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WOMEN AND ART … Parkes local Amber Jordan (left) did this artwork in Year 12 at Parkes High School last year. It is her first time to take part in an exhibition. The work on the right is called Moments in Time and Space, photo taken by Lee Wynyard of Irene Ridgway at Lake Mungo. Irene is one of Australia’s most inspiring and talented Aboriginal artists. She was also the curator of the Galari ‘Mawam-Bul’ NAIDOC Art Exhibition.

Because Of Her, We Can

With the focus on women, the 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations in Parkes proved to be very popular with good attendance at the daily workshops and demonstrations held at Council’s Coventry Room. This year’s theme ‘Because of her, we can’, celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. In celebration the Galari ‘Mawam-Bul’ Art Exhibition brought together 11 talented and inspiring artists from Parkes, Forbes, Peak Hill and surrounding areas, which attracted a lot of interest. The diverse series of events showcasing local artists and talent including an Aboriginal Astronomy workshop, basket weaving demonstration, art class, Aboriginal storytelling and screening of ‘Servant or

Slave’ saw more than 30 adults and children attend each session. “We’ve had a great reception so far,” said local artist and curator of the exhibition, Irene Ridgeway. Amanda Corcoran from Neighborhood Central agrees saying they were very happy with the support from the community. At the basket weaving demonstration on Tuesday, presenter Alicia Lonsdale of Arts Out West taught the adults to make baskets and the children made bush toys. “I learned to do this craft as a child, and in keeping with this year’s theme, we are focusing on women’s craft. This is what they predominantly do.” A visitor from Melbourne Allison Besselaar really enjoyed learning the craft. “This is such a great service to the community.” By Maggi Barnard

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MAYORAL NOTES Parkes will welcome over 350 delegates for the Inland Rail Joint Industry Conference on 18th and 19th July. Presented by the Australasian Railway Association and the Australian Logistics Council, the conference will commence with a welcome reception on Tuesday at Ikon followed by two days of sessions at the Parkes Leagues Club. Parkes will be in the spotlight with a huge range of industry representatives, government agencies and officials in attendance. A timely new marketing initiative to promote the Parkes National Logistics Hub was launched this week with 12 travelling billboards installed on SCT Logistics’ trailers. The artwork will be in market for six months with the trucks travelling between Parkes and Western Sydney daily, creating awareness and attracting enquiries from potential investors and businesses. Council hosted a business briefing workshop on Wednesday about the Recycled Water Rising Main construction project. Over 50 potential contractors and interested local businesses attended. To find out more about this project visit Council’s website under the Environment Section. Congratulations to Parkes Shire Aboriginal Project Officer Amanda Corcoran and local Wiradjuri artist Irene Ridgeway on the fantastic art exhibition and program of events held to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 in the Parkes Shire. With a number of existing Parkes Shire members stepping down in the near future, the Lachlan Health Council is seeking interest from local community representatives to join their board. Anyone interested can get in touch with me. Finally, this weekend will see the 2018 Central West Astronomical Society’s (CWAS) AstroFest with a conference on Saturday (tomorrow) in the Coventry Room featuring a stellar all-female line up of guest speakers. The second day is held at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, with the official opening of the David Malin Astrophotography Awards Exhibition at the Visitor Centre. If the stars align, and the sun is shining, you can gaze through a telescope and view bright stars, planets, the sun and the moon during the daytime. For the full programme of events, visit www.cwas.org. au/astrofest. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend Cr Ken Keith OAM Mayor of Parkes Shire

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THUMBS UP... THUMBS DOWN THUMBS UP To Karen White for her initiative to organise care packages for farmers. THUMBS UP To the local retailers in Parkes. I went away last weekend and could not believe the coldness and rudeness of the shop owners. Much happier to shop in the Parkes community where they are friendly and helpful.

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Toy Library Competition Winners: Congratulations to Karin Murray, Amanda Brooker and Rhianon Platt! You’ve each won a 12-month membership for the St George’s Anglican Church Toy Library.

