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5/11 - The playground is ready for the Festival!

So, this is how it went:

Rene Robertson, with gorgeous baby Morgan on her hip, thought she'd tackle the mulch mountain on her own with nothing but a shovel. She posted that there was a 'working bee' - just her!

Adam caught sight of the lone woman with a shovel as he passed in the car. Once home, he enlisted Audrey and Logan, and headed back to the park armed with shovels, a rake, and a wheel barrow.

I saw the Facebook post by Rene, pulled the kids out of the bath, loaded two shovels, and headed to the park. On my way down Red Hill I crossed paths with Gordon on his way home from work, and he did a U-turn.

And here we all are...

Rec Ground Toilet Block Update

Work is progressing well on the toilet block update, thanks to our hard working Craig W.

 

 

 

 

http://recreationreserve.majorscreek.org.au/toilet-block-update-march-2015/

26/01 - Senior Australian of the Year 2015 - Jackie French

Jackie FrenchJackie French

Author

Living in a shed and needing to register her car, Jackie French wrote her first children’s book, Rainstones, in 1991. While her editor said it was the messiest, worst spelt manuscript ever received, the book was shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year and Jackie’s career as a best-selling author began. One of the few writers to win both literary and children’s choice awards, Jackie has published 140 books in 32 languages and received more than 60 literary prizes for beloved children’s classics such as Diary of a Wombat. Overcoming dyslexia herself, Jackie is a tireless advocate for children with learning difficulties. As the current national Children’s Laureate, Jackie is travelling the country to promote literacy and share the transformational power of reading, creativity and story-telling in the lives of young Australians. Passionate about the conservation of wildlife and our planet, Jackie is also a director of The Wombat Foundation that raises funds for research into the preservation of the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat.

26/11 - Warm Weekend for reborn Music Festival

30/10 - Durham Hall Open Garden

666 Majors Creek Rd, Jembaicumbene
Past the neighbour’s alpaca flock and down the track flanked by gangly spring calves sits 1830s historic cottage Durham Hall.
 

http://braidwoodgardens.com.au/durham-hall/

Para Gliding Video launching from MC

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16/09 - Majors Creek Vandalised

Over the weekend of September 13th & 14th, unknown person/s decided to vandalise our beautiful village. If anyone has any information on this please contact Braidwood Police.

 

 

Johhny Boy - 19 AUGUST 2014 MAJORS CREEK TO BELLS CREEK

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09/05 - Domestic Waste Service


Curtis, 14, follows father and grandfather in Easter Show woodchopping competition

Curtis Bennet, 14, was one of the youngest competitors in the World Championship Standing Block Woodchop heats at the Easter Show. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

WHEN your grandfather is a world champion woodchopper and your father has taken out Australian competitions, it’s inevitable that you’ll also end up in the sport.

Curtis Bennett, 14, is one of the youngest competitors at the Woodchopping and Sawing Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

He has cut 1000 blocks just this year in preparation for the competition and this week he was chopping against men at least three times his age in the 275mm underhand category.

Swingin’ safari ... Curtis Bennett shows his style with the axe. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

While he was the last of the six competitors to chop through his block, there was a huge cheer from the crowd once he swung the axe for the final blow.

Curtis said mental strength was the hardest part of woodchopping, although the physical toll was huge and the lungs and throat burned the most during the competition.

“One guy threw up the other day, that’s how hard you are working. I’ve seen times where Dad has come off and he is coughing up blood ‒ it’s a fairly regular occurrence,” he said.

Wood you believe it ... Curtis Bennett, 14, his grandfather Len, 74, and father Simon, 48, are are something of a woodchopping dynasty. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia
Curtis Bennett hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, an Australian Champion, and grandfather, a World Champion. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia  

His grandfather Len Bennett, 74, was crowned World Champion in 1975 and said Curtis was a born natural. “I woodchopped for 40 to 50 years and Curtis has only been chopping for a little over 12 months. He is unflappable, he has no nerves and the perfect temperament and one day he’ll be the best ever,” he said. Curtis’ father Simon, 48, is also competing at the Show and the three of them have brought $50,000 worth of gear, including 40 axes and sharpening stones.

No axe to grind ... Adam Lowe, a New Zealand competitor in the World Championship Standing Block Woodchop heats, and Curtis Bennett. Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia.

And Curtis’ long term goal? To become a world champion woodchopper just like his grandfather, of course.

WOODCHOPPING

The Woodchopping & Sawing Competition has been a part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show for over a century.

Around 200 male and female competitors compete in 65 different classes.

It is the only Show competition that is also a World Titles event, so is known as the “Wimbledon of Woodchopping”.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/curtis-14-follows-...

30/04 - Wheelie Bin Trial for Majors Creek and Araluen

Following the recent wheelie bin trials in the villages of Majors Creek and Araluen, and the recent waste surveys undertaken by these residents, a report recommending a permanent arrangement for a Domestic Waste Collection service in the two villages will be considered at tomorrow’s Ordinary Council meeting.

See attached document

Local History: Majors Creek

Service medals for Bush Fire members

Greg Beardmore 24 years service
Greg Ison 20 years service
Brian James 18 years service
with the  Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.

Long service medals were presented at the last committee meeting in recognition of their efforts.

Bush Fire Awards

Photos of the shelter build at the Rec Ground - By Chris James

There is giant "fairy" that keeps the Tennis courts clean!!

There is gian "fairy" that keeps the Tennis courts clean!!

30/01 - Aust Day - Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Eilish Blakely-Kidd was awarded the 2014 Citizen of the Year. Mrs Blakely-Kidd is an outstanding member of the community, having been involved in numerous community organisations. She has been the President of the Braidwood Region Seniors Association Inc since its inception in 2009. Last year she led the Association in meeting with Palerang Councillors and staff about the need for an additional pedestrian zebra crossing in Wallace Street. She lobbied the local Member of Parliament and the Roads and Maritime Services and helped raised community awareness of the need for the crossing. As a result of those efforts, the crossing will be constructed before the end of June this year. Our winner helps organise the monthly "Spinning Your Yarn Workshops" for seniors where people tell a unique story and share in morning tea and lunch. She is a member of the Braidwood Life Centre which offers emergency assistance and pastoral care programs for those in need. Our winner is currently president of the Braidwood Folk Music Club which, apart from its monthly meetings with regular guest artists, also organises the Majors Creek Folk Festival. Last year she willingly responded to the many calls for support from various organisations by selling raffle tickets or providing refreshments. In previous years, she has been active in the Braidwood Regional Tourism Association, the Canberra Regional Tourism Board and the Braidwood Chamber of Commerce. Our winner is known for her enthusiasm, persistence and compassion, and above all, her positive approach to life and people.

http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/2055780/australia-day-awards-for-achievers

Wheelie Bin 6 Month Trail

See attached for information regarding the 6 Month trial from November 2013 to Mid April 2014

03/07 - Waste Management Survey Majors Creek

Results

Surveyed Properties                        265    
Surveys Returned                           105  (41.0%)

Future service preference:

No Local Service                         27      (25.7%) 
Waste Transfer Station                   41      (39.0%)
Collection Service                       35      (33.3% )

Preferred collection frequency:

Weekly                                   17      (38.6)
Fortnightly                              27      (61.4%)

Comments                                 55      (52.4%)

Survey Comments

The 41% return rate on a survey population of 256 yields a result with a confidence level of 95% and an accuracy of ± 7%.
As a result, there is no clear preference within the community for one of the options presented.

Over half (52.4%) of the survey forms included comments, which cover a range of issues.
There is no notable trend in the nature of the comments.

Council has advised that there was no clear preference indicated by the community , therefore no decision has been made.  Council is  happy to receive any further comments and maybe another meeting.

This is an important issue for our community and if nothing is done we may have to take all our rubbish to Braidwood.
This would be a step backwards for our growing community.

29/06 - The Hard Kept Secret

Tim checks out one of the mystery monuments at Majors Creek.

Tim checks out one of the mystery monuments at Majors Creek. Photo: Dave Moore

 

It's a cairn you'd expect to see atop a prominent mountain peak, not hidden among the mullock heaps at an abandoned mine site near Majors Creek. Measuring more than two metres tall and, despite the lack of any obvious binding material such as concrete, it appears quite stable.

But it's not the only man-made tower here. I soon stumble upon several other stone structures, not as tall as the first, but still emerging out of the mine waste like a cluster of mini skyscrapers. Although there are no warning signs, nor fences, the site is pock-marked with holes so I proceed with caution - it wouldn't be much fun ending up down the bottom of an old mining shaft.

I was first alerted of these odd structures by Jim (no surname provided) from Jerrabomberra who ''while recently poking around [mmm … no wonder he didn't want to provide his full name] the back country of Majors Creek discovered some interesting artworks in an abandoned minefield.''

More of the mysterious Majors Creek stone monuments.There are also a number of smaller stalagmite structures that, according to Jerra Jim, ''may be the work of a copy-cat artist''.

While unlikely to be the work of a seasoned sculptor, a considerable effort has gone into creating the obelisks and some of the rocks, particularly those at the base would be quite heavy and need lifting into place by more than one person. In the late afternoon light, the profile of one of the medium sized towers appears to be in the shape of a warrior's face.

After an hour exploring this mini monument valley I head over to the nearby Majors Creek Pub - surely someone at the local watering hole will know the origins of the strange sculptures?


The University of Canberra's futuro.

It's too chilly to sit on the outside wooden verandah and peer down the creek where thousands of gold miners once toiled, so instead I wander into the bar and share a beer with the swarm of bar flies who have settled in for the afternoon around the open fire.

Despite my best efforts (including showing them the photos I'd just taken and offering them a beer), none of the schooner clutching locals provides me with any leads. None, whatsoever.

Most respond with a short ''haven't seen it before'', or ''look the other way''. Even the friendly bartender shakes her head in bewilderment. They either genuinely have no idea, which is surprising as the site is less than two kilometres from the bar, or it's a long-standing secret and none of them want to spill the beans.

One of the mysterious stone structures at Majors Creek.

I suspect that the out-of-place obelisks are more than likely the work of a bunch of bored kids, or perhaps a budding artist who has just been waiting for their work to be exposed.

Who knows, it may even be the work of Jerra Jim sending me on a wild goose chase.

Someone must know.

MAILBAG

A friendly rock face

Many readers have responded to this column's recent expose on the heady days of skiing on the Brindabellas (Warming to Snow, June 15) with their own stories of adventure in the ACT high country.

