Forbes Invitational Dragon Boat Regatta: The annual Forbes Invitational Dragon Boat Regatta gets underway this Sunday, 19th March on the beautiful Lake Forbes. Entries have been received from clubs and paddlers from right across the region including Orange, Parkes, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Lithgow, Dubbo, Forbes and a special welcome to paddlers from the new Blue Mountains club who will be making their first trip to Lake Forbes.
The Forbes Daragon Boat Club are looking forward to a great day of friendly competition with like minded people from all across western NSW. Spectators are welcome to come along and enjoy the atmosphere of this wonderful local event and to cheer on the local team. Racing will commence at 8.30am and should be completed by 1.30pm.
NAPLAN Testing Starts Earlier For NSW Schools: This week, around 400,000 students across more than 3,100 NSW schools have begun NAPLAN tests.
This is the first year that NAPLAN will be held in Term 1 for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students. It means that parents, teachers and ultimately our students, will soon benefit from earlier results from NAPLAN tests.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said these changes mean we will have a better picture of how a student is tracking earlier and can make sure that any extra support they need to catch up is provided sooner. “A big thank you to the teachers, NAPLAN coordinators and school principals for their efforts preparing for NAPLAN this year amidst the changes.”
Showtime Means It’s Competition Time: The Forbes & Parkes Phoenix are once again giving away tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. We will be giving a away two family passes for four people to attend this years event, one to a Forbes family and one to a Parkes family. Check out further details of the competition on page four of this week’s paper and enter online via www.forbesphoenix.com.au or www.parkesphoenix.com.au. Good luck!
Temporary closure of Thomas Street, Parkes: Motorists are advised that a temporary road closure will be in place on Thomas Street, Parkes from Monday, 20th March for work to safely remove material containing naturally occurring asbestos, as part of the Parkes Bypass project.
This work, between the intersections of Moulden Street and Reedsdale Road, will be managed by an external expert and all involved will wear appropriate protective clothing.
Thomas Street will be closed during works hours between 7am and 6pm weekdays and 8am to 6pm on some Saturdays for about eight months, weather permitting.