Australia Day Celebrations

Celebrate, come together and reflect on our community as a whole and the many facets that make up the character of our amazing Shire with a variety of Australia Day activities!

Celebrate Australia Day in the Forbes Shire starting with the annual Community Breakfast hosted by Forbes Rotary, in partnership with Forbes Shire Council in Lions Park from 7am – 9pm. Then join us for a relaxed celebration by beautiful Lake Forbes with  Chillin by the Lake at various picturesque locations around Lake Forbes. Party in the Park will kick off at Lions Park from 6pm, featuring live entertainment from GabeMusic, amazing food and drink vendors, kids activities, free pedal boats and a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm!

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Australia Day Award Nominations!

Forbes Shire Council invites all members of the community to nominate an outstanding member of our community for the annual Australia Day Awards! The Forbes Shire Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards recognise and reward those Shire residents who have displayed a consistent record of excellence, who have made outstanding achievements in their field and who have made a significant contribution to our community. The awards are open to residents across the Forbes Shire.

Nominations are now open, closing at 5pm, Sunday 8 January 2023.
Download the nomination form: here  (PDF 137KB)

For more information or to receive a copy of the nomination form, please contact Council’s Community Relations Officer, Sarah Williams on 02 6850 2300 or

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Food and Beverage Vendors - Expression of Interest

Council is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from community groups and other interested organisations for the Provision of Food and Beverage Services for the Australia Day Party In the Park Celebrations on Thursday 26 January 2023 from 6pm at Lions Park.

Organisations must be willing to obtain relevant licencing and insurance requirements.

Expression of interest forms can be dowloaded: here (PDF 766.8KB) 

For more information please contact Council's Community Relations Officer on 02 6850 2300 or Expressions of Interest closes 1 December 2022.  

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Chillin By the Lake


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