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Westprint Friday Five  Friday May 4th 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. Emerald Springs. Fleur McDonald. $20.00. After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to her home town. Determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty, she works hard to prove herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee. Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the bags of cash into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying smash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she finds out that she and her boyfriend Paul are the objects of suspicion. To prove her innocence and that of the man she loves, Amelia must convince a sceptical detective that her account of what happened does add up and that he must help her track down the real culprits. With its cracker plot, feisty heroine and engaging love story, Emerald Springs will have you reading well into the night.
  2. Dragon & Kangaroo. $33.00. Robert Macklin. The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country. Chinese 'presence' in Australia extends from well before the time of Captain Cook - trading with northern Australia long before Europeans came here - right through to the present day, with Chinese activities ranging from being the main customer for our iron ore, to their very extensive intelligence operations here. Robert Macklin has traced a new history of the two nations. Macklin's narrative reaches from pre-colonial times, to John Macarthur's 'coolie' shepherds, the only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, and the multiple atrocities committed against the Chinese in the gold rush; through to the 20th century, where the two Australians - 'Morrison of Peking' and William Donald - played a significant role in the downfall of the last Chinese emperor and the creation of the first republic, before World War II and decades of Cold War brinkmanship; to our current economic bonds and Australia's role in the dangerous geopolitics of the South China Sea.
  3. A Natural History and Field Guide to Australia's Top End. $33.00. Written and compiled by Penny van Oosterzee, Ian Morris, Diane Lucas & Noel Preece. An essential guide to Australia's top end written and complied by renowned naturalists and photographers. The vividly illustrated natural history features landscapes, seascapes and even skyscapes. Descriptions of commonly seen animals and plants are grouped according to main habitats. This is an extraordinary and beautiful companion for living in or visiting Australia's tropical north.
  4. A Nurse on the Edge of the Desert. Currently I am working in an operating theatre of a military hospital. There is no running water. From time to time I have to go in a light plane and retrieve people from afar. The case yesterday near the Ethiopian border was a small boy who had been shot in the jaw and the bullet went down through the shoulder. Later today I have to go and retrieve two other gunshot-wounded patients and a man who has been bitten by a tiger. They are sending me tomorrow to Kodok on Upper Nile, to work in a small hospital in opposition territory, so that will be interesting; well, not dull at least.' So writes Red Cross Nurse and New Zealander Andrew Cameron, winner of the coveted Florence Nightingale Medal. In this gripping book he recounts his remarkable life nursing in some of the world's most dangerous and challenging locations, including Sudan, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. When not working in a war or post-conflict zone, he is the sole medical practitioner in Birdsville, on the edge of the Simpson Desert.
  5. Outback Survival. $25.00. Bob Cooper's incredible bushcraft skills have been developed through more than 25 years of experience in the outback. He has picked up tools of survival from the experiences of living with traditional Aboriginal communities, instructing with Special Forces Units, lecturing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service on desert survival in the Mexican Desert, delivering wilderness lessons in the UK and learning the skills of the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Bob has put his own lessons to the test, dropping himself off in the 42-degree heat of the Australian desert with only a map and soap box sized survival kit, no food, water or sleeping gear, and a 10 day walk across 160km of rough terrain back to safety. He did this alone and showed that with the right knowledge of the land, you can survive. The outback of Australia is one of the most unforgiving regions of the world, but Bob is committed to protecting and enhancing the experience people have when venturing out into the bush. 242pp.

Friday Forum

Editor’s comments in green.

Information wanted – Oodnadatta Track, SA.

In early June, I'm planning a trip on the Oodnadatta Track and would like to know what condition the track is in from Maree to William Creek to Coober Pedy and approx. drive times and if accommodation is available in William Creek. Robert

Binns Track.

  • I have just returned from driving the Binns Track with the Murray Bridge 4WD Club. From Arltunga, the Binns Track follows the Arltunga Tourist Drive and then the Pinnacles Track through to Gemtree as per Westprint’s Map. The Cattlewater Pass Track north of Ambalindum is however permanently closed. Ambalindum is now known as Hale River Homestead and you will find them most welcoming with food and bar facilities, accommodation and a step back in time history lesson. All sections between Gemtree and Devils Marbles are open. Unfortunately, the Humbert River Track between Humbert River and Bullita Outstation was seasonally closed but should be open end of May 2018. We had to take the alternative Buchanan Highway which was still a fantastic drive. Nigel. 

