As the drought continues, not only does the community come together to help each other through this tough time, but businesses do as well. This week I attended the Forbes Drought Business Forum at Council Chambers. It was great to listen to the ways businesses are trying new things to keep customers coming through their doors. Speakers from Central West Business HQ presented ways to adapt to several local business owners and ways in which they can collaborate to create unique customer experiences. Everyone walked away knowing there is support from other businesses in our community, if they need it.
Council received news this week that a Sydney firm has been granted the road work contract for the thirty overtaking lanes upgrade along the Newell Highway. This is so disappointing to hear Forbes Shire Council, along with a few other Councils accredited to do the work, were overlooked completely. I have let the Minister know we would like to keep these jobs in our Shire, especially during this awful drought. I will keep you updated on this important matter.
Councillor Chris Roylance and myself visited Evolution Mine this week. This company is doing some amazing things all while maintaining their corporate citizenship in our community. They continue to support us with employment opportunities for members of our community and provide contributions to various projects we have undertaken.
Again I would like to encourage everyone to shop local rather than online. We don’t need to make the rich richer, we need to support our local business owners and keep them open. That is all for me this week and I look forward to the build-up to the Forbes Show next week.