Bird breeders flock to Forbes show

The Central West Bird Club held a successful sale on Saturday with 1088 birds benched and more than 500 people attending the event at the Forbes Indoor Sports Centre. 

Secretary Sharon Jones said people came from Adelaide, Sydney, Scone, Wagga, Curlewis, Griffith, Queenbeyan, Toowoomba, Narrabri, Walgett, Modbury and everywhere in between.

“We had 60 sellers attend and the sale well exceeded our expectations,” Ms Jones said. 

“Thank you to everyone who helped Cindy on the door, the ladies in the canteen, all stewards, Angela and Darren Richmond who stayed behind from Wagga to help clean up, all our club members for your efforts, all those trade tables who came along to make it such a great day and all of those who attended.”

The Central West Bird Club was founded in 1997 and has held sales for the past 17 years. 

While this year was not the biggest sale the club has hosted, it is in more recent years. 

“A lot of clubs are folding but this sale ensures us that ours is still strong,” Ms Jones said. 

“We also had Les Banks attend the sale who is one of the best/biggest breeders in Australia.

“He was there selling birds valued around $3000. He has more than 300 aviaries and it is excellent for the club that he attended.” 

Ms Jones said it was the first time the Indoor Sports Centre had been used for the sale. 

“It was a fantastic venue,” she said.

As well as birds there were lots of trade tables selling everything you could possibly want for birdkeeping from bulk seed to aviaries. 

“Overall it was a great day and would not have been possible without the committee,” Ms Jones said. 

This year money raised from the sale will be donated to Royal Far West and the special education units at Forbes High School and Forbes Public School.

If you would like to become a member of the 

Central West Bird Club, contact Sharon Jones on 0406 512 851.

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