26 August 2020

Winter certainly made its presence felt last week and it did bring with it more rain which we are grateful for. I want to remind everyone the Community Funding Program round is about to close on the 31st August 2020. If you haven't already applied for the grant, you need to get your applications in asap. With limited funds and a highly competitive process you must get in quick to ensure your project or service is in the running.

Some of you may have noticed the red garbage bins being audited last week in the early hours. We didn't want to alarm you at all but this investigation was very important for us to conduct and had to be done unannounced to ensure we achieved true results. There are large amount of food scraps going into landfill which could be placed in the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bins and the investigation was conducted to achieve a baseline in which we hope to improve on. The scraps decomposing in our landfill only causes excess methane gases to go into the environment. I beg you to take a small amount of time to dispose of your waste considerably. If you don't have a Kitchen Caddy please contact our Waste and Environment Officer and he will arrange a new one for you. If you have chooks, which a lot of you do, or maybe a neighbour does you can also feed them. We must all do our part to stop excess waste going into our landfill.

I recently had to call on the Forbes hospital for an unexpected ailment. I am so glad we have this wonderful facility in our town, as I was looked after so quickly and well. I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful treatment and service I received whilst I was there. On behalf of all the residents in Forbes I would like to thank the staff at the Forbes Hospital, you truly are amazing!

Once again can I remind you all to shop local. We are working extremely hard at Council to ensure our retail sector is the best in the Central West if not NSW and we need your help to keep our businesses thriving during these tough times.

God Bless.