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ROCK ON… Parkes Shire Council Economic & Business Development Manager Anna Wyllie, Mayor Ken Keith, Parkes Elvis Festival Director Cathy Treasure, and Festival Sponsorships & Marketing Coordinator Beth Walker at Luna Park in Sydney last week.

Elvis Festival Rocks As Awards Roll In

Since last week Parkes is no longer just home to the famous Elvis Festival, it can also boast to having the best festival in NSW! The Parkes Elvis Festival was named the best festival at the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards at a gala celebration held at Luna Park in Sydney last Thursday. Festival Director, Cathy Treasure, said it was an amazing year for the Festival, having taken out the Festivals and Events category at the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards and more recently, the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards. “This is the third award the 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival has won this year, which is recognition of all the hard work and dedication of our fantastic volunteers, supporters and staff who have made the Festival what it is today.

“It’s exciting for all those involved, especially as we prepare to celebrate the Festival’s 25th Anniversary in just six weeks’ time,” Cathy said. Parkes Elvis Festival was one of eight finalists in the Festivals and Events category competing with huge events like New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour, Taste Riverina Festival, Boggabri Drovers Campfire, Canowindra Balloon Challenge, Deni Ute Muster, The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival and Tulip Time in the Southern Highlands. Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said it was a fantastic achievement for a community generated event. Parkes Elvis Festival will now progress to the national level at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin on Friday, 24th February 2017.

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MAYORAL NOTES The festive season is upon us, with the Parkes Christmas Parade kicking off the celebrations at 6pm today. Everyone is invited to watch over 30 floats make their way down Clarinda Street and into Cooke Park for Sparkle in the Park. As the sun goes down, local buildings and shops will become a colourful canvas of light displays as part of Sparkle Illuminations. This year is set to be the biggest and brightest yet, with 12 light installations and projections transforming Parkes into an outdoor exhibition. Don’t forget to pack the picnic blanket, with the outdoor cinema screening of the Christmas classic, The Santa Clause. Oh What Fun will be had in Peak Hill for this year’s Meet You Up the Street Festival today. The streets will come alive with music, stalls, rides and art, before the crowds gather for the famous billy cart derby at the old gold mine late afternoon. When doing your Christmas shopping, keep an eye out for the Shop Parkes this Christmas entry forms. With any purchase, you have a chance to win a fabulous trip to Las Vegas valued at $4,000. Locals are encouraged to fly into any of the Parkes Shire libraries to take part in

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the Heroes and Villians Summer Reading Club. This year, a heroes and villians themed party will be held if 888 books are read before 31st January 2017. The club is open to all children and youth, and is free to join. Visit Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle or Tullamore Libraries to receive your mission kit and start reading. Have a safe and enjoyable and festive weekend. Yours Faithfully, Cr Ken Keith OAM Mayor of Parkes Shire

THUMBS UP To the Elvis Festival for keeping the awards rolling in!

THUMBS UP To everyone who makes an effort to show generosity towards others, especially over the festive period. THUMBS DOWN To the tossers who think the world outside their car window is a rubbish bin after eating take away food. THUMBS UP To the Parkes School of Dance for putting on an excellent year end concert and highlighting the plight of minorities and people with disabilities.

THUMBS DOWN To people who don’t pick up after their dogs.

THUMBS DOWN To people who think it is OK to leave their pets in a vehicle in summer. Malicious or defamatory submissions will not be accepted. The opinions and views or readers submitting Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down are not necessarily the views of the staff and management of the Parkes Phoenix. To submit a Thumbs Up Thumbs Down, please email to editor@parkesphoenix. or mail us at PO Box 251 Canowindra NSW 2804.

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QUESTION of the week Christmas activities: Remember the Christmas Parade is on tonight at 6pm followed by more festive events in Cooke Park: Upmarkets and outdoor family movie.

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The Parkes Phoenix in Peak Hill: The weekly issue of The Parkes Phoenix is available for free at the Peak Hill Newsagency each week.

