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12-14 Saleyards Rd, Parkes CONGRATULATIONS NORTHPARKES! At the official celebrations last week were (L-R) CMOC Executive Chairman Steele Li, Northparkes Managing Director Hubert Lehman, General Manager of Administration Department of MRD - Sumitomo Corporation Mineral Resources Masaru Tani and General Manager – Non-Ferrous Metals Business - Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Yoshikazu Ishikawa.


Cheers To the Next 25 Years Northparkes!

CMOC-Northparkes Mines officially celebrated 25 years of operation on Thursday, 15th August. Onsite celebrations were held with employees, Northparkes’ owner and operator, China Molybdenum Co, Ltd (CMOC), and joint venture partners, Sumitomo Mining Metal Oceania and Sumitomo Corporation Mineral Resources – who have been part of the Northparkes Joint Venture since its inception. CMOC Executive Chairman Steele Li said: “When CMOC had the opportunity to purchase Northparkes in 2013, they recognised the potential in not only the business and its future, but the people. We are excited to watch Northparkes continue to grow and develop, as it plays a pivotal role in our strong and long-term presence in Australia and as an internationally renowned mining company. The quality and excellence of the people at Northparkes, ultimately contribute to the success and reputation of our

operation.” Northparkes also celebrated eight employees who reached 25 years of service: Ian Cowle, Rob Cunningham, Dave Little, Tony Melhuish, Ian Rowe, Brad Mill, Alan Macdonald and Geoff Tilley. “This is an incredible milestone that needs to be recognised – we are extremely grateful to have these people as part of our team,” said Managing Director Hubert Lehman. “We know the exploration potential of Northparkes and we believe we will discover more copper and gold deposits to take us even further into the future,” said Hubert. “We will continue to focus on our commitment towards our local communities as we strive towards achieving our vision of a century of mining together.” As part of its celebrations, the mine has a shopfront at 203 Clarinda Street until 24th August where the public can view its history and buy some merchandise.

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VIETNAM VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION SERVICE The President and Members of the Parkes RSL Sub Branch wish to extend an invitation to all serving and Ex-Service men and women and the people of Parkes to participate in and support Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremonies on Sunday 18th August 2019. We are inviting you to the Commemoration Service that will be commence at 10.50am at the Vietnam Memorial, Memorial Hill, Parkes. In the event of inclement weather, the Ceremony will be held in the Parkes Services Club. Paul Thomas Hon. Secretary

Have Your Say In Maternity Survey Everyone in Parkes can have their say through an online survey or submitted by mail or email on maternity services for our town. The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is currently looking at options for the delivery of maternity services at the Lachlan Health Service. Expressions of interest were called for in local newspapers and social media, inviting parents who have recently used, or expect to use, maternity services in Parkes and Forbes to participate in focus groups. The broader community can have their say in the online survey. According to WNSWLHD Parkes and Forbes combined currently have less than 250 births occurring each year. “In spite of repeated attempts to recruit doctors with training in obstetrics and anaesthetics – both of which are required to offer a full medical maternity service – vacancies have led to births currently only being available at Forbes hospital,” said Kate Fotheringham, Media Manager Western NSW Local Health District. While these recruitment issues persist, the WNSWLHD is encouraging the community to consider other models which could continue to see births occurring at both facilities, potentially with one hospital accepting low-risk births that could be performed under the supervision of a trained midwife. Several options are outlined in the community consultation survey, with the community invited to consider the current circumstances and have their say on these models of service. The WNSWLHD Board is due to consider plans for Lachlan maternity services, including the feedback provided by the community and consumers, before the end of 2019. Links to the online survey, and to a printable version can be found at www.wnswlhd. Consultation will close at 5pm on Friday, 23rd August.

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THUMBS UP To the heap of snow falling in Orange last weekend. It was so much fun!

THUMBS DOWN To the person/s who continuously drive down Back Yamma Road and dispose of beer cans along the road instead of using a bin!

THUMBS UP To pets and the good company they keep.

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Mark and Annabella Fitzgerald’s Golden Wedding Anniversary outside Wamboyne Hall 1916.

