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Monday 4 Feb, 2013

Thanks to the generousity of the Holiday Coast Credit Union, Bucketts Radio will be soundproofing the on-air studio over the next few weeks starting Monday 11th February 2013.  During this construction period most live shows will have to be pre-recorded or automated.  The great music will continue, however, and live announcers will be back as soon as possible.  This project will improve the quality of broadcast and also increase the capacity and efficiency of the current workspace.

Celebrate Australia!

Saturday 19 Jan, 2013

Australia Day falls on Saturday 26th January this year.  Gloucester will celebrate with an Aussie BBQ breakfast at the Recreation Centre starting at 8am (gold coin donation). Enjoy the bacon, eggs, sausages, tea & coffee before the official ceremony which will conclude at 10.30am.  The ceremony includes:  official award ceremony, a range of dance routines from the Special Olympics Dance Group and the cutting of the Australia Day cake.

Further celebrations continue at the Olympic Pool from 2pm to 7pm.  Don't forget, Monday 28th January 2013 is listed as a public holiday.

ICAC to Delve Into Dealings Over Gas

Tuesday 13 Nov, 2012

The ICAC has been referred to an incident involving Scott MacDonald MLC over allegations of accomodation and travel expenses being paid for by a coal seam gas company. Bucketts Radio did and interview with Scott MacDonald Interview at AGL Blockade Gloucester during the AGL Drill Site blockade by Gloucester's residents. Click on the link above to hear the interview.

Gas in Gloucester Interview with AGL's David Kelly

Tuesday 9 Oct, 2012

Gas in Gloucester maybe we'll get more and less than we've bargained for.

AGL's David Kelly talks with Bruce O'Connor from the Bucketts Radio Environment Show , about Gas , about Fracking, and the future of Gloucester.

Just in case you missed it, you can hear the interview Here

Stay tuned for more environmental information , right here at Bucketts Radio

Gloucester's New Mayor

Wednesday 19 Sep, 2012

The council meeting this morning saw the election of the new Mayor.

There were two nominations for the position, and Mr John Rosenbaum was elected Mayor on the vote by 5 - 2

Mr Frank Hooke was elected Deputy Mayor, also on a vote of 5 - 2

Congratulations to all the newly elected councilors

We now have representing the community of Gloucester - Mr Tony Tersteeg, Mr Jim Henderson, Mr James Hooke, Ms Katherine Smith, Mr Aled Hogget, Mr John Rosenbaum (mayor) and Mr Frank Hooke (deputy mayor)

Gloucester Council's representatives for Mid Coast Water were also elected this morning and Mr Aled Hogget and Mr Frank Hooke were the successful contestants for those positions.

We look forward to a council that will work for and with the community to make Gloucester a great place to live,  work and play !

A big thank you to both Mr. James Dupree and Ms Gerry Germon for standing for election as well !

It was a tightly contested election and required a recount for the final positions, well done all !

by Bruce O'Connor

Barrington Tops air crash - 31 years on

Monday 6 Aug, 2012

Australia's Only Unsolved Civil Air Crash - Answers may be close.

31 years since Australia's only unsolved civil air crash in the Barrington Tops. Now two men who've been searching for the wreckage for years claim they may be close.

They've narrowed down the crash site to an area of two square kilometres on the south-western side of Scattered Top Mountain in the Barrington Tops, very close to the property where fugitive Malcolm Naden was captured, about 2.5km away.

Sunday evening, August 9, 1981 a Cessna 210, call sign VH-MDX, with five people on board, went missing over the Barrington Tops.  It disappeared in a rugged, remote area presenting an almost impossible task for search teams.  The search was called off after a fortnight, but people have continued trying to solve the mystery.

Gloucester’s Don Readford and barrister Gary Donovan, told 1233 ABC Newcastle they now believe they may have found it.  Don was present at Bankstown Aero Club, where the Cessna was based, on the night it disappeared en route from Coolangatta.

"The details were sketchy at that time," he told 1233 ABC Newcastle.   "The pilot had reported that the aircraft was badly iced up and he was going down, and he was reading his altitudes as he was going down."

On board was pilot Michael Hutchins, Philip Pembroke, Rhett Bosler, Noel Wildash and Ken Price, then deputy of Sydney Water Police.

Back in 1981 the search was thought of as "mission impossible".  "Because the fuel did not ignite, there was no visible scar and that made any chance of locating the aircraft very, very difficult," Don said.

The pair have written a book about the Cessna mystery, called Operation Phoenix ~ the theoretical search for the Cessna VH-MDX and hope their conclusions motivate others to search the area they've pinpointed and finally find the wreckage.                                                  

"It's important not only to find the aircraft and of course the remains of the five people, first of all to see whether anything extra can be learned from that accident, but also to bring closure to the families," Gary says.