Cheney Park Rehabilitation: The revised completion date for the rehabilitation of Cheney Park is now the end of March due to higher than average rainfall events early this year. The park is experiencing issues with high salt levels which is causing the playing field to be scalded. Parkes Shire Council engaged soil specialists and drainage designers to develop solutions to mitigate future instances of the salt scalding. The work includes the bulk removal of the salt affected soil and rebuilding of the area, the installation of sub-surface slit drains and the installation of new turf on the playing surface.
Free Community Meal Returns: The Uniting Church is starting the free Monday Monthly Meal again on 1st March from 6 to 7pm at the Uniting Church Hall. The popular community event has been shelved for the past year. The restart will be conducted in a COVID-safe environment with volunteers abiding to all regulations. A church member has done a restaurant COVID safe course to ensure the event is conducted according to the latest rules.
Call For Art Entries: The Cowra Art Group will be presenting the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards in the Cowra Regional Art Gallery from 20th May to 12th June. The Group are calling for entries from artists within 100km of Cowra to enter. The major prize is $4,000, plus $1,000 for the Barbara Bennett Memorial People’s Choice award to be decided by popular vote. Entries close Friday, 30th April. Contact the coordinator on 0498 249 580 or email email@example.com.
Trimming Trees: Essential Energy will begin vegetation management in Parkes and surrounding area in early March as part of its routine maintenance. Trees and powerlines can be a deadly combination, with branches coming into contact with over-head powerlines posing a serious hazard to people and wildlife. Essential Energy consults with councils, private landholders and National Parks on vegetation management activities.
Epic Long Lunch Is Back: Grazing Down the Lachlan will draw upon local history during the gold rush era for inspiration for this year’s menu. Renowned Sydney chef O Tama Carey is returning as creative director and will incorporate ideas of Chinese dishes found in regional restaurants of Australia with touches of native ingredients and flavours. The multi-award winning foodie adventure returns to Forbes on Saturday, 18th September. Ticket numbers have been capped at 500 – sign up to the e-newsletter at www.grazingdownthelachlan.com for information on tickets.