Gathering Of The Great Greats

A large number of Fitzgerald descendants will converge on Burcher and Forbes on 14th September to celebrate the proud pioneering heritage of their family. Edward aka Thomas Fitzgerald came from Dublin to Sydney on the Tyne as a 15-yearold convict in 1819 and was buried in the Forbes cemetery in 1878. Thomas’s surviving children with wife Mary Gorman were Ann, Margaret, Richard and Mark. “Mark Fitzgerald was my great-grandfather,” said Beth Thomas of Parkes who is looking forward to the reunion. “He was a pioneer of note in the Forbes District, building the first timber bridge over the Lachlan River on the Newell Highway and later opening the hotel at Moonbi in the roaring days when two Cobb and Co coaches travelled daily

from Condobolin to Forbes via Moonbi.” “He was a thorough bushman,” said Beth’s sister, Susan Harvey of Gosford, “After following the gold diggings of Bathurst, Grenfell and Forbes he selected his property, Uplands, of Wamboyne.” Mark married Annabella Thorpe, who was the first schoolteacher of a school in Parkes. They had 16 children, three of whom drowned one tragic day in the care of their nursemaid, whilst their mother was confined in late pregnancy with a son, who died a year after. The immediate descendants of Mark and Annabella were Harrisons of Condobolin, Rileys of Goolagong, Andersons of Clear Ridge, Joneses of Girral, and Fitzgeralds of Wamboyne and Sydney.

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QUESTION of the week out by 50,000 young men and women in the biggest conflict Australia has been engaged in over the past two generations. Those who returned from the war did not find a nation taking them to its bosom as heroes. Today’s dedication of the Vietnam Forces Memorial should and will continue the healing process.

LGNSW President Cr Linda Scott, Parkes Shire Council’s Economic and Business Development Manager Anna Wyllie, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock, Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM, and Amanda Vass from News Corp Australia at the RH Dougherty Awards in Sydney.

Successful Campaign: Parkes Shire Council received a Highly Commended for Excellence in Communications at the RH Dougherty Awards in Sydney last week for the delivery of the Parkes National Logistics Hub Business Attraction Campaign. Business Development Manager, Anna Wyllie said the success of the Hub campaign exceeded all expectations. Some of the key opportunities generated for Parkes as a result of the campaign included the inaugural Inland Rail Conference, the international trade mission led by the NSW Deputy Premier, the establishment of the State’s first Special Activation Precinct (SAP), as well as an investment of nearly $8 million by the NSW Government under the Growing Local Economies Fund (GLEF) to deliver crucial service infrastructure extensions to the Parkes Hub precinct.

Road Safety In Regional NSW: Motorists are more likely to crash on country roads. This is the sobering message of this month’s Rural Road Safety Month. Of the 223 people killed in road crashes in NSW so far this year, 147 were on country roads – which is five more than the same time last year. NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said at the launch in Bathurst: “Too often, people think it’s okay for them to quickly check a text, to drive faster than the speed limit because they know the road or they get behind the wheel when they’re tired. It’s not.” Daffodil Day Appeal: Cancer Council NSW is urging Parkes residents to support the Daffodil Day Appeal this month. Daffodil Day is on 23rd August, and for the first time ever, EFTPOS devices will be available to make it easier for people to donate. Visit or call 1300 65 65 85 for more information.

What do you think have been Northparkes Mines contribution to the livelihood of Parkes over the past 25 years?

James Haddin: The mine has made the town much more stable in economic terms, and it has brought in a large range of skills to the community because of all the different types of jobs in the mine.

Maree Welsh: It has definitely provided more employment opportunities for people. The mine is also very supportive of our community through its donations and grants programs. They do a lot for the local community.

Reconciliation and Remembrance: Australians will share in the pride rightly felt by Vietnam Veterans this Sunday at 10:50am when they celebrate their annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day. It is not a memorial about issues, about glorification of war, or the justification of political decisions. Rather it recognises sacrifice and suffering, the honour and sense of duty carried

Parkes residents streamed to Orange last weekend to have fun in the snow as a result of the town’s two coldest days on record.

