How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I actually live between Parkes and Dubbo, close to Yeoval. I grew up in Molong, married a farmer and moved here about five years ago. I’ve worked in Parkes for the last five years and I love it. It’s got a small-town community vibe, yet the conveniences of a large centre.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I own Kerin Physio Co, which I started about three years ago. We now have a team of 12 amazing ladies and we offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and exercise physiology services. I absolutely LOVE what I do – I have a passion for rural healthcare and love seeing our clients receive high quality services from professionals who genuinely care.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I love a long bath with a wine and good book. Or being outside in the garden, there is nothing quite like the morning sun on your shoulders and the smell of freshly cut lawn. Or a stroll up the paddock during golden hour in the late afternoon, with my baby in the carrier, husband beside me and the dogs running around us excitedly.
What makes you proud? Seeing people go outside their comfort zones and achieve amazing things.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? I’ve always thought meerkats look like they have a lot of fun! Although if I’m being honest, all my Meerkat knowledge comes from the series, Meerkat Manor (which I was far too emotionally invested in…)
Tell us about your best holiday. South America: snorkelling with the incredible animals in the Galapagos Islands, hiking the ancient Inca Trail and overlooking Machu Picchu at sunrise, enjoying a delicious seven-course lunch with paired wines in Mendoza (Argentina) – the perfect holiday.
Luka Parkin and Tia Dunn: (Parkes Public School Captains)
Luka: The soldiers fought so we don’t have to fight in wars, and we don’t have to experience that pain. Tia: It is important to commemorate all the people who have lost their lives and delivered freedom for us.
Nicayden Greenwood and Faith Hanstock: (Parkes High School Captains)
Nicayden: It is important to continue the legacy of the fallen Diggers and pay our respects to the lost generations. Faith: To pay our respects to the fallen, especially those from the Parkes district.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I am from Tonga and have been in Parkes for approximately three years. I like Parkes because it is quiet and warm like my country. Most of all I like the people who have welcomed me in the community, especially members of the Parkes M&D Society and the Anglican Church. I feel comfortable in Parkes.
Where do you work or what do you do currently? I am looking for a job. I would like to work in aged care as I think my personality would suit a job in this sector.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I do like singing, and my involvement with the Parkes M&D has been great. I have been having singing/guitar lessons. I also love gardening and at the moment I am busy planting a lot of succulents because of the weather and lack of water in the future.
What makes you proud? I am proud of my heritage and my Tongan culture, and I am proud to be living in Australia with my Australian family.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose and why? I would like to be a cat – we have three in our house hold and they run the place.
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? My favourite movie is “King Arthur” as it is about royalty and we have a royal family in Tonga.
Tell us about your best holiday? I went to Eden in 2017 with my Australian family. A lovely little town, but a long drive to get there, especially when I discovered I get car sick.
Kristy Yeo: The sense of community – I’ve been here 20 years and it’s like a big family and very supportive environment. I love seeing the delight in the children’s faces as they come through the door every day.
Amanda Dean: I enjoy the children and playing with them every day. I love watching them grow.
Jenni Harding: I love building relationships with the families and children, and watching them progress and their achievements as they come through the centre.
Karly Lane is a popular Australian fiction author with 14 bestselling novels including her latest release Mr Right Now. Having grown up and lived in country towns and communities across NSW, including Parkes, Karly Lane is often referred to as rural fiction’s favourite daughter. In a mini tour of our shire, Karly will be speaking at Peak Hill, Trundle and Parkes libraries. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet Karly and hear her talk about her writing, novels and characters.
Peak Hill Library: Wed 6 November, 6pm Trundle Library: Thurs 7 November, 2pm Parkes Library: Fri 8 November, 6pm RSVP: 6861 2309 or email@example.com. gov.au
(Enter the competition on this page to win two of Karly’s latest books!)
Tuesday 5th November @ 6pm
There’s no time like the write time! Author-Rised meets monthly to support and encourage teen and adult writers from beginners through to accomplished writers. Poets, creative fiction, all types of writers come together to work on achieving their writing goals. Whether you want to simply improve your writing or whether you are working toward publishing your work, this network of like-minded people provides a fun, enjoyable and supportive atmosphere for releasing your inner writer.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I have lived in Parkes since 1983. The best thing about living here is definitely the people.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I am a teacher at Middleton Public School. I used to be Assistant Principal but I now do release teaching. I enjoy the kids, and teaching art and science.
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I love to catch up with friends (over a few wines), read, play golf (very badly though) or go for a walk.
What makes you proud? My family. When I look at my kids and the really good people they are, I know I have done something right in life! I’m also proud of my teaching career. I have always loved what I do!
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? I would be a butterfly. They are colourful and free!
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? My favourite movies are anything that has a ‘feel good’ ending. I love a good romance! My favourite book is ‘I Am Pilgrim.’ I couldn’t put it down and it has the most amazing story ever!
Tell us about your best holiday. I have loved going to Canada, USA and Alaska but I just love Europe, especially Italy! If I could afford it, I would travel overseas every year!
What is on your bucket list? My bucket list is getting longer every year. Mostly the places I want to visit…Europe (again), South America, Africa, Asia and, of course, travel around Australia, especially Western Australia.
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