  • I travelled Binns Track from Arltunga to Gem Tree on 20 April and I can verify that it is definitely open, and it is a lovely drive. However, the nearby Cattlewater Pass is definitely closed. John. 

  • We were at Gemtree 3 weeks ago. The Binns track was open into the gem field and there were no notices at the Plenty Highway end. An email to Gemtree Caravan Park should help. John 

  • The original Binns Track went north from Ambalindum (about 20km north of Arltunga) through their property to the Plenty Hwy on a track that was known as Cattlewater Pass. This route has been permanently closed by the property owners for some years. Another result of people not doing the right thing. It’s been a couple of years since I have been that way, but I'm pretty certain you can continue past Ambalindum on what is called the Arltunga Tourist Drive (or maybe the Garden Road) for about 55km to the Pinnacles Road then head north to the Plenty Hwy, hitting it about 10km east of Gemtree. You can then head east along the Plenty and continue to follow the Binns track. This 'detour' from the original route is now the accepted route for the Binns track. Malcolm 

  • I phoned Gemtree caravan park and spoke to Aaron. He was very helpful. He said that from travellers coming through, there has been a bit of a problem with the Bundey River crossing. Some vehicles were either not making it, or they were choosing to turn back and avoid that section altogether from both north and south. They went back along either the Sandover or Plenty to avoid it and then joined back on the track. Aaron said the river is very wide so a long recovery if you don’t make it. As this has come from general travellers, Aaron does not know what they were towing or, obviously the amount of weight or experience.  One chap with just his 4x4 said it was a bit difficult. This is current info, so conditions may change on a daily and weekly basis. Liz

Thank you all for your replies. The Cattlewater Pass track is shown as closed on the Binns Track map. A big thanks to Gemtree Caravan Park who always provide helpful information to travellers. A stop at Gemtree is recommended.

Speed Limits and emergency vehicles.

  • Regarding “Speed limits when passing emergency vehicles” I was certainly surprised about the other states. This will be handy info. for travellers, myself included. 

I question though, that it is signed within SA. We travelled extensively there in the second half of 2014 & 2016 (2 months each time) and saw no signage. In fact, we went for a short trip in April 2018, through Pinnaroo (Mallee Hwy) down to KiKi (Dukes Hwy now heading east) both are major entry points to SA. And we saw no signs. We did stop to assist a couple who had lost a wheel on their caravan, on the Dukes Hwy. The police were called and when they arrived and stopped “with lights flashing” no passing traffic, in either direction slowed down.

An internet search revealed some points--

·         SA police believe 25kph is too low a limit (newspaper article)

·         24 hours after the Vic. law came into effect a small sedan was written off, when slowing for police cars on the Western Hwy (hit from behind by a truck) the truck driver was charged but that’s no consolation for the loss of your vehicle.

·         A look at Vicroads website, regarding this rule, the guidelines state ‘DO NOT BRAKE HEAVILY’ so that adds some ambiguity to the law. Colin & Kathy  

  • Another law that has snuck in is the 0.05 penalties in Victoria being changed. From 30 April 2018, it is mandatory loss of licence for 6 months, re-education program and interlock fitted no matter how clean your existing record. See Vicroads website.  David.

  • Normally I don't comment much, but when something is so stupid that it's silly, then it's an exception. But the article on what speeds to pass a vehicle when flashing lights are in operation begs the question, doesn't it? Yes, here in S.A. it is indeed 25kph past emergency vehicles, and in Victoria 40kph when passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights on. But oh no, get to Qld and it's business as usual, likewise in the NT and it seems in Tasmania.

No wonder we don't know what's going on and made even more silly than when driving from the southern states up through NSW, (which will increase shortly as many push north for the winter holidays), there is no restrictions in place there either, but apparently, they will just trotted out in Sept, 2018. Really, yet another case of utter stupidity where all that is required is common sense. And for those of us who do try to do the right thing this is just another attack on one's ability to actually be able to think for themselves. John

Dog Fence

Re the query about access along the Dog fence discussed in last week’s FF.