Alan Ward: As a business owner and a councillor I recognise the benefit that the mine has not only brought to Parkes, but our surrounding areas as well. Not just as an employer, but the whole region has benefitted economically through local supply. I’ve always found Northparkes to be a good corporate citizen.

Patrons of Wholesome Blend in Parkes have found nourishment of a different kind since the introduction of a book exchange at the coffee shop about 12 months ago. Owner Cathy Littlewood said she initially bought a small book shelf and within two days it was overflowing. “We asked for book donations on our Facebook page, and the reaction was overwhelming.” The idea is that people can either swap books or take a book for a gold coin donation for the local branch of Can Assist. “We have a tin on our counter, and have had to get a bigger one too for all the donations.” The bigger shelf, donated by Can Assist, has a good variety of books including

all genres of fiction, as well as non-fiction and children’s books. “People enjoy picking a book and sitting down to read it, or they choose a book while waiting for their coffee and often walk out with one under their arm,” said Cathy. “We have clients who come in regularly to swap books, while it is also very popular among travellers. It is great to offer this service as times are hard and books are expensive, and it is all going for a wonderful cause.” Next time you are cleaning out your book shelves, remember the Wholesome Blend it’s also a great spot to have a coffee alone as books are great company!

Cathy Littlewood, owner of Wholesome Blend, at the book shelf that has become a popular place to linger for clients.

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Working Together For 25 Years

We would like to congratulate Northparkes Mines on 25 years of operation. It has been a pleasure working with you and other contractors over all the years and we are looking forward to many more.

CALL TODAY 02 6862 3699 Totally Workwear Parkes congratulates Northparkes mines on achieving 25years in operation, you have provided a strong economic presence over this time for Parkes and surrounding areas. The support given to local business and the community has been tremendous. Well Done.

Spinifex Recruiting – still known to locals as GWS Personnel - is renowned for having a mutually beneficial working relationship with Northparkes Mines. What is lesser known is that Northparkes Mines was Spinifex Recruiting’s very first client some 25 years ago. “I founded GWS Personnel in April 1994 and negotiated the Northparkes contract. We are very proud that they continue to be a prestigious client of ours after 25 years and that our strong relationship continues as Spinifex Recruiting,” said Peter O’Donnell. Spinifex Recruiting can be found in many departments of Northparkes Mines and have been heavily involved in various projects. Some of these include the Employment Program with Greencorp, and working on both the Tunnel Boring and Open Cut Projects. Spinifex is also proud to have been involved in assisting in the Integrity Project that advocated in supplementing the gender percentage ratio on site, the ongoing relationship with the Wiradjuri Executive Committee and more recently the Ventilation Project. “It is great to see many of our placements successfully transitioning to Northparkes gaining full time employment. Many commenced with GWS on site and continue to be still at Northparkes!” said Recruitment Consultant Wendy Cheney. The entire Spinifex team, past and present, would like to congratulate Northparkes on their milestone – “… here’s to 25 more!”


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Commitment To Improvement And Community Northparkes is the world’s most automated underground block-cave mine. This achievement has been five years in the making and takes people out from underground allowing them to control the loaders from an airconditioned room on the surface. “We are committed to continuous improvement. We embrace technology, adapt quickly and find new and smart ways of doing things,” said Managing Director Hubert Lehman. “We will also continue to focus on our commitment towards our local communities as we strive towards achieving our vision of a century of mining together.” For over two decades, Northparkes has helped with the growth of the Parkes and Forbes Shires. Through salaries, funding programs, Northparkes has been able to deliver improved outcomes that have made a lasting difference to the communities of Parkes and Forbes. “The support and encouragement of our community, in particular both Parkes and Forbes Shire Councils, has been instrumen-

tal in our success. We are extremely proud of the positive and supportive relationships that have been built over the years. I would like to formally extend my thanks to both the local communities of Parkes and Forbes for their continued support over the past 25 years,” said Hubert. “I have always been incredibly impressed with the passion and the drive of the people who come to work here each and every day. To all the people who work here today and to those that have come and gone, each and every one of you have played an integral part in what we are celebrating. The people are what make Northparkes the place it is today!” Earlier this year, Northparkes announced the approval of the E26 Lift 1 North Project and the Expansion Project. A total of $300M will be invested in Northparkes over a threeyear period to support these projects. This investment demonstrates CMOC’s confidence in the sustainability and longevity of Northparkes.

