The Circus is in town from Tuesday through to and including Thursday and will be located at the Forbes Showground. Take the children along for a show they will remember with over two hours of interesting acts, including of course the clowns, which they all love.
It’s School holidays again and there is always plenty to do with the children. If you have little ones and they like Frozen, then consider taking them along to the Forbes Services Club on Wednesday 8th July to see Snow Queen’s Aussie Freezing Show. Remember to book, so that you don’t miss out, with the doors opening at 11.00am.
Meet Casey Evans, who is the Forbes Phoenix Sales Manager, and is based upstairs at Mezzanine. Please say hello to Casey if you see her out and about in Forbes. Casey can help you with all your advertising enquiries, as well as ensuring you get great coverage of an upcoming event, particularly if this is for a charitable cause. If you are a P & C President, Preschool member, a member of CWA, local church group or any other association, tell Casey what you need and we will see how we can assist you. When not upstairs in the office, Casey can be contacted on her mobile 0400 279 984. Casey’s email is email@example.com.
What is it that you like about living in Forbes?
Brian Clarke is Captain of the Forbes Fire Brigade. He’s lived in Forbes all his life and reckons that in a few years he’ll retire here. He likes the town and what it offers, and really can’t see any point in moving somewhere else. His family ties here are very strong and the town has been very solid in providing employment opportunities, firstly
with the Council and then with the fire brigade.
Brendon Allegri is a Property Sales and Marketing Executive with Ray White Forbes. He is born and bred in Forbes, and, for him too, closeness to family is a huge factor in keeping him there. It’s a small community and provides a nice place to live. The lake provides a great setting for picnics and general relaxation – something that most nearby towns don’t have.
Phyllis Miller is Mayor of Forbes Shire and has been here for just over 40 years. She loves the place because of the loyalty that the other residents have shown her in good times and bad, especially when her son John was killed in
a car accident. They obviously love her, too, since she’s never been run to preferences in a ballot for a position
on Council. She’s very proud of what she’s achieved for Forbes, especially in attracting business to the town.
It is wonderful news about the expansion of The Phoenix, and its move to provide the Forbes community with another avenue to obtain the latest information about their region. Since I entered Federal politics in the early
2000s the media world has changed dramatically and gone are the days dominated by print media. Instead we have a seven-days-a week news cycle. I must admit that I am a hard-copy person and still enjoy spreading out the Saturday paper on the kitchen table, but I acknowledge the cost and limited media capabilities that
come with this.
However, I am pleased that The Phoenix is bucking the trend, and will supply both a print and online edition of their paper. This decision I’m sure will be an added benefit to the Forbes community. I wish The Forbes Phoenix and its editor John Rozentals all the very best for the future, and I look forward to reading the tales from the Forbes region.
The Hon John Cobb MP
Federal Member for Calare
It gives me great pleasure to welcome The Forbes Phoenix and their first edition to Forbes. The ethos of the paper I absolutely love. Live local, Love local, Support local. That is what country life is all about. Local support across the business and retail sector is what builds strong economies in our towns and cities. Every Friday The Phoenix will be available free to all and sundry. Local content, news and sport will be included. Cheryl Newsom, the owner, from Canowindra, is very excited about the paper and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Good Luck and Good Reading!
Cr Phyllis Miller OAM
Mayor, Forbes Shire Council
I would like to congratulate The Phoenix on their venture into Forbes. Canowindra has certainly embraced The
Phoenix as an important part of its community and I’m sure The Forbes Phoenix will be an important hub for news, views and community events.
The Hon Andrew Gee MP
State Member for Orange
Phyllis Miller, Mayor of Forbes Shire Council
How long have you lived in or around Forbes? Just over 40 years.
What do you love most about your work? I love giving back something to a community that has given just so much to me. How much they cared about me when I lost my son in a car accident was just so special.
How do you start your day? I start the day early, usually 5.30-6am, getting the reading done of all my official stuff. And have a pot of tea. I’m very much a morning person. I’ve written some of my best speeches at 3am.
What do you do in your spare time? I have six grandchildren and a seventh on the way, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible. I’m also a keen gardener and I love cooking. I also play squash and took it up again after a break of nearly 15 years.
