30 Years of Service Celebrated


Last week Forbes Shire Council celebrated 30 Years of service with the Forbes Railway Arts committee.

“I would like to thank all the amazing volunteers we have had at the Railway Station Arts and Tourist Information Centre over the last 30 years,” said Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM. “Such an amazing milestone to reach and we at Council appreciate your dedication and service to the community over those three decades.

“I would like to pay special tribute to our life members; Pearl Maguire, Merle Churchill and Anne Nixon who attended last Wednesday. You all were at the inaugural meeting on 18th June 1990 at the Forbes Golf Club,” continues Mayor Miller. “Danie Doolan, the driving force and dedicated founding member, must also be acknowledged. Without her initial push the Forbes Railway Arts & Tourist Centre committee would not have come to fruition.

“The successful arts and craft centre would not have become what it did without the forward thinking and tenacity of these women at the time. And for it to continue as long as it has, is truly remarkable.

“We must also not forget Judith Taylor and Lyn Simmonds who also have been working at the centre for 30 years,” continues Mayor Miller. “Your amazing knowledge of the local area has also helped Forbes Shire Council to aid tourists and the like to the attractions and facilities in our area. For this we are very grateful.”

In total the Railway Station Arts and Tourism Information committee has had a total of 111 members over the thirty years. Currently the committee are non-committal on the future for the Railway Arts committee as Covid-19 has changed the circumstances in which they operate.