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President    Bruce Terrill   02 67609894
Secretary    Marianne Terrill    02 67609894                     
Treasurer Jan Hosking  02  67653848
Editor   Eric Fair  02 67697525
Website Coordinator  Annabel Ashworth  02 67617666
 
ALL GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE  TO PO BOX 2091 TAMWORTH NSW 2340




Membership Fees

            FAMILY / HOUSEHOLD                                                          $35.00

            ADULT                                                                                     $30.00

            FAMILY CONCESSION   [pension or distance]                      $25.00

            STUDENT OR PENSIONER                                                   $20.00


Vale – Bob Faulkner   1946-2019
      


   

We were sad to hear of the death of Robert Norman “Bob” Faulkner on 8 March.  Bob was well known to our members and was President of the Tamworth Birdwatchers from 2006 -2014.  Our sympathy goes out to his wife Ann, children Amanda and Warren and their families.

 During his tenure Bob guided the club through a number of initiatives promoting birdwatching, such as “Breakfast With The Birds” at the Botanic Gardens, and “An Evening With the Birds” in Bicentennial Park, which included a children’s photographic competition.   The group developed a static display incorporating enlarged photos taken by members and took part in activities such as the Gwydir Wetlands promotion in the foyer of the Council Chambers.  Those years also saw an increased level of lobbying about environmental issues, the continuation of our Bird Routes project and the founding of the Jack Peattie Scholarship for local bird research.  It was a time of growth and thanks go to Bob for his contribution.

Bob was well known in the wider community for his work to preserve aboriginal culture.  He was a respected elder of the Anaiwan tribe, had an incredible knowledge of the bush and was responsible for the artworks found in the Moonbi and Moore Creek Ranges.  He promoted his culture in many ways such as leading tours to various art sites, talking to schools and community groups and performing a Welcome to Country at functions ranging from charity fund raisers and the opening of my art exhibition, to the opening of AELEC.

What people may not be so aware of is his earlier history.  The son of a Black Tracker, Bob’s initial years were spent in an aboriginal settlement near Uralla, where home was anything from a hut to a car body.  If he wanted to go to town, it had to be on the back of a truck.
Bob started work as a telegram boy, then began to work his way up in the PMG.  At the age of 37 he spent a year at McCarthy College gaining his HSC.  In 1980 he moved to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs where he held senior positions at both the regional and state levels as well as at the central office in Canberra.  He addressed the United Nations forum on Indigenous Peoples in Geneva in 1988.  In 2002 Tamworth City Council awarded him a Certificate of Recognition for “Services to the Tamworth community”.  He was also given an award for services to Local Government after serving fifteen years as a councillor on the Parry Shire Council.  He was a Rotarian and a marriage celebrant.  Two of our current members, Chris and David McKinnon were married by him.

Bob lived with his wife Ann, also a long-time member and past secretary of our club, at Moonbi.  Their garden and nearby trees attracted numbers of birds.  In more recent years Bob developed his interest in photography and his bird photos were a feature on Facebook where he regularly posted them.  A number of his images are also in Tamworth Birdwatchers’ image library and three of them were selected for the latest batch of greeting cards produced by TBW.
During his early days, Bob often spent time along the river at Bendemeer and loved the area.  On a weekend bird camp some years ago at Felicity Baker’s property near Gunnedah, he learnt that a tract of land she owned on the outskirts of Bendemeer was for sale.  Only two days later he had bought it!  Warrama is a lovely spot and he hosted club visits there on two subsequent occasions.

He was also an ardent collector of rural Australian memorabilia, bird paintings, Aboriginal artefacts, and was the proud owner of a grey Ferguson tractor.  Visiting his home was like a visit to a museum and you were always made welcome.  
We’ll miss you Bob!
Annabel Ashworth
 

Eastern Rosella 
One of many photos taken by Bob Faulkner


Jack Peattie Research Grant

In recognition of one of our cofounders, Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc. is offering a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region.   Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year.   Conditions apply.
Click here for  further information or please contact the club, in writing at the above address, or by phoning the President at the above number.

































Wood Duck family
Photo: Geoff Mitchell





REGULAR EVENTS


SOCIAL MEETINGS

are held at 7.30.pm on the 4 Thursday of the month at the Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St. Tamworth from February to November inclusive.






Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Photo:
Denise Kane











MONTHLY OUTINGS

 Usually the Saturday following the Social Meeting, please confirm your attendance with the delegated Leader. Usually meet at the car park behind the Tamworth Community Centre in Darling St, ready to leave at 8.00am or 9.00am depending on destination and time of year. Bring morning tea, lunch, folding chair, notebook and pencil, hat and binoculars






Some of our members birdwatching near  Deepwater
Photo: Annabel Ashworth









TUESDAY MORNING BIRDWATCHING.  The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month February to November.   Meet at the car park behind the Tamworth Community Centre in Darling St, at 9am (8am during the hotter months).    The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553. These are great mornings and all members are welcome.

VISITORS TO TAMWORTH ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CLUB


                                             
This is the Tamworth Birdwatchers' Polygon






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