Support for students: The Forbes High School Wellness Hub was officially opened by the Director of Public Schools Maree Angus last Wednesday. The initiative was developed in partnership with local community services to provide students with professional support programs.
It was a day of celebration with the school captains and vice captains cutting the cake, Maddison Collits performing the Missy Higgins song Everyone’s Waiting and a delicious lunch prepared by the Year 11 and 12 hospitality class. Students enjoyed a barbeque prepared by Forbes Neighbourhood Watch, while a number of service providers, such as Binaal Billa, Centacare, and a National Disability coordination officer set up information stalls for students. Carewest provided Fun with Drums.
End of disaster relief: The Lions Disaster Relief Funding in the Forbes Shire will wrap up 31st March. The Forbes and Dis- trict Lions Club has been providing flood relief vouchers to local residents from September last year. As there is no longer any demand for the vouchers the Lions Club will close off the funding. Vouchers will still be valid until 30th June for use. For assistance until the end of the month call 0419 463 803.
Market day: The Forbes Handicraft Centre’s next market day is on Saturday, 18th March outside the shop in Lachlan Street from 9am to 1pm. There will be an abundance of home cooking, cakes, slices, jams, pickles and preserves, plants, and fresh eggs.
Radio news: At the Lachlan Valley Community Radio AGM held recently John Berger was re-elected as president. Other office bearers are vice president, Rod Brown and Bill Stevenson; treasurer, Kerry Stevenson and secretary, Alison Coe. The Forbes station broadcasts close to 105 hours each week with on-air presenters, and do community service announcements free of charge.
Clean Up Australia Day: A total of 84 vol- unteers turned up on Sunday for Clean Up Australia Day. The numbers were boosted by a good turn out of 64 Red Bend boarding students. The volunteers collected approximately 94 bags of rubbish around Forbes. The main items picked up were drink and food containers or wrappers. During the week nine schools also took part in the clean up effort. The NSW government plans to introduce a container deposit scheme with a 10-cent refund for empty beverage containers on 1st December to help curb littering.