Shire Council comment

Cr Jeff Nicholson congratulates the organisers of last weekend’s Forbes Motor Show. There was a big crowd in attendance to enjoy the show and the perfect weather.
Cr Jeff Nicholson congratulates the organisers of last weekend’s Forbes Motor Show. There was a big crowd in attendance to enjoy the show and the perfect weather.

Last week Council received great news in our efforts to grow the local economy. Approval has been received for the construction of a $5.4 million service centre at the Homemakers Centre.  The development will include a service station, convenience store, restaurant and car parking.

Last week Council also announced that consultants had been appointed to produce a detailed blueprint for the future of the CBD. There has already been renewed demand for shops in the CBD and once complete the masterplan will stimulate significant interest from people looking to set up business in our town. It truly is an exciting time for Forbes.

Forbes Shire Council recently announced changes to the operations of its rural tips. As the chair of Council’s Environment Committee, these changes were necessary as we need to protect ratepayers from the potential consequences of unrestricted and uncontrolled access to our village landfills. These changes will come into effect from November 6 - please visit the Council webpage or ring our office for information. Council is also examining options to extend the life of the Daroobalgie landfill so stay tuned.

The Bedgerabong Country Music Campout got underway this week and runs until October 10. The campout was cancelled last year due to flooding and it’s great to see it back bigger and better.

This week you may have noticed some activity in the laneway between the St Vincent de Paul Society and Anytime Fitness. The 3D chalk art and mural painting was part of Forbes Shire Council’s school holiday activities and the results look terrific.

Finally Roads and Maritime Services have announced a concept plan for the replacement of the Camp Street Bridge. The project team will be in Forbes over the coming months and we encourage all residents to view the plans and have their say. You can find out more at www.rms.work/forbesbridge