Teaching youngsters all about our Council

Forbes Shire Council is giving all Year 5 students across the shire a special opportunity to get involved in the day to day doings of Council as it celebrates Local Government Week in 2023.

On Wednesday 9 August Council will host students from Forbes and Bedgerebong as they take part in a range of activities across the Shire's different departments.

Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM said she was looking forward to showing the students some of the work that happens behind the scenes.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase to our future generations what it is we do at Council and how their feedback and input is important,” Mayor Miller said.

Over the course of the day, students will be involved in such activities as meeting the Planning team and learn about the processes of designing future parks and providing feedback and work on a mini construction project with Council’s Projects team.

This cohort will complete a tour of Forbes’ Lachlan Vintage Village Visitor Information Centre learning how important the tourism industry is to Forbes and what there is to see and do here from the Tourism Team. Together with Urban Services, the students will plant a tree for the future and a plaque will be installed to remember the day to allow students to return in future years to see how their trees are growing.

Students will meet with Mayor Miller and Council’s General Manager Steve Loane in the Council Chambers to move a ‘motion’, then lunch with Councils directors in Victoria Park.

“Our Ranger team will be on hand to discuss animal welfare and there will also be a special surprise visitor,” Mayor Miller said.

The Community and Tourism team will work with students to gather feedback on future murals for Forbes and join in a contest to name Council’s new street sweeper.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming students to Council and playing host for the day”.

Mayor Miller and Mr Loane will also attend the annual NSW Local Government Awards in Sydney, where Council has been nominated for planning and communication awards. Local Government Week celebrates the work councils do in their local communities, including the wide variety of services they provide.