Hidden Treasures: Local women Cassandra Tyack and Terese Gun have been placed on the honour roll for the NSW Department of Primary Industries ‘Hidden Treasures’ initiative which recognises exceptional women who give their time and effort to improve their communities.
Numerous organisations depend on the tireless efforts of over 900 rural women volunteers, including sports, arts and environmental organisations, as well as emergency services.
Congratulations to Terese Gun and Cassandra Tyack for their much deserved recognition for the work they do in the Forbes community.
The Chosen Ones: Forbes has been elected as the host town for the 2020 NSW rural women’s gathering. Central West Lachlan Landcare Inc has been chosen to represent the Forbes committee.
The gathering is run by The Rural Women’s Network (RWN), a NSW government program under the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The gathering is an annual state-wide event that gathers women from diverse cultural and linguistic back- grounds, to discuss important issues faced by women in rural communities all over NSW.
Each gathering aims to improve the lives of rural women from all backgrounds by addressing and discussing the issues they face and further by engaging in partnerships with non-government and government agencies, groups and individuals to help form solutions to these issues. Some themes from previous years include accessing services, overcoming isolation and improving support from women experiencing domestic violence.
Mayor critical of Wyangala Dam Release: The unprecedented decision by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to release 22 million litres of water from Wyangala Dam, into the Lachlan River has been met with enormous backlash from many. The Dam now sits at just 18% after the water release, which was the equivalent of a 12-month supply of water to Forbes, a substantial loss.
Mayor Phyllis Miller weighed in on the issue stating: “I agree with the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro. The Environmental Water Holder is a disgrace if this is what the Murray Darling Plan says to do, I think it’s high time to re-prioritise people over the environment. Why let this valuable water just flow on past desperate farmers just for the sake of some fish. It is time that agriculture and farming families’ social well-being be taken into account when there is water sharing