Art Competition and Exhibition: The Forbes Arts Society invites avid, amateur and accomplished artists from across the region to enter this year’s Heritage Art Competition. The theme ‘Our Heritage for the Future’ encourages artists to celebrate all aspects of heritage including the built and natural environment, sacred sites and artefacts. Forbes Arts Society Chair, Dr Karen Ritchie said: “While artists do not have to be residents of Forbes, their entries do need to portray an aspect of Forbes Shire heritage. The competition has no set categories and is open to all art mediums and styles, with the finalists exhibited at the Platypus Gallery from 27th April to 15th May as part of the Our Heritage for the Future exhibition.” For more information visit www.forbesartssociety.com or follow @PlatypusGallery on Facebook and Instagram.
Biggest Morning Tea: Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has never been so important and offers the perfect opportunity to check in with friends, family and colleagues over a cuppa and a bite to eat, while raising vital funds to support people affected by cancer. The official day to host a 2021 morning tea is Thursday, 27th May. However, you can register to host at any time throughout May or June. Whether it’s at home with friends or family, a simple morning tea in the office with workmates, virtually, or a gathering in a local community or at school, you can host a Biggest Morning Tea your way this year. These connections are particularly vital for people affected by cancer. For more information or to register, visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85. Dine & Discover NSW: You can now redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers in the Parkes Shire! Haven’t received your vouchers yet? NSW residents can easily apply online to receive their vouchers through the Service NSW website or by installing the latest version of the app. Find out where you can redeem your vouchers https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/dine-and-discover/business-finder
Pilot Program: Central West NSW is one of six regions across Australia to test the Carbon+Biodiversity Pilot Program. Ap-plications for farmers to participate in the $23.5 million pilot are now open. Under this pilot, farmers will be able to apply to receive a biodiversity payment in addition to what they would receive under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). For more information go to: www.agriculture.gov.au/agriculturestewardship