People can bring a photo of a deceased love one to the annual candle lighting event of the Parkes Chapter of The Compassionate Friends on 11th December.

Light a candle: The Parkes Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will hold its candle lighting at 6.30pm on Sunday, 11th December in Lions Park. The evening will begin at 5.30pm. Candles will be supplied or you can bring your own. Everyone is welcome to bring a rug or chairs, drinks and nibbles and stay on following the candle lighting. If the weather is inclement, the evening will take place in the Middleton School Hall. Parkes Phoenix Competition: Go to page 15 for our Christmas Competition to go in the draw to win a $100 gift voucher from La Bella Medispa and a $100 gift voucher from 141 On Main. The winners will be drawn on Tuesday, 20th December and announced in our last edition of the year on Friday, 23rd December. Complete the form and return it to La Bella or 141 On Main, or enter online at Bikers Bring Bears To Bushman’s Dam: The Motorcycle Toy Run is in Parkes tomorrow at 11:30am at Bushman’s Dam. All registered motorcyclists are invited to participate. There will be plenty of fun for non-riders too with prizes for the best-dressed Christmas characters and the best-decorated bike. Contact Kerry Smith on 0449 744 679.

NPM Cookbook: The employees at Northparkes Mines have gathered 40 of their favourite sweet and savoury recipes to create the first Northparkes Cookbook. The cookbooks are on sale for $20 within the local community and are a great Christmas gift idea. 100% of money raised from the sale of the books will go towards supporting local communities that have been affected by weather events in 2016. The book will be on sale at the UpMarkets in Cooke Park tonight; the Parkes Leagues Club on Thursday, 8th December from 5 to 8pm; in front of Westpac Bank on Friday, 16th December from 4 to 6pm and again on Saturday, 17th December from 9am to 1pm. Or you can order a book from Haylee on 6861 3003 or

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Phill Kelly: I think it’s really important to show respect for women and to start leading the way against violence. I completely support what they’re trying to do.

Matt Hancock with Oliver Dagger: I haven’t got experience with domestic violence, but I’ve certainly heard about it. It’s good to come and show support for a good cause.

Connor Baillie: I’m mainly marching for my mother. This is really important to her, and I thought absolutely I’ll come down and show my support for women’s rights. It’s a great day.

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Christmas Joy In A Shoebox Times 420

Hip Hop Infants share the news of a new zoo opening via dance moves; Melinda McKeowen was brimming with excitement before she took to the stage at the Parkes School of Dance end of year concert last Sunday.

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Reportage was the headline act at the Parkes School of Dance end of year concert held at the Parkes Leagues Club on Sunday. The Robert Wilson auditorium was almost full to capacity, with an audience of nearly 500 flocking in to grab the latest headlines. The concert was the culmination of a year’s hard work for the students and teachers of Parkes School of Dance, with routines presented from the preschool classes all the way through to the performance groups. An otherwise eclectic array of dance styles and abilities was united by the journalistic theme, providing an engaging link between the various routines. The concert program was endearingly designed in a broadsheet format, and the decorative bunting was made of newspaper. Some of the dancers even structured their choreography around the happenings of a newsroom. Of course the real good news story here is the kids themselves, most of whom had spent the year refining their movement

and learning their routines. The youngest performers to tread the boards were preschoolers, who were joined on stage by their teachers as they wowed the crowd with their diminutive dance-moves. From Petite Ballet Junior through to Senior Contemporary each performance was a highlight in itself, although one of the more memorable moments came when young Melinda McKeowen took to the stage. Melinda has Joubert Syndrome, so Parkes School of Dance arranged for an assistant to help her with her routine, which she performed with sheer vibrancy. Melinda’s mother Amanda Clarke said Melinda loved getting dressed up and performing. “Melinda is often left out of things because she can’t walk on her own and Parkes School of Dance made it possible for her,” she said. For all the young performers and their families, the concert was the good news story of the day. By Raen Fraser

