Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rupanyup Barley Banquet

More than 300 people are expected to don their black-tie best for the Rupanyup Barley Banquet tonight.


The charity event will be held in a marquee in the middle of a barley paddock.  This year part of the proceeds will go to the McGrath Foundation for breast-cancer research.


- Kate Dowler - Weekly Times

- Photo - Rupanyup Barley Banquet organisers Ben Cordes, Emily Fagan, Matt Downer, Wayne Filcock, Brenton Hurley, Jenny Downer and Paul Oxbrow (on tractor), prepare for a big night tonight.

Dadswells Bridge Giant Koala renamed after Sam the Koala

On Saturday the 10th of October 2009, the Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge was renamed in memory of world-famous Sam the koala. Featuring speeches from the CFA Fire Fighter that is featured in the famous photo of Sam drinking from a water bottle, the Mayors of Northern Grampians and Wimmera Shires, Hugh Delahunty MP and John Forrest MP.


Owners Rob and Julie-Anne McPherson are partnering with the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, which cared for Sam until her death, to raise awareness of Australia's declining koala population


Sam became a symbol of hope amid the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires after images of the burnt koala drinking water from the hands of Mirboo North CFA volunteer David Tree were broadcast and printed around the world.


Sam recovered from third-degree burns and lung damage in the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter at Rawson but had to be put down on Thursday due to complications caused by Chlamydia.


Mr McPherson said the Giant Koala would offer information about the life- threatening disease, which affects 50 per cent of the koala population, and accept donations for the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter.


He said he would also seek to develop an ongoing relationship with the CFA and was in the process of seeking permits to open a koala enclosure at Dadswells Bridge.



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Updating in Progress

Hi All,

I've been busy gathering more information and photos and am slowly updating various aspects to all pages. I also hope to have the photos of the renaming of the Giant Koala up this week.

Cheers, William