$50k in council funds to boost community groups

Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller, councillors and council staff share out the first round of the 2020 community funding. Happily accepting the cheque on behalf of community groups are Kristy Wallace (left) and Candice and Ollie Iyer (right).
Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller, councillors and council staff share out the first round of the 2020 community funding. Happily accepting the cheque on behalf of community groups are Kristy Wallace (left) and Candice and Ollie Iyer (right).

An extension Boys to the Bush program will offer more opportunities to local high school students, thanks to the first round of Forbes Shire Council 2020 community funding

Jared DeMamiel from Boys to the Bush said $5000 funding approved in the first round of the council's community funding program would enable them to work with a dozen local high school students on a fortnightly basis.

It's another outreach for an organisation that has grown rapidly since its inception last year, offering holiday camps to disengaged boys.

They've now set up in the former biscuit factory in the centre of town, with a terrific recreation centre, and hosted another successful round of camps within COVID-19 guidelines in the most recent school holiday break.

"We're just trying to give every boys the opportunity to become a good man," Jared said.

A separate $2660 grant will make it possible for the organisation to purchase eight mountain bikes for the boys.

Forbes Fins was another fortunate grant recipient: Kristy Wallace said the $2579 the swimming club received will enable them to purchase an electronic timing system.

The club has 300 members and Kristy said this will make a huge difference to the volunteers' workload at time trials each Friday night.

The Forbes Playgroup will be free thanks to council funding covering their hall rental as well as some craft supplies and cleaning products.

Council also funded:

  • Grease and Oil Change Workshop: $3,600
  • Grazing Down the Lachlan for upgraded shelters $5000
  • Forbes Sorting and Penning $4320 for portable cattle panels and man gates
  • Aruma: $2,500
  • Lachlan Legacy NSW: $2,116
  • Bedgerabong Racecourse, Showgrounds, Public Hall and Recreation Grounds Crown Land Manager: $5,000
  • Lady Carpet Bowl venue hire waiving $1,065.60
  • Ben Hall Pairs - Bowling Event at Easter $5,000
  • Nissan Golf Classic - Forbes Golfers Association $1,500
  • Staff Picnic Day $ 625
  • Dragon Boats $2,406
  • CWA (rates) $4,000
  • Playgroups NSW $ 600
  • Lachlan Valley Community Radio $2,500.00