Postcards From Parkes
Hundreds of votes were cast to choose the favourite artworks to be made into postcards in the Postcards from Parkes exhibition at the end of last year. The postcards of the winning images will soon be available for free at Parkes Shire libraries. Congratulations to the winners: Bumberry Dam by Hannah Farrant-Jayet; The Dish Opening Day by Jesse Woods; Golden Hour Harvest by Candy Jubb; Resilience and Hope by Belinda Lawrence; As Seen on TV, The Dish by Candy Jubb; Parkes is not on the Coast by Deb Jones.
Lifeline For Businesses
A new support package that started on 1st February will keep the doors of many businesses open, according to the state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW. The NSW Government announced the package in the wake of the Omicron surge, with businesses of turnover between $75,000 and $50 million set to benefit. The package includes: A payment of up to $5,000 per week (20% of payroll) for businesses who suffered a 40% downturn in January and project to do the same in February; The Small Business Fees and Charges rebate program extended to $3000, and can include 50% of the costs incurred to acquire RAT’s for the workplace; and Commercial landlord relief extended until 13th March. “Our most recent Business Conditions Survey found 40% of NSW businesses had cashflow to last them for the next three months, so this relief will be widely embraced by our Western NSW business community,” said Business NSW, Regional Manager – Western NSW, Vicki Seccombe.
Do you have a National Tree Day event planned that you need support with? Applications are open for grants from The Seedling Bank! Schools and community groups are welcome to apply – closing Friday, 25th February. Go to https://treeday.planetark.org/ and add your application to your registered 2022 National Tree Day event. The Seedling Bank funds projects of all sizes. Every day is Tree Day, and National Tree Day is happy to support plantings happening throughout the year, whenever conditions are best. Since 1996, National Tree Day has seen Australian communities plant almost 26 million trees. The Seedling Bank aims to further support these dedicated volunteers with their planting efforts by providing financial support where seedlings are needed most.
Pop-up COVID-19 Clinic
Vax Clinic in Parkes for anyone aged 12 years and over for Pfizer first or second dose; anyone aged 5 – 11 years is eligible for Kids Pfizer. Reserve your spot at the Parkes clinic running on Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday, 16th February from 9:30 to 4pm. Go to bit.ly/C19vaxbookingsParkes or phone 1800 684 423. Booster doses only available for those aged over 18 years. Those aged 5 – 15 years must be accompanied by their parent, guardian or nominated carer.