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.
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
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.
Australians have a worldwide reputation for being extremely generous with their time and effort when it comes to undertaking voluntary work, and our bands of selfless volunteers have indeed become the heart and soul
of our communities. It’s particularly the case in rural communities such as Forbes Shire.
That’s why Forbes Shire Council took the opportunity not so long ago to recognise a prominent collection of selfless locals during National Volunteers Week with special awards and a morning tea at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre.
Those awards went to Marie Lambert, Murray Field, Nikki Patten, Greg Spencer, Narelle Shaw, Janelle McManus, Patricia Caines, Joy Brown, Heather Tomlinson, Len Keat, Bruce Toole, John Clifton, Lachlan Reynolds, Lorraine Rue, Lee Reynolds, Peg Clifton, Dawn Keat, Maree Yapp, Debbi Hodges-Lockwood, Heather Mann, Julie Herridge, and, to show that community organisations play an important role in the process, also to the Rotary Club of Forbes, Forbes Riverside Community Garden and Spectacular Screenings.
Now there’s another chance for the community to recognise it’s invaluable band of volunteers, this time in the form of the 2015 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, which are being run under the auspices of the State Government’s Department of Education and Communities. There are regional sections, including one for the Central West, so make sure that you participate in the nomination process. Nominations close July 17 and can be made online by visiting www.volunteering.com.au.