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Kyogle Giant Pumpking and Watermelon Festival

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Kyogle Giant Pumpking and Watermelon Festival

Kyogle Giant Pumpking and Watermelon Festival

by Lara Leahy

Summer is the time of year when the fruits of our labours are realised, and nowhere in the southern hemisphere will the competition be fiercer than at Kyogle on Saturday, January 15th. Last year a grower from Knockrow, Dale Oliver, grew a whopping 867kg Pumpkin that has the record for the heaviest pumpkin grown in the southern hemisphere.

Three months later, a pumpkin weighed in at South Africa at 867.5kg that has taken the record, so Australia is looking to reclaim its title. Dale Oliver will be back, amongst other local growers. These large species of pumpkin need a lot of water and heat to grow to their phenomenal size, and the rain we have had should help. These veggies are so large that they are grown on pallets to make them easier to transport!

The Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival is growing every year and this year there are new additions to their wide range of events planned to celebrate and entertain people, and it isn’t too late to get involved in many of the competitions.

The “On the Vine” theme extends the range of veggies to compete with to Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zucchini, Cucumber and Sweet Potato. If you have anything growing in your garden that is extra heavy or extra-long, bring it along and enter the home gardener competition. Searls have generously donated a range of products as prizes.

There is a watermelon eating competition, cooking competitions and pumpkin and watermelon sculpting events. Entry for all competitions on the day is done on the Memorial Hall side of Stratheden Street – look out for the people that can take your entry.

There is also a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin competition starting from January 10th at Harley and Co. (CRT), with a cash prize of $300 for the closest guess. Phil Dudman will be there to award prizes, meet people and chat about gardening.

Eateries will be offering local produce, especially pumpkin and watermelon dishes that include salads, quiches, and drinks.

The entries for the art and craft competitions are on display in the old IGA shop window on the main street for viewing now, until the end of January. There are many creative entries among them.

Classic cars and hot-rods will be returning this year. A couple of clubs will be present, or you can bring your own. Please note, you need to be there before 8am to get access if you are bringing your car to show.

A first for this year, a two carriage 1961 heritage train will be taking people on trips up to the border loop. The train is coming up from Coffs Harbour where it usually resides, cared for by the Rail Motor Society. There are 6 trips on offer on the 15th, and an additional 4 trips on the 16th. Tickets are Dine and Discover friendly, and they are selling out fast. Go to www.123tix.com.au and pop Kyogle into the search engine, or you can find the link on our Facebook page.

The festival is on Saturday, but the Roxy Art Gallery and cinema will be open on Sunday, also to facilitate the train travellers.

Here’s hoping you will be there when the heaviest pumpkin record is broken again!

PROGRAM

7.30am arrival of melons and pumpkins.
8 to 9.30am Entries in Cooking Competition, Home Gardening and Sculpting Competition accepted.
8.15am – Festival Opening and Welcome to Country Robert Cullen
8.45am – Announcements and directions to Entrants and Spectators– P Keevers
9 to 10am – Kyogle Country Music Association
9.30am – Weighing of melons and pumpkins commences
9.30 to 10am – Judging of entries, cooking, home gardening and sculpting.
10.00 to 10.15am Announcements—Phil Keevers
10.15 to 11.15am Kyogle Country Music Association.
11.30 to 12.30am PRESENTATIONS
Competitions presented by J Saffin
Arts and Crafts Competitions
• Senior Art
• Junior Art
• Craft Competition
• Soft Furnishings
Cooking Competition
• Scones
• Closed Pumpkin Pie
• Best Watermelon Dish
• Best Savory Pumpkin or Watermelon Dish
• Most outstanding Entrant
Open Sculpting Competition
Open Garden Competition
• Heaviest tomato
• Heaviest Butternut Pumpkin
• Heaviest Round Watermelon
• Heaviest Sweet Potato
• Longest Zucchini
• Longest Cucumber
• Outstanding Entrant
Business Window/ Premise & Promotion of Festival
Drawing the Raffle
Major Prize Presented by Phil Dudman
Open Pumpkin over 250kg
Novice Pumpkin Less than 250kg
Watermelon
Guess the Weight
12 to 12.30pm Kyogle Country Music Association
12.30pm Watermelon Eating Competition—Town Square
1pm Festival close & competitors collect entries.
Train trips
9am – Glenapp return
11.21am – Namoona and return
12.23pm – Glenapp and return
2.34 pm – Namoona and return
3.36pm – Glenapp and return
5.47pm – Kyogle for Casino arriving at 6.13pm

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Waste levy lifted in Kyogle LGA, saving ratepayers $400,000 a year

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Waste levy lifted in Kyogle LGA, saving ratepayers $400,000 a year

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has secured a major win for the residents of Kyogle, who will not have to pay a levy to dispose of waste at landfill sites for the next three years.