The Knopke's giant bottle tree. Photo: Philip Knopke

''I have on occasion, on crystal clear mornings after a big dump, enjoyed driving to Corin Forest, walked up to Smokers Flat on the Square Rock track, strapped on skis and done a few circuits of the little treeless plain,'' Klaus Hueneke of Palmerston reveals.

''Ten inches [25 centimetres] of snow is enough, and once a track is made each circuit get easier,'' reports the seasoned cross country skier, who usually finishes his solo ACT skiing adventures ''by boiling the billy The Knopke?s giant bottle tree.and reclining against a snow gum'' to top up his tan.

''It's not quite the same as the banks of the Snowy River under the Main Range but it's only an hour away,'' Hueneke says.

I wonder if Hueneke has ever encountered this rocky guardian during his occasional ski excursions along the Square Rock track.

''Although I've walked that track several times, I only recently spotted the face,'' says Simon Williams of Yarralumla, who adds, ''I think it's only just become visible because of recent back burning along the track.''

Can you see it? The more I look at the face, the more I see - it even has nostrils.

BIG BOTTLE TREE

The recent focus on our region's most significant trees (Timeless Trees, May 18) prompted Philip Knopke of Kaleen to reminisce about the giant bottle tree that once took pride of place at Rhodesleigh, his family's property near Kingaroy in Queensland. ''People would travel from far afield just to picnic under its branches,'' Knopke recalls, adding ''the magnificent giant had a girth of over nine metres at its thickest point.'' Unfortunately a freak storm felled the much-loved tree in August 1921.

MISSING!

Following its sudden disappearance, speculation on the University of Canberra campus has been rife that their beloved spaceship that featured in this column last year (Beam me up, UC, September 7) has been pilfered by inter-galactic raiders. However fear not, I'm Rock Face near Square Rock.reliably informed by my campus confidantes that far from being stolen by a race of rogue aliens, the futuristic 1960s domed structure, which until recently was parked outside the university's central Hub, has in fact been shipped off for restoration work.

CONTACT TIM

Email: timtheyowieman@bigpond.com or Twitter: @TimYowie or write to me c/o The Canberra Times, 9 Pirie Street, Fyshwick.

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/yowie-man/the-hard-kept-secret-201...



 

21/06 - Local Soccer Report

Local Soccer at Majors Creek

Whilst it started a little windy the day turned out to be great for playing community football at Majors Creek. A big thank you to the Majors Creek community for letting us play at your local ground and running the canteen. Another big thank you to the volunteers who assisted with setting up, running and packing up at the end of the games. The club (like most other sporting clubs) is community based, and relies on volunteers to make everything run. If everyone puts in a bit of effort, a few times a season, everything runs much more smoothly and the kids are the better for it.

There was plenty of effort shown in the Under 5's and 7's, with players rugged up against the wind. It wasn't long before jackets were taken off and the players were really getting stuck into it.

The Under 9's had the Masons losing to the Lions 3-0, whilst the Salvos defeated the Diggers 5-0. Best on ground in the Masons-Lions game were Ollie Allchin, Amy Clarke, Noah Hilhorst, Leroy Campbell-Davys, Toby Moller and Sarah Williams. The Salvos played strong defence across the field, passing continuously when moving into attack and coming away with the results. Best on ground in the Salvos-Diggers match were Arna Dixon, Hunter Gleeson, Fletcher Stanley, Bryce Carey, Nelson Sargent and Francine Magsino. 

The Under 11 Scorchers beat the Sixers 5-0, with best on ground going to Agus Putra Jaya, Kane Neate, Darcy Lyons, Willough Corby, Miah Gunderson and Abby Birkett. Best on ground for the Hurricanes in their match were Todd Hazelton, Lucy Baumann-Lionet, and Callaum Doyle. 

The Under 14 Roar returned to their winning ways by defeating the Heart 6-0. The game was fast, with some strong defence turning into creative attack for the Roar. Best on ground were Rhys Neate, Jeremy Ramm, Annabelle Jeffrey, Nick Asimus, Elizabeth Vella and Rosie Fanning. The other game between the Wanderers and Mariners was close, ending in a 3-3 draw. Best on ground were Harry Shoemark, Timothy Corcoran, Jessie Kay, Sam Daniher, Andrew Barr and Rita Marshall.

Capital Football Report

Both the Under 13 and Under 15 teams travelled to Woden Valley for this weekend’s games, unfortunately both coming up against very committed sides who were intent on getting the points. 

The Under 13's have let their strong start to the season slide a little, regressing a little from a quality passing style of game to more of a kick and chase mentality. It will be important for this team that they start concentrating on their style of play and team approach as we move into the second half of the season. There were periods where they looked good, but it wasn't enough, going down 2-1 in the last few minutes of the game. Best on ground for Palerang United were Nick Asimus, Louis Munnings and Angus Bunn. 

The Under 15 girls team were competitive for most of the game, with a few defensive lapses catching them out, the 5-2 result reflecting their lack of intensity at times. The girls are coming along though, and it's pleasing to see their willingness to improve their individual and team games. Best on ground were Monique Dheurle, Kaitlyn Ward and Danielle McMahon.

http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/1588422/local-soccer-report/?cs=741

Waste Transfer Station Examples

Possible Future Watse Management at Majors Creek - Letter from Palerang Council

Letter from Palerang council RE tip closure

16/01 - Extract from Palerang Council Final Waste Strategy Report

4.8 Majors Creek Landfill
 
4.8.1 General
 
The landfill is located along Seymour Road within Majors Creek approximately 20 kilometres from Braidwood, as shown in Figure 1, and services a rural community of approximately 174 rateable properties. The site is surrounded by rural forested land to all sides. The landfill is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday during both non-daylight saving and daylight saving periods. There are currently no gate charges for disposal of waste. The landfill is unmanned during the opening hours, with local residents opening and closing the gates on a voluntary basis.

Twenty two, 240L MGB are provided at the landfill for residents to place recyclable glass, plastic and cardboard. At the time of the site inspection these bins were mostly empty. Most of the bins were open, and therefore likely to collect rainwater during a storm event. These bins are collected by Council on a fortnightly basis (the bins are all emptied into one truck) and taken to Braidwood landfill, from where they are taken to Canberra for recycling.
 
4.8.2 Landfill Life
 
The household waste is currently being placed in a trench located on the eastern side of the site. This trench has approximately 1-year life remaining. Based on more detailed in situ site investigation, it may be viable to establish further trenches, however from our initial site visit it appears that the majority of the area has already been trenched. By overtopping the site approximately 2 metres above the existing capped level, it will be possible to obtain a further 8 to 15 years of landfill space from the landfill site, without clearing any major vegetation, and blending the final landform into the surrounding landscape.
 
4.8.3 Key Environmental and Engineering Issues
 

  • Leachate Management and monitoring: The landfill is overlying sandy type soils, which are unlikely to provide a suitable barrier to leachate flow. No monitoring of surface water or groundwater is currently carried out.

 

  • Waste kept uncovered for long periods (greater than 2 weeks) due to unavailability of cover material resulting in windblown litter, feral animals and increased leachate production.

 

  • Windblown litter into the surrounding forest land is a significant problem on the site.

 

  •  No signage on site identifying where to place particular wastes and recyclables leading to waste being mixed with recyclables

  • Based on the sign at the entrance to the landfill the following items are prohibited: Chemical drums, car bodies, bulk scrap metal and white goods. However, there was a large scrap metal pile on site at the time of the site visit which contained old white goods and chemical drums. Residents are meant to take these items to the Braidwood landfill.

 
Majors Creek Tip Closure Options

 



Taken from

http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/images/documents/palerang/mig/7672-waste_...

Full list of documents are here

http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/index.php?option=com_jentlacontent&view=a...

22/07 - First round of deciduous trees along the roadside

On Sunday the 22nd of July an enthusiastic crew gathered to plant the first round of deciduous trees along the roadside. When all the trees are planted they will form an avenue from the bridge to the existing native tree plantings.


There is a mix of Canadian Red Maple, Poplars, Elms, Liquid Ambers, Pyrus, Chinese Pistachio, Desert Ash, Walnuts and hopefully some Chestnuts if we can obtain some.


The nut trees were included in the planting for fun in the future, residents can collect the fresh nuts in season!


As more trees arrive from the nursery we will hold another planting day.  There will eventually be nearly 80 trees in the avenue.


We were careful in the planning to make sure there will not be any reduction of visibility for drivers and that the trees are far enough from the roadway to never be considered a threat to safety.  A lot of the trees are planted up on the bank to the east of the road so they are well out of the way.


A big big THANKS goes to Ken Harrison of Araluen who insisted on donating the mulch for the project and to Brian James who’s little red tractor dug the holes and saved us a lot of work.


Supplied by Chris James

Photo By Gordon Waters

The band of workers planting the first round of deciduous trees - Photo - Gordon Waters


 

Historic Home destroyed by Fire

The old Jury home is now only memories as it lays in ruins being totally destroyed by fire.

This old home has been preserved and was a reminder of the early days and pioneers of the village.

The McCarron family, descendants of the Jury's cared for the home and used it for there pilgrimage to Majors Creek from Queensland throughout the year.

The old Jury home is
The old Jury home is

Progress Association - Thank you

PATHANKS

26/01 - OAM to the ‘Mayor’ of Majors Creek

Mr Brian McDONALD from Majors Creek has been awarded a Medal (OAM) Of The Order Of Australia In The General Division in the Australia Day Honours for his service to the community over many decades.

Brian has been President and Foundation Member, Majors Creek Progress Association, since the 1960s; Editor, Community Newsletter, since 1991; Secretary/Treasurer, Majors Creek Recreation Reserve Trust, since 1963; Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, 1977-1983 and 1993-1997; Foundation Member; Life Member, from 1995. Secretary/Treasurer, Majors Creek New Year’s Day Picnic, 1960-1985. Parish Councillor, Anglican Parish of Braidwood, for 40 years; Secretary, for 24 years; Church Warden, for 45 years. Licenced Lay Preacher, since 1983; Volunteer, Braidwood and District Visitors Information Centre and a Justice of the Peace, since 1986.

Brian has also published Memories of the past: life in the village of Majors Creek over the past sixty five years, 2004 and was Co-Editor, Majors Creek Memoirs; written by Ned Dunshea.

Brian is known locally as the ‘Mayor’ of Majors Creek. For more see the next edition of the Braidwood Times.

