Parkes Open Gardens this Sunday, 13th October: Take a break from the dry landscape around us and visit six beautiful gardens from 10am to 4pm. Wristbands are on sale at Greenparkes Garden Centre. Lots of stalls, raffle tickets for $1 tickets, morning tea, lunch, a pink garden and some surprise finds. It’s going to be a great day. Children 16 and under free entry. $15 adults.
2020 Free Cuppa Registrations Open: Local businesses are invited to help tackle driver fatigue by registering to take part in next year’s ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme from 1st March to 31st May. The scheme encourages drivers to stop at participating businesses for a free cuppa to take a break from driving long distances. The scheme will be operating in over 20 local government areas in the Western, South Western and Hunter Regions of NSW from the Victorian border to the Queensland border and to the coast at Port Stephens. Since its inception ten years ago the scheme has given away more than 20,000 free cuppas throughout NSW. Last year it was operational in 50 towns and cities and 101 participating businesses, including 15 local participating businesses in the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas. The closing date is Friday, 18th October. If your business would like to participate, contact Melanie Suitor on 6861 2364 or email Melanie.Suitor@parkes.nsw. gov.au, or register on the website www. freecuppa.com.au
2020 Australia Day Awards: Nominations are open for the 2020 Parkes Shire Council Community, Cultural, Environmental and Sports Awards, including the Ron Harrison Sports Bursary. “The annual Australia Day awards are designed to publicly acknowledge and reward the marvellous contributions citizens and groups make on a local level and encourage others to follow their lead,” said Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith OAM. “We recognise individuals or groups who are positively contributing to the local culture, community and environment.” The awards cover the 2019 calendar year to date and will be announced at the Australia Day Awards ceremony in January next year. Pick up a nomination form from Council, one of the libraries, or at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, download nomination forms from www.parkes.nsw. gov.au. Entries for the Community, Cultural and Environmental Awards close on Monday, 18th November. Entries for the Sports Awards and Ron Harrison Sports Bursary close on Wednesday, 30th November.