somehow feel I’ve had part of it on display here helping to do his story justice.
We need to keep his story alive with the younger generation hopefully making a connection.”
Greg shared many stories as he took those attending the launch on a wander through the collection.
Stopping at a display cabinet with some clothes, Greg said: “Elvis was always giving things away. He had tonnes and tonnes of clothing and Mike McGregor, Elvis’s ranch hand mentioned he loved leather, and Elvis gave him the famous ’68 Comeback Special leather suit. Elvis was about to give it to RCA Records to cut it up for a promotion in 1972/3 when every record sold came with a swathe of Elvis clothing. “Thank goodness the suit was saved as it has become one of Elvis’s iconic outfits.”
Greg has great admiration for Elvis’s generosity and kind heartedness, and his spiritual journey interested him when he came across his collection of spiritual books, including a Capricorn horoscope for 1977. “Elvis always underlined passages that interested him.
He underlined a passage about the Capricorn man’s soul mate is a Gemini woman (Priscilla is one).” Greg gave the book to Priscilla. In the day to day horoscope in the same book, it stated on 15th August he would have a medical complaint that would need attention.
“Elvis went to the dentist on that day and it was the last thing he did before he passed away the next morning.”
By Maggi Barnard
Marshall Beaton and Tianna Simpson: performed as My Sweet Melancholy for the very first time at the Parkes
Visitors Information Centre last Thursday when Greg Page launched his book on Elvis.
Winner: Congratulations to Cynara Jones who won tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Thank you to all the readers who took part in the competition.
Double Demerits: Double demerits will be in place for eight days during the Easter and Anzac Day holiday in NSW and the ACT. It starts today, 18th April; to Monday, 22nd April with a one day break before starting again on Wednesday, 24th April to Sunday, 28th April (inclusive). Double demerit points apply for speeding, seatbelt,
motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences. Drivers caught using their phones during this period can expect to be hit with the fine as well as up to 10 demerits.
Magical Balloons: Over the next 10 days Canowindra will awake each morning to hot air balloons filling the skies for the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge. The official competition kicks off with the Key Grab on Sunday, 21st April. Balloons launch from a site of their choosing, with the aim to fly in and pluck a large key from the top of a flagpole for this spectacular event with a safety exclusion zone around the flagpole for spectators to watch the fleet approach and cheer the pilots on. The balloons will compete each morning and afternoon from 22nd April. The famous Cabonne Country Balloon Glow is on Saturday, 27th April at Canowindra Showground from 3pm lighting up the night sky.
Recycled Water: The final concrete pour for the new recycled water reservoir on Nash Street for the Recycled Water Scheme was completed recently. The project also includes the construction of three pump stations and a 12km purple pipeline. Several local contractors have been engaged in the four-week build. Magill Concrete Pumping, Hanson Concrete, and Parkes Concrete poured 400 cubic metres of concrete for the reservoir, while Westlime
and Agri West supplied materials and K&H provided geo technical expertise. The project is on schedule to finish in July, and the pipeline construction will be completed by Easter. Apart from delivering recycled water to sports fields and parks, Council is planning beautification works too. Potential projects include using topsoil from construction for a bush tucker garden on the corner of Eugowra Road and Henry Parkes Way. The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.
Anzac Day is about mateship, respect, loyalty and freedom and the acknowledgement that war is terrible, but our way of life is worth fighting for.
Parkes Services Club is reminding Parkes Shire residents to reflect and remember on Anzac Day next Thursday, 25th April.
“Respect the day, celebrate our freedoms, remember their sacrifice, honour our traditions and look after your mates,” said Club President Terry Knowles.
“We’re not saying don’t have a drink and a punt. We’re saying enjoy the day, the atmosphere, your mates. But do it in a respectful manner, after all mateship is one of our proudest Australian values.”
“We want to attract greater numbers to services and marches, and we want positive behaviour by younger people, treating veterans with respect,” said Terry. “It’s a day to celebrate everything that unites us as a nation, and to remember all of those who fought so hard to preserve and protect all that we hold dear.”
The Parkes Services Club will host the Anzac Day breakfast from 6:30am for all who attended the Memorial Hill Dawn Service. The Anzac Day Luncheon at 12 noon is for serving and ex-service men and women and invited guests, while the traditional Anzac Day Two Up will be held in the bistro section from 12 noon to 5pm with proceeds going to Parkes Legacy.
Changing Your Will
A will is a testamentary document. This means it takes effect upon your death. It appoints an executor (a person who administers and distributes your assets) and makes bequests (distributes your assets among beneficiaries).
A will remains valid until it is cancelled by you or if you marry after the will was made. Nothing is ever set in concrete, and, thus, your will should be a living document. It should be changed or updated as circumstances change. The rules are slightly different from state to state, so you should get legal advice if you want to make such a will.
