The spring school holidays always brings a plethora of visitors to the Central West and 2020 is no exception. The canola fields are in full bloom and the warmer weather has families and travellers itching to breathe the beautiful fresh country air. The Forbes Visitor Information Centre welcomes the travelling public to call in to find out more about amazing Forbes.
“We extend a warm welcome to travellers and invite them to pop in to our amazing Visitor Information Centre here in Forbes,” says Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM. “All the COVID-19 protocols are in place with signing in, limited numbers allowed in the building at one time because of social distancing and hand sanitising before entry. We want to ensure our staff are kept safe as well as the travellers themselves.”
“The recent sculpture installed, Varanus, or Gugaa, by artist Glen Star, is drawing crowds from all over. We have received many queries regarding the location and ask the community to help direct tourists to the location as the new signage has not been installed yet. The 20-metre long sculpture sits at Gum Swamp off Greens Road.”
Tourism is key to the Forbes economy and local businesses rely on the trade of travellers to keep their doors open however, the protocols in place must be followed in order to maintain public health and safety during this time. “Forbes has not had a case at all since the beginning of the pandemic and we would like to keep it this way,” Phyllis said.
The operating hours of the Visitor Information Service are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, closed weekends and public holidays.