Parkes Shire residents and affected business operators are invited to attend the Parkes Shire Drought Forum on Tuesday, 11th September at the Parkes Services Club commencing at 5:30pm. Council is hosting the forum to gain input from the community on how the Federal Government’s allocation of $1 million of drought funding can be applied for best effect across the Parkes Shire, in line with the guidelines. The forum is also an opportunity to communicate what other relief programs and support that are currently on offer for our farming and business community. Register your attendance for the forum via www.parkes.nsw.gov.au
Today we mark the 100th anniversary of the Peak Hill silos. Built by John Howie and Sons in 1918, the original single 50,000 concrete bushel bin was the first public wheat silo in Australia. The complex has grown significantly to include a six-bin Metcalf, a weighbridge, additional storage sheds and bunkers – now owned and operated by GrainCorp.
Congratulations to Parkes Jockey Club, and all involved in the restoration and rejuvenation of the historic grand stand at the Parkes racecourse. The grandstand was officially opened and named ‘Pritchard Pavilion’ at a ceremony held last Friday evening.
Congratulations is also extended to the Parkes Show Committee on delivering another successful annual show this week. Locals and visitors are encouraged to head out to Trundle this weekend for the annual Bush Tucker Day. Now in it’s 32nd year, the event is expected to attract over 2,000 to town with all profits from the event going back into the local community. Visitors can expect bush games, sheep shearing, cooking demonstrations, taste testing, free kids activities, market stalls and live music throughout the day – with headline act Richard Clapton taking to the stage at 6:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.trundlebushtuckerday.com
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire