From the mayor's desk: a busy week in Forbes

What a busy and exciting week we have had in Forbes! Camp Street Bridge was formally opened on Sunday by Alistair Lunn the Director from Transport for NSW and Minister for Regional transport and Roads, Paul Toole.

I can't express enough how proud I am of our team from Council. The work that has gone into the landscaping on either side looks incredible and the crews have been working so hard on the approaches to the bridge to get all of this ready for the opening last weekend.

I was thrilled to be the first to drive over when the bridge opened to traffic on Monday and I was joined by the General Manager, Steve Loane, Aileen Allen and Councillor Chris Roylance.

We have had many political visitors of late and last week Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Sam Farroway came for a visit to announce $900,000 for local projects including new shade sales over the sheep yards at the Central West Livestock Exchange, Bedgerabong Recreation Grounds will receive a new irrigation system and our Town Hall will receive upgrades to the bathrooms and a new kitchen and bar area.

The old Lachlan Vintage Village will also get a makeover too with it being converted into our new Visitor Information Centre. The building will need cosmetic refurbishment, the structure is fine and has good bones but it just needs updating. The road access requires a lot of work to it though to enable heavy vehicles like caravans, motorhomes etc access to the site. But it will be so good to see this building brought back to life. It has been closed to the public since 2004 and I know the community have very fond memories of the place and want to see it be used again. The vision for the space will be to include a restaurant and function centre as there is the space to have these as well.

We have had some lovely rain this week and reports have Wyangala Dam sitting between 22 and 23 per cent, the Dam still is a long way off from full and a long way from enabling us to get comfortable. Whilst we may not be classed as in drought anymore we do need to continue to behave as if we are. Water is so important and we need to treat it with respect.

As I keep saying please remember to shop locally. Our retailors still need our help to remain operating in the current conditions. I know it is easy to shop from your couch at home but I urge you to think of ways in which you can support our local businesses.

God Bless.