You can cancel your will at any time provided you are of sound mind. This can be done in many ways, some of the main ones are:
• You make a valid new will. By law this revokes prior wills when the new terms contradict the old.
• You make a valid new will and expressly revoke the old one.
• You destroy your will with the intention of revoking it.
Estate planning is an area of the law of great family importance. We at Matthews Williams are able to give you competent professional advice on all estate planning matters. If we can assist you on any legal issue, feel free to contact me or one of our solicitors or call into our office for an appointment.
If we at MATTHEWS WILLIAMS can help you on any legal matter, feel free to call us.
By Mark Olson
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Since I started school at Parkes Infants. The best thing in Parkes is my lovely wife Nancye.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I was the middle man in the family business, A A Blatch. I really enjoyed the interaction with the farming community.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Golf and bridge.
What makes you proud? The achievements of my three children.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? A pussy cat because they get cared for.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? ‘Bill the Bastard’ – it’s a great read about a great horse and the Great War.
Tell us about your best holiday. Backpacking through Europe in ’72.
What is on your bucket list? Winning at Las Vegas.
From the small rural Queensland town of Esk come three odd-ball sisters who travel around the country performing their popular award-winning musical concerts. With kitchen pot, toilet brush, keyboard, musical saw, tuba, guitar and duelling tambourines, this peculiar trio marry their curious stories with a host of uniquely homemade arrangements of popular songs gleaned from their old wireless.
The Kransky Sisters will be at Trundle Memorial Hall for three shows on Friday, 3rd May at 6pm, and Saturday, 4th May at 10am and 12 noon, presented by St Patrick’s Parents and Friends. Tickets at www.123tix.com.au
St Patrick’s Parents and Friends are also conducting tours of three local farms departing from the Trundle Hall on Friday, 3rd May from 9am to 1pm. A great opportunity to meet farmers and experience country catering with Devonshire Tea provided. Tickets are $30, phone 6892 1073 to book. For more information visit the Facebook page.
A good audience of over 40 people came to listen to the son of one of Australia’s bestselling authors at the Parkes Library last Thursday.
Adam Courtenay was not in Parkes to speak about his famous dad Bryce, but to promote his own non-fiction book called The Ship That Never Was.
“I am honoured and overwhelmed by the good turn out,” said Adam who based his book on the memoirs of James Porter. “A convict, bit of a thief, bit of a rogue, only had one eye, and loved to lark about stating he was a beer machine maker.”
James could not stop trying to escape, but was not very good at it and ended up being sent to Macquarie Harbour, an extreme penal colony on Sarah Island in the former colony of Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania.
According to Adam it was a place where a man would be flogged for looking the wrong way. “You were not allowed to be unwell in a penal colony, and would easily get 50 lashes for being sick!”
James and his mates contrived a brilliant plan and managed to hijack a boat and sail it 6,000 nautical miles to Chile.
“James saw the corrupt system that was tantamount to slavery with great clarity and knew he was a cog in someone else’s economic imperative. He did not want to comply.
We are missing something if we think his story is not worth listening to,” said Adam.
By Maggi Barnard
The burgeoning relationship between Currajong Disability Services (CDS) and St. Vincent De Paul Parkes continues to go from strength to strength. St. Vincent De Paul, or Vinnies, donated material to the Currajong Disability Services Sewing Group. The Sewing Group turned the material into unique quilts and donated them back to Vinnies.
“Vinnies have been great supporters of Currajong and when we had the opportunity to do something for them it made sense,” said Currajong Disability Services support worker Deitre Jackson.
“These small acts of kindness and generosity accumulatively have a major impact on organisations like Currajong,” said Deitre.
CMOC-Northparkes Mines has announced a second major project creating more jobs and huge investment in the Central West. China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) and Sumitomo announced the approval of an expansion project with an investment of $72M spread over two years for Northparkes. The project includes a range of upgrades to underground mining, ore processing and infrastructure facilities to enable an increase in throughput capacity from 6.4Mtpa to 7.6Mtpa.
Earlier this year the mine announced the approval of a new block cave mine with an investment of more than $200 million and creating 180 new jobs.
Engineering work on the expansion project will start immediately. The full benefits are expected to be realised in late 2020.
Northparkes Managing Director, Hubert Lehman, said: “Following the announcement of our next block cave mine – E26 Lift 1 North earlier this year, this is another major investment in the future of our business.
It demonstrates CMOC’s confidence in the sustainability and longevity of our operations.” The Expansion Project will be managed by an owner’s team of Northparkes employees. A further 20 positions will be created to execute the project. During construction, there will be an additional 100 contractors onsite.