Testing troubled waters

COLOURS OF THE CASTLEREAGH: Finalists for the photo competition will be announced soon. Picture: Graham Fletcher, Tarana.
COLOURS OF THE CASTLEREAGH: Finalists for the photo competition will be announced soon. Picture: Graham Fletcher, Tarana.

WE await with great anticipation the outcome of the public input of ideas for the future of Farmers Creek as a community highlight.

For much of its length the 'stream' is just an unsightly grey concrete canal bordered by uncontrolled weed growth. But it has potential.  

So will one of the good (or perhaps not so good) ideas flow through to the stage of actual action? The track is record is not good.

Downstream of the Geordie Street crossing, neglected though it is, gives an indication of how the waterway could provide a pleasing aspect. So too with some of the sections at Oakey Park.

Times of change

IF you're out and about tomorrow and feel there's something just a little different then this could be it; it's the shortest day of the year (at least in terms of the time between sunup and sundown).  

It's the Winter Solstice, when the sun reaches the most southern point in its meanderings around the cosmos. So Thursday will be a little different too - a second or so of more sunlight. Don't sleep in; you wouldn't want to miss it.  

It will actually be a while before you start to notice the difference but eventually we reach the longest day in late December when the process begins all over again. 

Place your bets

WONDER if Ladbrokes would like to offer odds on just what becomes a reality first - Hungry Jacks, the old Mort Street TAFE project or the Lithgow CBD redevelopment. Should be some long odds available there.

Between the lines

WE can't help wondering if council intends to ever replace the centre lines on the 'new' section of Hartley Valley Road. 

Travelling through the valley in the weekend murk brought home to the column just how dangerous that road can be without lines. Those cynical council signs warning 'new work; no line markings' have been there so long they almost qualify as collector items.  Or maybe they've just been left to save time next time the road needs re-sealing.