Josie Gains Knowledge On The Job Last week I was part of the Parkes Phoenix while I carried out my work experience. During my time I gained a lot of knowledge, had fun and experienced lots of new things. I got to know what the Phoenix is all about as well as learning the processes in and behind it. I met lots of new people and clients through selling advertisements. It was fun spending time with the clients and getting to know them and their business. I really enjoyed the photography work I did taking photos for the Parkes Phoenix Instagram page. I also really loved being a part of the Be Seen column and the Question of the Week. While I was at the Phoenix, I saw the processes of printing, interviewing, creating feature ideas and selling advertisements, which I enjoyed the most. I would like to thank Sylvie and all the other

girls within the Phoenix group for giving me the opportunity to spend my work experience with them and for all the knowledge I gained in many different ways. By Josie Thomson

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QUESTION of the week the restoration to the church doors at the Parkes Uniting Church, the continuing reinstatement and repainting of Balmoral House, and restoration to the external façade of the Railway Hotel, Parkes. Applications close on Tuesday, 31st July. Application forms, conditions and guidelines are available on Council’s website or from Council’s Administration Centre.

With the AstroFest happening this weekend, Council installed new astro public art in Church street in support of the annual event. The works of finalists from the David Malin Astrophotography Awards throughout the history of Astrofest are featured.

Funding For Wartime History: The Parkes Cenotaph and Vietnam War Memorial will be upgraded thanks to four grants. The total of $10,111 was approved under the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service commemorations program and will go towards updating honour roll plaques on the Cenotaph and the Vietnam War Memorial, erect a chain fence at the Cenotaph and install a flag pole and security lighting at the memorial. Council’s Heritage Fund: Parkes Shire Council is inviting owners and lessees of significant land and buildings to apply for dollar for dollar matched funding under their Local Heritage Fund Program. More than $54,655 worth of heritage projects were completed in the last financial year with more than $33,655 contributed by applicants and $21,000 provided through local heritage funding. Work included

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Country Music News: The next muster is this Sunday at 1pm in the Starlight lounge at the Parkes Services Club. Cheryl Simpson, vocalist from Dubbo accompanied by Tony Dess on keyboard, is the featured performer. Walk-ups are welcome. The June Muster was a great success with Barry Green. He was joined by visiting artists from Dubbo - Gary Hollier, Barry Josephs, Craig Manderson and Mick Bruce; from Cowra - Ken Chalker, Bill Murray and Stephen Cheney; Dawn Brydon from Narromine and Ann Penman from Lyndhurst. The muster at Peak Hill on 1st July combined with Dubbo Orana CMA at the Services Club. The entertainment was excellent with artists Craig Manderson, Mick Bruce, Gary Hollier, Barry Dickenson, Greg Jankowski and birthday boy Barry Joseph from Dubbo; Jock and Lindy Charlton, Dale Cowell, Joy Rice and Stephen Cheney and new comer Annabelle van Wyk (10 years) who delighted with her performance as she sang and played guitar and saxophone. NAIDOC Week Grants: Peak Hill Pre School Kindergarten Inc received a Federal Government grant of $900 for NAIDOC Week. They plan to invite Wiradjuri man Larry Brandy to present interactive traditional stories to the children, who will participate in the story telling. Local primary schools, their families and the wider communities are also invited.

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Members of the Lachlan Regional Orchestra, Parkes Shire Concert Band and Forbes Town and District Band who took part in the AMEB Online Orchestra initiative.

If you could be an adult for one day, what would you do?

Ruby Smith (11): Go to Disneyland and buy all the soccer equipment I would like. I would also buy Flip Out to have it all to myself, and definitely drive a car.

Adam Barnard (10): I would send the “kids” to school, eat all the chocolate and ice cream I can, and watch movies all night long.

Nell Smith (10): I would buy all the cute puppies I can find and make a nice home for them. I would plan a party and see if it’s really fun drinking.