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There is an abundance of Christmas spirit in the Parkes community as the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child was supported in a big way. A total of 420 boxes were filled with gifts to be sent to children all over the world. It is a great improvement on the 300 that were collected last year. “It was a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to sit down with their kids and teach them about how many people in the world live in poverty compared to us,” said Alice Milne, who co-ordinated the effort. Samaritan’s Purse developed a program called Operation Christmas Child that encourages the general public to pack a shoebox for either a boy or a girl in poverty stricken countries. Contributors received a box and a list of gift suggestions and prohibited items. The suggestions included something to wear, something to love, something special, something for school, something to play with and something for personal hygiene. Contributors are able to follow their box online to see where it goes. “Thank you to everyone who contributed and we look forward to collecting even more boxes next year!” said Alice.

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Dozens of Parkes Shire men and boys stand to take the White Ribbon Oath last Friday.

Raising Our Voices Against Violence

“I will stand up, speak out, and act to prevent men’s violence against women.” This is the oath that dozens of Parkes Shire men took during the White Ribbon March last Friday. Parkes’ second White Ribbon event was attended by more than 100 locals, who marched from the new Parkes Arbor to Cooke Park to raise awareness of men’s violence against women. The guest speakers included Cr Bill Jayett, former Senator and Olympic gold medalist Nova Peris, and IPROWD founder Peter Gibbs. The speakers shared heart-wrenching personal testimonies and confronting statistics with the crowd. Each year an average of one woman is murdered each week by a current or ex-partner, and the Parkes Shire rates 17th in the state for incidents of domestic violence. While the statistics are sobering, the event was a celebration of positive change, with a free sausage sizzle, snow cones, a jumping castle, and live entertainment by Orange-based musician Jacob Sutherland.

Nova said that while most men were not perpetrators of abuse, the vast majority of domestic abuse was committed by men. “We need men to be part of the solution,” she said. Stephanie Loader, Managing Director of Northparkes Mines, announced that Northparkes have become the first White Ribbon accredited mine in the country. “We have an opportunity to influence culture,” she said. Peter Gibbs’ revealed how the death of his sister inspired him to establish IPROWD, an organization that helps indigenous students join the police force. “Don’t be at the back of the room. Don’t be bystanders,” he urged the crowd, “men need to stand up against violence”. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, dial 000. To access support contact: 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732 for domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 for men dealing with family and relationship difficulties. By Raen Fraser

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Parkes local and tennis stalwart Helen Magill won a prestigious award at the Australian Tennis Awards in Melbourne on Monday night. Helen, who runs the Parkes Tennis Club, won the Newcombe Award for Coaching Excellence – Club at a glittering event at the Palladium Ballroom at Melbourne’s Crown Entertainment Complex. The Newcombe Medal at the Australian Tennis Awards presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the year in tennis with legends of the past and the greats of today. Awards were presented in 14 categories. Paralympic gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott winning the 2016 Newcombe Medal, the highest honour in Australian tennis.

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RURAL ROUNDUP Include Your Pets in Your Fire Disaster Plan

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With the bushfire season looming, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning of the serious impacts of bushfires on Australian wildlife and pets. AVA President, Dr Robert Johnson said it was critical to include pets in your disaster plan. “With so many Australians living in bushfire zones it’s vital that they’re prepared for an emergency, and that includes pets if you’re lucky enough to be a pet owner. “Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start today by making a plan and preparing a disaster kit. “Planning is the key and cannot only help save human lives but also save pets’ lives. The decision to evacuate or stay at home is always a critical one. Try to confine your pets to the safest enclosed room of the house, such as the bathroom, where they can be quickly collected if you need to leave urgently, and make sure you have their carry cages and leads on hand.” “Put together an emergency kit for your animals with lots of nonperishable food and water in spill-proof containers,” he said. “If you become separated from your pet in an emergency evacuation, advise local vets, animal welfare shelters and rescue organisations. It’s crucial that your pet is microchipped and registered with the local council to make it easier to be re-united in an emergency,” he said. Fires don’t just threaten people, homes, pets and livestock, but the wildlife that make their homes in bushes, hollow logs, trees and underground. “While it’s absolutely tragic when wildlife is destroyed or injured in a bushfire it’s important not to put your own life at risk when rescuing an animal. “Extra care should be taken with venomous or aggressive animals. If you find injured or orphaned wildlife call your nearest wildlife rescue organisation or local vet,” Dr Robert said. Contact your local vet for help putting together a disaster kit for your pets so evacuation goes smoothly for your entire family. AVA brochures on protecting horses, livestock and pets in natural disasters are available for download from the AVA website at http:// The AVA is running its Be Aware, Prepare campaign over summer to raise awareness of the importance of planning for natural disasters – for all animal owners.