Brian McDonald OAM - Majors Creek

http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/oam-to-the-mayor-of-majors-creek/2433703.aspx

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15/01 - New Year’s Day Picnic

The 150th New Year’s Day Picnic celebrations were held on the Majors
Creek Recreation Ground over the New Year weekend. The picnic was
originally the idea of Mr Edmund Cleaver with the initial picnic being
held on his property Eldorado later moving to the police paddock and
then the recreation ground where it has been held continuously ever
since.

Celebrations commenced with a New Year’s Eve gathering at the
local hall followed by the picnic and dance on New Year’s Day.
Descendants of pioneering families travelled great distances for a day
of children’s and adult events, barbecue, chocolate wheel, and raffles,
and a time to mingle and renew old acquaintances. At afternoon tea time
Brian McDonald welcome everyone to the picnic and too many welcome home.

Many stayed on for the dance at night when again it was the
opportunity to sit down and talk about years gone by. At the dance Brian
and Deirdre McDonald, Linda Harrison and Yvonne Day were presented with
Life Member of the Picnic bars in recognition of their contribution to
the picnic over many years.

All who attended voted a wonderful event in the life of the village, bringing back many memories.

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Some former students of the Majors Creek School which closed in 1969 who attended in the 1940s and 50s.

Majors Creek Related DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

Application No    Description    Received    Address

DEV.2010.0356      Ground Mounted Solar Panels      4/11/2010      593 Majors Creek Road

DEV.2010.0334      Manufactured Home              25/10/2010      11-15 George Street

DEV.2010.0315     2 Lot Subdivision      11/10/2010      6 Wilson Street

Contact details
Palerang Council
02 6238 8111 (ph)
records@palerang.nsw.gov.au

http://palerang.local-e.nsw.gov.au/planning/7897.html

Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua Landcare AGM

Dear all,

The Upper Shoalhaven &Upper Deua (USUD) Landcare Association will be having its AGM in Windellama this year at the Windellama Hall on Wednesday 10th November.

Proceedings will kick of at 5.30pm with a BBQ followed by a general meeting at 6.30 and the AGM after that.

The current executive would like to declare that all positions are now open and encourage people to think about nominations.

The Upper Shoalhaven & Upper Deua executive currently consists of

Chair: Phil Shoemark

Secretary: Vic Gleeson

Treasurer: Martin Royds

Each has been exceptionally supportive and engaged in the activities of the USUD Landcare - I would like to sincerely and warmly thank all three for their support, work and insights since I have been in the position of Landcare Project Officer.

The AGM is a really good opportunity for all the groups to gather and cross pollinate ideas and interests.

Please distribute this information to your members and mark it in your diaries.

Also - if possible I would appreciate RSVP for catering & travel purposes. I can organise a bus from Braidwood if we have the numbers - otherwise carpooling is an easy option too.

All the best - enjoy the rain!

Felicity Sturgiss
Landcare Project Officer
Upper Shoalhaven and Upper Deua Catchment

42 Ryrie St Braidwood
ph: 0248422594 fax: 0248422655
mob: 0427 111 101
upper.shoalhaven@cma.nsw.gov.au

OCT 2010 - LANDCARE GROUP, MAJORS CREEK

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VISIT TO OLD MINE WORKINGS, 10 OCTOBER AND INVITATION FOR 14 NOVEMBER

Committee members and new Group members visited the old mine workings to inspect the infestation of invasive weeds, especially broom. We followed the access trail installed a few years ago, at which time the area had been sprayed. The broom infestation is now pervasive in some places, and is spreading further both there and down both sides of the Creek as far as the Bridge. It therefore needs urgent attention. There is also blackberry and thistle infestation around the old mine workings, and we found household rubbish in one pit, requiring removal. We were however impressed by evidence of natural regeneration such as wildflowers and birdlife, and noted attractive areas of water storage. There is potential for enhanced village recreational use, provided dangerous areas are properly fenced off, and signposted if necessary.

We have decided to focus on broom as most urgent.

We would like to call for volunteers to help with broom eradication in easily accessible areas: Sunday 14 November 2010, from 10am to 2pm.

Participants should please bring gloves, boots, sunscreen, hats, medications, secateurs and spray bottles of poison (plus a picnic afterwards if wished).

Landcare Group membership forms will be available on this website ($5 annually for individuals, $10 for families and $50 corporate), at the Elrington Hotel, and at the 14 November outing.

We look forward to welcoming many new members.

04/11 - Trial Waste Collection Service Calendar



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Bendethera Deua National Park - Conservation Management Plan ÔÇô Invitation to Comment

Bendethera Deua National Park- Conservation Management Plan

Public consultation

This document is on public exhibition from 24 May 2010 till 20 August 2010. During this period members of the public are invited to comment on the document. Submissions can be sent to the postal address provided, or use the online form below.

Postal address:
The Ranger, Bendethera CMP, PO Box 282, Narooma NSW 2546

Email: bendethera.cmp@environment.nsw.gov.au

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/BendetheraCMPdraft.htm

21/05 - Draft Management Plan 2010/11 on exhibition

21 May 2010

Council's draft Management Plan, Budget and Fees and Charges for 2010/11 are now on public exhibition until Thursday, 17 June 2010.

Council welcomes written submissions on the draft plan during the exhibition period. All submissions will be considered by Council prior to formal adoption of the Management Plan on Thursday, 24 June 2010.

Public meetings to discuss the draft plan will be held on Tuesday, 8 June starting at 7.00 pm in the Braidwood Meeting Room (Park Lane); and on Thursday, 10 June starting at 7.00 pm in the Bungendore Meeting Room (10 Majara St).

To download a copy of the draft plan, budget summary and proposed fees and charges for 2010/11, please click on http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/council/11702.html

Hard copies of these documents are available from Council's offices in Bungendore (10 Majara St) and Braidwood (144 Wallace St).

This article can be found on the web at:
http://palerang.local-e.nsw.gov.au/news/pages/11707.html

19/05 - Multiple High-Grade Gold Lodes in Latest Drill Hole

Cortona Resources would like to inform you of todayÔÇÖs ASX Announcement.

Multiple High-Grade Gold Lodes in Latest Drill Hole

First hole into Dargues Deeps intersects lode, confirms depth potential

HIGHLIGHTS

┬À Multiple high grade lodes in latest drill hole, including:

8.9m @ 15.2g/t

and 11.3m @ 12.4g/t gold

and 5.3m @ 6.78g/t gold

and 8m @ 7.70g/t gold

┬À Continuity of high grade structures confirmed

┬À First hole into Dargues Deeps intersects lode

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/197_-_High_Grade_Drilling_Res...

10/05 - DARGUES REEF CONTINUES TO DELIVER

o High grade results from shallow RC drilling and deep diamond drilling, including:

┬À 19m @ 9.13g/t gold and 8.34g/t silver

o Deepest intercept to date shows substantial thickening of mineralised lode.

o Further visible gold observed, results pending

o Exploration drilling continues

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/196_-_Dargues_Reef_conitnues_...

16/04 - Women in Farming Day

Petrea King, founder of Quest for Life addresses the forum.  

Forty five women men and children attended the Women in Farming event in Majors Creek last Saturday, 13 April. The weather was gorgeous, the food was excellent and the music was soulful. 

All who attended were full of enthusiasm, with the desire to learn, interact, inspire and explore.  Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, stepmothers, husbands, brothers and friends all came along and quickly felt at home together in the intimate space of the hall.

Some travelled for hours to be a part of the event.  Others braved injury, illness and shyness to attend.  Virtually everyone present made the decision to step away from their daily responsibilities, and take time out to re-energise.  As presenter Ann Burbrook said, they “practiced self care” which, as we now know is not in the least bit selfish!

Petrea King challenged us to consider for a moment what our first, instead of our second natures might actually be.  Reverend Jennie Roberts gave us a very practical view of spirituality and mental health specialist Jennie Keioskie emphasised the importance of community for wellbeing.  We shared tears, laughter and the stories of very special local women, who generously shared their stories, photographs and time to make the event even more special.

Thanks to Southern Rivers CMA, who funded the event, in conjunction with the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Network.   Thanks also to Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Vanilla Catering for the food, Jake and Ange for the music, and to all the presenters and guests who attended and made the event so wonderful.

http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/story/1435290/women-in-farming-day/?cs=741

12/04 - Bonanza Gold Hits at Dargues Reef

Intercepts up to 97g/t gold reveal the presence of a bonanza gold lode, paving the way for a resource upgrade

Results include:

┬À 5.7m @ 97.1g/t Au (including 3.8m @ 143.6g/t)

┬À 2.8m @ 39.1g/t Au

┬À 5.5m @ 14.4g/t Au

┬À 13.2 @ 10.9g/t Au and;

┬À 13m @ 8.6g/t Au

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/0114_CRC_Dargues_Reef_Drillin...

24/03 - Deep Hole Commences and High Grade Results

Cortona Resources would like to inform you of todayÔÇÖs ASX Announcement.

Dargues Reef Phase 2 Drilling Commences: Underpinned by Further High Grade Results

Deep drilling to test several key targets ahead of resource upgrade

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Phase 2 drilling campaign commences at Dargues Reef Gold Project in NSW, focusing on ÔÇ£Dargues DeepsÔÇØ zone.
  • Further significant intersections returned from Phase 1 drilling include:
  • 22m @ 5.74g/t gold and 0.27% copper from 158m (incl. 10m @ 8.70g/t gold with 4m @ 0.9% copper)
  • 17m @ 6.27g/t gold from 47m (incl. 4 m @ 15.1g/t gold)
  • 30m of visual mineralisation observed in latest hole at ~500m depth, with assay results pending.
  • Significant resource upgrade expected mid-year.


The Phase 2 drilling will comprise a parent hole with five or six ÔÇÿdaughtersÔÇÖ
wedged from it, and is expected to be completed by mid June.

To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/190_-_Deep_Exploration_Hole_C...

08/03 - Supreme Court win means mines must ask

Monday 8 March 2010

PR/040/10

Supreme Court win means mines must ask

The NSW FarmersÔÇÖ Association says funding from the Association and the Australian FarmersÔÇÖ Fighting Fund has helped secure a win for the Liverpool Plains farming community in the Supreme Court.

The NSW Supreme Court found that BHP Billiton's licence to explore for coal on the properties of two Liverpool Plains farmers were invalid because the company had not consulted all landholders.

