Former Parkes High School student Kaitlyn Spence is one of two successful recipients of the 2020 Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships.
Kaitlyn has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Orange to study a Bachelor of Health and Rehab Science.
“I am excited to have started on the path to my dream job. This scholarship will help pay for equipment and accommodation,” said Kaitlyn. “I am also excited about the opportunity to further expand my skills and knowledge through my work placement at Northparkes.”
The second scholarship went to Lily Walsh from Forbes who has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science.
Both Kaitlyn and Lily will receive $5,000 per year of their study as part of their non-technical scholarship. They will also receive a laptop to assist them with their tertiary studies. In addition, the students receive work placements on site at Northparkes and throughout Australia.
Northparkes Managing Director, Hubert Lehman said: “The scholarship program is vital to help Indigenous people further their studies and also to help develop the Northparkes employee pipeline. We are proud to welcome you and wish you all the best in your studies.”
Click And Collect Your Books: Parkes Shire Library launched its new Click and Collect service on Monday making borrowing library books a breeze. While libraries remain temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they are permitted to operate a click and collect service with library materials collected outside the library.
“For the safety of our staff and members, we have implemented a range of control measures including correct hand hygiene to be maintained prior to and after handling items, returned items will be segregated into a dedicated quarantine area and cleaned before being re-shelved, and physical distancing will be strictly observed during the collection and delivery process,” said Manager Cultural Education & Library Services, Kerryn Jones. To borrow library items go to www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/parkes-shire-libraries/what-can-you-borrow/
Library staff will contact you by phone when your reservations are ready to be collected. You can collect your items at the front door of your local branch library – Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle or Tullamore branches.
No Changes To Hospital Visitors: Visitor restrictions continue to apply to all hospitals and multipurpose services in the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD).
• One visitor per patient at any time.
• Maximum of two visitors per person per day for residents in MPS facilities.
• All visitors undergo temperature testing and screening on arrival.
• All visitors to residents of MPS facilities must show they have received a 2020 influenza vaccine.
• Children under the age of 18 cannot visit.
Fire and Rescue Open Day: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fire and Rescue NSW moved their 2020 Open Day online for this week via Facebook until tomorrow, Saturday 23 May. Firefighters will walk you through how to check your smoke alarms and help you come up with a fire escape plan via Facebook. As Winter is the time when there’s an increase in residential house fire related fatalities, it is important residents remember to be careful when using heaters and fireplaces and electric blankets.
Visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au, or the Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook page or search for the Parkes station on Facebook.
Blood Donations ‘Essential’: Donate now. Blood donors are needed now more than ever with 800 cancellations per day nationally and blood products shortages are potentially going to be a reality. Make an appointment online or call 13 14 95.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Two years. Country life and the friendly and caring community!
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I’m a qualified high school teacher, but just working casual at the moment to give me more flexibility with my kids. I enjoy being able to spend more time with my kids.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Go for a run and catching up on my favourite TV series.
What makes you proud? To see how far we have come (we had many obstacles to overcome); being able to do something for the community; and to be a mum to my amazing kids.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? Wolf – for the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Dirty Dancing – I am a sucker for classic love stories!
Tell us about your best holiday. I don’t have a best. Given the opportunity to spend it with my family makes every holiday one to cherish and remember.
What is on your bucket list? To travel around the world, to go to the Greek islands, and participate in UTA (Ultra Trail Australia) in the Blue Mountains, but only the 22km!
Students started returning to school this week and at Middleton Primary they were greeted by a big, bright and cheerful lizard.
The artwork, made from recycled materials by the school community, depicts the Gunbalanya dreamtime story of the blue tongue lizard.
The students looked at and combined both traditional and modern indigenous artwork styles to create the piece measuring five metres by three metres. The lizard was drawn by Year 6 students, Jessica Larsen and Lilly Gosper, and then all students were involved in adding approximately 3,500 colourful bottle tops to complete the full picture.
The artwork has been named Barugil, which is Wiradjuri for blue tongue. The artwork was completed for the annual Waste 2 Art competition and exhibition run by NetWaste.
The project was once again directed by Helen Standen, having led the school to eight previous regional wins in the competition.
Although the competition was cancelled this year because of COVID-19, the students still enjoyed returning to school being welcomed by the eye-catching artwork.
“It is so nice for everyone to be back on board, with more and more students coming back each day,” said teacher Judy Fisher.
The whole school gets involved in the annual Waste 2 Art project during their library time learning about reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
The Parkes Town Crier proudly joined town criers from all over the world on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day last Friday for a very special ceremony.
Tim Keith, Parkes’s town crier of the past 24 years, marked this historic anniversary with a ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ at the Cenotaph in Cooke Park.
Although the cry was done in almost complete isolation in the park, Tim raised his bell with nine other Australian town criers at exactly 3pm, while the New Zealand and Great Britain town criers followed their time zones.
It has been 75 years since the guns fell silent when Winston Churchill officially announced the end of the war in Europe and declared it to be VE Day at 3pm on Tuesday, 8th May 1945.
Tim said the idea came from the Guild of Town Criers in England, and as the President of the Australian Guild, he felt it was a great event to join. Each participant received a special VE Day medallion and pin to mark the 75th anniversary.
Part of the ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ read:
Remember men and women, old and young, who died to make us free.
The women left at home did not just sit and wait.
They toiled in harsh conditions before dawn to very late.
Factories, farms, other essential jobs, the women were quick at learning.
They worked, some died, to keep the home fires burning.
As we remember this special day, do not forget that every day someone needs your aid,
Do not put away your poppies, letting your memories fade.
Celebrate with the knowledge that VE Day is also a time to remember,
Beyond the solemn wreaths of the 11th of November.
