2021 ‘Free Cuppa For The Driver’ Business Registrations Open: Local businesses are invited to help tackle driver fatigue by registering to take part in next year’s ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme. The multi award-winning driver fatigue awareness campaign will run from 1 March to 31 May 2021.
The scheme encourages visiting drivers to stop at participating businesses for a free cuppa and to take a break from driving long distances. Entering its eleventh year, the scheme sees partnerships formed between participating Councils and local businesses. The Councils provide the marketing and administer the scheme whilst the participating businesses provide the free cuppas.
Since its inception the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme has given away more than 27,000 free cuppas in 265 participating businesses across 91 towns, and cities in regional NSW. Organisers are expecting to see a large increase in road travel in 2021 as domestic and international flights remain heavily reduced.
The closing date for phase eleven registrations is Friday, 30 October 2020. If your business would like to participate in the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme please contact Melanie Suitor on 6861 2364 or email Melanie.Suitor@parkes.nsw.gov.au
Spring Photo Competition: It is that time of year again. The Forbes Phoenix is running its annual Spring Photo Competition, and we are looking for your best and brightest spring snaps taken in and around beautiful Forbes. This year, Sarah Hodge from Essjay Photography is sponsoring the competition. Submissions can be made on the Forbes Phoenix Facebook page, or emailed to email@example.com. Entries are being accepted until the end of October 2020.
COVID-19 Restrictions Eased: Gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people under a relaxation of COVID-19 rules. From this Friday, 23 October, 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces. Previously this was 20. The previous rule of a maximum of 10 customers per table and per booking in hospitality venues has now been extended to 30. Also, as of last Friday, 16 October, corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a COVID-Safe plan.
From 1 December, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four-square metre rule indoors and two-square metre rule outdoors.