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RURAL ROUNDUP New Grain Storage In Forbes Robinson Grain is pleased to announce it has secured the lease of the Linx grain storage site at Forbes (previously known as Mountain Bulk). With 26,000mt of storage we will be providing competitive cash pricing and warehouse options for all wheat grades, barley and canola. Opening hours at the site will be from 7am to 11pm. Site manager Dave Simpson is excited about the opportunity this provides growers in the Forbes district.

Three storage options The new addition at Forbes complements RGT’s other two storage locations at RGT Yethera and Dubbo Grain Packing (DGP). Yethera will be offering both cash and warehouse options for wheat and Dubbo Grain Packing has contract options available for all grains and pulses. DGP also has cleaning options if required for grain that does not meet specifications. Robinson Grain is particularly keen to buy ex farm after harvest and throughout 2017 for growers who have the storage. Let’s utilise grower storages for growers benefit. RGT also buy into most graincorp receival sites. Site Contacts Dubbo: 02 6884 4000 Yethera: Trent 0407 667898 or Ryan 0402 373614 Forbes: 02 6851 2157 or 0427 253020 Grain Marketing Sydney: 02 9976 3625

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Ostini Wool Weekly Market Update The AWEX-NRI rose 59 cents this week, taking it to 1418 (its highest level since June 2011). The market started off slowly when Melbourne sold in isolation on Tuesday; the small Australian based catalogues were only slightly dearer before a late NZ-catalogue found better support and set the tone for the rest of the week. Wednesday initially jumped 20 cents but quickly gathered momentum to close 40 cents higher for most of the Merino microns. Thursday repeated the pattern with the finer microns again the centre of buyer attention and making further increases of 30 cents. By the end of the week the finer microns were around 70 cents higher than the previous sale and many of the MPG’s closed at 5-year highs. Merino Skirtings tracked a similar line to the fleece, while crossbreds were mixed, initially gaining ground before a lacklustre finish. Merino Carding types maintained their renewed interest, rising 20 to 50 cents. Next weeks sale is currently estimated at 48,603 bales.

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Remember Loved Ones At Candle Lighting The Parkes Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will hold its candle lighting at 5.30pm on Sunday, 11th December in Lions Park. The annual event remembers family members or friends who have died and will be missing from the family Christmas celebrations. There will be room for a photo of your deceased loved one to be displayed. This event is held worldwide every year on the second Sunday of December in every time zone. As candles burn down in one time zone they are lit in another, creating a 24hour wave of remembering light that encir-

cles the globe. TCF in the United Kingdom was started by five parents who had lost children. One of the founding parents, Joe Lawley wrote The Gift, which told the story of The Compassionate Friends. “I have a gift, I did not want this gift, it meant suffering and pain. The pain came because of a love. A love which had manifested itself in a child. The child brought its love to me and asked for my love. Sometimes I did not understand this. Sometimes I did not appreciate it. Sometimes I was too busy to listen quietly to this love. But the love persisted, it was always there. One

day the child died. The love remained. This time there were memories, there was sadness and anguish. And unbelievable pain. “One day a stranger came. The stranger listened and occasionally spoke. The stranger said: “I understand”, and did. The stranger had also been this way. We talked and cried together. The stranger became my friend as no other had. One day I lifted my head. I noticed another grieving. I approached and spoke. I touched and comforted. I said: “I will walk with you” and I did. I also had the gift.”