Three local music groups combined their musical talents last Wednesday for an unusual performance of Waltzing Matilda. Members of the Lachlan Regional Orchestra, Parkes Shire Concert Band and Forbes Town and District Band met at the AOG hall to put together a recording of the legendary song which will contribute towards a final video performance on the big screen at Federation Square in Melbourne on 12th September. This final performance will be a compilation of recordings from individuals, schools and community groups from around Australia, all playing Waltzing Matilda. The idea is a new online initiative of the Australian Music Examination Board to create the AMEB Online Orchestra. The recording process was a lot of fun, and a rare chance to put together a really diverse range of instruments (and musicians) for a common cause. Sincere thanks to Darren Mann for doing a superb job of sound recording, to James Whalan for conducting the orchestra, Jen Kelly for the video recording, and Robbie McFadyen and Jen Kelly for organising tea and vegemite sandwiches. Members of the three groups are all keen to find other opportunities to combine together again soon. By Pam Parkin


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Access Committee Relaunched The Parkes Shire Access Committee was re-established by Council and had its first meeting at the end of last month. It is an advisory committee to Council regarding access issues for people with disabilities. The committee has wide representation including councillors, Neighbourhood Central, Currajong Disabilities, Ability Links, Lachlan Area Health and a number of individual community members. Committee Chair Cr Ken McGrath says access issues can relate to a wide range of lifestyle aspects, not just physical movement. “The Parkes Shire Access Committee will address many issues including access to services, employment, events, communication, transport and building access.”

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The committee’s core functions are to provide a forum for the discussion of matters pertaining to disability access; to assist in the implementation of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan; and to promote greater awareness, understanding, support and positive attitudes on disability issues. The committee will act as a conduit for consultation on Council’s major infrastructure developments and events to highlight potential issues and better plan for access, develop awareness campaigns, lobby government and agencies for better services and create conversations around access issues in the shire. Council has committed $10,000 to an Access Incentive Scheme to be administered by the committee every year.

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Do you open packages, envelopes or bottles with your teeth? Do your teeth a favour and rather take a minute or two to get scissors or a bottle opener. If you use your teeth as a tool, you risk cracks, chips and malocclusion (poor jaw alignment). Broken teeth not only make chewing difficult, but painful too. You will also have to spend money to fix that broken tooth. In cases of malocclusion, you may develop painful TMJ. Remember teeth are not designed to serve as tools. For all your dental needs call Riaz Dental on 6862 1261.

The Parkes Shire Access Committee are (L-R) Ben Howard (Parkes Shire Council), Peter Guppy, Cr Louise O’Leary, Shellene Castleman (Ability Links NSW), Corey Rowbotham (Lachlan Area Health), Cr Ken McGrath, Steven Campbell (Parkes Shire Council), Lisa Martin, Jeffery Evans (Currajong Disabilities), Pam Symonds (Neighbourhood Central). Absent: Jodie Thompson, Sharyn Ware, Cr Ken Keith, Kent Boyd.

Eyecare Plus Patients Most Satisfied Eyecare Plus achieved top ratings in the recent Canstar Blue ratings for optometry in Australia. Eyecare Plus is the only optometry provider to be awarded five stars for overall patient satisfaction. The independent optometrists also scored five stars for service and advice, range of products available, customer service, accessibility of the store and after sale service – as well as an impressive four stars for value for money. This is a big win for Eyecare Plus and independent optometry. For all eye care needs head to Hansen Eyecare Plus in Parkes.


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Winter Warmers It’s Time To Love Winter With the temperature dropping well below zero this week and frost covering the ground, keeping warm has been a top priority for many of us. We all know some tips to stay on top of the cold. These include easy steps like wearing lots of thin layers to trap the air between the layers, having a hot drink, covering your head, neck, and lower back to keep the body warm, or using hot water bottles. Cold feet is another symptom of winter and keeping them warm can be easy with Australia’s iconic Emu Ugg Boots made of 100% Australian sheepskin that is thick, lush and water resistant. The Merino wool in the boots is an entirely natural fibre, which is insulating, aids breathability and contributes to odour resistance. Hay’s Gifts and Hardware in Parkes currently has a sale on these popular boots, so don’t miss out. Another way to warm up the house is keeping a log fire going. It not only creates a lovely warm feeling, but also keeps the house cosy and toasty, and creates a great spot to read a book. You don’t have to search high and low should your run out of wood, as Parkes Brick and Pavers have firewood available. There are several ways to insulate a home and make it more winter proof. One way is to install shutters on windows to help keep

out the cold. Contact Parkes Blind, Awning and Tile Centre to get some expert advice on what to do and what to fit. If you like the outdoors during winter, especially motorbiking, you would need some specialist gear to enjoy the ride. Drop in to Kinsela to look at their range. If you are looking for a warm drink and company in a cosy environment, the Parkes Services Club offers a welcome refuge from the cold. Don’t sit and freeze at home – drop in for a warm drink, warm conversation with the friendly staff and stay on to try out the new dinner menu if you wish.