Congratulations on reaching 25 years in Parkes especially all the amazing assistance you have so willingly provided to so many organisations both hands on and also grants.

Congratulations Northparkes Mines on 25 years! Parkes Shire Council are proud of the long standing partnership with NPM to co-fund the Parkes Shire Grants Officer and Aboriginal Project Officer positions - creating long-lasting value and opportunities for our community.

Thank you NPM for your ongoing support over the past 25 years.

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Tony Melhuish celebrated 25 years of service at Northparkes Mines with his partner Michelle.

Ian Cowle achieved 25 years of service. He is with Isabelle Cowle.

Jo and Alan Macdonald celebrated Alan’s 25 years at Northparkes Mines.

Rob Cunningham with Sharryn after receiving his 25 years of service certificate.

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WHAT’S On 16-24 Aug Northparkes Mines Celebrate 25 Years of operation with a shopfront at 203 Clarinda Street. Take a trip down memory lane, plenty to keep the kids occupied, merchandise, plus an underground tour to one lucky winner! Opening hours 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm on Saturdays. 18 Aug Parkes Dragon Boat Club start of new season training sessions at Lake Endeavour 9:30am for 10am on the water. Call 0418 253 045 for more information. 18 Aug Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremonies at 10:50am at the Vietnam Memorial, Memorial Hill. All serving and ex-service men and women and the people of Parkes are invited. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Parkes Services Club. 18 Aug Parkes Country Music Muster at 1pm at the Parkes Services Club with guest artists. 18 Aug Parkes Bowling and Sports Club Monthly Market Day 10am - 2pm. Inside stalls $20, Outside stall/car boot - $10, Not-for-profit stalls free of charge. Book at the club 6862 1446. Enquiries to Rhona 0427 468 220. 19 Aug Coffee with a Cop at the Roasted Kombi at 10:30am. All community members are invited to meet officers from Parkes Police to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. 23 Aug Community consultation on delivery of maternity services in Parkes close at 5pm. Find the online survey, and a printable version at 25 Aug Paddock to Plate at Hart Bar featuring four courses with locally sourced produce, plus two glasses of wine from Heifer Station Wines in Orange. Limited tables available. Book via Hart Bar Facebook page. 26-28 Aug Parkes Show. Three day passes available at Cunningham’s IGA, Byrnes Clothing and Embroidery and the Show Office. 27 Aug Parkes Arthritis Support Group will meet at 10am at the AOG Church Hall, Rees Street for education and encouragement. Cheryl Upton from the Physiotherapy Dept. Of Parkes Hospital will be presenting on “Building up strength, agility and Balance.” All Welcome. 30-31 Aug Heaven & Earth Legends Show at Hotel Gracelands. $85 ticket includes 2 course meal and show. Call 0400 012 111. 3 Sep SWS Stud Merino Breeders Field Day, 10am at Harden Showground, Harden NSW. For more information visit 14 Sep Parkes Garden Club meeting at Barbara Magill’s garden, 2 Monica Close at 2pm. All welcome. Speaker is David Ramsey on orchids. See you there! Ongoing Parkes Torch Bearers for Legacy meets every third Monday of the month at 10:30am at the Parkes Services Club. Everyone welcome. Contact Margaret Cherry on 6862 4789. Ongoing CWA meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Coachman at 5.30pm. Parkes Evening VIEW Club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm for 7pm. Ongoing Parkes Painting Group meet at Northparkes Oval at 10am every Wednesday. Ongoing The Parkes Branch of the Red Cross offers a plate of homemade slices and cakes, sandwiches and tea or coffee for $6 every Friday from 10am to 3pm. Ongoing Parkes Shire Concert Band rehearses every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm during school term in the music room above the pool complex in Dalton Street. Contact music director Duncan Clement on 0405 035 164.

