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RECYCLED FASHION FOR A CAUSE… Anglicare’s Fashion Affair at the Parkes Golf Club last Saturday proved to be a very popular event when 140 women not only supported a vital service in our community, but helped to give garments from a closed down store a second life.

Fantastic Fashion Fundraiser For Georgie’s Pantry

It is not often that women in Parkes can attend a fashion show, purchase the garments straight after and help further a very worthy cause. Last Saturday about 140 women enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Anglicare’s Fashion Affair at the Parkes Golf Club and raised around $5,000 for the very important service Georgie’s Pantry perform in our community. A total of 990 garments were donated after the closing down of the Somerset Lane stores in Eugowra and Molong. Around 300 garments were sold on the day with the remaining stock now available at Georgie’s Boutique in the main street. “It was an overwhelming success and we really appreciate the support of the community,” said the Manager of Anglicare in Parkes, Natalie Quince. “The event has

been of incredible benefit to our community as it allows us to continue to operate the pantry.” She said Georgie’s Pantry, a sustainable food relief agency, experienced a 100% increase in the use of its service this year from 800 to 1,600 customers. Continued on page 2

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MAYORAL NOTES Congratulations to the five members of Council’s water team who were formally awarded their Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) certification. The certification recognises the key role our water operators play in public health, certifying their competency to manage drinking water quality, as well as identifying and responding to water quality risks and incidents. Work has commenced on the repurposing of the one building remaining on the old hospital site. The old hospital was demolished in 2016 following the opening of the new hospital along the Forbes Road. Council contractors have started stripping out the old community hall, the one remaining building on the site, with work also well advanced on a new carpark. The building is earmarked as a child care centre. Following the success of the first temporary outdoor dining platform installed at Bella’s along Church Street, a new platform is set to be constructed adjacent to Smeaton’s Bakery on the western side of Lower Clarinda Street in the coming weeks. The outdoor dining platforms are an initiative of the Parkes Main Street Vibrancy Strategy 2016. The dining platforms have been exclusively designed for Parkes Shire Council as modular and transportable infrastructure that will allow businesses to increase their dining capacity and expand the outdoor dining options in the town centre. This weekend the Parkes Shire will join the rest of the nation in marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War. The Parkes RSL Sub-branch is holding a dinner to mark the 100-year anniversary at 6:30pm on Saturday, 10th November at the Parkes Services Club. The community is then invited to commemorate the Armistice and Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11th November with a service at the Cenotaph in Cooke Park from 10:30am. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend Cr Ken Keith OAM Mayor of Parkes Shire

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The pantry sells a basket of pantry food and/or a tray of meat for only $25. Customers also receive fresh fruit, vegetables and bread free of charge bringing the estimated retail value of the food to approximately $200. The pantry also offers free food for farmers every Friday. According to Natalie the pantry receives 12 tonnes of donated food from Aldi and Woolworths annually. In addition, the pantry spent $40,000 last year on purchasing items from local supermarkets, a local butcher and from Foodbank in Sydney. There are according to the Foodbank 2018 Hunger Report 4.5 million Australians who went hungry over the last year of which 1.5 million are in rural and remote Australia. If you would like to support this vital service in our community with a donation, visit Georgie’s Hub on Facebook or contact 0411 763 448. By Maggi Barnard

Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at the Eternal Flame in the Wagga Wagga Victory Memorial Gardens. (He will unfortunately not be attending the Centenary of Armistice dinner as advertised.)

Centenary Of World War I Armistice Day

The Parkes Shire will join the rest of the country on Sunday to commemorate the Centenary of World War I Armistice Day on 11th November. Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack secured nearly $50,000 in funding through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program for nine projects in his electorate. The projects include a Remembrance Wall and Garden at Bogan Gate, a display of memorabilia in the Trundle War Memorial, and the restoration of a World War I Feldkanone (field artillery gun) at Cooke Park. “I am so proud and touched by the way our communities continue to honour and remember the more than 60,000 Austral-

ians killed and another 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner during World War I,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. “Thousands of young Riverina and Central West men walked off their farms, out of their jobs and away from their families to fight in far off countries and too many of them never came home and are forever at rest in foreign cemeteries.” “We continue to grieve for them and we continue to pay our respects to them – and we always will.” The Parkes RSL Sub-Branch is hosting a special dinner at the Parkes Services Club on Saturday night to celebrate the centenary of Armistice. On Sunday the Remembrance Day service will start from 10.30 in Cooke Park.

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QUESTION of the week 1965 Lions Christmas Cakes have raised an estimated profit in excess of $56m. The cakes will be available at Parkes Meals on Wheels and Neighbourhood Central.