How do you like your coffee? I usually have a skimmed-milk cappuccino, with no sugar, but I’m also partial to a piccolo when I need a pick-me-up. We have a coffee machine at home and when I go out I like to spread my business around as much as possible.
What makes your day? I reckon any day above ground is a good day, but the most rewarding time is time spent with my children and grandchildren.
Sydney Western Suburbs prop forward Noel Kelly, one of the toughest men ever to pull on a rugby league jersey, once described what it was like playing the invincible St George Dragons in the days of unlimited tackles. “For the first half, they’d let you have the ball and just beat you up,” he said. “Then, after half-time, they’d take the ball and score as many times as they wanted. Simple as that.”
One of the hardest nails in that Dragons pack was the late Parkes, Forbes and Eugowra hooker Ian Walsh, who rose to captain both St George and his country. Walsh would have certainly approved of the way that the NSW tough men laid the groundwork for a memorable victory against Queensland in this year’s second State of Origin match, and he’ll be crawling out of his grave to watch a repeat performance from the Blues forwards in the series decider in Brisbane next Wednesday.
It was a mixed day for the Forbes Magpies when they hosted Dubbo CYMS at Spooner Oval last Sunday with the Reserves and the Under 18s winning 22-18 and 28-12 respectively, but the Firsts going down 36-28. The Magpies let a few chances slip but in the end the size and pace of the well oiled CYMS outfit won the day and took them to
the top of the Group XI First Grade ladder, replacing Parkes who were beaten 48-36 by Dubbo Westside. Forbes remains in third position on the ladder.
In other First Grade matches, Narromine trounced Cobar Roosters 58-10 while Wellington won a much closer contest 32-24 against Dubbo Macquarie. The win by Magpies Reserves took them to the top of the ladder, replacing CYMS. The Under 18s maintained their position as competition leaders. Next Sunday the three Magpies sides will be at home again, this time against Nyngan.
Fire protection and emergency response in Forbes have received a boost with the arrival of a $310,000 fire truck.
The Mercedes Benz fire truck, referred to as a Class-2 pumper, is now in operation after being delivered to Forbes Fire Station. Orange State MP Andrew Gee said the new Class-2 fire truck had the latest equipment and technology, which will increase the capacity of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical
spills and other emergencies. “The NSW State Government is committed to providing firefighters with the best equipment and technology available,” he said. “The state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz truck has a larger cabin than previous trucks, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters. The rear of the truck has also been
remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.” “Our firefighters put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe. The least we can do is give them the most up-to-date equipment. It’s great to see them getting it in Forbes.” Acting Superintendent Steven Hayes said FRNSW continued to provide its firefighters
with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting NSW families. “The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Forbes community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency
response.” Gladly accepting the keys to the new vehicle, Brian Clarke, Captain of the Forbes Fire Brigade, praised the way that the previous truck had served his team. “But look, it’s 14 years old and it battles
to reach 100kph on a downhill run,” he said. “This one is turbo-charged and will have plenty of grunt, not to mention a smaller turning circle, which will be really useful for negotiating the town’s roundabouts.”
“And, of course, the extra comfort will be much appreciated by the boys.”
Sahara Park Riding School is run on the outskirts of Forbes by Helen Morris and Leanne Smith, who are both totally devoted to teaching children about learning to ride and, most importantly, about loving the horses that can
give them so much joy if treated properly. Their success is shown by the group of regular students who come along each week and pay $30 per hour for access to their equine wisdom. And they’re not, as Helen points, kids necessarily from a ‘horsey’ family, just kids interested in learning how to ride, and to look after the animals they care for. To that end, Helen and Leanne have invested more than $750,000 in forming a stable of about 30 horses that they can trust, even with quite inexperienced children. One of the most important tasks they have to perform is teaching the riders how to get up after their first fall and get back on the horse again.
“It happens to everyone at least once,” said Helen. “And though our set-up and choice of horses ensure there’s no physical damage, there’s inevitably a bit of lost pride.” Sahara Park also runs live-in classes during school holidays — ones that they find the students very reticent to head home from. These cost $450 for five days, including all meals, use of horses and equipment, and lectures from specialists such as vets and farriers.