Youth In Mind: Phil Donato visited Forbes on Wednesday and met with Forbes Shire Councillors Steve Karaitiana and Jeff Nicholson to discuss the rejuvenation of the Forbes BMX track. With COVID-19 ensuring that most residents stay put in Forbes this year, Council has led the way in gaining the funding to ensure the youth of Forbes have adequate facilities to keep them occupied and active. Parks and infrastructure upgrades, the skatepark facelift, a ninja park, and upgrades to sporting facilities have all been announced this year and are continuing to be rolled out for the community to enjoy.
The decades old BMX track has long been neglected and Steve and Jeff are pushing for its rejuvenation in order to encourage a new generation of Forbes youth to get in on the sport, with the facilities providing an opportunity for them to stay active and occupied in a healthy way without the need to leave town.
COVID-19 Testing In Forbes: The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) drive-through COVID-19 testing visited Forbes, with the mobile service on Thursday this week. While there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in Forbes it is still imperative that people get tested so that the Government has a clearer idea of statistics around the pandemic which will eventually allow for general restrictions around movement to be decreased.
Testing services are free of charge, and referrals and appointments are not required to attend the Harold Street testing service. Testing is fast, easy and results are normally delivered within 48 hours.
Symptoms of the illness include: fever, a sore or ‘scratchy’ throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.
The message is simple; if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested. If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
Weeds-a-plenty: In the coming weeks the Forbes Shire Council’s Urban Services crew will be out in Forbes parks and sports grounds spraying for weeds that have flourished with the recent rainfall. While the crew are following legislated policy and procedure for the health and safety of all, residents and visitors to Forbes are being advised to give the crew a wide berth.