The waste levy is being removed from Kyogle Local Government Area, from this Friday (1 March 2024) to 30 June 2027.

“I am proud to deliver on one of my key election commitments to address historic unfairness in who pays landfill charge in New South Wales,” Ms Saffin says.

The three-year exemption, which is part of an Amendment Regulation, will remove the $94 per tonne cost from the disposal of all waste to landfill.

It’s estimated that will save Kyogle Council and local ratepayers about $400,000 a year.

Waste facilities within the Kyogle LGA will still be liable to pay the waste levy on waste generated and received from the Regional Levy Area (excluding Kyogle LGA) and the Metropolitan Levy Area.

Ms Saffin says Kyogle, more of a rural LGA like neighbouring Tenterfield Shire, should never have been grouped in with coastal LGAs within the Regional Levy Area.

“This Amendment Regulation is a win for common sense, but I encourage all Kyogle residents to still think very carefully about what they send to landfill and recycle responsibly whenever possible to help keep our valuable materials in the circular economy and out of the tip.”

The NSW Government is investing $356 million under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy to fund critical recycling programs and to help reduce waste that goes to landfill and is subject to the NSW waste levy.

The Environment Protection Authority is undertaking a statewide and holistic waste levy review, approved by NSW Environment Minister Penny Sharpe and in line with recommendations of the NSW Auditor-General.

The review is aimed at ensuring that the waste levy settings remain appropriate and that the levy is achieving its policy objectives.

If anyone has any queries about the Amendment Regulation, please contact the Environment Protection Authority’s Environment Line on 131 555.

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KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR

 

THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

 After the resounding success of last year’s Italian Song Workshop with the dynamic Edoardo Materassi, the Kyogle Semitones Choir are delighted to announce that he will be returning on February 28 this year.

All singers and choristers and from the region, present or past or just aspiring, are warmly invited to come and join in, to share in his charismatic and inspiring instruction. Participants will take part in the preparation of beautiful Renaissance madrigal, O Primavera by Claudio Monteverdi, which will be available to download on registration, as well as some of his own works.

Eduardo will also work on two charming Italian songs with the Semitones. Registrees are invited to attend the Semitones rehearsal on Wednesday February 28, 2024. February at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am – 1.00pm to familiarise themselves with those.

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR – THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

There is also a 3 day workshop with Edoardo in Byron Bay, 1–3 March, information at  www.thecreateescape.cobut it is a considerable coup for the Semitones and Director Fiona Kerr to have again tempted the maestro away from the coast out to Kyogle. He must have been impressed with our talent and enthusiasm last year!

The workshop will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am-1pm. Admission, cash only, will be $20.

ITALIAN SONG WORKSHOP WITH EDUARDO MATERASSI
Presented by Kyogle Semitones Community Choir
Wednesday 28 February, 2024, 11am-1 pm
Kyogle Public School Hall, Groom Street near Roseberry Sreet
Participation cash only $40 at door
Prior registration at mdoley@gmail.com

 

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Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

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OzFish fishing day, child holding carp at the Kyogle Carp Out

Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

 

Kyogle Landcare, in collaboration with OzFish Unlimited, is thrilled to announce the ‘Kyogle Carp Out‘, a community-driven initiative set to take place on Saturday, February 10th. The event aims to eradicate the invasive carp species from Fawcett’s Creek, addressing environmental challenges and restoring the balance of the local ecosystem.

Carp, notorious for threatening native fish populations and compromising water quality, will be the focal point of this collaborative effort. Participants can expect a blend of educational insights and hands-on experience in carp removal, contributing to the restoration of native fish numbers and their habitats in the waterway.

Ryan Lungu, a representative from the Richmond River OzFish chapter, emphasised the significance of the initiative in combating the carp issue in the Richmond River catchment.

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp at the Kyogle Carp Out

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp.

“The Kyogle Carp Out demonstrates the power of collaboration, bringing together OzFish, Landcare, and the community through our Driving Fish Habitat Action project, supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts.” said Ryan.

In a sustainable twist, the event will repurpose the removed carp into local compost systems, underscoring a commitment to environmental responsibility.

The day will conclude with a celebration of community efforts, featuring a lunchtime BBQ and the distribution of prizes generously provided by sponsor BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing, to recognise the dedication of all volunteers.

Registration for the ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ event on Saturday 10th of February is essential. Visit here to secure your spot.

This project was made possible by OzFish’s Driving Fish Habitat Action partnership with Landcare NSW, with funding support from NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.

To learn more about similar projects or to get involved and become a member, visit here or contact 1800 431 308.

 

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