ÔÇ£The previous mining exploration access agreement failed to put in place adequate protections for farmers, so to see it thrown out, providing some balance to the mining approval process is a great win for our Members,ÔÇØ NSW FarmersÔÇÖ Association President Charles Armstrong said.

Legislation states banks must be told by mining companies about exploration work on land where the banks have an interest, because mining may change the value of the land.

Last year the Mining Warden said it was not vital for mining company to notify a bank of its activities but that decision was quashed by the Supreme Court.

ÔÇ£Association Members and the Caroona Coal Action Groups are concerned about the environmental effects of coal exploration in the region, particularly drilling due to the underground aquifers present in the area and the erosion of their property rights in the process,ÔÇØ Mr Armstrong said.

ÔÇ£The Association has been working hard on issues surrounding property rights such as mining access and will continue to do so, particularly in the lead up to the next Federal Election and 2011 NSW Election.

ÔÇ£While this latest decision isnÔÇÖt the end for battles in the Liverpool Plains, it does provide greater certainty of the rights of farmers whose land is covered by an Exploration Agreement and recognition of the protections for land.

ÔÇ£The Association is very proud to support our Members and their communities in this way. This and other recent wins show just another way the Association, and the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund, is working for our rural communities,ÔÇØ Mr Armstrong concluded.

Contact:

Ellen McNamara (Media Officer) 0429 990 218

Amanda Barwick (Media Manager) 0428 400 736

01/02 - Brian’s major effort

COMMUNITY service has always come easily to Brian McDonald. The notion
of giving simply “rubbed off” from the older generation growing up in
Majors Creek, south of Braidwood. The 73-year-old’s long list of credits
has earned him an Order of Australia Medal in the General Division.

“I’m chuffed,” Mr McDonald told Town and Country Magazine.

“Its unexpected, although 18 months ago one of my friends started asking a
lot of questions about what I’d done
and I smelt a rat.”

His 50 years community service includes presidency and foundation
membership of the Majors Creek Progress
Association since the 1960s;
editor of the community newsletter since 1991; secretary/ treasurer of
the village’s
Recreation Reserve Trust since 1963; volunteer with the
bushfire brigade 1977-1983 and 1993- 1997; secretary/treasurer
of the Majors Creek New Year’s Day picnic from 1960-1985, a volunteer with
Braidwood and District Visitors Information Centre and a Justice of the
Peace since 1986.

Mr McDonald is also strongly involved
with the Braidwood Anglican Parish as a councillor for 40 years;
secretary for 24 years, a church warden for 45 years and a licensed lay
preacher since 1983.

If that’s not enough, in his spare time he dabbles in his other passion – writing. He wrote ‘Memories of the Past: Life in the Village of Majors Creek over the past 65 Years’ in
2004 and co-edited ‘Majors Creek Memoirs’, written by Ned Dunshea.

“I was roped into a lot of organisations at an early age,” Mr McDonald
said. “I did a lot of this before retirement. In fact I’m not sure how I
had time for work.”

The village stalwart worked for Tallaganda Shire Council for more than 40 years, initially as a painter and then as a storekeeper up until his retirement in 2004. Mr McDonald is married to Deirdre and they have three daughters, who are very excited by the award.

He described the gong as a big thing for a small village of some 200 people. Majors Creek is close to his heart and he acknowledges seeing many changes over the years, including the influx of new residents.

“Its an honour for me to be recognised,” he said.

He will officially receive the award at Government House in Canberra, possibly in April. 

Brian McDonald - Majors Creek

http://www.townandcountrymagazine.com.au/news/local/news/general/brians-...

02/11 - Majors Creek's gold divide

BY JOHN THISTLETON BUSINESS EDITOR
The Canberra Times
2/11/2009 7:42:00 AM

Historic mining village Majors Creek near Braidwood is a step closer to joining Australia's third gold boom, with Cortona Resources proposing a $30 million underground mine.

Feasibility studies have indicated a pre-tax profit of $68million from an initial mine at Dargues Reef near the town. As the studies continue to determine final economics before planning approvals are sought, Majors Creek residents and the surrounding Palerang Shire are split on the issue.

Some welcome the potential employment as many as 40 direct and 200 indirect jobs and new infrastructure.

Other residents are fed up with weeks of noisy test drilling and helicopter aerial surveys.

Concerns are rising about where large quantities of water will be found for processing the gold, and the impact on the landscape.

Cortona managing director Peter van der Borgh's assurances of a 21st-century operation and leaving the mine area in better condition than it was found have not allayed those fears.

Volatility on global financial markets following unprecedented government stimulus packages has seen the price of gold consistently above $US1000 an ounce as investors seek the safety of the precious metal. This reinforces the likelihood of mining restarting at Majors Creek.

Director of Geological Survey NSW Lindsay Gilligan said it was little known that NSW was Australia's second biggest producer behind Western Australia, with major developments at Cadia mine at Orange, Cowal near West Wyalong and Northparkes near Parkes.

Gold consultant Sandra Close said Australia was in the midst of its third gold boom, after previous ones in the 1850s and 1890s.

Dr Close said with Australia producing 220tonnes of gold a year worth $8billion, the country would replace the United States next year as the world's second-largest producer behind China.

Cortona has purchased 283ha at the Dargues Reef mine site, which is one of several within its vast 700sqkm tenement holding covering Majors Creek and Braidwood.

Mr van der Borgh said NSW was under-explored for gold. He said Dargues Reef had one of the higher grades of gold in Australia. Mines around the world tended to have much larger tonnage with lower grade ore bodies, but were viable on 112 to 2g, whereas Dargues Reef was calculated to have 6g per tonne.

''The old adage that grade is king certainly helps,'' he said.

Cortona Resources geologist Jon Hoye said with modern blasting techniques people in the nearby Majors Creek village would not hear underground explosions.

But in the village 60km east of Canberra, long-time resident Sandy McCarron said, ''In all honesty everyone in the village is trying to keep a level head, because we all have to live here.'' Her husband, Marshall, whose Irish settler descendants arrived in the 1850s, said explosions could shake mortar from the bricks of historically significant buildings.

He said when Cortona bought the gold assets from Moly Mines in 2007, it was estimated 310,000 ounces were at Dargues Reef. ''At $1000 an ounce, they're not going to leave it there,'' he said.

Between 30 and 40 jobs are proposed in the starter project at Dargues Reef: a mining office, milling facility for gold concentrate, roads and tailing dams which will generate more jobs and investment for the battling Palerang Shire.

Palerang's general manager Peter Bascomb said the challenge would be balancing noise and pollution with jobs and development.

''There's a range of views in the community; my sense is that there is majority support.''

Life-long Majors Creek resident Brian McDonald said most of the community was on side.

Cortona had donated $10,000 for tennis courts, planted trees and contributed to a new children's playground and the bushfire brigade.

''The place is coming to life. We went down to a low ebb and all of a sudden there are subdivisions it all looks bright.''

Resident Gordon Waters has started a website, saying not much information was coming from Cortona Resources. Landscape architect Arnold Struzina said proposed mining was in the Batemans Bay and Moruya catchments, so water would be a major concern. The visual impact of an open cut mine also worried residents.

Mr van der Borgh said he could not comment on open cut mining. Water-sourcing was still being investigated. The water would come from either bores or the mining activity itself and would be recycled.

Waste rock would go back underground and there would be no heaps left behind.

Shares in Cortona are currently suspended, pending a capital raising, and last traded at 20c.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/majors-creeks-go...

07/01 - Cortona Resources to commence North Monger RC drilling program

Emerging Australian gold company Cortona Resources (ASX: CRC) is preparing to kick off drilling at North Monger near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia after receiving Departmental Approvals for a planned 2500m RC program.

The drilling will target both Daisy Milano style mineralisation along the east of the project area, and also the potential western extension of the Wombola Dam Resource.

The Daisy Milano mine, which is operated by Silver Lake Resources, is situated 5km south east of CortonaÔÇÖs North Monger project. Cortona interprets the main structures at Daisy Milano to trend into CortonaÔÇÖs project area, where soil sampling has defined gold anomalies at Arezzo and Lucca.

By late morning, shares in the company were trading at 15c - an increase of 3.4%.

Historic wideÔÇÉspaced shallow drilling in this area intercepted gold grades up to 6.3g/t.

Cortona has designed an RC drilling program to target the structural trend as a potential host to high grade Daisy MilanoÔÇÉstyle mineralisation.

Wombola Dam hosts an indicated and inferred resource of 557,000t @ 3.0g/t for 53,500 ounces of gold.

Three dimensional modelling of the mineralised quartz veins suggests that the lodes plunge gently to the west.

CortonaÔÇÖs most westerly line of drill holes intercepted numerous zones of mineralisation, which may reflect the lower grade upper levels of the lodes. Several lines of deeper drilling have been designed to test the model which has the potential to significantly upgrade the resource.

Managing Director Peter van der Borgh said the drilling at North Monger would be in addition to the four rigs arriving at Majors Creek over the next couple of weeks.

"The programs are a mix of resource to reserve drilling and exploration drilling that should deliver sustained news flow to compliment the Dargues Reef Feasibility Study and Planning Approvals process which are underway," Mr van der Borgh said.

ÔÇ£The plans we have been developing have placed Cortona in an enviable position for the year ahead.

Cortona's North Monger project is located 45km SE of Kalgoorlie, and 5km NW of the Daisy Milano mine, where Cortona has defined over 80,000 ounces in shallow resources.

Cortona is an energetic explorer, with aggressive exploration programs underway aimed at increasing the Indicated and Inferred Resources at Dargues Reef and North Monger to underpin a longÔÇÉterm gold mining business.

http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/4105/cortona-resourc...

08/01 - COMPLETION OF $10.3M CAPITAL RAISING

Cortona Resources would like to inform you of todayÔÇÖs ASX Announcement.

COMPLETION OF $10.3M CAPITAL RAISING

  • Settlement of $3.6M shortfall completes $10.3M Capital Raising
  • Fully funded for DFS, Planning Approvals and aggressive drilling programs
  • First two drilling rigs arriving at Dargues Reef next week
  • Considerable news flow anticipated
  • Cortona Resources is delighted to announce settlement of the shortfall from the CompanyÔÇÖs renounceable Rights Issue to subÔÇÉunderwriters and Clients of Patersons Securities Limited (PSL), underwriter to the Rights Issue. Settlement of the shortfall concludes CortonaÔÇÖs $10.3M capital raising,which included the Rights Issue and a placement to an international Fund Manager.