The attached sign was at Fortville Gate, Sturt National Park on the NSW/ Qld Border.  I think there were similar signs at Cameron Corner, Toona Gate and Warri Gate. I also remember seeing signs at the Shire boundaries along the Cooper Development Rd between Nockatunga and Eromanga. That is the Quilpie Bulloo Shires. From what I have seen in several places it can be taken that access along these fences is not permitted. Denis


Fortville Gate, Sturt NP

Livistona mariae – Red Cabbage Palm,

Palm Valley – NT.

Palm Valley is 140km west of Alice Springs and is the only known place in Central Australia where the Red Cabbage Palms (Livistona mariae) survive. The nearest specimens are in Queensland, 850 kilometres away. Palm Valley is home to a diverse range of plant species many of which are rare and unique to the area, including the Red Cabbage Palm population of about 3,000 adult plants.

Last September, I visited Palm Valley with a good mate of mine, after a visit to Uluru and Kings Canyon. While we were there I noticed that the palms had just set seed, and after a bit of a search I collected some to bring home with a view to propagation. I should point out that I am a keen horticulturalist.

Three of these seeds were planted straight after we returned. About mid-January I was about to throw them out, they having shown no sign of germination, when I noticed a root coming from the side of one seed. I am happy to say that two of these seeds have germinated and are happily growing on. This is obviously a SLOW process as one is about 200mm high, and the other about 50mm. Just thought some readers of your magazine might be interested to know about this and continue the growth of this interesting tree. Charles 

Second Hand Selection

As you can imagine, we accumulate a large number of maps. Some are research maps, some are old stock, some are used, and some are vintage or rare. We have bundled some up for sale. Bundles are chosen at random and won’t be split. Price is $12 per bundle inc. post.

Price of the following includes postage in Australia. These are not available on our website. To order send an email to If more than one person requests any book a ballot will be held on Monday.

Bundle 1.

Natmap 1:100,000: Jacobs River 1979. Kosciusko 1982. Omeo 1982.

Broadbent: North East Victoria 1990,

Flinders Ranges Tourist Assn: Outback South Australia 1991

RACQ: Sunshine Coast 1991,

RAC (WA): Busselton/Margaret River c1993

Dept of Lands: South West WA 1990, Geraldton 1985, Avon Valley 1987, Northern Australia 1988.

Westprint: Anne Beadell Highway 2000, Southwest Qld 2004.

Bundle 2.

Westprint: Sturt National Park, 1992, MacDonnell Ranges 1991, Goog’s Track 2011, SW Qld 2000, Desert Parks Eastern Map 2009.

RACV: Geelong, Shepparton, Ballarat, Central Southern Victoria all undated c1990,

Gold and Relic Sites: Bealiba – Dunolly 1985, Avoca – Homebush 1999, Dunolly - Bet Bet 1985.

Bundle 3.

Alderri: Alice Springs and Central Australia undated c1995.

DENR: Riverland SA 1995.

RACV: Australia Tour planning map 2000.

RAA: NT undated c2005

Hema: Darwin 2007, Cape York 2005, Kakadu 2004, Pilbara 2008, Across the Top 2006

Australian Geographic: Kimberley 1992

Westprint: Alice Springs to Uluru 2012

Bundle 4.

Hema: The Top End 1998, Perth 1999

Westprint: Goog’s Track 2001,

Algona: Marysville 1987

Dept of Lands: Esperance 1987, goldfields 1992,

Westprint: Australia A Big Country 2015,

RAC (WA) Perth to Adelaide undated c1992, Lower South West undated c1995,

Ausmap: Australian Alps undated c1990

UBD: Yarra Valley undated c1989

AAA: Australia 1993.

Gold Escort Route

Gold Escort Route digital map. For those who enquired about the digital copy of the Gold Escort Route or noticed the digital (OziExplorer) file wasn’t on our web site at the launch, we have managed to overcome the glitch that stopped this being uploaded. It is now available – just click on the link in the title above. Graeme.

Gold Escort Marker


I found this Gold Escort Marker near Tintinara, South Australia. Allan

Mission Accomplished

After more than two years hard work and planning Wirraway 722 landed safely in Nhill on Sat Apr 28.


