Council comment: Mayor Graeme Miller

By all accounts last week’s Barefoot Skiing Tournament was very successful with over 40 entrants taking part. Show skiing and fly board demonstrations proved particularly popular and it was great to see the involvement of so many locals.

This week I visited St Laurence’s Parish School and Forbes North Public School to hand out reusable water bottles to the students.

This initiative was designed to encourage our young people to take advantage of Forbes’ terrific drinking water and to discourage the purchase of bottled water.

The vast majority of disposable water bottles end up in landfill and shorten the lives of our rubbish tips.

This is not to mention the fact that the bottling and transportation of water is extremely damaging to the environment. Eventually all primary school students in Forbes Shire will end up with an environmentally friendly, reusable water bottle.

While at Forbes North Public School I was able to sit in on the Student Parliament. They were undertaking a very similar process to Council with its Community Strategic Plan and it was great to see our next generation of leaders developing their plans for the year.

Forbes North will also be holding their 60th birthday celebrations tomorrow. The school will be holding a fair that will include a variety of stalls, rides, food and drink, birthday cake and school tours.

The day will be a great opportunity for former students to get down and see the way the school has changed and developed.

This Sunday will also see the beginning of Forbes Seniors Festival with a variety concert being held at Town Hall. The concert begins at 2pm and seven talented local acts will perform. Everyone is invited to attend and entry is by gold coin donation.