    The shortfall Shares and Options will be issued and allotted on January 11th as per the revised timetable.

    Managing Director Peter van der Borgh commented ÔÇ£this is a terrific outcome for Cortona. We now have sufficient funds to achieve all of our current objectives as set out in the Rights Issue prospectus. The Dargues Reef DFS and Planning Approvals process are underway, and aggressive drilling campaigns at Dargues Reef in NSW and North Monger in WA are about to commence.

    ÔÇ£IÔÇÖd like to take this opportunity to thank participating shareholders for their support in the Rights Issue, and to welcome all new shareholders to our share registryÔÇØ.

    ÔÇ£The plans we have in place have been months in the making, and we are confident that we
    have positioned the Company to create value for shareholders over the coming year as we
    move towards gold production at Dargues ReefÔÇØ he said.

    Yours Faithfully

    Peter van der Borgh
    Managing Director

    To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

     

    http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/176_-_Completion_of_10.3m_cap...

    09/01 - Prospector cashed up for the daily grind

    DAVID MCLENNAN
    09 Jan, 2010 10:34 AM

    Resources company Cortona is about to begin ''aggressive drilling campaigns'' at its proposed Majors Creek gold mine after raising $10.3million in capital. The money will go towards a broader feasibility study and the planning process for the 280ha Dargues Reef mine site, near Braidwood. The study will take about 10 months and, if it and environmental approvals are successful, the company plans to build a $30 million underground mine that would begin gold production next year.Two drilling rigs are scheduled to arrive on site on Monday.

    Majors Creek community liaison committee chairman Bill Waterhouse said there was a diversity of opinion in the village about the mine, from ''very strongly anti to what I would call guardedly optimistic'', but the committee had not formed an official view yet.''Right now it is a little rural village. In 12 months' time it will be a mining town and that is of significance.''He said some people were concerned about the mine's impact on diminishing water supplies, the potential for excessive noise, damage to roads, and ''the visual impact on what is a sleepy little hollow that used to be a busy gold mining area 150 years ago, but now is quite a historic little village''. The committee was surveying residents to build a broader picture of views on the proposed mine.

    Cortona executives were celebrating the completion of the capital raising yesterday and could not be contacted, but managing director Peter van der Borgh issued a statement saying it was a terrific outcome. ''We now have sufficient funds to achieve all of our current objectives as set out in the rights issue prospectus.

    The Dargues Reef [definitive feasibility study] and planning approvals process are under way, and aggressive drilling campaigns at Dargues Reef in NSW and North Monger in WA are about to commence,'' he said.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/prospector-cashe...

    09/12 - New Heritage Book Showcases NSW Mining History

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Minister for Regulatory Reform
    Minister for Mineral Resources
    The Hon. Peter Primrose MLC

    26 November 2009

    New Heritage Book Showcases NSW Mining History

    Minister for Mineral Resources, Peter Primrose today launched a new chronicle of mining in
    NSW, which charts the industryÔÇÖs history from the first workings at Newcastle to the end of the
    boom days of the early 1900s.

    ÔÇ£Mining in NSW: History and HeritageÔÇØ was written by mining heritage historians Dr Michael
    Pearson and Dr Barry McGowan.

    ÔÇ£One thing thatÔÇÖs very clear from reading this book is the change in environmental management
    standards over the yearsÔÇØ said Mr Primrose.

    ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs also obvious from many of the photos that mining practices in the past were not regulated
    as rigorously as they are today.

    ÔÇ£Mining has provided enormous economic benefits for the people of NSW for over 200 years
    and through initiatives like this, we recognise the importance of the industry to so many
    communities over the years,ÔÇØ he said.

    The book features more than a hundred outstanding photos, providing a compelling insight into
    what our early miners had to face. It also enables readers to assess a site and determine its
    heritage significance based on the mining of 25 different mineral groups.

    Mr Primrose said effective mine rehabilitation is a key part of ensuring that mineral resources
    development in NSW is sustainable.

    ÔÇ£Today the Government requires all mines to meet strict environmental guidelines and retains
    substantial security deposits to ensure that all sites are fully rehabilitated when mining is
    completed,ÔÇØ he said.

    ÔÇ£There are currently over 570 known closed, abandoned or disused mines in NSW where no
    individual or company can be held responsible, leaving the Government to undertake
    necessary rehabilitation works - many of these mine sites date from the 19th
    and early 20th

    Century.

    ÔÇ£This governmentÔÇÖs commitment to setting the mistakes of the past right remains strong.

    ÔÇ£This financial year, the State GovernmentÔÇÖs Derelict Mines Program will carry out rehabilitation
    on 30 mine sites with major projects ranging from safety management to environmental
    remediation,ÔÇØ he said.

    Mining in NSW: History and Heritage is available now from the Industry & Investment NSW
    bookshop by phoning 1300 736 122 or via email orders@minerals.nsw.gov.au ($60.00 + p&h)

    http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/minerals

    12/6 - Have your say – help plan natural resource priorities

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    Catchment Action Plans (CAPs) across New South Wales are being reviewed as part of a state-wide
    process to review progress and set new priorities for natural resource management (NRM) for 2012-

    2022.

    Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Chair, Pam Green said the process will result
    in 13 updated strategic regional NRM plans that will align the NSW Government's major NRM

    objectives with community aspirations for their catchment.

    “CAPs have been in existence since 2006 and provide opportunities for all sectors of the community to

    participate in the planning and delivery of sustainable NRM,” Mrs Green said.

    “The Southern Rivers CAP aims to guide investment to protect and restore the region’s natural
    resources - water, coasts, soil, native vegetation, plants, animals and cultural heritage that underpin

    the health and productivity of our landscapes and communities.

    “This is a great opportunity for us to revise the Southern Rivers CAP and address some of the changes

    that have occurred in our region over the past five years.

    “Many stakeholders and communities have now been informed of the CAP update and are being
    encouraged to complete an on-line survey to identify the things they particularly value in their area,”

    Mrs Green said.

    To access the on-line survey and participate in future NRM planning for the region go to

    www.yoursaysouthernriverscma.com.au

    “More opportunities for involvement, including an on-line community forum and meetings, will be
    offered throughout the review process and will be advised via this website over the coming months,”

    Mrs Green said.

    If you live in the Southern Rivers region of NSW from Stanwell Park to the Victorian border, or have an
    interest or connection to the region, now is your chance to have your say about what natural values

    are important to you.

    13/01 - New Year's Day Picnic at Majors Creek

    The day commenced with a sausage sizzle followed by children's and adults events and generally a time to reminisce and chat.

    Throughout the afternoon there was a chocolate wheel and raffles and all enjoyed afternoon tea prepared by the committee. Following are the winners of the various events and competitions. Throwing at the wicket Les Tetley and Haley Clarke, Stepping the Distance Geoff Wolford, 100 m Ladies Sprint 1.Emily Malone, 2.Susan Phair, 3.Georgie Story, 100m Men's Sprint 1. Josh Mitchell, 2. Michael Franz, 3. Damien Bigg, Nail drive Linda Vesgoff, James Clarke, Orienteering Josh Mitchell and Dillon Crisp. Raffle winners were Georgie Crisp, Tony Page, Steven Harrison, Teegan Day, Wendy Clarke, Westy, Lisa Cram, Phil Cram, Damien Bigg, Les Mackenzie, Kay Kite.

    The committee would like to thank the business houses for their support. A great day and tradition continued.

    The 150th New Years Day Picnic in 2012 is already being planned.

    http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/news/business/new-years-day-...

    13/03 - NSW in the middle of a "gold rush"

    Source: Stateline NSW
    Published: Friday, March 5, 2010 8:34 AEDT
    Expires: Thursday, June 3, 2010 8:34 AEDT

    Old NSW mines might be re-opened because of a large increase in gold prices.

    QUENTIN DEMPSTER, PRESENTER: Apparently Australia's in the midst of its third great gold rush and NSW is right in the thick of it. Soaring international gold prices have put old mines back in the sights of speculators. Modern mining can create local jobs and encourage infrastructure spending, but at what cost?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/03/05/2838166.htm?site=goulburnmurray

    15/03 - Exploration floats return as risk appetite increases

    THERE is a bit of a buzz developing around Perth-based Cortona and the upside potential of its current drilling program at its Dargues Reef deposit on the historic Majors Creek goldfield, 60 kilometres east of Canberra in NSW.

    Based on results to date from the four-drill-rig campaign and more to come, there is a growing expectation that Dargues Reef is going to end up bigger and more longer-lived than Cortona's 12.5¢ share price for a market capitalisation of $21 million might suggest.

    Previously, a scoping study into Dargues Reef found an initial $30 million underground development would pull in 188,000 ounces of gold over four years at a cash operating cost of $470 an ounce.

    That was based on the current stock exchange compliant resource at Dargues Reef of 1.44 million tonnes grading 6.2 grams of gold a tonne for 286,000 ounces of contained gold. Assuming the flow of results from deeper infill resource extension drilling continues, there are some in the market that reckon that Dargues Reef should be looked at as having the potential for a resource base more like 500,000-600,000 ounces of gold, with higher production to boot.

    bfitzgerald@theage.com.au

    Source: The Age

    15/12 - Carbon farmer waiting for his payoff

    MARTIN Royds calls himself a carbon farmer. Twenty years ago the Braidwood cattle producer decided to develop regenerative farming practices, and in 2007 he was voted local carbon cocky of the year.

    He says his winning carbon management practices include having 100 per cent groundcover all the time, using controlled grazing to ensure his pastures are never eaten down to the roots, growing trees on his land, and using biological products rather than synthetic fertilisers.

    "You can see the difference," Mr Royds said.

    Drought has hit his region of southern NSW and he has had to sell cattle.

    "I have a lot of dry grass, where my neighbours have chewed down fairly close to the boards," he said. "I have less weeds and there are a lot of trees across the land."

    After it rained, his native grass took off. "I went and hired a harvester and made a fortune harvesting native seed," he said.

    Mr Royds said his soil carbon was increasing. He estimated it had grown from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent, and he was aiming to reach 5 per cent. He would like to begin carbon trading.

    "My goal is to get paid for building soil carbon," he said. "If we start doing that we fix all the problems. You fix the erosion problems, salinity problems."

    The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists estimates Australia could store an additional 1000 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year in soil and plants.

