26 January, 2011

Australia Day in the Park

Hanging around on the swings as the fog rolls in.

Flags flying on Australia Day

A good crowd of locals turned out for a very relaxed Australia Day in the park.
By 4:00pm the worst of the heat was over and it was very comfortable underneath the tall pine trees. By the time we had finished our barbeque, the wind turned around 180ยบ and a cool wind from the coast came in. Quickly the fog followed dropping the temperature in half.
A classic Wingello day!

01 January, 2011

Good Neighbours in Wingello

Eric dressed for a Summer swim

Small villages and towns are famous for the interest residents have in each other.  This is often viewed as scary by those used to the anonymity of big city life.
People who have grown up in a small village are used to knowing many or all of their fellow villagers.  When they make a move to the larger city there is the culture shock of being surrounded by millions of people yet knowing hardly anyone on a more than cursory level.
In Wingello we have a good blend whereby you can live your own lifestyle without interference from others yet neighbours are there if you need them.
We had an example of this a few days ago.
A house was vacant during the holidays with the owners away.  The neighbour heard a CRACK and went to investigate.  The power cable joining the house was sparking and shorting on a semi regular basis.
The neighbour knew who was caring for the house while the owner was away and gave her a call.
When she arrived he quickly rushed out and stopped her entering the property. She hadn’t noticed the power shorting and could well have been injured by the electrical fault.
The first thing one must do in this case is dial 000 (Triple Zero).  Don’t try calling Integral or the Fire Brigade directly.  The emergency services will contact the appropriate authorities and the necessary response happens quickly.
In this case the 000 Centre contacted the Wingello RFB whose members’ pagers went off. They responded quickly and assessing the situation contacted FCC (Fire Control Centre) in Mittagong who called Integral Energy who came out to correct the problem.
The electrical fault was able to be rectified and the house was saved.
The neighbour’s actions not only potentially saved the lady managing the house from danger, the house was also saved from destruction.

Post Office Boxes in Wingello

A customer examining the new PO Boxes

Wingello now has official Post Office Boxes for rent.  As we don’t have mail delivery, the boxes are available for a subsidised rate, roughly only 1/3 of the normal price.
You can see the PO Boxes on the Maple Lane side of the store.  We specially installed them so all boxes are reachable for all of our customers no matter how tall they may be.
Just ask for an application form in the store.

What's with the Kitchen?

Eric and Tristen testing the new kitchen floor

We have just upgraded the kitchen floor to a specially made high wear vinyl flooring which will last many years.  This will be better for cleaning, safety, softer on the feet and non slip too.
Combined with the landscaping outside the Old Produce Shed we are finally coming to the end of all of our repairs and enhancements, just in time for our second anniversary of owning the store.
Just ask David or any of the store staff and they will gladly show you around.

Wingello Village News January 2011

Wingello Village News January 2011
Wingello Village News for January 2011 is out.

Good Neighbours in Wingello
Australia Day in the Park