21 January 2021

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to another new and exciting year ahead. Lots and lots of things are happening this year so get ready for a busy one.

Have you been down to Templar Street lately? Doesn’t it look great! Very soon we will be starting new paving along the footpaths and this will be done in sections to alleviate the need to close big areas off to pedestrians. Street furniture and gardens will also be hot-on-the-heels as well.

This year will be a very busy one for our Shire with the development work soon to begin on our new residential estate, Goldridge Estate in Edward St. Planning is underway as we speak and it will be great to be able to offer flood free real estate. You may have heard the recent interest the Central West is getting, with people wanting to move out of larger centres and move to places like Forbes where houses are more affordable and the lifestyle more desirable.

Australia Day celebrations are a little different this year and we encourage everyone to have their own celebration either at home or by the Lake. There will be six food vans at our amazing parks at the Ski Dam, Lions Park, the Water Park and Rotary Park. Remember to socially distance and enjoy the day. The Citizenship ceremony will be broadcast live from Facebook at 6pm, so make sure you tune in then. The fireworks will be launched at 9pm and these too will be televised live on Facebook.

On the 25th March we are going to paint the town red! This is to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. The last 12 months has been very tough on the charity with Covid restrictions. I ask everyone to start organising their red outfit for the 25th March. We will share more details soon on what we are planning for the town to celebrate this great cause.

Lastly I would like to remind everyone to be safe out at the Ski Dam as it has been very busy of late. Please obey the rules and make sure your boats are registered, insured and water worthy. I will be asking Maritime Services to do more patrols out there to stop any cowboy behaviour. Everyone needs their fair share of time on the water so please be considerate.

Once again happy 2021 and let’s hope this year is a lot better than the last. God Bless.