How long have you lived in or around Forbes and what do you like about living here? I’ve been here for five years next month; I like that Forbes is a quiet little town with friendly people.
What was your first job? Butcher, I’ve been a butcher for most of my life.
What makes you laugh the most? Oh gee, hearing a good joke, or a dirty joke.
If money were no object, what would you do with your time? I think I’d party hard.
Describe your dream holiday? Sitting back on the beach in Hawaii, drinking out of a coconut with an umbrella in it and wearing a pair of Manly footie shorts.
What is a favourite childhood memory of yours? Meeting the Manly football team after they won the grand final in 1987.
If you could live in any time or place, where and when would that be? I’d probably go back to Broken Hill in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I did my schooling out there and it’s a good place. I’d also go to Wilcannia where my Pop had a property and I’d swim in the (Darwin) river.
If you could share a meal with any three people, past or present, who would they be? My dad, my uncle and my nan, they’ve all passed, and I miss them.
Sandra Nicholson: It is a celebration of the third age, where there is more time to take care of yourself.
Cheryl Shirvington: It means we are old, but more importantly, that we are acknowledged. There isn’t a whole lot on for only seniors, we often go unnoticed even though many seniors contribute a lot to the community. Which is why things like the Seniors Festival means a lot. We are so grateful to the Council for supporting Forbes seniors and activities such as Tai Chi for the health and wellbeing of Forbes residents, young and old.
Alison Baker: Opportunities and friendships. The community of Forbes is wonderful, we are very lucky to live here and be part of this.
Donna Cain: More downtime, hopefully.
Maree Yapp: Working less in a paid role and do- ing more with volunteer organisations.
Lucy Pearce: The opportunity to spend more time volunteering in the community.
How long have you lived in or around Forbes and what do you like about living here? I have lived here for three years and my husband and I lived 60km outside of Forbes for 33 years. I like the people; I’m a country girl and I love the country and I really enjoy our dragon boat club.
What was your first job? I did my nurses training at St Vincent’s in Sydney and we were paid for it back then, so that was my first job.
What makes you laugh the most? My grandchildren make me laugh.
If money were no object, what would you do with your time? Travel and see Australia in the caravan.
Describe your dream holiday? Travelling around Australia in the caravan with an open-ended date, coming home whenever I wanted to.
What is a favourite childhood memory of yours? Our family holidays with my father, mother and siblings. Swimming in the dam and doing farm work. Hayrides and swimming in Manor Creek every New Year’s Day. Attending debutante balls and getting dressed up.
If you could live in any time or place, where and when would that be? I don’t think I’d live anywhere else but Australia, and now is fine, I’m happy with where and when I am. I would like more time though, life has become so busy.
If you could share a meal with any three people, past or present, who would they be? Geoff, my husband. I’d also love to share a meal with a couple of old nursing friends.
How long have you lived in or around Forbes and what do you like about living here? I have been here for eight years, it’s a good balance between a quiet town with plenty to do.
What was your first job? I was a kitchen hand, helping my mum in a Lebanese restaurant.
What makes you laugh the most? My wife Sienna does, she’s got a really positive outlook.
If money was no object, what would you do with your time? I’d probably study philosophy and hang out with my mates.
Describe your dream holiday? A place that has warm water, no sharks or box jellyfish or anything that can kill me in the water. Where I can lay in the sun without being sunburnt.
What is a favourite childhood memory of yours? I used to play cricket with my dad, I normally don’t like cricket, but I enjoyed playing it with my dad.
If you could live in any time or place, where and when would that be? I wish I was born in America right after WWII. I think the 50’s and 60’s would have been a great era to live in with all of the social and technological changes and innovations. It was the perfect time to be an engineer.
If you could share a meal with any three people, past or present, who would they be? I’d love to have lunch with my two best friends Peter and Michael.
Andrew Rice: Generally supporting community events, not everything needs to be free. It is a good idea to have a variety of options for people, but we are happy to pay modest fees for events like this (Tom Curtain tour).
Virginia Rice: Having new events brought in and giving people the opportunity to travel and attend various shows, concerts, festivals brings a significant amount to rural economies when they spend on food, tickets, accommodation etc.
Leonie Miles: Give more support in helping. Being on the farm in floods it meant a lot when people offer to help mend fences or look after the cows or even having someone to talk to.Help doesn’t always have to involve money.
Julie Kearney: Safety. We are safe from the rest of the world.
Glen Kearney: It means everything to me, I’m proud to be Australian.
Dan Wright: The great part of being Australian is that my family and I are safe wherever we go. We have so many opportunities and experiences at our fingertips.
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