News from the mayor's desk

Cup lunch: Trish Milford, Maree Westcott, Mayor Phyllis Miller and Jan Sutherland.

Cup lunch: Trish Milford, Maree Westcott, Mayor Phyllis Miller and Jan Sutherland.

It was wonderful news to hear last week that Forbes Shire Council was successful in receiving $660,000 for an upgrade to the Indoor Heated Pool.

This pool is such a vital part to our community and it will be great to improve on this facility with a larger area around the pool, relining the pool, a hydraulic lift installed for accessibility and new toilet area.

Many of our injured and older residents use the pool for rehabilitation and it is open all year round.

The pool will remain open for as long as possible while the work is completed but it will have to close for a short time when the pool is relined.

I would also like it to be known the recent decision from the Commonwealth Water Holder to release 22 million litres of water from Wyangala Dam (to the environment) is an appalling idea given the current drought conditions. (See story in Tuesday's edition of The Forbes Advocate).

To have all this valuable water flow past desperate farmers suffering in this drought is not helping the stress already felt by our community.

I hope this kind of release doesn't occur again without a considered plan in place.

I hope you all backed a winner this week at the Melbourne Cup.

I did this year and it is always a chance to get together with friends and get involved in the excitement of race day.

Taste on Templar is on this weekend and I can't wait to see our beautiful Templar Street full of people enjoying the wonderful food our town has to offer.

It is events like this that makes Forbes truly shine.

Till next week, God Bless.

Your Mayor Phyllis Miller