Spring Photo Competition: The Parkes Phoenix is once again running its very popular competition, and this year Spring is magnificent after all the rain. So, go out and get snapping, we would love to see what you see! Ivey Lane Photography has sponsored a $50 gift voucher as prize. Enter via our Facebook page or email your photos to email@example.com. Entries close 30th October.
No Evidence Of Community Transmission: The whole community were relieved by the news last week from Western NSW Health Local Health District that there has been no evidence of community transmission following an initial positive result reported in Parkes on 2nd September. After an initial positive test result, a rapid response was set in motion, including a mobile testing clinic attended by more than 430 people over two days. Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM thanked the community for their response and attendance at the clinics for testing. He reminded everyone to remain vigilant, and to rely on information from the Health Service and not unofficial commentary from social media. “We fully understand the desire of residents to have the most up-to-date information available however much of the information on social media was speculative and at times caused great distress to those families affected. These are difficult times and I know that our community would prefer that we support each other rather than escalate concerns. I am sure that the Parkes Shire community will join me in this request,” he said. The Parkes airport terminal will continue to be closed outside of scheduled flight times. The terminal will open for 45 minutes either side of arrival and departure flights.
Arts funding open for 2021: Arts OutWest is encouraging local groups to apply for the 2021 round of Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding. Applications close on 29th September. CASP grants of up to $3,000 are available. Projects could include (but are not limited to) workshops, arts activities as part of festivals or events, artist-in-residence programs, public art and design projects, exhibitions, forums or seminars or other local arts initiatives. Projects can be designed to be face-to-face or online. To apply groups must discuss their project with Arts OutWest before submitting an online application. Read the full criteria at https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/casp/ and contact Arts OutWest on 6338 4657 or firstname.lastname@example.org