Health forum starts in Toc. today

September 06, 2017

Today is the first day of the Murrumbidgee Local Health Advisory Committee Forum to be hosted by volunteers of the Tocumwal branch of the Local Health Advisory Committee.

This is the furthest south of Wagga Wagga that the forum has been held.

The delegates will be arriving this morning and will have tours of the new MPS and the town before indulging in a light luncheon of local fare.

They will then get down to the work of being educated in health matters pertaining to working and caring for vulnerable people in our communities.

There will be several speakers on mental health, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and related topics, as well as catching up with what is happening in Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Then the delegates can take in a visit to Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum and a talk by Bob Brown.

Tonight the assembled delegates and their guests will sit down to a meal showcasing local foods and will be enlightened by a talk by Vicki Jelli — a ‘Local Hero’ in the 2017 Australia Day awards.

An early morning walk along the creek walk will get delegates in the mood for new ideas in health delivery tomorrow.

And when they return to the football netball pavilion they will be treated to a golden orange juice from Smithers Orchards and the Rotary Juicer.

During the day delegates will break into groups for several enlightening workshops all dealing with health and wellness promotion in our communities.

Guest speakers will also be given a gift bag featuring local products including McCallum’s honey, Southern Cross organic olive oils and fresh fruit from Smithers Orchards.

Members of Tocumwal’s LHAC have been organising this event since May 2017, when it was announced that Tocumwal would hold the September forum.

They have the Tocumwal Hospital Auxiliary working with them and they will have a couple of competitions running over the two days with a progressive raffle which includes a glider flight, being drawn at the dinner tonight.

Welcome to all who have come to Tocumwal for the forum, it is hoped you enjoy your stay and come back to visit us again soon.


There will be a meeting on Thursday, September 21 at 7.30pm, convened by the Tocumwal Lions Club.

Held at the old bowls club in Adams St, it will discuss and form a committee to assist with suggestions of what can happen with the previous bowls club site.

Everyone is invited to attend and have your say.

There will be light refreshments provided.


Remember the Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of the month and come along for a big breakfast with your friends and support the locals who supply the market with their wares and keep this activity flourishing.

Once again this event is run by a little band of hard working volunteers, so come along and support them.

And we round out the end of the month and the beginning of school holidays with the return of the Foreshore Market on September 30.

An added attraction will be a visit by the Seymour Heritage Railway crew with their beautifully restored train.

The passengers get here in time to take in the Foreshore Market.

Remember this is a dog free market for your safety and the safety of your pet. Dogs and crowds don’t mix well.


Spring has sprung and so have the opportunities to enjoy yourself in Tocumwal.

All are brought to you by the hard working band of volunteers who keep this little town running.

In addition to the health forum, markets and the important Adams St bowls club meeting, there are other great events to enjoy.

On the second Thursday of the month there is Probus.

On Sunday, September 17 the Rural Fire Brigade will be holding an open day at their headquarters in Wise Court, which will be a great day for the kids, and the next day the quilters will be out in force making babies’ quilts at the aerodrome.

And of course our men’s and girls’ sheds and Sew ‘n’ Sews run weekly sessions for those interested in craft.

Ask at the Tocumwal Information Centre for times, dates and contact numbers.


Have you ever wanted to learn to paint, draw or to create with wood, metal or clay or to learn felting, leatherwork, sewing or knitting?

Have you thought about doing mosaics or lead lighting but had no idea where to start?

Cobram Arts Fest will give you a chance to try all these crafts at 20 workshop sessions.

Sessions are available for half day, full day or two day.

It will be held at the Cobram Showgrounds on September 16 and 17.

Contact Karyn at [email protected] or call 0448624865 to gain a passport.


The Tocumwal Girls’ Shed, for their ‘play day’ on the last day of winter went to the Cydonia glass studio.

What a fabulous experience it turned out to be for them, as Sergio Redegalli showed them around and explained the art glass process.


Sacred Heart School’s Jack Wiles acquitted himself extremely well at the Lions 201V6 District Junior Public Speaking finals held at the end of August in Tongala.

Jack came away with an impressive ‘Encouragement Award.’ Congratulations Jack on your fine effort.

Fellow student Kate Purtill has been selected to compete in the discus event at the MacKillop Athletics Selection Trials.

The selection was announced after Kate successfully threw a mammoth 17.37m in her discus event at the recent Diocesan Athletics carnival.

Kate will attend the trials at the Sydney Athletics Centre in Homebush on Monday, September 18.

We wish Kate every success with her preparation and performance on the day.


Tocumwal Public School had 16 students qualify in 22 events to attend the PSSA Riverina Regional Athletics Carnival at Alexander Park in Albury on Friday, September 1.

Congratulations to: Heath Mansell, Logan White, Liam Sutton, Charlie Locke, Hunter Hardwidge, Jemma Reid, Alice Bourchier, Tahlia Pate, Lexie Mathers, Alana Sutton, Jessica Bennett, Mackenzie Loughridge, Zarli Gow, Maksym Eddy, Hunter Mathers and Macey White.

This is marvellous for a small school to be able to send so many qualified representatives.


Due to the high rate of illness of students over the past few weeks, classes have been unable to prepare for the upcoming school production.

The school has therefore changed the date to allow more time for the classes to prepare when they can have their whole class back on deck.

The new date for the production, to be held at the Memorial Hall in Tocumwal, will be Thursday, October 12.

That is week one next term, before it gets too hot.

TPS will be the first group to try out the new hall curtains and they are sure to notice the difference.

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