Forbes Heritage Festival: The festival takes place in Victoria Park in the heart of Forbes’ heritage district on tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 2pm. The park will transform into a scene from days past, with live demonstrations from heritage trades including blacksmiths, cheese making, woodturning and more. Learn more about the town’s rich heritage with displays from the Forbes Historical Society and Forbes Family History Group, and settle in for some tall tales at the Bush Telegraph stage. Get up close and personal with some amazing vintage vehicles from the Forbes Historical Machinery Association and sample freshly cooked, award-winning damper from the Annual CWA Damper Competition, cooked over real coals on site! Roving bushrangers from the interactive theatre troupe Convict Footprints will set your heart racing with their daring adventures, while Swamp Dawkins Bush Band are sure to have you up and dancing. Enjoy a fun-filled, free family day out.
Flood Waste Turned Into Mulch: Rural Aid has helped Northern Rivers farmers turn rotting flood waste into a healthy by-product for soil improvement, through a partnership with Multikraft Probiotic Solutions. Multikraft’s MicroBalance product was sprayed by helicopter onto 33 farms in northern NSW last week. The probiotic solution is a multi-strain microbial product, that benefits soil health by quickly decomposing flood debris and organic matter into useful mulch. Wardell Macadamia grower Robbie Commens described the past few months as ‘incredibly overwhelming’. “We had about a metre and a half of water over all of our trees.” The product and its aerial application were distributed to Rural Aid farmers free of charge. More than 4,500 acres were sprayed.
Renewable Energy Projects In The Bush: The NSW Government is urging farmers and people in regional parts of NSW to provide input into the Agriculture Commissioner’s review into on-farm renewable energy facilities. Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said he was pleased the Commissioner was making strong progress in considering the issues associated with growing the renewable energy sector whilst still protecting agricultural land. The Agriculture Commissioner Daryl Quinlivan is inviting submissions from all parties involved in or impacted by the development of the agricultural renewable energy sector to have their say by making a submission. To access the issues paper and to provide a written submission, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/lup. Submissions close 5pm, 23rd May.