Emma and Jacquelyne Greenland attended the Anglicare’s Fashion Affair last Saturday to hep raise funds for Georgie’s Pantry.

Congratulations: Cathy McPherson was picked as the winner of our Spring Photo Competition from a load of very good entries this year. She has won a family photo session with Chemical Creations Photography! Thanks to everyone for entering. Christmas Street Parade: There is still time to enter the Christmas Street Parade on 30th November organised by the Parkes Action Club. You can walk, bike, or dress up a car or ute for one of the most popular Christmas events in Parkes. The deadline for entries is Friday, 23rd November. Send your entry to Lions Christmas Cakes: Forbes and District Lions will once again be selling their Christmas cakes and puddings. This year the 1.5kg cake is $17, the 1kg cake $13 and the puddings $13. These popular cakes and puddings have been selling in Australia since the 1960’s and are baked for Lions Australia by Top Taste Bakeries. Money raised goes to service projects in the local community as well as national and international projects. Some of these are Sight First, medical research, Children’s Mobility Foundation, Eye Health Program, Hearing Dogs, Disaster Relief, Aged Care, Drug Awareness and Youth Programs. Since

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Bush Wage Subsidy Trial: Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Federal Government’s $60 million investment to attract more apprentices in the bush is a major boost to rural and regional small and family businesses. Government announced it would trial a wage subsidy as an incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to engage more apprentices. From 1st January next year the new subsidy under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP), will support eligible new Australian apprentices in areas such as plumbing, mechanical, electrical, painting trades and hairdressing. Subsidies will be provided at 75% of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50% in the second year and 25% in the third year. DIY renovators warned: One in three homes contain asbestos! If your home was built or renovated before 1987, it will likely contain asbestos. This does not just include fibro properties, but also brick, weatherboard and clad homes.

The Parkes Dragon Boat Club took part in its very first regatta on Sunday. Sue Cooper, Louise Moore and Michelle Ross were part of the team. (See story on page 8.)


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Why do you think Remembrance Day is still relevant today?

Deidre Bennett: On a National basis it’s how we identify our character. Personally, my grandfather was in the Light Horse Brigade and landed in Gallipoli. Lots of cultures celebrate war victories whereas we commemorate the end of the war and those we lost.

Kevin O’Neill: We remember the ones who fought for our country and came home – and we remember the ones who fought and didn’t come back.

Kristy Berry: Remembrance Day is very relevant for our younger generation. It’s important for them to understand the meaning of the commemoration as part of our history.

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Two Young Buskers In The Making Parkes has no shortage of talented musicians as two young performers proved again last weekend when they both finished in the top group in the Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma. More than 150 buskers from around the country took part in the annual event and included Anabelle Van Wyk (11) and Hannah Dun (13) from Parkes. They both finished as runners-up in the primary and secondary age categories respectively. “It was a great experience and I really enjoyed seeing other talented musicians,” said Annabelle, who played her saxophone and sang. “The best part was performing in front of very enthusiastic crowds and meeting the members of the amazing String Family, who provided me with a lot of en-

CLASSIFIEDS Parkes Country Music Muster Association Annual General Meeting Monday 12th November 7:30pm at the Parkes Services Club All Welcome. CANASSIST MONTHLY MEETING 3rd Tuesday of the month 20th November 7pm at Neighborhood Central Garage Sale 10th November 4 Belmore Ave Parkes 8am Sharp Start. Baby items, household items and much more! PARKES PHYSIOTHERAPY Linda Reilly APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist 25 Clarinda Street Parkes Ph: 6862 5005 Handyman/Gardener Mowing, Edges, Weeding, Prune, Lop, Paint, Plumbing, Carpentry, Concrete, etc, 0468 383 349 Parkes Rugby Union Club Now accepting applications for Coaches and Managers for the upcoming 2019 season. All positions are available, including First Grade and Reserves, Colts, Women and all Junior grades. Please send your expression of interest including any relevant experience to Secretary Kimberley Harris before November 30th, 2018. GRAB AND GO Christmas gifts with YoungLiving 13th November 7:30pm Location: AOG Church Hall 7 Rees Ave Parkes. RSVP to 0427 784 515 Patios, Rooms, Cladding & Carports (BL83737C) As on TV. Ph 6862 5886 WINE BARRELS FOR SALE Half wine barrels $130 each Full wine barrels $250 each Ph: Parkes Brick & Pavers 6862 2253

couragement and support.” Hannah, also a singer, said she had learnt to persevere and perform the best she could. “I met new talented friends who enjoy music like I do and who appreciate music. I want to thank all the sponsors and organisers, and for the support this event provides to many young emerging musicians.” Annabelle qualified for the primary age category after winning the Peak Hill event earlier this year. Hannah came second in Peak Hill leg of the championship and tried again at the Gundagai Busking Championship where she got first place and qualified for Cooma. By Maggi Barnard