RURAL ROUNDUP New Guide Will Help Harvesters Prevent Fires The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is requesting landholders and harvesting operators in Mid Lachlan Valley Team area to make use of the new Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide to enable them to determine if it’s safe to harvest. NSW RFS Superintendant Ken Neville said those operating harvesting machinery needed to take a proactive approach to minimise the risk of fire in certain conditions. “Each year, fire fighters attend a number of fires on farms, which have been started as a result of harvesting operations. Many of these fires have the potential to destroy homes, crops and livelihoods,” Ken said.

“The NSW RFS appreciates the cooperation of farmers on days of heightened fire danger. A few hours of down time lowers the risk of fires breaking out and can prevent a great deal of damage,” he said. “Listening to the concerns of the current broad area cease harvesting requests, this guide was developed in partnership with NSW Farmers and Australian Custom Harvesters to overcome some of the downtime this has caused for local land holders and contractors. “The Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide is designed for farmers and contractors to make an informed decision at the local level, based on a set of identified weather

conditions.” Ken said using this step by step approach can determine if the current conditions need harvesting operations to stop until the weather is safe to return to the paddock. “The Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide is easy to use and compact enough to have readily accessible, whether it’s in the harvester cabin, shed or home.” You can access and download the guide through the NSW RFS website, with current and forecast fire danger ratings also available at

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If you have not yet felt any Christmas cheer, today and tonight offers you plenty of opportunity to get in the spirit of the festive season. The Peak Hill Meet You Up The Street festival kicks off at 9am today and runs all day; get the kids dressed up for the return of the Christmas Parade at 6pm followed by the UpMarkets in Cooke Parke, as well as a movie night showing The Santa Clause. To add some magic to the evening, the Sparkles Illumination switch will be flicked at sundown to light up the Parkes CBD.


Celebrate this weekend with a piece of cake - Parkes was 143 years old yesterday! On 1st December 1873, the township was officially names Parkes, in honour of the then Premier of the Colony of NSW, Sir Henry Parkes.

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Big Summer Splash At Parkes Pool

Bev Rowe (second from right) and Cr Bill Jayet (right) launched the Potters’ Group exhibition last Friday.

Parkes Goes Potty For Potters

Local art-lovers got all fired-up for the Parkes Potters’ Group exhibition at the Parkes Shire Library’s Coventry Room last Friday. Cr Bill Jayett formally opened the exhibition, saying that while Parkes prides itself on our unique attractions - the Dish and Elvis Festival – the town’s real treasure is the arts. Bev Rowe, president of the Parkes Potters Group said that for a small geographical area, there is a diverse output of artisans. Lynn and Wayne Rogers were among the dozens of guests appreciating the art. “It’s a real credit to Parkes to put on a display of this calibre,” Lynn said. The work on display wasn’t simply traditional thrown pots and plates, but a selection of sculptural and functional pieces that utilized a fascinating range of styles and techniques. It was the third exhibition for the group this year, with 11 of the 14 members displaying their craft. Bev’s work included meditative wall-

mounted masks that incorporated religious themes, whereas Pol Cruz displayed a range of abstract art pieces, many of which positioned the human form amidst an almost surreal, dream-like arrangement of shapes and elements. Other artists made more figurative pieces – the ram was a crowd favourite, and the Coventry Room became an honorary aviary with dozens of beautifully crafted pottery birds perched on various plynths. Bev drew attention to the two works, which were isolated in glass domes to highlight the skill involved in their crafting. Under one glass dome was a flawless Raku Pitcher made by Judy Kinsella, the other was a piece by the late Jan Hunter, who had passed away during the week. “She was a great talent, and will be sorely missed,” Bev said. It was a delightfully arty soiree, with nibblies provided, along with a selection of locally produced wines by Twisted River. By Raen Fraser

