Combaning Creek waterhole, September 2011
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Two weeks ago I visited Condobolin to give a presentation about the walk from Lake Cowal to Combaning (see from ‘Creeklines ~ day one’). Condobolin town sits beside the beautiful Lachlan River.
The Waterhole Project will soon be coming to an end, and the visit was a good opportunity to report directly on what I’ve learned. After the presentation we sat outside for lunch. This photo shows local writer Merrill Findlay (see her website here) and Condobolin Local Aboriginal Land Council members Mark Guudama Powell and Rebecca Shepherd.
That afternoon I drove southeast to Lake Cowal. An immense pile of waste rock and earth generated by the Lake Cowal gold mine rose above the grassy plain.
The old homestead of Lake Cowal station, now owned by Barrick Gold, stood empty beside the lake.
Lake Cowal was brimming with the abundant floodwaters and creek flows of 2010.
The next morning, dense fog blanketed the lake and its surrounding paddocks.
The fog didn’t lift and the morning air stayed cold. Mal joked that it was like sailing the North Sea. With the shoreline invisible and even the sun obscured, he followed the bright yellow buoys marking the edge of the mining lease back to the lake edge.