Wiradjuri man and current Legal Aid chief executive Brendan Thomas will head up a new NSW Government division dedicated to improving Aboriginal outcomes in criminal justice, child protection and housing.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said Mr Thomas would commence on November 8 as Deputy Secretary Transforming Aboriginal Outcomes at the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).
“Brendan’s appointment to this important new role will drive us in meeting the National Agreement on Closing the Gap targets across child protection, the criminal justice system, housing and the prevention of domestic violence.”
Mr Thomas said the first step in his new role was to improve the way DCJ engages with Aboriginal communities.
The next S.S.A.A. sporting shooters .22 cabilre and other rimfire rifle (.22 magnum or.17HMR) Sunday shoot will be held August 15 at 10am. The Wednesday shoot will be August 18 at 2pm. The Centre-fire rifle shoots start at 2pm after the Rimfire shoots on Sunday at the Bedgerebong Road Range. All target shooters are welcome to attend these shoots. Any person wishing to try can attend any of these shoots to take part after filling out a P650 form at the club. Junior shooters must be 12 years or over.
For .22 cabilre rimfire shooting contact: Wayne Facey (Mobile 0414524059), Norm Brook (Mobile 0458664541), Ben Smith (Mobile 0427524151) or David Coleman (Mobile 0427401263 After Work).
The next shoot for the Forbes S.S.A.A. sporting clays will be their two-day shoot tomorrow August 7 and Sunday August 8.
On Saturday a 75 target five stand will be held at 4pm. Sunday a 100-target field shoot will be held for the Tim Lynch Memorial Shield starting at 10am. If wet, a five stand will be held.
For all information on clay target shooting contact: Norm, Tony Bratton 02 6852 3349, Doug Davis 02 6852 3249 or Phil Picker 02 6851 6494. Anyone wishing to obtain a longarm firearm licence can contact Wayne, Norm or Tony to do a firearm safe shooting assessment course – a requirement for a firearm licence application. Members are reminded that Local Range rules apply to the Forbes SSAA range.
Full results and draws on Facebook @forbessportingshooters
• 25 metre Buffalo – Bruce Runchel, 268/270; Dennis Christey, 266/270.
• 50 metre Crow – Dennis Christey, 242/250; Bruce Runchel, 238/250.
• The results of the 75 metre Feral Cat target shoot were – Dennis Christey, 114/120; John Dean, 112/120.
• 100 metre Bear target shoot were – John Dean,110/120; Bruce Runchel, 108/120.
The next S.S.A.A. sporting shooters .22 cabilre and other rimfire rifle (.22 magnum or.17HMR) shoot will be held this Sunday 1st August starting at 10am. Followed by a Centre-fire shoot starting at 2pm.The next Wednesday shoot will be held on Wednesday the 4th August. Any person wishing to attend any of these shoots and take part, must fill out a P650 form at the club if they haven’t already. Junior shooters must be 12yrs +.
.22 cabilre rimfire shooting contact: Wayne Facey (0414524059); Norm Brook (0458664541); Ben Smith (0427524151); David Coleman (0427401263 AH).
The next shoot for the Forbes S.S.A.A. sporting clays will be their two-day shoot on Saturday 7th August and Sunday 8th August. On Saturday a 75-target five-stand shoot will be held starting at 4pm while on Sunday a 100-target field shoot will be held for the Tim Lynch Memorial Shield starting at 10am.
Clay target shooting contact: Norm Brook mobile (0458664541); Tony Bratton (02) 68523349: Ben Smith (0427524151); Doug Davis (02) 68523249 & Phil Picker (02) 68516494
To obtain a long arm firearm licence contact Wayne Facey 0414 524 059; Norm Brook 0458 664 541; Tony Bratton (02) 68523349 to do a firearm safe shooting assessment course which is a requirement for a firearm licence application.
Members are reminded that Local Range rules apply to the Forbes SSAA range.
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Musicians from Forbes and further afield joined up last week for a nationwide initiative to record a beautiful Indigenous piece of music. Musicians and singers from all over Australia recorded ‘Morning Star, Evening Star’ as part of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Online Orchestra – the country’s largest virtual orchestra.
This year’s piece of music for this annual event, is a newly commissioned song written by Yugambeh songwoman and Indigenous Ethnomusicologist Candace Kruger, with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. Morning Star, Evening Star is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung by Lottie Eaton [nee Levigne] to Candace and Lann and tells the story of two stars seen in the Australian skies.
Members of the Forbes Shire Concert Band and Parkes Shire Concert Band (PSCB), as well as local string players from Trundle and Eugowra were delighted to be part of the initiative, with Parkes High School student Hannah Dun singing. PSCB’s Duncan Clement was conducting, and Darren Mann did the recording.
“All musicians involved have been greatly encouraged by the opportunity to play and sing such beautiful music together,” said organiser Pam Parkin.
“It is always a lot of fun to play music in a bigger group, and to be able to do so with a piece of music which describes the beauty of our Australian skies so well – it was a real treat.”
The group plan to perform Morning Star, Evening Star at the NAIDOC celebrations at the Wirdadjuri Amphitheatre in Parkes, tomorrow, Saturday July 10, depending on COVID restrictions on the day.