Next Saturday the Parkes Aquatic Centre is holding the Shire’s biggest pool party, the Big Summer Splash. Parkes Shire Council, in partnership with the Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), are hosting the outdoor event for students aged 10 - 18 years. Member of the Parkes Pool and Youth Committees, Cr Patrica Smith said this was a great opportunity for Parkes Shire youth to cool off and kick back to some live entertainment. “Parkes Aquatic Centre will be extending its opening hours into the night to host the Shire’s biggest pool party. The cost is just pool entry which grants you access to the giant inflatable slide until sundown, a sausage sizzle, and a front row seat to the gig.” Local acoustic duo, Salt to the Wound, will be performing live from 7pm to 10pm. The Junior Splash Party for 10 to 12 year olds will be from 6 to 8pm, and the Senior Splash Party for 13 to 18 year olds is from 8pm-10pm. Members of CDAT will be cooking the free barbeque, while the Poolside Café will be open for everything else. The event is part of CDAT’s efforts to prevent young people from engaging in anti-social behaviour, by providing engaging, alcohol and drug-free activities for the community. For more information, #VisitParkes #BigSummerSplash

Salt to the Wound Duo Birdee Sideris and Angus Hannelly will perform at the Big Summer Splash at the Parkes Aquatic Centre on Saturday, 10th December.


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Keeping you fit for life

Swimmer’s Shoulder With the weather finally warming up swimming is an ideal way to get a full body workout. Unfortunately due to the repetitive nature of swimming overuse injuries in the shoulder and neck are common. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a ring of cartilage around the socket to make the joint more stable. Around this is a loose joint capsule that is reinforced with ligaments and muscles. Because the shoulder is a very mobile joint it relies on the action of these muscles and ligaments to maintain stability. These muscles are called the rotator cuff and consist of four muscles that work together to keep your shoulder centred in its socket. So, if swimming strengthens the shoulder muscles why do so many swimmers have shoulder problems? The simple answer is due to the repetitive nature of swimming. The more complex answer lies in the fact that many swimmers don’t have good stroke technique and those that do can still have problems because the swim stroke (in particular freestyle), mainly strengthens the shoulder internal rotators and adductors. This causes muscle imbalance, leaving the scapular stabilisers and external rotators relatively weak and joint laxity increases. The rotator cuff then must work harder to keep the shoulder centred in the socket. When the already relatively weakened external rotators fatigue the ball of the shoulder joint moves forward and the tendon of the rotator cuff muscles is pinched between the bones as the hand is raised above shoulder height. Next column I will cover some practical ways to prevent this happening and what to do if you already have impingement problems. “For the fitness of you” Linda Reilly

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How long have you lived in Parkes? I live about 46km from Parkes in Goonumbla. I was born there, so have lived in the area for all my life, except for the two years I worked at a renal transplant unit in Sydney. What do you like about Parkes? It would be the people. As a community they get behind things and really care. The people of Parkes are very supportive. Where do you work? I work for Lachlan Area Health as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse. What do you enjoy about your work? Hopefully that I make a difference, so that people don’t feel so isolated. What do you do with your free time? I like to spend time with my husband, Tuck, and my daughter Tahlia. I really enjoy just being at home. It’s nice and quiet. If three cars go down our street it’s a busy day. How do you like your coffee? Bellas make a dairy-free coffee chill, and if I’m having a bad day, that’s what I’ll have. Otherwise I don’t tend to drink coffee, but I am a total chocoholic. What makes your day? Probably just seeing my daughter happy, and spending time with my family. We’ve all become so busy, that quality time together becomes really special. If you could go anywhere in the world on holiday, where would it be? We go to Queensland all the time, but I would have to say Hawaii – if I could just click my fingers and be there – it’s the long flight that gets me.

