The festive season is well and truly upon us as Forbes businesses prepare for a huge Christmas trade after nearly two years of restrictions.
“We are heading into our final days of the Find It In AMAZING Forbes Christmas Promotion with every business doing their best and working their hardest to ensure that Forbes is an attractive place to shop locally,” said Marg Duggan, President of the Forbes Business Chamber.
“There are still plenty of activities to do. Elf in the Shop is running until December 21st. Grab your entry from out of the Phoenix Newspaper or collect one from Terry Bros Carpet Court, Acheson’s Mitre 10, Blue Sky Outdoors, Gunn’s Menswear and Embroidery, Little Extras Lifestyle, Loomzy’s FishNFix, Allure On Main, Bron’s Hair, The Book Dispensary, Cahills Footwear, Forbes Central Butchery, C&D Floor Coverings, Chapter Two, Euphoria Road, Forbes Automotive Services and ARB, Forbes Betta Homes, Forbes Small Engines, Bown’s Sportswear, Made of Fridays, Painted Daisies Gift Shoppe, Turners Furniture One and Undercover Sleepwear and Lingerie,” Marg said.
There are also 6 x $50 Why Leave Town Cards to win so drop your entries into Undercover Sleepwear or Made Of Fridays.
“I would like to thank the Phoenix for their kind and generous sponsorship of the activity,” said Marg Duggan. “I would also like to thank Evolution Mining and Forbes Shire Council as well as sponsors and participants for making this activity possible and supporting the Forbes community.”
“Don’t forget to get your tickets in the Find It In AMAZING Forbes with Thursday draws being held until Christmas” said Marg.
The main draw begins on Christmas Eve at 11.30am in the CBD beginning with 11 x $500, 1 x $1,500, 2 x $2,500 and 1 x $5,000.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ ‘Load Restraint Education Project’ has been heralded a success according to Project Coordinator and the Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor.
“The results of the project show that load restraint awareness amongst the target group (farmers and transport companies) did improve over the course of the project and we have seen load restraint breaches decrease 69% this year, with no incidents occurring,” said Ms Suitor.
The project was funded by the Commonwealth Government through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) and was supported by NSW Police, NSW Farmers and Transport for NSW, with assistance from NSW Rural Fire Service, SafeWork NSW and NSW Health’s Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.
Project results include:
• More than 100 farmers attended the Load Restraint Village Tour and all provided positive feedback about the program
• The how-to videos have had more than 1,000 views
• 1,100 additional load restraint packs have been distributed to the local community
• 311,740 people were reached through social media posts and there were 5,070 engagements – this is across five Facebook pages
• Police enforcement figures up to August 2021, show that local load restraint breaches have decreased 69% on the 2020 figures and 54% based on the 2019 figures, with no load restraint incidents recorded thus far in 2021.
Forbes Shire Council General Manager, Steve Loane, wants the community to know their health and well-being is a top priority, post-flood. Each year during the warmer months Council partners with NSW Health to carry out Arbovirus Surveillance, to monitor for Mosquito-Borne Diseases in the Central West. Importantly to identify any virus in the region. Forbes is strategically located in the heart of NSW and the Central West, monitoring the entire Lachlan Valley.
“To ensure our community remains safe, Council monitors for mosquito-borne diseases in our area via two methods, the blood sampling of a sentinel flock of chickens and mosquito trapping,” said Forbes Shire General Manager Steve Loane.
“When chickens are bitten by mosquitoes they don’t get sick, unlike humans, this is why they are used to pick up such diseases as Ross River Fever, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Barmah Forest virus, and Kunjin virus.”
The Sentinel Chicken Surveillance Program is used to provide an early warning of increased flavivirus activity in Australia. The Arbovirus Lab is located at Westmead Hospital. In NSW, Forbes is classed as a central location in the Central West for this surveillance to occur.
“Council is spraying its public spaces, sporting fields, parks and gardens until February 2022 to keep the numbers at bay. We encourage the community to be vigilant during the next few months.”
In what can only be described as another ‘eventful’ year, 2021 still had plenty of local highlights from 151 year gala celebrations to Taste On Templar.
The beginning of the year saw many negotiate their way through COVID restrictions with home-school, flexible working arrangements, QR codes, masks and vaccinations all topics of the day. Most events were postponed or cancelled as local businesses came to grips with new ways to trade as the NSW Governor General Margaret Beazley visited our amazing Mensshed.
We had a change within the National Party after Barnaby Joyce won a spill over our federal member, Michael McCormack. Frost and Fire was a shining light in a long, wet winter as was Charlie Staines Penrith Panthers. KHub also came to town!
Local sports competitions were able to commence, albeit before more restrictions in Spring and then came the floods. Floods that destroyed a potential record winter harvest and put pay to summer returns. Many are still surrounded by water.
Staines and his Panther teammates won the NRL grand final 14-12 over South Syd-ney while our new Premier, Dominic Perrottet popped in not once but twice. So too did Prime Minister Scott Morrison to thank our SES volunteers and cook lunch.
We finally had our council elections, some five years after the last. With numbers still being counted at time of print, Phyllis Miller again is safe with Steve Karaitiana, Jenny Webb, Marg Duggan and Aiden Clarke also in strong positions. Chris Roylance and Maria Willis also look well-placed with only 88 votes separating 8th from 13th. See you in 2022!
The Saturday Men’s golf competition was the December Monthly Medal Stroke event, sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, and also incorporated the ‘Medal Of Medallists’ for 2021.
Tony Cogswell (69 nett) won the ‘Medal of Medallists’ on count back from Peter Cowhan. Tony had one hiccup, but Peter’s putter misbehaved quite a bit when it mattered.
