Millthorpe Matters | Begin the new year with a positive spin

Depending on whether you take a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘glass half empty’ view of the world, our small part of it has started 2019 with positive signs. The gardens, parks and paddocks are green, thanks to around 45 millimetres of rain so far, and although the summer has had hot spells, with another on us now, we can remind ourselves, ‘That’s summer for you!’ After annual rainfalls well below the average for 2017 and 2018, ranging from around 530mm to 580mm respectively, hopefully this year will see the rain charts back to the historic ‘normal’ of high 700s or better. With some things beyond our control, but many within it, hopefully 2019 proves to be a good year.

Exploring progress: The Broken Hill explorer passes through Millthorpe station during the handover. Photo: Contributed.

Exploring progress: The Broken Hill explorer passes through Millthorpe station during the handover. Photo: Contributed.

Handover at Millthorpe Station: The completion of the Millthorpe Railway Station ‘Stop on Request’ facilities is on track. Tactile paving, safety signage and an electronic information board have been installed. It is all very impressive and a credit to Project Manager Steve Mrmacovski and his team from DEGNAN. This week saw the handover from Transport NSW to Sydney Trains which will operate the facility. We look forward to the upgraded station becoming fully operational in the near future. The Millthorpe Village Committee has met with Orange 360 to develop a number of marketing and tourist initiatives that will capitalise on the opening of the station.

Exercise Stations: The Village Committee is currently surveying village residents to determine the types of exercise stations to be installed. There are four options being canvassed, each containing a combination of exercise stations. Residents can vote for their preferred option by going to the Millthorpe Village Facebook site, or the Millthorpe Village website. The four options are also displayed in the community notice board at the Millthorpe Corner Store. The stations will be positioned in pairs to create an exercise circuit and encourage fitness activities. The Village Committee will add additional funds to extend the existing path from the barbecue area, via the children’s playground, to the edge of the bitumen near the rotunda. Sincere thanks to Paul Toole for his ongoing support of the village.