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Noise Pollution Everyone has experienced nuisance noise coming from a neighbour’s property. What to do? It depends on the type and frequency of the noise. The Protection of the Environment Operations Act (POE) sets out in detail regulations which apply to all sorts of domestic appliances and machinery, internal and external. It deals with things such as airconditioners, lawn mowers, electric power tools, musical instruments and amplifiers, pool motors, and car and burglar alarms. It sets hours when these appliances and machinery can be used and the maximum noise levels. Your local council can deal with a wide range of problems, such as barking dogs or other continuing noises. One-off noises, such as a noisy party, are best dealt with by the police. If there is a continuing problem, it is best to have a talk with your neighbour. If that fails, consult your council to see what they can do. If the problem is beyond the powers of the council, consult your solicitor to see what legal action can be taken to deal it. In many cases the local court has the power to make a noise abatement order. Breach of this can lead to fines and other more serious penalties If there is a one-off problem, the police have the power to issue a similar notice. The police can issue on-the-spot fines if, after telling the offender to stop or mitigate the noise, it starts again within six hours. If Matthews Williams can assist you on this or any other legal matter, call or make an appointment with one of their solicitors.

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1-24 Dec SPARKLES Christmas in Parkes: Join Parkes in celebrating Christmas this year! Shop locally in Parkes for Christmas and soak up the festive atmosphere. Various activities for all ages are on throughout December to celebrate this joyous time of year! For further information please contact Parkes Shire Council on (02) 6861 2333, or the Parkes Chamber of Commerce on 0429 629 966. 2 Dec

The Christmas Street Parade from 5.30pm. To be part of the Parade, entries are avail-able at the Coffee Pot in Clarinda Street. Businesses and community groups are encouraged to return the entry forms to the Coffee Pot by November 25.

2 Dec

Sparkle in the Park @ Cooke Park from 5-9.30pm. Parkes Christmas UpMarkets & Movie Night. Great night for the family to get out and about to mark the start of the festive season! There will be Christmas markets, family fun + entertainment, face painting, photos with Santa, food + drinks! Bring a picnic and blanket to settle in and watch a Christmas Movie The Santa Clause at sundown, after strolling the variety of markets!

2 Dec

Batts Music Shop - Open Mic Night @ Parkes Cambridge Hotel from 2pm-9pm open to everyone.

3 Dec

Pink Dishes Breast Cancer Group are invited to attend the Christmas Luncheon at the Railway Hotel at 12pm. Bring along a friend or family member and a gift to the value of $10.

9 Dec

Sheep Connect NSW Webinar on Footrot at 1pm. Register here : 60892831747?source=Email

9 Dec

Batts Music Shop - Open Mic Night @ Parkes Cambridge Hotel from 2pm-9pm open to everyone.

11 Dec

The Parkes Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Annual Candle Lighting @ Lions Park at 5.30pm.

11 Dec

Christmas Carols in the Park @ Cooke Park from 6.30-9.30pm.

22 Dec

Friends of the Parkes Hospital Monthly Meeting at 7pm at the Parkes Hospital.

31 Dec

Parkes Harness Racing New Years Eve Race Meet @ Parkes Harness Racing Club. Join in the fun with friends and family at the Parkes Harness Racing New Year's Eve race meet! En-tertainment, food, drink, and laughs for all! Phone 6862 5966.

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BE Seen

Carol Southwell, Diana Howell, and Pat Byrne were staffing the CanAssist Garage Sale at the Parkes Showground last Saturday. Helen Armstrong of Twister River wines offers David Moles a glass to sample at the Potters’ Group exhibition.

Lionel Lovett did the Welcome to Country at the start of the White Ribbon Day proceedings in Cooke Park last Friday.

Renee Neville, Carla, Brandy and India Rauchle were at the official opening of the Hart Bar last week.

Bianca Sheridan celebrated her birthday on the same day as the opening of the Hart Bar.

Grade 4 ballet dance their interpretation of The Waltz of the Snowflakes for their act titled “Weather Forecast - Snow”.

Jac Clark’s partner Jake was happy to pose with his portrait at the opening of Hart Bar.

The Parkes School of Dance petite junior ballet class, also billed as the Australian Ballet, perform at the Leagues Club For The First Time In Forever.