    "If Australia were to capture just 15 per cent of this capacity, it would offset the equivalent of 25 per cent of Australia's current annual greenhouse emissions for the next 40 years," the group says.

    The Co-operative Research Centre for greenhouse gas technologies has been working on geosequestration -- the capture and storage of carbon dioxide from coal production. CRC chief Peter Cook said: "We are doing it on a small scale in Australia.

    "We have injected 60,000 tonnes of CO2 over the last 18 months in the Otway Basin. It is staying down there. The technology does work."

    Now that approach was needed on a "very much larger scale".

    As long as people used fossil fuels "we have no alternative other than to put the CO2 in the ground", Mr Cook said.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/carbon-farmer-waiting-for-hi...

    17/03 - Drilling Strengthens and Extends High-Grade Resource at Dargues Reef

    Drilling Strengthens and Extends High-Grade Resource at Dargues Reef

    Coarse visible gold highlights potential for bonanza zone

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Further significant drilling intersections from Dargues Reef Project, NSW including:

    • 12m @ 16.4g/t gold (incl. 3.5m @ 44.0g/t)
    • 5m @ 15.6g/t gold (with 3m @ 0.27% Cu)
    • 3.5m @ 12.7g/t gold (with 0.3% Cu)
    • 11m @ 4.3g/t gold

    Coarse visible gold highlights potential bonanza zone:

    assay results pending

    To read the full announcement, please click the following link;

    http://www.cortonaresources.com.au/IMG/pdf/189_Dargues_Drilling_Highligh...

    17/03 - Majors Creek community has its say about gold mining

    The Majors Creek Community Liaison Group was established at a well-attended community meeting on 17 December 2009. Those present agreed that the purpose of the group is for the community in Majors Creek and Cortona Resources, who are looking to develop a gold mine nearby, to move forward collaboratively with the goal of maintaining the standard/quality of life and community spirit present in the area, before the development of the gold ore body.

    It was also agreed to appoint a Liaison Committee to help progress the goals of the group. That group is soon to be incorporated. The views expressed at that meeting were used as the basis for creating a community survey which was conducted both online and through distribution of hard copies until the 8 February 2010. The results of that survey have been available on the Majors Creek Community Website (http://www.majorscreek.org.au) since 16 February.

    A second community meeting was held on 15 February 2010 where the results of the survey were discussed. The meeting endorsed its Liaison Committee members to formally approach the company with a view to negotiating a legally binding document with Cortona that addresses the issues identified by the community through the survey.

    The top ten priority issues that the community respondents to the survey would like addressed are:

    1. Regular and open dialogue between the community and Cortona;

    2. The land affected by the mine site to be fully rehabilitated after completion;

    3. The tailings dam to be environmentally secure, to be placed out of visual sight from the village and, if possible, removed from the site at completion of the mine;

    4. Full disclosure of any arrangements entered into by Cortona with Palerang Shire Council;

    5. Any damage caused to our property by the mining operation to be repaired fully at CortonaÔÇÖs expense;

    6. Restriction of the driving of heavy vehicles/trucks during certain hours of the day;

    7. No further expansion without detailed and timely consultation with the community;

    8. The Majors Creek Road upgraded, including widening and fully lined;

    9. Preference given to employment of local people, including the provision of training if necessary;

    10. Mill to be placed so that it is out of visual sight from the village.

    It is stressed that the group is neither against nor for the mining activities at Dargues Reef. As per the purpose stated above, the group wishes to work with Cortona to achieve the best possible outcome for the residents of Majors Creek, whether the mine goes ahead or not. To that end a meeting between Mr Peter van der Borgh and members of the Liaison Committee will take place on 19 March 2010 and all residents of Majors Creek will be kept informed of any progress through the Majors Creek Community Website. http://www.majorscreek.org.au

    Bill Waterhouse

    Chairperson, Majors Creek Community Liaison Group

    17/03 - Visible gold highlights 'potential bonanza zone'

    17 Mar, 2010 11:59 AM

    Recent drilling at Dragues Reef Project has found coarse visible gold highlighting a potential bonanza zone however assay results are still pending.

    Further significant drilling intersections include: 12m @ 16.4g/t gold (incl. 3.5m @ 44.0g/t), 5m @ 15.6g/t gold (with 3m @ 0.27% Cu), 3.5m @ 12.7g/t gold (with 0.3% Cu), 11m @ 4.3g/t gold.

    Cortona Resources Limited (ASX: CRC) reported on Monday that latest resource drilling has returned significant high-grade gold intersections both within and outside of the current 286,000oz resource at its 100%-owned Dargues Reef Gold Project.

    The latest Reverse Circulation (RC) and diamond drilling included diamond hole 221, which intersected 12m @ 16.4g/t Au (including 3.5m @ 44g/t Au), indicating the potential to increase the current resource of 1.44Mt @ 6.2g/t Au for 286,000oz.

    The three reported diamond holes have intersected multiple mineralised lodes both within and outside of the current stope designs with the potential to further expand the mineable resource (see Figure 1).

    A further recent diamond hole (#226) has intersected coarse visible gold associated with narrow quartz veining on the margin of a sulfide lode (see Figure 2). The results for this hole and several others are pending.

    "These are great results which continue to reinforce the thickness, continuity and grade of the gold mineralisation at Dargues," said Cortona's Managing Director, Mr Peter van der Borgh. "The presence of coarse gold associated with quartz veining is very significant suggesting that we may have discovered a bonanza lode within the Dargues mineralised system," Mr van der Borgh said.

    "This is similar in the style of mineralisation exploited by the old timers in the district where records show that these quartz rich lodes graded up to 10 ounces per tonne".

    http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/visible-gold-hi...

    19/03 - GOLD MINE EXPANSION A BOOST FOR CENTRAL WEST

    Approval has been granted for a $58 million expansion of the Cowal gold mine located between the towns of West Wyalong and Forbes in the StateÔÇÖs Central West.

    Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said the project at the Barrick Limited-run mine will support almost 800 jobs throughout the region over the next decade, including up to 370 jobs at the mine itself.

    Under the expansion:

    • The operational life of the mine will be extended by two years to the end of 2019;
    • An additional 23 million tonnes of ore can be extracted, taking the total over the life of the mine to 99 million tonnes; and
    • The maximum rate of extraction has been increased from 6.9 to 7.5 million tonnes a year.

    Mr Kelly said there will some important environmental benefits.

    ÔÇ£Despite expanding its operations, the mine will actually reduce its daily water demand by one megalitre a day to nine, through the introduction of water efficiency measures,ÔÇØ the Minister said.

    ÔÇ£Throughout the assessment of the project, Barrick has demonstrated it can access enough water to meet the mineÔÇÖs ongoing water needs and has also identified potential alternative sources to reduce its reliance on its Lachlan River entitlements.ÔÇØ

    A total of 18 conditions have been imposed on the project including:

    • Barrick Ltd acquire three impacted properties should the owners request it and provide additional noise mitigation measures at a further six properties;
    • Review and update the mineÔÇÖs existing Noise Management Plan; and
    • 170 hectares of woodland and former agricultural land be set aside and permanently
      protected to offset the disturbance of 30 hectares of remnant vegetation on the site;

    Mr Kelly said the department is confident blasting, air quality, flora and fauna, mine rehabilitation, and transport issues are unlikely to have significant environmental impacts and can be suitably managed.

    ÔÇ£This expansion will provide for continued business investment and jobs in the Central West following the GovernmentÔÇÖs recent approval of the $2 billion expansion of the Cadia East mine near Orange,ÔÇØ the Minister said.

    ÔÇ£Operation of the Cowal gold mine delivers an ongoing boost to the regional economy of some $228 million in business turnover each year and plays an important part in the prosperity of towns like West Wyalong, Forbes and Condobolin.

    ÔÇ£It also generates an estimated $54 million in annual household income throughout the region.ÔÇØ

    MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Scott 0417 241 595

    20/11 - CORTONA ANNOUNCES $10.3M CAPITAL RAISING TO ADVANCE DARGUES REEF TOWARDS PRODUCTION

    CORTONA ANNOUNCES $10.3M CAPITAL RAISING TO ADVANCE DARGUES REEF TOWARDS PRODUCTION

    FUNDS RAISED TO UNDERPIN FEASIBILITY STUDY AND EXPANDED EXPLORATION

    HIGHLIGHTS

    § $2.5M institutional share placement

    § Fully underwritten 1-for-2 rights issue to raise additional $7.8M

    § Definitive Feasibility Study to commence immediately on Dargues Reef Deposit

    (1.44Mt @ 6.2g/t Au for 286,000oz):

    o Operations Manager and several key teams already in place

    o Tenders being sought for mining and infrastructure studies

    § DFS targeted for completion by end of 2010, with first production scheduled for mid-2011

    § Near-mine and regional exploration to be ramped-up

    23/12 - Cortona Resources trading halt

    Cortona Resources Ltd requested a trading halt on December 23, 2009, pending an announcement regarding an underwriting agreement.

    Trading will resume on Tuesday, December 29 or on an earlier announcement.

    STOCK DASHBOARD: December 23, 2009

    Cortona Resources

    Last traded December 22, 2009: 14.50c

    Relative Strength (6 months percentile rank): 9.9

    Market capitalisation: $22.3 million

    Turnover volume: 340,000.0

    Volume Index (1 is average): 1.3

    Turnover value: $47,965

    Turnover period: 2 years 4 months

    Value of $1,000 invested 1 year ago: $1,450
    Source : http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/Cortona-Resources-tra...

    23/3 - Regrowth Festival - Berlang

    Presenting 4 days & 3 nights of music, workshops, cinema, tree planting and good times over the Anzac/Easter long weekend. This will definitely be the place to sink your roots over this extra special extended weekend!

    http://www.regen.org.au/

    25/09 - Majors Creek scoping study

    Majors Creek scoping study

    25 September 2009 | by Michael Mills

    Cortona Resources has completed a positive scoping study for what it calls a potential $30 million underground mine development on the Dargues Reef Main Lode.

    Located 60km east of Canberra in New South Wales, Dargues Reef is part of CortonaÔÇÖs 100%-owned Majors Creek Gold Project.

    The study estimated production for the operation is 188,000 ounces, over an initial mine life of 4.5 years with operating costs at $470 per ounce.

    ÔÇ£Cortona has taken a significant step towards joining the ranks of Australian gold producers,ÔÇØ Cortona managing director Peter van der Borgh said.