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Pharmacies Can Vaccinate From January 2019

NSW pharmacists will soon be able to give vaccines for more than just influenza shots thanks to new legislation due to come into effect from January next year. This will allow pharmacists to give vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (dTpa). This legislation will bring NSW in line with Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory in terms of the types of vaccines available to patients through community pharmacies. Another change is that pharmacists will also be able to vaccinate patients over 16. Pharmacists will have to undergo a small amount of further training before they can start administering the additional vaccines. President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia NSW branch David Heffernan said patients would benefit being able to obtain vaccination services from trained local pharmacists. “The inclusion of the whooping cough vaccine is especially beneficial for grandparents, carers of young children and partners of pregnant women, ahead of having contact with newborn infants.” Pharmaceutical Society of Australia NSW State Manager Simone Diamandis told Australian Pharmacist that public attention typically focused on improving vaccination rates in infants and children under 12, yet the largest unvaccinated group of people recommended to be immunised are adults. She said that allowing pharmacists to administer vaccinations could improve the situation.

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OUR Gal Tracie Robertson How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I was born in Parkes and started high school at the Parkes Christian School but moved away soon after. I finished school in Young and worked in Sydney for eight years. I worked for Telecom/Telstra and as Western Region Sales Executive for Business and Government my territory covered the majority of western NSW so I was able to move home to Parkes in 1995. Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I knew Telstra would eventually sell my section off so I studied real estate two nights per week and started with Ray White in 1998. I purchased the business in 2006 and expanded in 2011 to open in Forbes and Condobolin. I enjoy being able to promote Parkes first and then property, and especially enjoy meeting new people and sometimes we even get to make property dreams come true. What do you do in your spare time and on weekends? Gardening and spending time with my friends and family. I also volunteer for Wires and right now I have two tiny wallaby joeys and two wollaroos. I enjoy going to Rotary and spending time with happy and positive people. What are you really good at? I’m good at studying and have recently completed my masters degree in Business Administration. I am working on more tertiary and work-based studies. If you could have a superpower what would it be? To make people be kind. With more empathy in the world we could each put ourselves in another’s shoes before making judgement or taking action that might hurt another. What is your pet hate? Dealing with regret is the absolute worst! My goal is to always consider others and to try my absolute best at all times… then there is very little to regret to deal with.


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11 Nov 12 Nov Melbourne Cup 2018 was celebrated in style at the Parkes Services Club on Tuesday. Nancye Blatch and Rosemary Morris were there to have a good time.

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Miriam Luyt, Wendy Neville and Margaret Byrne enjoyed the entertainment by Barry Green at the Parkes Services Club.

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30 Nov 30 Nov Ongoing Also attending the Melbourne Cup lunch were Isabel Orange, Sandra Yelland and Jan Latter.

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Ongoing Pam Patrick and Claire Dunne were among the good turn-out of people to celebrate Melbourne Cup 2018 at the Parkes Services Club.

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Exhibition: Wiradjuri Cloaks & Headdresses at the Coventry Room, Parkes Library.

World War I Armistice Centenary Dinner at the Parkes Services Club, Starlight Lounge at 6:30pm with special guest Senator John Williams. Entertainment by Rob Shehadie from “Here Come the Habibs”, and music by Barry Green. Cost: $60 per person. Tickets available from

Remembrance Day 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War (1914-1918) with a service at the Cenotaph in Cooke Park at 11am.

Spirituality In The Pub at the Commercial Hotel from 6:30-7:45pm. Liesel Walters (Parkes) and Anne Dennis (Walgett) will talk about “My Spirituality – Influence on the Way”. Buy a drink, enjoy the talk and discussion, ask questions, and even stay on for dinner. Parkes Country Music Muster Association AGM at the Parkes Services Club at 7:30pm. All welcome.

Parkes Dragon Boat Club Junior Come-and-Try event. Paddling for juniors from 12 to 18 years at Lake Endeavour, Parkes from 10:30am – 12pm. Contact Beth on 0418 253 045 or for registration & information. CanAssist monthly meeting at Neighborhood Central at 7pm.

From Dust… Parkes Potters Exhibition opening at the Coventry Room, Parkes Library at 6pm, entry $15. From Dust… Parkes Potters Exhibition open from 10am – 4pm, gold coin donation.

Parkes White Ribbon Day March - Meet at Bushman Street intersection at 10:45am, march off at 11am, meet at Cooke Park for BBQ and guest speakers.

