Mr Chicken Returns: An exhibition of works created by legendary Australian author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs will be on exhibit at Parkes Library from 5th February to 2nd March. Leigh Hobbs: Characters from the Drawing Board takes a close look at some of Leigh’s characters, in particular, Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken. Manager Cultural, Education & Library Services, Shellie Buckle said: “It is very exciting to follow up Leigh Hobbs’ visit last year with an exhibit of his works, including illustrations of his famous book characters and original sketches and sketch books.”
Visit By Veterans Pensions Officer: An officer from the Veterans Outreach Program will be visiting Parkes on Monday, 5th and Tuesday, 6th February to offer a free service to any veteran, service or exservice personnel seeking assistance with service pension, disability pension, war widow and/or an MCRS claim from any confrontation. All appointments will be for one hour at the Parkes Services & Citizens Club. Contact the Parkes Sub Branch Secretary Paul Thomas on 0427 624 683 to make an appointment. Paul stressed that the Outreach Program is not only for ex-Vietnam personnel. The co-ordinator Dennis Hanmer OAM said: “We are here to help, assist and represent former as well as current members of the defence forces in their battles with Veterans Affairs (DVA).” Dennis will also be available to assist widows and families of departed comrades and members irrespective of whether they are members or not of the local Sub Branch. People from surrounding towns can also make appointments.
Double Demerits: A reminder that double demerit points will be in force for four days over the long weekend from today to Sunday for all speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences. “Please drive safely and take extra care on the roads this long weekend,” said Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor. Lachlan Highway Patrol Sergeant Dearne Jeffree is encouraging all road users to pay attention to road conditions and allow plenty of travel time. “Drivers should be warned that they are at greatest risk of losing their licence during this four-day period. There will be more Police on the roads and therefore more chance of getting caught,” said Dearne.