Let’s thank all those who have gone before, with their colours proudly unfurled.
Join us as united we say, ‘Peace to the world’.
As a 91-year-old resident of a unit in Southern Cross Village, I feel I had little to complain about during my enforced isolation.
I have a large family, four of whom live locally and one who bought our former homestead. She and her husband live in Sydney, and after isolating for 18 days, she decided to bring her laptop in one day a week and worked from my table, with me in another room.
This, and the very brief visits of the other four when they handed in yummy cooking, and/or groceries from the door, kept me from feeling lonely, as well as extremely well fed.
I realise how fortunate I am and know there are many who either don’t have family or they live too far away to be able to do this.
My kitchen cupboards have never been so organised, as well as my wardrobe. I had time to phone people who I knew might be lonely and vulnerable for a chat.
On the negative side, my spiritual life, which is so important to me, declined. Weekend masses were discontinued, as well as daily masses at the school chapel, which I rely on for spiritual comfort. Admittedly, Father Barry arranged for a home liturgy kit to be delivered to us over Easter with all the epistle and gospel readings for Holy Week. I am still receiving a weekly bulletin with all the readings for the current weekends, so all that is missing are my fellow parishioners and Father to share them with, plus of course Holy Communion.
On Anzac Day, Bobby Strickland and I, complete with a portable keyboard, took a stroll through the entire village about 11am, (no one would want 6am in this neck of the woods!) I played The Last Post, we recited the ode and finally Bobby sang the National Anthem. Residents came out of their units and some followed us from venue to venue. The help of Harry and Doreen Westcott was much appreciated by the two Pied Pipers!
There is no doubt my TV and online technology helped me to keep my spirits up when I missed the physical presence of those near and dear to me. I still consider I was very blessed.
By Mardie Dwyer
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I was born in Parkes and have lived here all my life. Having grown up in the town you get to know a lot of people. Everything you need is here.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I am retired and have been for 12 years from the DMR, RTA. I love to get in the shed and do woodworking and furniture restoration.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I am a bit of an artist and every Wednesday I enjoy going to art group and doing some landscape painting. And I enjoy doing cryptic crosswords.
What makes you proud? My family – my children and grandchildren all live in Parkes and I am very proud of them all.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? A bird, I’d like to fly.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? I like the old movies: The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Sting; any Elvis music, I like to read paperback westerns.
Tell us about your best holiday. My best recent holiday was driving the Great Ocean Road and traveling through central Victoria.
What is on your bucket list? I would like to drive the Eyre Highway along the Nullabor and play the Nullabor Links (world’s longest golf course).
First Online Author Talk: Adam Courtenay, author of The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter will feature in the Parkes Library’s very first online author talk on Friday, 22nd May at 6pm. Library members and residents will have the opportunity to hear from the Sydney-based writer and journalist about his new book The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter streamed live on Facebook. The book is a microcosm of Australian colonial history, setting John Batman’s unbridled ambition against Buckley’s yearning to keep his adopted people alive. Please RSVP to this free online event by clicking ‘going’ on the Facebook Event page. Viewers will be able to make comments and ask questions via the comments section.
Vegetation Program: Essential Energy started a comprehensive vegetation management program in Parkes and the surrounding area, to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the local electricity network. The vegetation program is about striking a balance between preserving the town’s trees and ensuring power safety and reliability for the community. Residents can download Essential Energy’s Tree Planting Guide at essentialenergy.com. au/trees for tips on appropriate species for planting near powerlines or contact 13 23 91 for more information.
No Time To Be Complacent: The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) has urged local residents to come forward for COVID-19 testing, even if the symptoms they have experienced are mild. The symptoms can be very much like those you experience with a cold or hay-fever – a sore or scratchy throat, a cough, shortness of breath, or fever. Testing is available at general practitioners (call ahead), respiratory clinics, and testing clinics at smaller rural hospitals (call ahead). If you’re unsure of whether you should be tested, or where to go, contact the Western Public Health Helpline on 1300 066 055. The test involves taking swabs from the back of your nose and throat. If you’re tested in a NSW hospital and your test is negative, you’ll get a text message within several hours of the results being known. If your test is positive, you’ll be contacted by a person from NSW Health about how to isolate and they’ll talk to you about who you’ve been in contact with.
Food Is COVID Safe: The federal, state and territory agricultural ministers have moved to reassure and reiterate to Australians that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food. The Victorian regulatory authority and the Federal Department of Agriculture does not intend to initiate a recall of any product produced at Cedar Meats after the outbreak of the disease in a Victorian abattoir as the products are safe.
When it comes to such trying times as we are in at present the true colours of mateship and team spirit come shining through.
Parkes Dragon Boat Club (PDBC) members have found ways of staying connected under the current laws and the closure of waterways.
First came Maggi’s virtual morning teas with an Easter hat parade, and entertainment from Louise, Beth and Bill.
As the weekly virtual chat proved so popular, Robyn came up with a novel idea to do a virtual walk along the iconic Route 66 in the USA, covering 3,665km. A good number of members are counting daily steps with a fair section already covered.
Whilst counting his steps, Gattie came up with the idea of taking selfies outside other members’ homes when out exercising… Safe distancing at its best!
Al is keeping everyone entertained posting his hilarious ‘bin isolation outings’ every week.
In lieu of training time, club members opted for volunteering and are helping out twice a week at Georgie’s Pantry.
Bill has set up a simulated boat over their pool and with the easing of laws and consent given by the local Police, Beth has started one on one coaching for members.
Staying connected is a vital cog in helping to come out the other end of this pandemic as a strong and healthy group.
It makes me proud to be part of this club with an amazing band of people. If you’re looking to join a great group, we will welcome you once we are back on the water.
By Bill Thomas,