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Exhibition With A Lot of ‘Hart’ In New Bar The new upstairs Hart Bar at the Railway Hotel made a grand entrance onto the Parkes social scene with a bold and striking exhibition by local artist Jac Clark. If locals have not seen Jac’s signature brightly coloured art works, they will be familiar with her street art creations of Elvis, the girl reading books, the astronaut and other, that went on display earlier this year in the Central Business Distrcit. Jac’s art has had a presence in the Railway Hotel since Kasie Ferguson and Bianca Sheridan became owners six years ago. So when the trendy new bar was being planned, there was no question about who to ask to look after decorating the walls for the opening. Jac decided to step away from her signature bright colours and ventured into the world of monochrome for the first time to explore the boldness of using black and white for her paintings. She worked for 12 months on 14 paintings for the exhibition titled Figure. She did not specifically choose her subjects but over time ended up painting a variety of subjects including people and animals. At the official opening of Hart Bar last Thursday, people were naturally drawn to the huge black and white images in the beautiful space created by Josh Fisher, the

builder, and Beck Thompson, the designer. The complete product left guests feeling like they could be in any trendy city bar. “It is just amazing what they have achieved here,” was the general consensus from many. “We can’t believe this is actually in Parkes,” others said. Jac said she had also received very positive feedback with many prints sold and some enquiries about commissions, while the cow painting proved to be a hit. The artworks can be seen online at www. By Maggi Barnard

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Lachlan Dragons Reach Finals In Wagga Wagga The Lachlan Dragons had a great day at the Wagga Wagga Dragon Boat Challenge regatta last Sunday with the men’s and women’s teams reaching the finals. The Men’s team, a mixture of Lachlan Dragons and Orange Colour City, paddled with sheer determination in a very close race to gain second place in the finals. They received a very smart trophy for their efforts. The Women’s Lachlan Dragons team, with four guest paddlers from Orange Colour City and Wagga Bidgee Dragons, raced their hearts out to be placed fourth in an extremely close finish. Nineteen paddlers made the annual trip to compete in absolute perfect weather that enabled all team members to demonstrate their skills and teamwork, which they had trained to perfect over the last few weeks. Under the guidance of the new Club Coach, Carmen Stevens, new and old paddlers came together and worked as well drilled teams for all the races. Only three weeks ago, the Lachlan Dragons had their first regatta of the year competing at Orange with full teams in the Mixed, Men’s and Women’s events. The mixed team won second place in the finals – a huge achievement against very well drilled sides from around the region. The Club congratulates Bill Thomas on his recent accreditation as a Level 3 sweep. This enables Bill to not only sweep on the Forbes Lake for the Club but to also be the sweep for teams in all regatta events. Six Lachlan Dragon Club members gained selection in the Western Region team last week after many weeks of selection trials. Congratulations to Helen Rowbotham, Claire Davis, Carmen Stephens,

FULL STEAM AHEAD… The Lachlan Dragons team who competed in the Wagga Wagga Dragon Boat Challenge on the weekend.

Beth Thomas, Rochelle Smith and Warren Edwards. Beth was also appointed manager for the squad. The Club has had a huge season so far with the construction of the boat shed, the purchase of two new boats, welcoming new members and competing in two regattas. The club Christmas party is on 15th December at the Forbes Bowling Club with all members encouraged to come dressed in the Christmas spirit. Paddling continues twice per week – Thursdays at 5.45pm and Sunday mornings at 8.15am leaving from the new Boat Shed on Lake Forbes. Anyone curious to see what dragon boating is all about, come along on a Thursday or Sunday. With two boats there is plenty of room for everyone. By Chris Sweeney

Parkes Women’s Bowling Club In social games played this week Frances Charlton and Margaret Hawken defeated Maureen Miller and Minnie Riordan in a pairs game. Kate Keogh, Chris Cox and Audrey Jones defeated Eileen Bradley, June Burgess and Betsy Johnstone in a triples game. Rosemary Mitchell, Flo Riseborough and Robyn Morgan defeated L Byrne and Marja Iffland in a triples game. A long end was won by Eileen Bradley and winners for the day were Kate, Chris and Audrey. Our Presentation Day and Christmas lunch will be held on 13th December. To play social bowls please ring table selectors Betsy Johnstone and Audrey Jones. Social Roster is Isabelle Svendsen.

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