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As you probably know, NBN fibre is coming to Parkes. At the Telstra shop Parkes we’re here to answer all your questions. Pop in for a chat and one of our team of local experts will answer all of your questions. Telstra Store Young

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17 Jul Six Probus members who celebrate their 90th birthdays this year were treated with cake at a recent Probus meeting. They are are (L-R) Kath and Keith Hutchison (also celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary), Betty Thornton, Doug Allen, Shirley Bishop, June Cassell, Neville Currey and Lois Miller.

18 Jul

Mental Health Breakfast for Tradies at Hay’s Hardware Store from 7 – 9am. Everyone Welcome. Contact Greg Hay for more information 0427 160 856.

26 Jul

Author visit by Kim Kelly with her latest book Lady Bird & The Fox set in 1868 and the gold rush at 6pm at the Parkes Library. RSVP by 24 July on 6861 2309 or parkes.library@parkes.nsw.gov.au Knit ’n Natter at Craft Corner from 10am. All welcome, especially new faces to this annual event called Wrap with Love. Please bring finished knitted squares to the shop before the actual day. More details contact President Rosemary Mitchell on 0459 686 225 or call into Craft Corner at 257 Clarinda Street.

28 Jul

Author visit by Kim Hodges with her sequel Girl over the Edge following on Girl on the Edge at 10am at the Parkes Library. RSVP by 26 July on 6861 2309 or parkes.library@parkes.nsw.gov.au

28 Jul

National Parks Quarterly Walks - Harvey Fire trail, Goobang National Park. Meet 9am at the Lions Park, Parkes. medium 6km, contact Peter Cannon on 6866 1225.

29 Jul

National Tree Day - Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Akuna road - travelling from Parkes on the Eugowra Road, pass through Goobang (Billabong) Creek and approximately 8km after crossing turn right into Akuna Road.) Please wear a hat or beanie and bring water. Gloves, tools and equipment provided, as well as a barbeque. RSVP to Marg Applebee on 6862 4914.

31 Jul

Council Meeting at Parkes Shire Council chamber from 2pm.

Ongoing Ongoing Natalie Hayes and Jenni Harding from Parkes Early Childhood Centre were happy to learn a new skill at the basket weaving workshop so they could teach the kids something new.

AstroFest 2018 is set to be out of this world with a stellar all-female line up of guest speakers including an astrophysicist, spaceflight historian, observatory operator and 'The Discoverer of Pulsars'. Visit http://www.cwas.org.au/astrofest/ for details.

CanAssist monthly meeting at Neighbourhood Central at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

26 Jul

NAIDOC Week 2018 was celebrated this week in Parkes. At the back left are local indigenous artist Irene Ridgway with Alicia Lonsdale from Arts Out West, who presented the basket weaving workshop, and on the right is Amanda Corcoran of Neighbourhood Central with participants in the workshop held on Tuesday.

Australian Gothic Local exhibition by artist Alice Stokes at the Parkes Library. Mon/Wed/Fri 9am-5pm, Tue/Thu 10am-7pm, Sat 9am-1pm.https://aliceintarotland.com

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Probus Club of Parkes meets every second Friday of the month at Parkes Leagues Club at 10am for a cuppa and chat, then the meeting at 10.30am. New members welcome. Parkes Torch Bearers for Legacy meets every third Monday of the month at 10:30am at the Parkes Services Club. Everyone welcome. Contact Magaret Cherry on 6862 4789. CWA meeting, third Wednesday of the month at the Pink Orchid Café at 5.30pm. Parkes Boars Rugby Club training every Tuesday and Thursday.