By Maggi Barnard Editor,
Charlie Staines aka the Forbes Ferrari and ladder-leading Penrith Panthers made it 12 on the bounce heading into Origin with a comprehensive 30-4 win over last-placed Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend.
Penrith must now get past a rejuvenated Wests Tigers side while missing up to seven players this week if they are to notch consecutive win number 13. The record to start a season is the 1995 Manly side.
Staines, who scored a double with plenty of time on the clock nearly sent the local Post Office Hotel broke having amassed a strike rate that includes as many tries as he has played first grade games for the mountain men. Local publican Matt Coleman may have to swap free schooners for handshakes if Staines continues in this vein.
Staines first appeared on the Panthers radar as part of the club’s junior development programs in Central West NSW and joined the club’s SG Ball squad in 2018. The following year he made his senior debut in the Canterbury Cup competition and was named NSWRL Jersey Flegg Player of the Year. In 2020 Staines scored four tries on NRL debut against the Sharks and signed a contract extension to commit to Panthers until the end of 2023.
The Forbes Ferrari has now scored 16 tries in just 14 appearances in the top grade for the Panthers and shows no signs of slowing down. Will it be lucky number 13 for Staines and the Panthers this weekend against the Tigers without seven Origin stars? So long as Penrith have the Forbes Ferrari of course they can!
There was a wealthy of golf played over the Easter weekend, with Saturday’s comp an Individual Par, sponsored by the Forbes Tuesday Golfers, and contested by 76 players. The Division 1 was close, with Phil Duke winning with a score of +2 ahead of Brad Ashton on +1. Division 2 results saw Isaac Vale (+11) the winner ahead of Lachlan Higgins (Royal Sydney) on +7.
The NTP’s went to: 9th – D Kennedy, 18th – S Betland. The 3rd hole Super Pin went to Steve Betland, making a good day for him.
The Sunday Stableford Medley had a small field. Ethel Coombs won the day with 32 points, on count back ahead of Greg Blackstock (West Wyalong). There were no NTP’s.
Monday’s Stableford Medley had quite a few more players, including some visitors. The winner was Brad Ashton (39 pts) from Max Haley (38 pts). The ball sweep went to 32 pts on count back. There were no NTP’s.
The Wallace Cup Match Play Championship Draw will be made soon, with games to commence in late April. Get your name in now if you want to play.
Head Pro Adam has organised a Taylor-Made equipment demo day on April 15, and a Mizuno equipment demo day for May 13. Contact Adam if interested – 0433 485 846.
A “Three Opens Champion”, will be played over the Forbes, West Wyalong and Condobolin Opens, with a handicap champion determined in each of three grades. Details are being circulated.
Saturday 10 April is the Monthly Medal, sponsored by ‘the Roadies’ group. Sunday has a Stableford Medley. Saturday, 17 April is the annual Kristie Carpenter Perpetual Trophy.
Happy Easter and great golfing!
By Short Putt
50 Metre Results, March 7
Heat 1: Arnold Andrews 52.45 off 53 nominated followed by Geoff Drane next with 70.92 off 70 nominated and the out of form Norm Cook with 61.83 off 56 nominated.
Heat 2: Sasha McCarthy showing how it’s done by touching in first with 62.73 from 63 nominated beating her Poppy Mark Stib-bard with 48.71 off 48 nominated and Mick Prior 48.95 from 48 nominated.
Heat 3: A very close heat with all swimmers swimming close to their times Adam Andrews touching in first with 39.08 off 40 nominated, David Stibbard next with 43.42 off 44 nominated, Andrew Burton managed 3rd despite a really nice glide 42.44 off 43 nominated and Brendon Hayes 33.80 off 34 nominated.
Glide of the week as judged went to Sasha McCarthy.
Did you hear the wonderful news, Forbes Hospital was named in the top 5 hospitals in country NSW. We are so proud of our staff up there and hope we can get the money for a new operating theatre to further compliment this great facility.
You may have noticed work is being done on the Rugby Club roof this week. Council is pleased to support clubs such as rugby and cricket who are made up of such a great bunch of volunteers in the community.
We have so many wonderful projects on the go at the moment like the Ninja Park, Jenny Murphy Park and Templar Street. Forbes is really showing the world, it is the place to be!
This Friday we will have the first Store Cattle Sale we’ve had in three years. We have teamed up with StockLive to offer an online bidding platform for the sale. As part of the stock sale there will be prizes awarded for the Best Presented Pen and Best Pen of Young Cattle.
Also I would like to remind everyone the Community Funding Program round is just about to close. Not-for-profit community groups and organisations can access up to $5,000 in assistance for each project as either a cash contribution, in-kind support, or a combination of both. Applications close on 28 February. The Community Funding Program is extremely competitive and funding is limited, so I encourage everyone to not leave it to the last minute to get their applications in. Our wonderful Grants Officers are there to help. Call Chelsea or Andrew on 6850 2300 Tuesday to Thursday.
Till next week. God Bless.
Your Mayor, Phyllis Miller
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