    ÔÇ£The results of the scoping study indicate that Dargues Reef has the potential to be a highly profitable gold mine with plenty of upside.ÔÇØ

    According to the company, the study confirmed the development is technically and economically viable, using a cut-off grade of 3.5g per tonne and assuming 10% mining dilution and an average 95% gold recovery.

    Annualised production would be in the order of 40,000 to 50,000 ounces with an estimated pre-production capital cost of approximately $30 million.

    This initial mine development would deliver an estimated $68.4 million pre-tax profit over the initial lifespan, generating a 68% return based on the $1,150 per ounce gold price, the company said.

    25/10 - Cowboys go wild in Penrith (Tim Amey)

    Cowboys go wild in Penrith

    * From: The Daily Telegraph
    * October 25, 2009 7:18PM

    AUSTRALIA'S craziest cowboys rode into town at the weekend but it was the local boys who proved themselves the best when bull-riding hit Penrith on Saturday night.

    Riders from NSW dominated as the Professional Bull-Riders Series staged a rare event in Sydney, with a crowd of close to 4,000 packing out the Penrith Paceway.

    Troy Wilkinson, from Upper Horton, was the winner with a combined score on the bull Johnny Horn of 175.5, while Ebor's Tom Henry (on Hellboy) and Tim Amey from Majors Creek (on Isaac Special) tied for second.

    As our dramatic photos show, there was no shortage of winners, losers and dramatic escapes on the night. The brave rodeo clowns - otherwise known as protection athletes - were on hand to help out any cowboy who found himself on the wrong end of an angry bull.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/more-sports/penriths-crazy-cowboy...

    26/08 - Tourism signage launched at Araluen and Majors Creek

    Tourism signage launched at Araluen and Majors Creek
    26/08/2009 5:00:00 AM

    On Saturday morning new tourist information panels for Araluen and Majors Creek were launched as part of the Kings Highway to Discovery project.

    The signs highlight the history of the villages and have great maps of the areas pointing out places of interest, camping spots and our wonderful National Parks.

    In addition to the signs, tourism leaflets for both Araluen and Majors Creek were also launched on Saturday and will be distributed across the region and beyond.

    A new information panel for Captains Flat will be launched next weekend.

    From http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/tourism-signage...

    26/11 - Music at the Creek Festival

    Music at the Creek Festival

    Kim Churchil / Music at the Creek Festival

    Despite sweltering heat, limited water supply and no shower amenities, the Music at the Creek festival from 13-15 November at Majors Creek Recreation Ground 16km from Braidwood (NSW) did somehow managed to pull an impressive crowd of patrons ranging from infants all the way to retirees.

    This annual family-friendly folk festival was established some 16 years ago, held roughly around the same time in November, by the Braidwood Folk Music Club (which apparently many of those who initiated it are still actively involved in the running of the festival), and is developed through the support of Waste Wise Events of the NSW government into one of the must see folk festivals in the region.

    The festival acts as a platform for many emerging artists to perform alongside the more well-known artists with this yearÔÇÖs program boasting back-to-back performances, choirs, music workshops, dance and poetry, and children's activities from 21 traditional groups, 16 contemporary groups, and 6 ethnic music groups. It includes performances from amazing talents such as Bizerka, Blue Mountain Rain, Kooky Fandago, Kim Churchill and Craig Sinclair, and the purchases of their CDs from as little as $10. The festival puts together over a couple of interesting venues including; the historic church built in the 1870s, the local pub (built in 1913), the community hall, the main stage and the marquee (right next to a playground) along with free camping sites, all within the parameters of the recreational grounds which been around since the late 1800s.

    The most remarkable aspect of the festival isnÔÇÖt all about the performances but also that of its loyal patrons who eagerly return year after year with children in one hand and their kitchen sinks in the other. ÔÇ£Oh, itÔÇÖs a real treat,ÔÇØ says one of it festival patrons, ÔÇ£IÔÇÖve been coming to this for nearly 10 years!ÔÇØ Music at the Creek festival nurtures the festivity of folk music to multi inter-generational audiences by becoming an avenue for the enjoyment of music and its activities for the entire family. (My six-year old certainly enjoyed playing with other kids there while I was sitting close by listening to music performances!)

    Oh and if you are ever in Braidwood during the summer, donÔÇÖt miss out on a swim at its divine waterhole. ItÔÇÖs off Bombay road, pass the Waste and Recycling Depot, cross the small bridge, and itÔÇÖs the first right (along dirt road) just up the hill. ItÔÇÖs a real treat!!!

    Music at the Creek Festival
    13, 14 & 15 November 2009
    Majors Creek Recreation Ground
    Majors Creek, NSW

    Prices range from:
    Adult $30 - $75
    Child (over 12): $20 - $45
    Family (2A & 2Y): $90 - $220
    Children under 12 are free
    Camping is free for patrons.

    For more info visit the Music at the Creek website
    http://www.musicatthecreek.com/

    http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/music-...

    27/01 - Local competitors shine at the Braidwood Campdraft

    27 Jan, 2010 10:22 AM

    The Braidwood Campdraft Club held its first Campdraft since 2006 at the Braidwood Showgrounds on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2010. It had been four years since a Campdraft could be held in Braidwood due to the ongoing drought conditions and the lack of water at the Show Grounds.

    The events commenced at 4pm on Friday starting with the Jim Hindmarsh & Co. Encouragement draft where local competitor Rosheen O'Brien with her horse Rocky placed sixth in a field of forty two competitors.

    The Coopers Custom Saddles Open for Open Draft followed with local competitor Ian Laurie's stallion Jag placing second and third on his mare Bee Bee. Also placing in this event was Alan Hannaford on his mare Moondance.

    Saturday commenced at 6.30am with the Landmark Braidwood Maiden Draft. Local Competitors again filled the majority of places. Lani Hart on Captain coming second, Michelle Ridley on Elegance fourth and Ian Laurie's Destiny fifth. The Cortona Resources Ltd Novice Draft followed with Alan and Kathy Hannaford's mare Olena's Star ridden by Alan Hannaford winning the event out of a field of 120 horses.

    The Kallenia Rivers Junior Draft was well supported with a number of local juniors trying Campdrafting for the first time. Elizabeth Krijnen on her horse Magpie placed third and Joel Clarke on Cash placed equal fifth, both performing extremely well for first timers.

    The Rohin Latter Memorial Juvenile Draft with 26 competitors was next on the program with local competitor Olivia Laurie riding the family stallion Jag winning the event. Olivia also placed sixth on her mare Quest and sister Victoria Laurie placed fourth on Eternity.

    The Gayle Laurie Memorial Ladies Draft with 57 competitors was again won by a local competitor Lani Hart on Captain and her sister Tara Hart placed sixth on Dodger. The final event for the day was the Harry Collett Memorial Open Draft which was won by Simon Dodwell from Illabo on his mare Image.

    Overall the Braidwood Campdraft attracted over 450 entries with the majority of competitors coming from the Riverina and South Coast areas.

    The Braidwood Campdraft Club would like to thank the following sponsors and cattle donors for the event.

    Contributed by Melanie Cochrane

    http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/sport/general/local-competit...

    28/09 - Cortona plans to revive old gold camp

    Cortona plans to revive old gold camp
    BARRY FITZGERALD
    September 28, 2009

    GARIMPEIRO

    Peter van der Borgh, the managing director of Cortona Resources (ASX:CRC), was once part of a research team at the University of Western Australia that conducted the so-called Giant Ore Deposits or GODS project.

    GODS was all about studying the geological controls behind the formation and settings of the world's biggest mineral deposits.

    Perth-based Cortona does not have a GOD project in its portfolio, but for a company with a market cap of $18 million (18c a share), it has the next best thing with its Majors Creek gold project, 60 kilometres east of Canberra.

    Van der Borgh reckons Majors Creek is about to re-emerge as a gold camp. He can say re-emerge, as back in 1870-1891 and 1914-1916, more than 1.25 million ounces of gold was plucked by old-timers from alluvial workings and hard-rock operations.

    In its revival plan for the little-known old goldfield, Cortona's initial focus has been on Dargues Reef, where it has proved up a ''starter'' high-grade (6.2 grams of gold a tonne) resource of 286,000 ounces.

    It can be called a starter resource because nothing below 450 metres depth has been included, even though the granite that hosts the mineralisation probably plunges at least another five kilometres or so.

    A scoping study into Dargues Reef released last week gave the sort of encouragement Cortona was looking for before committing to a feasibility study. It found an initial $30 million underground development would pull in 188,000 ounces of gold over 4› years at a cash operating cost of $470 an ounce.

    Using a gold price of $1150, the starter project would produce a $68.4 million pre-tax profit over the period. The projected internal rate of return at 68 per cent is as good as gets in the sector.

    SANDFIRE FIRES

    It was another big week for Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) on the strength of exploration results from its high-grade Doolgunna copper/gold discovery to the north of Meekatharra in Western Australia.

    The stock marched from $2.72 a share to $3.31, up 22 per cent for the week. It was little wonder the Sandfire boss Karl Simich was more pumped than the Geelong and St Kilda footy teams combined on Friday.

    At the Resources Rising Stars conference on the Gold Coast, Simich told the 450 punters there that Sandfire was now proceeding on the basis that Doolgunna would be a mine.

    Simich said the only question now was how big it would be. To find out, a fourth drill rig is being brought onto the site so an initial resource estimate can be made before year end.

    After 24 holes, the mineralisation is getting wider and deeper, Simich said. Much of the excitement is based on Doolgunna being of the volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) type.

    Where they occur elsewhere in the world, they tend to do so in clusters. Simich told the punters that Doolgunna was one of 18 bullseye magnetic targets identified from an airborne survey and, before it came to drilling any of them, Doolgunna was actually ranked the fourth most important by the group's geologists.

    THUNDER ROARS

    Thundelarra Exploration (ASX:THX) has been getting plenty of support in the rising resources market of late on the strength of its appeal as an asset play. Its 40 per cent share of the mothballed Copernicus nickel mine and its $19 million stake in the iron ore junior UMC have made sure of that.

    Now the group's other focus, uranium exploration in the Northern Territory's Pine Creek region, is adding to its appeal. Another super high-grade uranium hit at the Thunderball prospect put a rocket under the group's share price on Friday, when it finished 10c or 29 per cent stronger at 44c a share.

    The hits were high-grade all right. Best results included 15 metres grading 1.5 per cent uranium - including 1 metre at 20.3 per cent uranium - and 4.5 metres at 11 per cent uranium (visual estimate only) in another hole. In the uranium exploration game, mineralisation is usually reported in parts per million. Anything above 500 parts per million (0.05 per cent) is considered interesting.

