How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Having lived in Parkes for the past 10 years I like the relaxed lifestyle and the friendly, caring and generous interactions with the community. A good illustration is the service I recently received at the RMS.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I do whatever I choose… I’m retired. Tutoring, dragon boating, gardening and keeping connected to family and friends ensure that I happily fill my time.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? At the moment I’m restoring a little French car – Renault R4 with the help of my good friend Rex Veal and youngster Ben Jansen while listening to Chad Morgan on the radio!!
What makes you proud? Seeing my children impart my values to their children (my grandchildren) makes me proud.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? I’d like to be a cat to take benefit of my friend’s “cat whispering” expertise.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Uncle Buck (1989) is my favourite movie. As a teacher for 45 years I get a good laugh from the school with the wort faced assistant principal.
Tell us about your best holiday. Back packing through China with my daughter, son and friends was an uplifting experience.
What is on your bucket list? Spending some time again in Southern India with my sister. India really heightens all of the senses.
Betsie Johnstone: The company and the friendly club (Parkes Bowling and Sports Club).
Lorraine Baker: The friendship and the fact that bowling actually keeps you fit.
June Burgess: I’ve been playing for five months and I love the company.
Fran Dixon: I enjoy the company and the challenge.
Maureen Miller: I like the challenge – every time is different, and the companionship.
Helen Heraghty: The friendship and it is great to do exercise out in the open.
Charlie Oraha: I have enjoyed everything about the program, it’s definitely something I would recommend because I love learning about my culture. We also get to make new friends. My favourite thing on the program would have been zoom calling Jonathan Thurston.
Trudy Richardson: Getting to know other people and to know what the community does to give back to society.
Jayden Pope: Learning more about our culture and making new friends.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? For nine months. It’s great to be close to the family.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I am retired and helping with my grandchildren. I enjoy playing golf and being outdoors.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Go for long walks, playing golf and swimming.
What makes you proud? My family, including my daughter in law.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? Dolphin, because I could roam the open seas.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Lord of the Rings – must be the books, so that I can imagine the scenes myself.
Tell us about your best holiday. My best holiday was in Borneo. We stayed at an orangutan sanctuary where orphaned orangutan were rehabilitated back to the wild.
What is on your bucket list? Going on a hot air balloon ride with my daughter in law!
Sarah Knowling (8): It looks really nice and smells good too. There are lots of nice areas to play inside and outside. My favourite place is the seat in the wall where you can sit down.
Leah Knowling: It is very inviting and has a lot more space where different groups can sit and read, study or meet. They’ve done a fabulous job – to be able to reimagine the space and make something that seems so much bigger, while keeping more or less the same footprint. The space has been utilised so well. I really like it with all the little nooks.
Rebekah Knowling (11): It’s awesome! I am just flabbergasted and if I was a little girl I would’ve fallen on my back and looked at everything. I like the outside area, the big screen TV. I like everything. It smells like a new place too.
How long have you lived in Parkes? Basically all of my life so far.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? Self-employed public accountant. I also own a farm with my brother. Helping my clients through the complex environment that we are facing does derive a deal of satisfaction. All days provide a great deal of variety.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Travel, very much enjoy walking, driving and flying.
What makes you proud? My family. They are fun to spend time with.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? A falcon. Majestic, they display speed and effortlessness in the way that they fly.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Jason Bourne movies, the storylines are interesting and the action is unrelenting. Music: Nightwish, Evanescence and Rammstein. I have seen Evanescence and would love to see Nightwish and Rammstein in concert.
Tell us about your best holiday. Went with my family for three weeks to Canada for a driving holiday through British Columbia and Alberta. The scenery and wildlife were very impressive, many bears.
What is on your bucket list? To travel more, although it may be a while before going overseas is possible.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I have lived here for a long time – all my life!
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? Parkes Forbes Community Housing where I am CEO, I own Parkes Décor Shoppe and also run Rosegarden, which is 5 star executive accommodation.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Travel and explore, and go to Queensland and play golf.
What makes you proud? See my housing tenants get a property and sustain a tenancy, and helping others.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Pretty Woman and Ghost, which was funny. I love Whoopi Goldberg in this movie.
Tell us about your best holiday. Lots of fun holidays, but a standout would be South America – hiking Macchu Pichu.
What is on your bucket list? Just to relax and be happy.
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