YOU have to be someone with a serious level of self control to be a competition cricketer in Lithgow.
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Our most used ovals, Glanmire, Watsford and Conran have no toilet facilities and in the nature of things this can be a problem. At Watsford they can call on the goodwill of the Aquatic Centre across the road but at Glanmire and Conran there is no such opportunity unless you count the trees bordering Farmers Creek.
Cricket is these days the only sport played at these venues - the kids in the morning and the big kids in the afternoon and that's during the Summer months but Glanmire is also used every Wednesday year round for school sport.
And a facility of the past was lost when the old caravan park amenities block was demolished recently. An uncomfortable problem and one with no easy answer.
But that's not the only issue; cricketers (the big boys) over the years have drawn criticism for being a messy lot and that's again the case this season with enough drink containers strewn around the Glanmire shelter shed at the weekend to send any bottle bank scavenger into a recycling frenzy.
Sheer laziness after a hard afternoon at the crease but not helped by the unexplained removal of the Council litter bin that once stood nearby.
HASSANS Walls Lookout is a jewel in our nature bestowed blessings so it was disappointing to see the level of moronic graffiti vandalism during the week. Perhaps that's a wake up call to revive a plan that had wide emergency service support some years back to place locked gates at both entrances to the reserve after dark to prevent access by motorised vehicles. It was rejected out of hand by a new Council General Manager at the time without a murmur from the elected representatives. Time to dust off the old files.
Hopefully the culprits saw the TV news reports last weeks of offenders being led away in handcuffs after defacing trains.
IT"S about time someone set the record straight and banned the repeated reference to 'the State Mine fire'. A Herald article last week compared mistakes made last horrendous fire season with '..the State Mine fire of 2013'. That galls a lot of people. The State Mine Heritage Park and railway workshop narrowly escaped destruction but the fire was started on the other side of the State Mine Gully ridge by a poorly executed training exercise at the Marrangaroo army camp. The army even admitted liability so there.
IF you were wondering about the 40 kph speed limit on the highway at Tankersley Hill in recent days it was the aftermath of what could have been a much bigger story. A west bound semi trailer went a bit silly and crashed through the railings on the twin bridges, leaving - according to witnesses - the prime mover precariously close to falling into the railway cutting. Caused quite a bit of early morning disruption to road and rail traffic until being sorted out.
OUR mail delivery system has clearly fallen on hard times. Five days for an envelope from Lithgow to Orange? Would have been quicker to walk. Don't blame our posties or counter staff; it's the system that's been allowed to fall apart in the postal 'service'.
A misnomer if ever there was one.
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