Last Saturday, over 2,000 people flocked to Parkes Regional Airport to watch the amazing air displays organised by the Parkes Aero Club to celebrate their 70th anniversary.
There was some slight concern for the weather after the dust storm on the Friday evening, however Saturday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day, if only a little too windy at times. “We were very fortunate, the gods were with us,” said Warwick Tom, club member and one of the event organisers.
“We are tickled pink, it was such a good crowd,” said Warwick. “The flying displays were great.” The flying program opened with a parachute jump conveying the Australian flag, then the RAAF Roulettes performed formation aerobatics, wowing the audience with their daring and polished flying feats. Further aerobatic displays in a variety of aircraft continued until 2.30pm, including Paul Bennet in the Wolf Pitts Pro.
Aside from the air shows, there were also on-ground displays of antique cars and aircraft, as well as information booths, food stalls and attractions for children including a jumping castle. The HARS Museum was a popular attraction for families, community groups and aircraft aficionados, with a variety of historic aircraft set up in the field beside the hangar, allowing people to board and inspect them.
“We had lots of support. The event went well because of the number of supporters, including the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes, Paul Bennet Airshows, the Parkes Aviation Museum & Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, as well as the cooperation of the Parkes Shire Council and other event partners,” said Erik Lensson, President of the Club.
If you’re interested in learning to fly an aeroplane, contact the Parkes Aero Club to discuss the possibility of trying a Trial Instructional Flight. Visit the website at http://www.parkesaero.com.au/ or check out the Facebook group.
Join Parkes Shire Council’s Earth Day celebrations this weekend at the Advanced Water Recycling Facility (AWRF) Community Open Day and Tree Planting this Saturday 21st April from 10am until 12pm. The new state-of-the-art facility, located at 84 Akuna Road, will be open to public for interactive tours, for residents to learn more about the new Parkes Water Recycling Scheme, and participate in a tree planting to rejuvenate the newly opened site. The facility provides a tremendous benefit to the town, producing clean, safe, high quality recycled water to be used for irrigation at our public greenspaces. For more information, and to pre-register for tours visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.
Residents and visitors are invited to remember the Australians and New Zealanders who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, at the Anzac Day commemorative services held across the Parkes Shire next Wednesday 25th April. Services will be held in Parkes, as well as the townships of Alectown, Bogan Gate, Peak Hill, Trundle, and Tullamore. The full Parkes Shire 2018 Anzac Day Programme is available for download from Council’s website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.
Local creative groups and individuals are encouraged to apply for a 2018 Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant, which aims to support the development of art and craft initiatives, skills and facilities throughout the Parkes Shire. Funding categories include subsidy for a new project, extension or enhancement of an existing project, purchase of equipment or minor capital works. Download an application form from Council’s website or pick up a hardcopy from any Parkes Shire Library.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend,
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire
The Parkes Waste to Art & Design Exhibition and Competition is a regular fixture in the cultural calendar of the Shire. This year the 59 artworks entered made a colourful, engaging exhibition.
“This year’s exhibition features some stunning artworks created from what could have ended up in landfill. Many of the entries from primary and high school students have been inspired by the annual theme Year of Polystyrene” said Shellie Buckle, Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services.
Councillor Bill Jayet announced the following winners last Thursday evening:
• Building/ Sculpture 3D: Winner – Out of Hot Water by Julie Dearden.
• Building/ Sculpture 2D: Winner – Why Do Trees Need to be Green by Middleton Public School.
• Open 3D: Highly Commended – Hare by Christine Somers; Winner – Whooot Made This Nest by Helen Standen & The Dog by John Grady.
• Open 2D: Winner – Warped by Helen Standen.
• Open Functional: Winner – Stamp Printing by Jocelyn Moles.
• Community 2D: Highly Commended – Faces by George Heath; Winner – Quenching Life by Rebecca Parkes.
• Community 3D: Highly Commended – Beauty Above the Cliffs by Sharelle Mac-Rae; Winner – Clip Art by Annette Peterson.
• Community Functional: Winner – Blue Murder by Julie Dearden.
