27 May 2020

I will start with Target’s announcement of closing the Forbes store in mid 2021 and what I plan to do about it. I am very disappointed to hear this announcement and I have already written a submission to info@wesfarmers.com.au to ask the Chairman to reconsider his decision. I have included this email address in my column this week as I ask you to also email Wesfarmers and tell them how important our precious Target is to the people of Forbes. We have until mid 2021 to fight this good fight and I promise you I will do everything possible to get a win for Forbes!

The new Caltex has opened at the Homemakers Centre and the KFC will follow next week 10am 2 June 2020. Between these two sites there are around 70-80 jobs for our town. This is a major win for Forbes to be creating jobs like this in the current climate.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement has now gone on public exhibition. We encourage everyone to have a look at the plan and let Council know your thoughts. This plan will keep Council in check for the next 20 years regarding further development, both residential and economic.

We had such a wonderful win last week with the NSW State Government approving over $730,000 funding for the Stronger Country Community program. Sam Farraway delivered the cheque on behalf of Deputy Premier, John Barilaro which is for three projects in Forbes; Spooner Oval upgrades, Jenny Murphy Park upgrades and a new Ninja Park for Forbes.

Thank you also to Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, who called last week to announce the Federal Government will be giving Forbes Shire Council Federal funding of $1.22 million for a stimulus package to support our community. This will bring forward many future projects we have planned. Watch this space!

Take care. God Bless.