21 December, 2022
From the Editor, 2022 wrap
They say it takes a village. Well, this year our ‘village’ which now encompasses a few shires - Gilgandra, Nyngan, Narromine, and a bit of editorial help from Dubbo Photo News and Orange City Life.
alert...maybe another in 2023...
It has been a huge year for Gilgandra Newspapers,
and our staff. I think all businesses have been left wondering
how much stuff we used to get done before the
big COVID-19 disruptor came to town.
I don’t think we
have had one week where some part of our staffing or
associated business partners have had nothing out of the
ordinary happen - that is if you can find staff to work!
Of course, nothing puts a hammer in your plans
more than having children, and it is also with that in
mind that I say “it takes a village”.
At times my villagers are notified (mostly at short or
indeed no notice) for a baby sit, or ‘baby entertain’
while I’ve got my work hat on - you know who you are,
and I thank you. At many events - which my four-year-old
finds ‘very’ exciting and the 18-month-old even less
so. My children have found themselves being smiled at
and watched by members of this shire lots of times, and
even the most mayorally ones - I will add.
So, it takes a village to support and help each other
and it also takes a village to build each other’s successes.
This is evident in the pages of our newspapers each
week. Stories of those at their best, and sometimes at
low points - but all of these stories generally have someone
else, behind the scenes - holding it all together.
are lucky people - Gilgandrian’s in particular punch
above our weight. We have so many success stories, and
in the nine-years I have lived here, I have lost count.
We have also had some rough times - in those nine years
we have lived through a once in a 100-year
drought, a mice plague (we’d all like to forget), wet harvests,
record flooding all around us, and a global pandemic
(also something we’d all like to forget about).
But, we have also been witness to so many great things
- and we continue to grow. In fact, Gilgandra was the
only smaller western shire to grow in the last census -
amazing. Council have even now created a strategy
called ‘Towards 5000’ a plan for future growth.
So, what is on the horizon for 2023. One of the
things that will provide the town with some short term
growth is the inland rail. This project has been in the
minds of local landholders for some 30-years, and next
year will be a big turning point - a thing that many said
and thought would never happen.
Another thing that seemed like it wasn’t happening
....is the roof of the Gil Library Hub space in Miller
Street is finally up.
Each year Miller Street undergoes a
scattered transformation; 2022 was no different. Aside
from the huge building site in the middle, another bank
has closed in the street (for good), a new creative business
has opened and other shop fronts have been
revamped, renamed and will be opened in 2023.
The Coo-ee Heritage Centre is also back open and a
few harvesters might be able to pull up for Christmas
lunch. After a full year of almost weekly rain - we are
looking out for a dry run into the end of harvest in early
Although 2022 has blown past - I’m sure I’m not
the only one who thinks so, 2023 is looking very interesting.
The Gilgandra Weekly is proud to continue to
create and collate the stories of our residents, and some
We are also very lucky to be well-supported
by our contributors, regular columnists and our advertisers
- without all of you, we couldn’t produce our
newspapers. While we take a bit of a break - not all of
us owing to the New Year’s racing carnival.... please
have a great holiday season and travel safe about the
countryside - which is still pretty damaged due to flooding
No doubt we will have many letters about the bad state of the roads in 2023!