• High School 3D: Winner – A Bugs Life by Parkes High School Support Unit
• High School Functional: Winner – White Polystyrene Cup Chair by Connar Cashman.
• Primary 3D: Winner – Little Critters by The Little Art Company.
• Primary 2D: Highly Commended – Person by Anna Cronin; Winner – Remains of the Bushfire by Riely Sterland.
• Primary Functional: Highly Commended – Bowled Over by The Little Art Company; Winner – Pineapple Lamp by Adam Barnard.
• Yearly Theme polystyrene: Winner – Styrotea Hop by Jacob MacRae.
• Yearly Scrap Metal: Winner – Whoot Made This Nest by Helen Standen.
• Library Team packers Prize: Winner -100% Fat Free by Lauren Badman.
The competition judges, Sally Chapman and Michael Chambers found the task of selecting winners thought-provoking and difficult. “The works were of high quality and very imaginative, addressing the theme very well. It is great to see so many thinking about waste,” commented judges Mr Chambers and Mrs Chapman.
Come along to Parkes Library to see the exhibition for yourself. The exhibition is open until 24 April.
New Job Helps Charles Live Like A Prince: Charles Hamer is a great example of dedication and resilience. From having no job, living in shared accommodation and no licence, the Currajong Disability Services (CDS) client is now ticking all the boxes, not only because of his drive, but also due to the tremendous support from his carers.
“I am now in my first month at McDonalds, living independently and have a full licence,” he said. “It has been a real boost to my confidence and I can say I have never been happier!”
“I am actually contemplating doing some TAFE courses and study to further my hospitality skills and add to my existing skill set.”
“I just take one day at a time and keep doing the best that I can,” he said.
Celebrating 25 years of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea: For 25 years, Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has brought together millions of Australians over a cup of tea in support of those affected by cancer.
This May, Cancer Council is once again encouraging people across Australia to gather their friends, family or workmates for a cup of tea and a bite to eat whilst raising money to support Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and to help those affected by cancer.
In 2018, the official day to host a morning tea is Thursday 24 May, but anyone can host at any time in May or June. Those who want to host can register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive a free morning tea host kit.
Parkes Open Gardens: Sunday proved to be a good day for the Parkes Garden Club’s Open Gardens event. “It’s a good day if you wake up in the morning and have the wind in your hair and the sun in your face,” claimed Frank Guise, one of the garden hosts.
There was plenty to inspire in all seven of the gardens, with a variety of garden sizes, styles, and decorations. Joining the locals were visitors from surrounding regions, including a bus group from Narromine.
Can Assist’s Morning Tea and BBQ Lunch proved to be popular for those visiting the gardens. Ellie Hetherington hosted the BBQ lunch, as well as stalls selling craft goods and her own plant nursery offered a range of plants for sale. A guest speaker, Jenny Roberts from Dementia Australia, also provided an interesting and informative talk.
Why do you garden?
Norma Garment: Putting your fingers in the earth calms you. I love to paint pictures with flowers.
Joyce Cole: I love gardening. I like the colours, I like the garden looking pretty. It’s relaxing. The Garden Club is good.
Anne Carr: I just love it. I grew up in my Mum’s beautiful garden and it’s in my blood.
The Parkes Painting Group are presenting their 16th annual art exhibition later this month. Parkes local artist, Helen Huntly, is part of the team that organises the exhibition.
Helen had an avid interest in art as a youth. “I would get in trouble from my Mum, for drawing in all the wrong places,” said Helen. The combination of raising four children, and doing shift work for many years, meant that Helen didn’t really start to paint or draw again until after she retired from nursing.
Helen did complete one year of art at TAFE, after which the course was cancelled. Now, she dabbles with acrylics, water-colours, pastels and even photography. “Wednesday is my selfish day – I don’t think about anything but colour and what I’m going to do with it,” said Helen.
The group meets at 10am every Wednesday at North Parkes Oval. There are approximately 20 people in the group, with numbers fluctuating week to week. All forms of art projects are explored, including painting, drawing, and pottery. Most members are contributing two-three pieces each for the exhibition. Contributing artists include Pol Cruz, Elsie Mahon, as well as Kath Swansbra, national award winner and champion for cake decoration. There will also be works by the exhibition’s guest artist, Susan Carter. Susan is a visual artist from Narromine, who also exhibited in the Australia Day Exhibition earlier this year.
