Dress like a Farmer Day: On 2 July, Parkes Public school held a ‘Farmers Day’ to support the drought-stricken farmers. Students were allowed to come to school dressed up as farmer and bring in a gold coin donation, which will go to the charity ‘Buy a Bale’. We raised over $600 on the day which is an amazing amount for our school community. We got the idea from learning about drought and watching Behind The News and seeing other schools doing similar things to help out. Lucy Hall and Nina Richardson-Bartley, who are in Year 6, thought to do this farmers day and asked Mrs Ruckley and 6 Red before going to Mrs O’Neill for her approval. When we put the whole plan into action it was a great, fun day. Thank you to everyone who participated and brought in a gold coin donation!
By Lucy Hall & Nina Richardson-Bartley
$250 Regional Seniors Travel Card: Travel is one of the most significant household costs for residents living in our region. The State Government is set to ease this cost for rural and regional travellers from January next year, through the rollout of the $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card. Seniors will be able to use the $250 to purchase fuel and pay for taxi fares from participating providers in rural and regional NSW, and pre-booked NSW TrainLink train and coach services.
Find a Cheaper Energy Bill: The energy industry welcomes the introduction of a comparison tool that makes it easier to assess energy deals in the market. From today every offer in NSW will be compared against an independent benchmark called a Reference Bill. Customers will be able to rate the value of a new offer by the size of the discount against the Reference Bill. All customers are encouraged to go to thegovernment’s EnergyMadeEasy website (https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au) to help find a cheaper deal.
Recycled Water Rising Main Construction Update – Nash Street Rail Crossing: Underboring will be undertaken at the Nash Street Rail Crossing for the recycled water pipeline to be installed beneath the tracks. Works will commence from 27 June and are expected to be completed by 7 July (conditions permitting). Nash Street will remain open during this period, however variable speed limits will be enforced to ensure the safety of construction workers working alongside the road.