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CLASSIFIEDS Parkes Bowling and Sports Club Monthly Market Day Sunday 18th August 10am - 2pm. Inside stalls $20. Outside stall/car boot $10. Non for profit stalls free of charge. Bookings at the Club 6862 1446. Enquiries to Rhona 0427 468 220. A coffee van in attendance, Sausage sizzle, Jumping Castle for the kids. Art & Crafts, Bric a Brac Mosaics, Crochet, Vintage Clothing, Fresh Produce, Home Cooking, Honey, Pickles & Jams and much more.

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How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I moved to Parkes for the position of Drought Response Officer in February, so only seven months. I like the rural lifestyle, sense of community and the people have been very welcoming. Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? As Drought Response Officer I coordinate an effective drought response for the shire and collate and disseminate relevant information regarding drought support. I really enjoy the diverse nature of the role and developing this newly appointed position. What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Some farmers have taken me to the local camp drafts and I have become hooked on horse riding. I have a small recording studio to record music for myself and some people in the Shire, especially the youth. What makes you proud? When I see a community coming together to help each other out and knowing that I have had a small part to play in it. If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? I would like to be a Pelican! To be able to fly would be great. They spend time in both the country and the ocean, the best of both worlds. What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? Man From Snowy River – it captures a great part of Australia’s history and culture. There should be more movies about our history. Tell us about your best holiday. Living on a boat for a few weeks surfing around the islands off the West Java Coast, Indonesia. Big waves, crystal clear water and standing up in barrels that you can fit a car into. Biggest barrels of my life. Such an incredible feeling to be able to surf waves like that with good mates. What is on your bucket list? 1)Ride in a camp draft competition; 2) Ride a Brumby through the Snowy Mountains; 3)Buy a farm; 4) Raise a family; 5) Buy some land on an island in the Pacific – preferably around Fiji.

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LEGAL Eagle What Constitutes A Valid Contract? Offer and acceptance is the critical factor when considering what is a valid contract. If person A offers to do something and person B unconditionally accepts that offer and communicates the acceptance to A, then there is a concluded agreement. However, if A makes an offer and B responds with a counter-offer, there is no agreement and neither party is bound. Every day we enter such simple contracts at the supermarket or newsagency or on the internet. Most contracts are not written but are verbal. There are some contracts which, by law, must be in writing (such as an agreement for the sale of land), but agreements can, in certain circumstances, be oral as well as written. An additional facet is what is called “part performance,” which is where one party performs or partly performs an agreement, and the other party accepts those actions. In this case there is a contract. Some essential ingredients of a contract are: • a concluded agreement between the parties • an intention that the agreement be legally binding • some benefit must be given by one party to the other (this is called consideration) • the consent of the parties must be genuine, that is not mistaken nor under duress • the parties must be legally capable of entering into the agreement • the purpose of the contract must be legal. Generally, anyone over 18 has legal capacity to enter into a contract, but there are limitations regarding people with intellectual disability or mental illness. Credit contracts and agreements regarding land must, by law, be written. Otherwise, valid verbal agreements will be enforced by the Courts. Contact us at Matthews Williams on this or any other legal matter.

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Holly McColl, Hannah and Phoebe Potts and Maddy McCormick.:

Best Performance Yet

The Parkes High School open girls tennis team came away with a bronze medal at the state finals in Nelson Bay last week. This is the team’s best performance ever and the team of Hannah and Phoebe Potts, Holly McColl and Maddy McCormick could not be happier with the achievement after all the hard work they had put in. The Parkes High School open boys team also played in the final and ended in fourth place.

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Four young Parkes squash players won titles at the Parkes Junior Open last weekend. The event attracted 50 players from all around NSW, ACT, Victoria and even the UK including 16 Parkes players in the mix. Flying the flag for Parkes were Cooper Feldner winner of the under 11 division, Henry Kross won the under 13A division, Holly McColl the under 17B and Lockie Miller the under 17A division. Parkes Shire Councillor Pat Smith assisted with the presentations.

Under 17B runner-up Brittany Jones and winner Holly McColl from Parkes.

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