Photo credit: Andrea Deckert.

More than 700 people and 60+ aircraft were at the aerodrome to witness the last flight of this unique plane. There were a few tense moments when organisers first heard that although the plane had taken off, it had returned to Tyabb with a hydraulic problem. After a few hours delay owner Borg and pilot Nick treated the crowd to several fly-overs and wing-waggles before a perfect touchdown on the grass runway (Nhill has both sealed and unsealed runways). The plane then taxied past the large guard of honour formed by the visiting aircraft and was finally pushed into it’s new home in the Ahrens Hangar.

Chronological History of the Nhill Aerodrome

1919. Nov 11. First aircraft to land at Nhill. de Havilland DH4. Joy flights conducted at £3 for 15 minutes.

1920. Mar. 23. Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith fly over Nhill in a Vickers Vimy during their non-stop flight from Melbourne to Adelaide, dropping the first aerogram in Victoria.

1924. Nhill proclaimed a Government Landing Ground, the first official inland airport.

1928. April 18. Bert Hinkler arrives in Nhill. 1200 people greet him.

1930. Adelaide – Nhill – Melbourne and return air service established.

1930. Amy Johnson lands at Nhill.

1933. Nov 15. Charles Kingsford Smith visits Nhill barnstorming.

1940 Commencement of RAAF Flying School.

1943. May 13. Avro Anson Crashes.

1943. Lancaster bomber A66-1 “Q for Queenie” lands at Nhill.

1945. May 4. Tiger Moth crashes.

1945. July 2. Wirraway crashes.

1948. June 5. Hanger fire destroys 3 Avro Ansons.

Approx. 1955. Rain making DC3 works from Nhill experimenting with rain-making techniques.

Wirraway Crash Site – Benalla, Vic.

Given that Wirraways are in the news I thought I would send this along. Located in the Strathbogie Sate Forest South of Benalla there is a memorial to a Wirraway crash in April 1942.  It is on public land about 8.5km west of the Midland Hwy (near Lima Sth).

Access to the site is possible if you take the Swanpool-Lima Road from Swanpool, then take the Police Track. Directions to the site is marked where Police Track meets the pine plantation and a rough 4WD track takes you to the site.  This is distance of approximately 16km from the Midland Hwy at Swanpool. Denis


The first picture is the small parking area at the memorial location. The memorial stone can be seen near the middle of the photograph on the right-hand side.


Close up of the plaque with the details.

Friday Funnies

Re: time travel and the Avebury rock formations have a look at this video. David

Sayings we'd like to see on those office inspirational posters:

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings...they did it by killing all those who opposed them.

Plagiarism saves time.

If at first you don't succeed, try management.

TEAMWORK... means never having to take all the blame yourself.

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.


Succeed in spite of management.

Aim Low, Reach Your Goals, Avoid Disappointment.

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."

For new fathers, or anyone thinking about becoming a father, you must learn these WORDS OF WISDOM:

Don't ask me, ask your mother.

Close the door. Were you raised in a tent?

You didn't beat me. I let you win.

Who said life was supposed to be fair.

This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.

You call that noise "music"?

No, we're not there yet.

When I was your age, I treated MY father with respect.

As long as you live under my roof, you'll live by my rules.

Because I said so. That's why.

Do what I say, not what I do.

So, you think you're smart, do you?

If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times.

You want something to do? I'll give you something to do.

I'm not just talking to hear my own voice!

What do you think I am, a bank?

What part of NO don't you understand?

I don't care what other people are doing! I'm not everybody else's father!

If you're gonna be dumb, you've gotta be tough.

Enough is enough!

Don't make me stop the car!

Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, "What is three times three?"

"274" was his reply.

The doctor worriedly says to the second man, "It's your turn. What is three times three?"

"Tuesday" replies the second man.

The doctor sadly says to the third man, "Okay, your turn. What's three times three"?

"Nine" says the third man.

"That's great!" exclaims the doctor. "How did you get that"?

"Jeez, Doc, it's pretty simple," says the third man. "I just subtracted 274 from Tuesday."

"There are two rules for success in life:

  1. Don't tell people everything you know."

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