Lorraine Parker and Liesel Walters: Lorraine: It’s inclusive and unites us all. Liesel: It’s long overdue as it unites us and brings us all together.
George Pratt: It should be left the way it is. They are trying to change too many things, and there are far more important things in the world to focus on.
Marg Applebee: It’s fantastic – anything to promote togetherness and reconciliation. Not that this alone will reconcile us, but it’s a step in the right direction.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like about living here? I came to Parkes as a cadet journalist on the Champion Post in 1964. Met my wife Janice and have lived at the same address for 46 years. Our sons Sean and Liam were born here and we have three beautiful grandchildren here.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? As a journalist, covering local, state and federal issues. As a writer winning the Banjo Patterson open poetry competition, and as a horse breeder producing Australian Grand circuit champion pacer Sunshine Band, Group 1 NSW Trotting Oaks winner Riegle Anne, and Central Districts horse of the year, our galloper Solid Mandala.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? New Zealand or Ireland.
What makes you laugh the most? Ronnie Barker and Emrys Cassidy telling stories.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Get back my licence and drive a Kia Stinger GT – within the speed limit of course – and simultaneously save the world from COVID-19 and the Donald!
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? To 1835 Ireland to tell my great, great grandfather Thomas to stay away from horses… they can get you hung or transported.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Following the latest cricket result, I would not allow the Indian cricket team in my country!
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? I was struggling on steps recently when my two-year-old granddaughter Tully, unasked and uncoached, took my hand and led me to safety.
What is one thing you will never do again? Fall off a bullock at Casino Bushman’s Carnival, or take a perilous ride on the Gravitron at the Parkes Show.
Kay Craft: Being with family. This year I will be with my son and daughter in Sydney.
Mabel Larsen: Looking at Christmas lights around town. It is pretty cool – I enjoy it!
Liz Macraild: I enjoy the food! Our Christmas food is whatever we decide on. It usually includes links to friendships and places and might be a bit of Russian, a bit of German, and old Australian and Anglo traditions.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I’ve lived here for 23 years and I really like the easy-going country atmosphere. It is so very much home.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I’m retired and spend my time caring for my home and family and, at the moment, preparing to celebrate our Diamond Wedding Anniversary (60 years).
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Writing, gardening and walking with my dogs.
What makes you proud? My family. Seeing them achieve and watching them help to make the world a better place. Watching my family extend into several great-grandchildren
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? A horse. I love the sense of exhilaration and freedom that comes from watching a horse stretch out and run and I would love to experience that.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? The Music Box Dancer is my favourite piece of music because it causes me to want to dance. My favourite book is ‘This was a Man’ by Jeffrey Archer.
Tell us about your best holiday. My husband and I spent a month travelling up the Red Centre via the Indian Pacific and the Ghan to Darwin and the Top End. The spoiling that we received on both trains was unforgettable, the side trips, the scenery, the mishaps and adventures made it totally memorable and a journey we will never forget.
Emma Brown: Every year my kids fill up shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. It teaches them to think of others and how privileged they are to live in Australia. Otherwise we share the Christmas cheer with anyone and everyone. It is important to be kind all year long, but after this year it is especially important to look out for people over Christmas.
Debbie Gould: I enjoy being kind, and giving from my heart – not for the accolades and therefore prefer to keep it private and a secret. Things I would be doing include cooking for others, donating to charities like food and toys, supporting Christmas appeals, and buying ‘gifts’ for people in third world countries, like supporting kids to go to school, or helping them to own a goat. I also support Share the Dignity drive every year.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? Born and raised in Parkes. The most pleasing aspect of the town is the friendly and caring nature of its people.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I am retired and enjoying the fruits of life. I play golf for relaxation and I love taking Scrubba’s money. Prior to retiring I worked in the motor trade at Col Fletcher Ford & KIA as a salesperson.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Play golf when I have time but I also do the books for the RSL Sub Branch, I’m the current President of the Lachlan Valley District Golf Association, as well as President of the Western Districts Council of the RSL and Secretary/ Treasurer of the Parkes Branch of the RSL.
What makes you proud? The greatest thrill I get is watching kids achieve their goals, especially my two granddaughters who are both excelling at hockey in Queensland.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? An eagle just catching some of those thermals and keeping an eye on everything down below. What a wonderful life that would be.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Any movie that is based on a true story. I believe they are great viewing as long as the end result is what is wanted.
Tell us about your best holiday. Some of the Car Bashes I’ve been on raising money for the less fortunate. I also realised what a wonderful place South Vietnam is especially as I’ve seen it as a war-torn country and now as a civilised nation. On the Car Bashes it’s all about friendships and places that I never thought existed and the wonderful countryside that we have here in Australia.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like about it? All my life, 45 years. I like the community – it never ceases to amaze me, how when the chips are down, a small town community will always step up.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I work with my husband on our family farm. I get to work side by side with my best friend every day.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I like to spend any spare time crafting, making things with resin and practising photography.
What makes you proud? My family and their achievements.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? An elephant. They are strong and great leaders, they keep in small groups and are extremely loyal to those around them.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? I don’t get a lot of time to read or watch tv.
Tell us about your best holiday. Holidays are few and far between being farmers. I think our last holiday was over five years ago. We did the theme parks in Queensland.
What is on your bucket list? To see more of Australia one day.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I have lived in Parkes for 44 years, after discharge from the army. It is a friendly town to be a part of and most of my immediate family are here. It is also a good location to travel from.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I work with my brother as Knights Building Contractors. We have been contracting in the Parkes Shire for 42 years. I enjoy seeing people’s building dreams come true.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I enjoy tantalizing and spending time with the grandkids.
What makes you proud? My two children’s achievements, five grandchildren and being Australian.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? Not sure but maybe an eagle, can cover distance quickly and have a bird’s eye view.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? No real favourites, I enjoy movies with John Wayne or Sandra Bullock. Sweet Caroline or most of Neil Diamond songs.
Tell us about your best holiday. Our last trip to Europe in 2014, including touring the Western Front and watching two stages of the Tour de France.
What is on your bucket list? Retirement of a degree, seeing more of this country and spending more time with family.
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