    No wonder then that the stock went for a bit of a trot on Friday. But it is very early days at Thunderball and way too early to say anything more than the results are interesting.

    Garimpeiro attended the Resources Rising Stars conference as a guest of Read Corporate.

    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

    28/09 - Majors Creek hot prospect for Cortona Resources

    Majors Creek hot prospect for Cortona Resources
    GARIMPEIRO / BARRY FITZGERALD
    September 28, 2009

    Perth-based Cortona is reviving some old gold mines near Canberra.

    CORTONA RESOURCES Cortona Resources' (ASX:CRC) chief Peter van der Borgh was once part of a research team at the University of Western Australia that conducted the so-called Giant Ore Deposits or GODs project.

    GODs was all about studying the geological controls behind the formation and settings of the world's biggest mineral deposits.

    Perth-based Cortona does not have a GOD project in its portfolio, but for a company with a market cap of $18 million (18¢ a share), it's got the next best thing with its Majors Creek gold project, 60 kilometres east of Canberra.

    Van der Borgh reckons Majors Creek is about to re-emerge as a gold camp. He can say re-emerge, as back in 1870-91 and 1914-16, more than 1.25 million ounces of gold was plucked by old-timers from alluvial workings and hard-rock operations.

    In its revival plan, Cortona's initial focus has been on Dargues Reef where it has proved up a ''starter'' high-grade (6.2 grams of gold a tonne) resource of 286,000 ounces.

    It can be called a starter resource because nothing below 450 metres depth has been included, even though the granite that hosts the mineralisation probably plunges on for at least another five kilometres or so.

    A scoping study of the development of Dargues Reef released last week gave the sort of encouragement Cortona was looking for before committing to a feasibility study. It found an initial $30 million underground development would pull in 188,000 ounces of gold over 4› years at a cash operating cost of $A470 an ounce.

    Using a gold price of $A1150, the starter project would throw off a $68.4 million pre-tax profit over the period. The projected internal rate of return at 68 per cent is as good as gets in the sector.

    First production would be possible by the second quarter of 2011, by which time there is every chance that any one of a number of other development opportunities in the shadow of the Dargues Reef headframe will have come into picture.

    One of those could be Tory Boy, two kilometres north of Dargues Reef, where Cortona has been pulling some exciting exploration results. Given the proximity to Labor-held Canberra, it might be advisable to name a future exploration site Whig Boy.

    SANDFIRE RESOURCES It was another big week for Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) on the strength of exploration results from its high-grade Doolgunna copper/gold discovery to the north of Meekatharra in WA.

    The stock marched from $2.72 a share to $3.31, a gain of 22 per cent for the week. It was little wonder then the Sandfire boss Karl Simich was more pumped than the Geelong and St Kilda footy teams combined on Friday.

    Speaking at the Resources Rising Stars conference on the Gold Coast, Simich told the 450 in attendance that Sandfire was proceeding on the basis that Doolgunna will be a mine.

    Simich said the only question now was, ''how big?''. To find out, a fourth drill rig is being brought on site so an initial resource estimate can be made before year's end.

    Much of the excitement at Doolgunna is based on it being of the volcanogenic massive sulphide type. Where they occur elsewhere in the world, they tend to be in clusters. Simich passed on to the punters that Doolgunna was one of 18 bulls-eye magnetic targets identified from an airborne survey and that before it came to drilling any of them, Doolgunna was ranked the fourth most important by the group's geologists.

    Simich also stopped just short of punching the air when he passed on the information that Bell Potter analyst, Stephen Thomas, upgraded his valuation of the stock from $4 to $6 a share.

    And given Doolgunna's promise has turned the former spec stock into a $300 million-plus company, there should be no surprise that the project is to be the group's prime focus.

    So much so that Simich said thought was being given to ''reassembling'' the company. That's another way of saying Sandfire could spin-off its other interests into separate companies, with its Borroloola project in the Northern Territory a likely candidate.

    THUNDELARRA EXPLORATION Thundelarra Exploration (ASX:THX) has been getting plenty of support in the rising resources market of late, on the strength of its appeal as an asset play. Its 40 per cent share of the currently mothballed Copernicus nickel mine and its $19 million stake in iron ore junior UMC ensured that.

    So isn't it a nice delight for shareholders that the group's other key focus, uranium exploration in the Northern Territory's Pine Creek region, is adding to the story?

    Another super high-grade uranium hit at the Thunderball prospect put a rocket under the group's share price on Friday. By the close of trade, it was 10¢ or 29 per cent stronger at 44¢ a share.

    The hits were high-grade all right. Best results included 15 metres grading 1.5 per cent uranium - including one metre at 20.3 per cent uranium - and 4.5 metres at 11 per cent uranium (visual estimate only).

    In the uranium exploration game, mineralisation is usually reported in parts per million. Anything more than 500 parts per million (0.05 per cent) is considered interesting, even if it all seems a plot to make loads of low-grade stuff stand out.

    Thunderball's high-grade hits are off the scale in parts-per-million measure. No wonder the stock went for a bit of a trot. But it is early days at Thunderball; way too early to say anything more than the results are interesting.

    Garimpeiro attended the Resources Rising Stars conference as a guest of Read Corporate.

    29/10 - Bungendore Rodeo

    Bungendore Rodeo

    29/10/2009 10:48:00 AM

    Local cowboys Wade Septhon, Michael Laurie and Matt Pearson competed in the Bungendore Rodeo on Sunday 25th October. Wade placed second in the Open Saddle Bronc and Mouse placed 3rd in the Novice Bull Ride. This was the first rodeo of the ABCRA Southern Zone season, which will be concluded with the Braidwood Rodeo Southern Zone Finals at the Braidwood Showground on 10th April 2010.

    http://www.braidwoodtimes.com.au/news/local/sport/general/bungendore-rod...

    30/10 - Cortona Activities Statement, Sept Quarter

    ACTIVITIES STATEMENT, SEPTEMBER QUARTER 2009

    Australian gold company Cortona Resources Limited (ASX: CRC) received very encouraging results from a detailed, independent Scoping Study at Dargues Reef, while further exploration and resource drilling continued to deliver a number of highly significant results.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Positive Independent Scoping Study completed on potential
    development of Dargues Reef, NSW:

  • Initial 188,000oz of gold production over 4.5 years
  • Scoping level cash operating costs of approximately A$470/oz
  • Estimated A$68.4M pre-tax profit, 68% IRR (at A$1,150/oz gold price)
  • Estimated pre-production capital cost of approximately A$30M
  • Early Cash Flow
  • Considerable `mine life' and production upside within emerging gold
    province at Majors Creek
  • Further significant intercepts from Dargues Reef and Tory Boy, including:

  • 9m @ 5.2g/t from 51m (Tory Boy, EXEX028)
  • 19m @ 6.62/t gold, 7.0g/t silver, and 0.13% copper from 114m, and 3m
    @ 7.3g/t gold from 179m (Dargues Reef, DREX167)
  • Encouraging drilling results at Dreadnought and Snobs.

  • 1m @ 8.75g/t gold and 2m @ 4.30g/t gold (Dreadnought)
  • 1m @ 7.70g/t gold with 15.4g/t silver and 0.14% copper (Snobs)
  • Australian gold company Cortona Resources (ASX: CRC) maintained a high level of activity at its 100% owned Majors Creek Project in the Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW, where the Company received very encouraging results from a detailed Scoping Study on its 100% owned Dargues Reef deposit (1.44Mt@ 6.2g/t for 286,000oz Au). A total of 5,391m of drilling were completed, which returned further significant intercepts at Dargues and at a range of new targets within the `Shadow of the Headframe'

  • Download full PDF document here
  • http://newsstore.smh.com.au/apps/previewDocument.ac?docID=GCA01006249CRC

    30/10 - Music at the Creek Festival

    Music at the Creek is back!!

     

    November 11 - 13 is the date to put a large ring around in your diary.  

    2011 promises to be two years worth of fun combined into one.

     

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the Creek!


     

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    Music
    at the Creek is a festival of music, dance and poetry. While its
    primary focus has been on folk music, we encourage a range of other
    acoustic genres, especially from young, or new and emerging acts.



    The festival is small, family friendly, and based around the local recreation reserve at Majors Creek.



    At the Creek you can mingle with the renowned and the not so famous in a  spirit of festivity and fun.


    Join us at beautiful Majors Creek for a warm and friendly festival.

    http://musicatthecreek.com/


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    Statement to Council on Majors Creek goldmine - Catherine Moore, Questions and Statements, February 4 Council meeting

    Statement to Council on Majors Creek goldmine

    It is beholden on us at the local government level to ensure that activities like mining do not make it impossible for our residents to live in their own homes. It is appalling that a mining companyÔÇÖs activities override the rights of people to live simply and comfortably and have adequate sleep. The general situation with mining in this country, which has a long record of destroying farmland, damaging ecosystems, polluting waterways, destroying Aboriginal sites of significance, sucking out huge amounts of underground and riverine water and generally impacting negatively on communities, is unacceptable to anyone who puts social justice and quality of life before gold and the dollar and I hope that we will do everything we can to lessen the impact of this particular goldmine on our residents.

    Catherine Moore, Questions and Statements, February 4 Council meeting

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    Welcome to the Majors Creek Community Website

    October 2009
    Welcome to the Majors Creek Community Website

    The idea behind this is to provide a common place for all things related to the Majors Creek Community and to help everyone know whats going on in our community.

    This is still in development and probably will be for some time, but it is hoped that with the input from all the community, it will serve a purpose.

    The site is designed to be updated by anyone that wants to and hopefully will be fairly easy to maintain. I (Gordon Waters) am the site administrator but will rely on others to either provide the information or to update as needed.

    There are 2 core ways to place information on here.

  • The Calendar - See Whats on
  • Email info@majorscreek.org.au - Once you have signed in
  • The calendar can be updated by only those that I allow (once I know who would like to) and email can be sent from anyone, or just email/talk/call me and I will be happy to add the information.

    You do not need to create an account to look at the site, however by doing so will enable you to do more on the site.

    So for now have a look and feel free to provide any feedback.

    Things still to do

  • Create an Image gallery of photos from yesteryear
  • Allow you to upload pictures
  • Create a mailing list to enable news and events to be emailed out.
  • Gordon.