Calling On Photographers: Rural Aid is calling all photographers for their inaugural Bush Photo Competition. The ‘life on the land or in the bush’ competition is open until 3 September 2020. If you are a photographer or a budding photographer and you have a love for rural Australia, then this is the competition for you. Rural Aid are looking for images, ground level or aerial, of our Aussie farmers and their families, and a depiction of what their life is like on the land or in the bush. There are also great prizes to be won.
To enter, participants can submit their entries from 10 August to 3 September 2020 by posting high-resolution images on Instagram with the hashtags #RAPhotoContest and #SpiritoftheBush and tagging @ruralaid in the image. Alternatively, submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos will then be added to stories and a highlight reel on the Rural Aid Instagram page.
Lachlan Water Restrictions Lifted: The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have announced the lifting of temporary water restrictions for general security account water in the Lachlan regulated river water source.
Recent rainfall has provided sufficient inflows to both Wyangala Dam and Lake Brewster which have increased by a combined 115 gigalitres (GL) in July and are still rising.
Based on the inflows so far, there is now enough water to meet critical human and high priority needs. Under these circumstances, water security has been restored so the temporary water restriction applied in the public interest is no longer required and has been repealed. The lifting of the temporary water restriction also means that normal water sharing plan and accounting rules now apply.
Road Closures: As predicted, the rain that fell over the weekend has resulted in roads in and around the Forbes Shire being closed to traffic. Water over the road and damage to roads means Littles Road and Forest Road are open to local traffic only. Pinnacle Road is closed to all traffic with no detour in place. Seymore Armitage Road is also closed. All unsealed roads in the Forbes Shire are closed to vehicles over 4.5tonne, excepting school buses, Council road plant and emergency vehicles. Concessions are available upon request by contacting Council’s Engineering Department on 6850 2300 and choosing option two. More information can be found online: https://www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/residents/emergency-information/road-closures.