Rain Glorious Rain! In a much-needed boost for farmers and the region, approx. 100mm of rain in February in the Forbes Shire with reports of more in some areas.
The 2021 total amount is already smashed for the whole of February 2020 (72mm) with less than a week of February left and more rain expected. Local James Mattiske, who’s family property sits 10kms south of Forbes towards West Wyalong had 60mm falling on Friday, 5 February and Saturday, 6 February alone. He wasn’t the only one with reports coming in of good coverage across the shire including this pic from Riverdale 10kms south of Forbes.
ALGWA Forum: The Australian Local Women’s Government forum was held in Forbes on February 20 at the Forbes Golf and Sportsman’s Hotel in an event designed to educate women who may be interested in putting their hand up to join Council this year. The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) held a forum for women members of the community wanting to know more about the responsibilities as a Councillor.
Nursing Grads In Central West: More than 100 graduate nurses and midwives will start working in Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) hospitals this year as part of their annual new graduate intake.
WNSWLHD Nursing and Midwifery Transition and Workforce Manager, Jackie Corliss, extended a warm welcome to the new nursing and midwifery recruits. “We’re so excited to have 104 new recruits joining us. We wish them well as they embark on this unique and rewarding career.”
“The recruits will be based across the District, including ten mental health nurses located at Bloomfield Hospital,” said Ms Corliss.
More than 54,000 nurses and midwives currently work in the NSW public health system, an increase of 24.7 per cent since 2011. The NSW Government has invested in a record total 8,300 frontline health staff over four years, including an additional 5,000 nurses and midwives, including mental health and palliative care nurses.
WNSWLHD graduates from February 2021 will work in the following hospitals:
• Bathurst Health Service: 12 nurses
• Orange Health Service: 16 nurses, 1 registered midwife
• Dubbo Health Service: 28 nurses, 2 registered midwives
• Bloomfield Campus: 10 registered nurses
Others will fill Metro/ Rural Exchange Program, Southern, Northern and Central Clusters.