Virtual Field Day Success: The recent Be Road Ready for Harvest Virtual Field Day, held via Zoom, was a sell-out. More than 90 people registered for the event. Attendees included a mixture of farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies, agricultural machinery retailers, government agencies, council staff and relevant associations. The event provided information about the current regulations for safely and legally moving agricultural vehicles and combinations on the road. Parkes Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor said it was great to see strong numbers as the region was expecting a good harvest for the first time in a number of years. The Virtual Field Day was recorded and can be accessed on the Forbes Shire Council’s YouTube channel or via this link: https://youtu.be/MIGBLuDVVF0 All attendees received a USB containing all relevant notices for moving agricultural machinery and combinations with other useful information.
Tullamore School Safety Boost: Tullamore Central School is one of 98 schools across the state preparing to welcome a new school crossing supervisor. The new supervisor will monitor children at the crossing on Hinkler Street as they walk to and from school. Recruitment for the position will open shortly. Of the 98 new positions, 38 of them will be in regional schools, including those that haven’t had a crossing supervisor before.
Harvest Ready Road Program: Parkes Shire Council is implementing a Harvest Priority Road Program to ensure the Shire’s rural road network will meet the demands of this year’s harvest season. The Rural Roads Advisory Group (RRAG) resolved to support the program and to redirect gravel re-sheeting funds to the program, along with allocating funds to address other unsealed roads post-harvest. “With what is expected to be a bumper harvest season following the drought, it is more important than ever to provide our transporters and producers safe and efficient road corridors,” said Parkes Mayor Ken Keith. Council’s roads team has commenced in the north west of the shire (near Yethra and Alagala) to ensure roads are in good condition for farmers to get grain to nearby silos. A team will also work in and around Peak Hill, and then work their way towards Trundle, Bogan Gate and the Parkes area to complete priority roads for harvest. Parkes Shire Council is responsible for over 2,000km of sealed and gravel roads.