Forbes Visitor Information Centre ready to welcome holiday travellers

The Forbes Visitor Information Centre is open with COVID-safe rules so visitors to our region can find out about local attractions.
The Forbes Visitor Information Centre is open with COVID-safe rules so visitors to our region can find out about local attractions.

The Spring school holidays always draws visitors to the Central West and 2020 is no exception.

The canola fields are in full bloom and the warmer weather has families and travellers seeking the beautiful fresh country air.

The Forbes Visitor Information Centre welcomes the travelling public to call in to find out more about amazing Forbes.

"We extend a warm welcome to travellers and invite them to pop in to our amazing Visitor Information Centre here in Forbes," says Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM.

"All the COVID-19 protocols are in place with signing in, limited numbers allowed in the building at one time because of social distancing and hand sanitising before entry.

"We want to ensure our staff are kept safe as well as the travellers themselves."

But the service, which did close temporarily earlier this year, is operating specifically for visitors to town.

"There is no retail at this point in time, only the information centre service is available at the moment for travellers seeking information," Mayor Miller said.

"We ask the community to let visitors know this is the case.

"The recent sculpture installed, Varanus (Gugaa), by artist Glen Star, is drawing crowds from all over," Mayor Miller added.

"We have received many queries regarding the location and ask the community to help direct tourists to the location as the new signage has not been installed as yet.

"The 20 metre long sculpture sits at Gum Swamp off Greens road.

"Tourism is key to the Forbes economy and our businesses rely on passing trade to keep their doors open. But we do not want to put our community at risk so we ask everyone follow the protocols put in place and we will all get through this pandemic okay.

"Forbes has not had a case at all since the beginning of the pandemic and we would like to keep it this way."

The operating hours of the Visitor Information Service are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, it's closed weekends and public holidays.

The website is available 24 hours a day www.amazingforbesnsw.com.