Fraud Forum Parkes – learn how to protect yourself at the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club at 10am. Free event by Neighbourhood Central, NSW Police and Leading Edge Computers will provide information on different types of fraud affecting the community, and ways to prevent becoming a victim of fraud. RSVP to Neighbourhood Central on 1300 810 771 or email au Parkes Christmas Parade at 6pm. The route runs clockwise from Caledonia Street to Welcome Street, and then back down Clarinda and Short streets.

Christmas in the Park – Movie and Markets from 3pm. Movie times to be advised. With the Christmas parade on the same day it is a great way to meet up with friends and family in Cooke Park. 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.

Farmers Friday at Georgie’s Hub supplying grocery staples, bread, fruit, vegetables and meat (when available) to farmers for free from 1-4pm. Enquiries call 0439 8750 54. 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.

The Parkes Dragon Boat Club trains at Lake Endeavour every Thursday at 5:45 for 6pm on the water, and Sunday at 9:30am for 10am on the water. Contact 0418 253 045 for more information. Parkes Toy Library, a not-for-profit service operated by St. George’s Anglican Church, is open every Monday from 3:30 – 6:30pm during school terms for children ages 0 to 8 years old. Located in the Lower Hall with entry via Souden Lane carpark. Parkes Aviation Museum is open Thursdays and Sundays. The ever-growing collection is located at the Parkes Regional Airport.

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Seven New Mining Trainees At Northparkes CMOC-Northparkes Mines has welcomed seven new mining trainees to help local residents get a job in the mining industry with limited or no experience. A traineeship program was started earlier this year to create a ‘foot in the door’ opportunity for candidates who demonstrate initiative, a positive attitude and the desire to work in an underground mining environment. The structured mining traineeship program is a first in many years for Northparkes and its Underground Mining Operations team. “The traineeship program is a new approach to attract people into mining at an

entry level role, and creates a pipeline of new people into the mining industry,” said Rob Cunningham, Manager Mining Operations. At the conclusion of the two-year program, each trainee will be a multi-skilled miner with practical hands on experience, including the operation of heavy machinery and learning about automation. They will also have a nationally recognised Certificate III in Metalliferous Mining. Each trainee will spend 12 months working with the underground development crews, six months with the underground production crews and six months with the underground service crews.


“Originally the traineeship program was going to be offered to four local candidates, however due to the large number and quality of applications, we made the decision to offer seven traineeships,” said Hubert Lehman, Acting Managing Director. Northparkes is seeking expressions of interest for its Traineeship Program in the areas of health, ore processing, administration, finance/accounting and underground mining. The program is designed to give candidates a solid foundation to kick start a mining career and fast track them into exciting positions. For more information, visit

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Where your pets come for THEIR holidays Kerry Wyburd PEAK HILL BOARDING KENNELS PADDLERS PERFORM… The Parkes Dragon Boat Club took part in its first ever regatta in Bathurst on Sunday and won silver in both the women’s and men’s open categories in combination teams with the Sudu Dragons.

Fifteen Fabulous And Fantastic Paddlers

The Parkes Dragon Boat Club splashed onto the NSW regatta scene in Bathurst on Sunday by winning two second places at their very first race event. Most of the five-month-old club’s fifteen paddlers entered the Western Region Regatta as novices anticipating only to learn and gain valuable race experience. As soon as the team dipped their paddles into the beautiful, glassy Ben Chifley Dam, they stepped up and exceeded all expectations. Both the women’s and men’s teams combined with the Sudu Dragon Boat Club from Wollongong and secured a place in the finals after three 200m heats each. The women’s race was extremely tight with Parkes/Sudu missing out on the gold medal by a split second in a time of 1:02.75. The men’s team followed suit and also secured second place in a time of 56.91. “For many of you to experience your very first regatta and come away with a silver in both the women’s and men’s opens is a remarkable achievement,” said President Bill

Thomas. “What a privilege it was to share the moments in the boats with the most fabulous, fantastic fifteen paddlers you could ever wish for.” Coach Warren Edwards was very impressed with the team’s performance and said: “The team friendship, bonding and spirit was evident from early in the morning and the gutsy performances just kept coming all day. I could not have been prouder of everyone on their first outing as a team.” Bill congratulated Warren on achieving Level 3 Sweep status at the regatta, and both Bill and Warren thanked Regatta Coordinator Deb Abela for her tireless work organising the teams. The Endeavour Dragons also attracted a lot of attention with their colourful race shirts receiving lots of compliments. The Parkes Dragon Boat Club is steadily growing and always welcome new members or anyone who would like to come for a try-out. Details available on the club’s Facebook page.

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