Voices Rejoice: There is great excitement in the air for the restart of the Parkes Community Choir. It has been a whole year since the choir was silenced because of COVID-19 making it a long and very difficult time for some members. The first meeting will be on Thursday, 22nd April from 7 – 8:30pm at the Parkes Community Centre, Rose Street. The choir welcomes anyone who loves to sing and it is free!
Grab A Free Cuppa: If you’re travelling this Easter in regional NSW, make sure you check out freecuppa.com.au, plan your trip, have regular breaks and collect your free cuppa at one of more than 100 participating businesses. Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor said drivers were entitled to a free cuppa at participating businesses if they were more than 100km away from home. “Drivers claiming a free cuppa can also go into the draw to win fuel vouchers, travel vouchers or a coffee machine, with a total prize pool of $1,200. Drivers can avoid fatigue crashes by recognising the early warning signs – yawning, tired eyes, restlessness, poor concentration, drowsiness, daydreaming, head nodding, oversteering, slow reactions and boredom.
Dine & Discover: Parkes residents can now apply for their Dine & Discover vouchers online. The NSW Government launched Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to get out and about and support dining, arts and tourism businesses. Every NSW resident aged 18 and over is eligible for four $25 vouchers.
Five Days Of Double Demerits: Double demerits will be in place for five days over the Easter holiday period from 1st April to 5th April inclusive. Double demerit points will apply for all speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences. Drivers getting caught illegally using their phones during a double demerit period will be hit with a $349 fine and 10 demerits. Parkes Highway Patrol Sergeant Martin Ling is encouraging all road users to pay attention to road conditions and allow plenty of travel time. “Despite seatbelts being legal since the early 1970s, complacency seems to have crept in and not wearing a seatbelt has been a factor involved in the last three fatal crashes on our local roads. There will be more Police on the roads and therefore more chance of getting caught,” Sergeant Ling said.