Stork News: Joshua Carter (2) welcomed his new sister, Suzanna Carter, to the world with dad Mark Carter and Mum Nataliia Hamanenko. Little Suzanna was born on 6th June in the Forbes Hospital weighing 3.52kg and measuring 53cm.
Save the Platypus: The iconic platypus is to be given much-needed help thanks to plans by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and RSPCA NSW to build a new Platypus Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility. The new purpose-built facility at Taronga Zoo in Sydney is on the way, thanks to a $600,000 donation from RSPCA NSW and will serve as a refuge for platypus requiring urgent care and respite. The RSPCA NSW’s donation was made possible by the outpouring of public support during the Black Summer bushfires through RSPCA NSW’s emergency appeal. Once complete, the facility will be able to provide refuge and rehabilitation for 9 – 12 platypus at any one time, dependent on sex ratio.
Planning Applications Move Online: As of 1st July, Parkes Shire Council will be integrating with the NSW Planning Portal to accept and process development applications online. Development applications will be submitted online, anywhere, at a time convenient to the applicant via the NSW Planning Portal. The NSW Planning Portal is a digital space where community, industry and government can work together to better understand and meet their obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The use of the portal will be compulsory to lodge development applications as of 1st July. You will need to register a secure login to access the portal before you begin. There is a community information session on 23rd June in the Council Chambers from 6 to 7:30pm.To register your attendance, visit Council’s website or contact the Planning & Environment Department on 6861 2373. For more information on how to use the portal, view the quick reference guides at www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au or by visiting Council’s website.
Knitting For A Cause: Every Friday is ‘Yarn Day’ for the Parkes College for Seniors at 10am. It is a time to crochet, and knit ‘n natter for Ronald McDonald house in Orange. Over the years they have made hundreds of blankets, jumpers, beanies, ponchos, washers, bibs, mittens, booties and toys. “We thoroughly enjoy the morning get togethers, and knowing we are helping children and families from our surrounding communities encourage us to continue for many more years to come,” said Maree Mulligan.