The A-Grade December medal was won by Phil Duke, also on count back from Kim Herbert when both finished on 67 nett. The B-Grade medal went to Bruce Chandler(68) from runner-up Tony Cogswell (69).
The best score of the day went to the C-Grade medal winner. Steve Grallelis (66 nett) was comfortably in front of Dave Bernardi (71) to earn the honours there.
The ball sweep went to 73 nett, on count back – check in the Pro Shop to see if you earned one. The NTP’s went to: 9th – Kim Herbert, 18th – John Betland. The 3rd Hole
Super Pin went to Todd Callaghan, smooth-ing a delicate shot to finish 1.7 metres from the pin.
There were no players in the Sunday Stableford Medley, with many people look-ing to family time away from the mozzies.
There will be much interest in the Ham Day comp tomorrow Saturday December 18. This will complete the serious stuff for the calendar year 2021. Stableford Med-ley’s are scheduled across the Christmas and New Year break with the January Monthly medal set for January 8, 2022.
Meanwhile the Sixes comp has kicked back in, with quite a few good scores recorded in the past week.
Head Pro Adam held a Mizuno Equipment Day last Tuesday and is scheduling some more equipment days in 2022. Speak to Adam if you are interested in trying anything specific.
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For many Australians, pets are important members of the family and they can bring immense joy, but also a lot of responsibility. People are urged to consider carefully before buying a pet this Christmas, said Forbes Shire Council Ranger, Mat Wallis.
“They are cute and cuddly, and everyone loves a puppy,” said Mat.
“But we urge residents to consider the responsibility that comes with a new pet, and the time you have available to look after them properly. In NSW all cats and dogs (except exempt dogs and cats) must be microchipped over the age of three months of age or before being sold or given away. If the owner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will be deemed the legal owner.”
Similarly, for registrations, all cats and dogs must be registered by six months of age. Registering your dog or cat greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost.
“It is mandatory you register your dog or cat because if you don’t you are actually committing an offense and action may be taken against you. The registration fee is a once-only payment, regardless of any changes in ownership,” Mat said.
“You need to consider the ongoing costs of having a pet demand. You owe it to your pet to provide them with a quality diet. In fact, the better the food, the less poop they produce, so that is an incentive! Pets are amazing, but they require time, patience, and dedication – not to mention a lifestyle change for your family. They are a lifetime commitment and if given the chance they will love you for life.”
Forbes Shire Council has information on their website regarding pet ownership and registration; www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/residents/animals/pet-registration.
Featured are some of the lovely animals at the RSPCA NSW Orange Shelter waiting to be adopted.
All animals are available for adoption via rspcansw.org.au/adopt
It’s so true what they say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and there is no truer case of this than with Central Western business Topsoil Organics.
Topsoil Organics, a Forbes based company is revolutionizing the way people think about their food waste and has made it a key mission of their business to focus on educating people on how to ensure their food waste stays out of landfill.
“Once the food scraps are on the ground here at the Central West Nutrient Return Centre – our team works to create a beautiful rich compost which can be used in our agricultural market on farms for crop and feed growth,”
Topsoil Organics Business Manager Dan Nicholson said. Topsoil Organics prides itself on leading the way in agricultural innovation and works on the ground to closely monitor the process to develop a high-quality premium compost from its natural state.
“The product is decontaminated, put into windrows, mixed with green waste, temperature checked, watered and turned over for three months and then tried and tested,” Dan said.
“It’s at this point where it is ready to be returned to the farm to grow our food once again.”
The NSW Government has today announced mice bait rebates for farmers, small businesses and households have been extended into 2022, while primary producers will now be able to make multiple claims for zinc phosphide purchases, up to the $10,000 cap.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the changes ensured the mice bait rebates would benefit those in the bush who need it most ahead of a potential post-harvest surge.
“The reports we are getting indicate mice numbers are down, but we can’t be complacent, which is why we’ve extended the deadline,” Mr Toole said.
“Under the changes, households and small businesses will have until 31 January to claim up to $500 or $1,000 respectively to help meet the cost of mice baits, traps and cleaning materials bought after 1 February 2021.
“Primary producers, who can claim up to $10,000 in zinc phosphide-based bait re-bates, will also have until 31 January next year to claim. This change means farmers can better protect crops from any resurgence in mice numbers.
“More than 52,500 households and 6,500 small businesses have taken advantage of this rebate worth more than $31 million so please get your applications in. It’s an easy process both if you’re a small business or household applying through Service NSW, or the Rural Assistance Authority if you’re a primary producer.”
NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) had so far approved more than 800 rebates worth $5.5 million.
For information on rebates for small businesses and households, visit the Service NSW website. For information on zinc phosphide rebates, visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
For the latest information about the mice plague, including information about eligibility, how rebates can be claimed as well as health advice visit www.nsw.gov.au/mice.
Australia’s first digital script list has been vital in helping the rural New South Wales community of Forbes continue to provide potentially life-saving medication to dozens of patients cut off by flood waters throughout November and December.
Regional patients and patients with high medication needs have led take-up of the digital script list, called My Script List, with Life Pharmacy consistently one of the highest users nationally.
According to Jack Buckley, lead pharmacist, owner and manager, having a high number of patients registered with the digital script list was invaluable in allowing Life Pharmacy to get medications to patients who were isolated by floods.
“Many of our patients were cut off, using telehealth consults to obtain an electronic script, which we could immediately dispense. We delivered medications to SES workers, who ferried medications across flood waters to patients. Being in a rural area, My Script List has really helped find new ways to prevent disruptions to medication supply.”