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How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? All my life - 42 years (lol). My friends and family, and the community spirit that Parkes radiates! Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I have just started a new business called Johno’s Hockey Academy coaching hockey athletes of all ages and abilities. I love seeing athletes develop, gain confidence, and achieve their goals. I also operate the Just Hockey Pro Shop. In between, I do contract lawn mowing with Jim Daley of Cutting Edge Lawns. What do you do in your spare time and on weekends? I don’t get a lot of spare time, as my wife Cherie and three sons Koby (15), Zanda (11) and Jett (9) all play hockey too. Doing it together is great. I do sneak in a fitness session in my home gym or a quiet beer with mates every now and then. What are you really good at? Getting the best out of athletes, assisting them to realise their full potential. I also cook great poached eggs! If you could have a superpower what would it be? Teleport, so I can send myself to places without the travel or waiting. What is your pet hate? My boys leave the doors open all the time, it drives me crazy. Tell us about your best holiday. In 2014 my mum and dad shouted my family and my sister’s family flights to America. We were 11 and we first arrived in Los Angeles for Disneyland, Universal Studios, an ice hockey game, a baseball game, Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. We drove to Las Vegas - an eye opener – and loved Fremont St (old Vegas) and a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. In San Francisco we saw Alcatraz, Lombard St, Pier 39 and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in an open-top bus. The best part was doing it as a family, so many great memories.

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YOUR HEALTH Matters

Cold And Flu Season Is Here

Winter has arrived and so has the cold and flu season. Winter illness affects all ages, however newborns, young children, the elderly and individuals with health conditions are at a greater risk. Viruses causing colds spread from infected people through the air and through close personal contact like shaking hands, or touching an infected surface and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. How to protect yourself: Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Viruses can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands as viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick. Staying away from sick people as much as possible. How to protect others: If you have a cold stay at home, avoid close contact with others like hugging and shaking hands. Move away from people when you cough or sneeze, and do it into a tissue (then discard it) or into your elbow or upper sleeve completely covering your mouth and nose. Wash your hands afterwards. Treating symptoms of colds: Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms, but will not make your cold go away any faster. Humidifiers and vaporisers will help warm air and reduce congestion for the elderly and very young. Heating in the home often causes the air to dry, which often irritates the respiratory tract. At Parkes Pharmacy we have a large selection of over-the-counter products including, cough syrups, cold and flu preparations, throat lozenges and classic herbal remedies.

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Finnley’s Holiday Of Dreams While most students are enjoying the winter holiday, a 15-year-old Parkes boy has taken a big step in realising his dream of playing professional rugby league one day. Red Bend Catholic College student Finnley Neilsen was selected in the NSW CCC Country Rugby League U/15 side in May at the State Championships in St Marys. This week Finnley and his team attended the famous heritage Edmund Rice Retreat

BIG DREAMS… Finnley Neilsen in his NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) Country u/15 jumper.

What A Team!

at Mulgoa in Penrith from Monday for intensive training and playing. On Tuesday they travelled to play Canterbury Bankstown at Peter Moore Oval in Belmore, and on Thursday they played Illawarra at Wollongong. Today, Friday the 13th, the highlight of the week takes place when the team plays Penrith in the curtain raiser for the Penrith vs Cronulla game at Penrith Park. “Finnley was very excited to be selected in the team,” said his grandfather and big supporter, Ray Neilsen. He said friends and relatives from Parkes would be in the stands at Penrith Park to cheer him on today. “We are all very proud of him,” said Ray. While the week’s camp concludes tomorrow, Finnley will still not be taking a break during the second week of the holiday. He was invited by the Penrith Panthers to spend a week of training at their academy to further enhance his league career. The Academy is a $22 million state-of-the-art facility located behind Panthers Leagues Club in Penrith, and is a fulltime training and development facility for the Panthers’ senior and junior squads.

Parkes residents Bill and Beth Thomas recently received the NSW Government State Representative Award from Member for Orange Philip Donato MP. They represented the Western Region in the Australian National Dragon Boat Championship earlier this year. “We are honoured to be recognised for doing what we love doing,” said Bill and Beth. “It just shows – if we can represent our State at our ages – anyone can be an athlete. One of the best things about this sport is that we can do it together.” Bill and Beth were also instrumental in the formation of the recently launched Parkes Dragon Boat Club at Lake Endeavour. The club is functioning with paddling sessions taking place on Sunday mornings. “We are confident that Parkes will have a great dragon boating team, because it’s already shaping up that way.”

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