New History Blog: With Anzac Day fresh in our minds, the Parkes Library’s history blog has a new entry. Most towns have a war memorial, but do they have one on the intersection of two main streets? Read about the Bogan Gate War Memorial Clock Tower here: https://historyparkes.org/2019/04/17/bogan-gate-war-memorial/
ABBA Winner: Congratulations to Fiona Ferguson on winning a double pass to the Trundle ABBA Festival!
Bogan Gate Market Weekend: The annual market weekend is taking place again at the Bogan Gate Community Memorial Hall on Saturday, 4th May from 9am to 3pm and Sunday, 5th May from 8am to 12 noon to raise funds for renovations to the hall. Devonshire Teas, soup and rolls and sausage sandwiches will be available for purchase on Saturday, and egg and bacon rolls and Devonshire Teas on Sunday. Also taking part are Tumbling Downs Olive Grove (who press extra virgin olive oil on their farm in Bogan Gate), Bogan Gate School P&C, Uniting Church, Botanic Bounty, Bogan Gate Craft Shop, Dorothy’s Dolls and Janelle’s knitted jumpers to name a few. Come out for a drive or if you are going to ABBA in Trundle, drop in on your way there or on your way back. Cheney Park
Remediation Project: Investigative work into the salinity issues affecting Cheney Park is continuing with
consultants currently undertaking detailed data gathering and analysis. Parkes Shire Council received a $550,000 grant under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to rehabilitate the site, which has been significantly affected by dry land salinity in recent years. Investigations undertaken last year also highlighted an issue with the water table. Consultants have commenced extensive monitoring of the site. During the analysis period, the affected area will be fenced off to prevent further damage to the playing surface and ensure the safety of park users.
Business Scam: A Parkes business was recently affected by a scam when it purchased an item from a business outside of Parkes using email and phone. The seller’s email appears to have been hacked and the buyer paid the money to the scammer thinking it was the seller. Scamwatch, run by the ACCC, is calling on businesses to urgently review how they verify and pay accounts and invoices as scams have grown by a third this year. For more information go to:https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/hackers-targeting-businesses-emails-insophisticated-