The exhibition is being held in the Coventry Room at the Parkes Shire Library, 25 Bogan St, Parkes. Opening night will be Friday 27th April from 7pm with an entry fee of $10, and an official opening by Councillor Bill Jayet. A raffle will also be held, with proceeds going to Currajong Enterprises. The exhibition will remain open from Saturday 28th April til Thursday 3rd May from 10am-4pm, with an entry fee of $2.
The NSW Business Chamber is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Western NSW Regional Business Awards.
Winners of the 2018 Western NSW Regional Business Awards will represent the region at the NSW Business Chamber’s State Business Awards held in November in Sydney.
Western NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Vicki Seccombe, said this year’s finalists represent a fantastic cross section of businesses from right across Western NSW.
“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate excellence in the local business community and showcase their success at a local, regional and state level,” Ms Seccombe said.
Parkes finalists in the 2018 Western NSW Regional Business Awards are:
• Outstanding Young Entrepreneur: Stephanie Hughes, Hughes & Co Lawyers & Conveyancing
• Outstanding Business Leader: David Thompson, McPhersons Parts & Service
• Excellence in Small Business: La Bella Medispa
• Excellence in Business: K&H Geotechnical Services
• Excellence in Social Enterprise: Parkes Shire Food Service
Local creative groups and artists have until Friday 4 May to apply for a 2018 Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant. The aim of Council’s cultural grant program is to encourage and support the development of the art and craft community, services and strategies which make a positive contribution to the community and cultural life of the Shire. Applications must request a grant of at least $2,000 with the total funding pool at $10,000.
“Four local organisations received grants in 2017”, said Manager Cultural, Education & Library Services, Shellie Buckle. “Peak Hill Leisure Art and Craft Council Inc for art tutoring, Parkes Action Club to hold the St Elmo Shearing Shed art exhibition, Trundle Film Society for Being on High Ground video production project and Parkes/Forbes Branch Cake Decorators Guild of NSW Inc for a cake decorating and sugar art seminar.”
Funding categories include subsidy for a new project, extension or enhancement of an existing project, purchase of equipment or minor capital works.
Parkes Shire Council’s Cultural Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Councillor Barbara Newton would like to encourage groups to apply. “The cultural grants enable Council to directly fund innovative projects and ideas. A lovely example is from last year. Cultural grant recipients Parkes Action Club went on to receive the 2017 Cultural Award for a group for their St Elmo Shearing Shed art exhibition” said Councillor Newton.
Cultural Grants application forms are available on Council’s website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au, or at any Parkes Shire Library (Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore).
Contact Council’s Grant Officer Kimberley Harris, 6861 2398 for advice and support in completing the application. Successful applications will be announced in June 2018.
The second round of Club Championship Pairs were played with Rhona Went and Liz Byrne defeating Gwenda Carty
and Cherie Frame. Margaret Hawken and Audrey Jones defeated Kim Evans and Elaine Miller. The next round to be played next week is Rhona Went and Liz Byrne versus Margaret Hawken, Audrey Jones.
In other games played, Di Howell, Merilyn Rodgers and Flo Riseborough defeated Maureen Miller, Hilda McPherson and Minnie Riordan. Eileen Bradley, Frances Charlton and Robyn Morgan defeated Isabel Svendsen, Rosemary Mitchell and Maureen Baillee. Winners on the day were Eileen Bradley, Frances Charlton and Robyn Morgan
and runners-up were Maureen Miller, Hilda McPherson and Minnie Riordan.
The CWD Pairs and Senior Pairs will be played at our club on 7th-9th May. Workers are needed to help with catering, raffles etc. Nominations are open for CWD Triples, Fours and Senior Fours so get your entries in please.
Our Trading Table was very successful and our Mother’s Day Raffle was won by Liz Byrne. At the next Trading Table
on 22nd May we will be holding A Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea. Bring your own pretty cup, saucer, plate and make it a special occasion.