Message from the Phoenix Publisher – Cheryl Newsom: I would like to extend a very big thank you to all of our readers, contributors, advertisers, contractors and the team at the Phoenix Group of Newspapers for making 2016 such a successful one for us. Despite the changes in the media landscape, we decided to launch two new free local newspapers in Parkes and Hilltops (Young) in March of 2016. With this came the normal challenges and without the support of all those mentioned we would not have been able to accomplish what we did. 2017 will be even bigger and better with the launch of some new features, an app, and new projects being planned. We would ask that you continue to support us, as we strive for excellence and being involved at a local level in these communities. Remember that we are your local voice in the communities we serve. We wish everybody a very Merry Christmas
and best wishes for a successful 2017.
New website and social media pages: Parkes Shire Council has launched its new user-friendly website and social media pages just in time for Christmas. After six months of consultation, planning, tendering and user testing, the new look website went live on Wednesday. Parkes Shire Council’s General Manager, Kent Boyd said the new website was set to become a hub of information for our community. “The aim was to create a platform for the community to easily navigate and find the information they need, whether they are on a mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer.” Council engaged the expertise of branding and digital agency, Crackler to create the fresh, user-friendly site. Council is also expanding its digital communications to Facebook and Twitter. The community is invited to connect with Parkes Shire Council via www.parkes.nsw.gov.au and on Facebook and Twitter. Residents
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Grant money for farmers: Additional disaster assistance was announced this week. “Recovery grants of up to $15,000 are available to help flood affected primary producers with recovery needs,” said Michael McCormack, Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business. Eligible councils in the Riverina electorate are Bland, Forbes, Parkes, Bogan, Lachlan, Narromine and Warren.