Latest road closure information

The pavement of Battye Street was damaged by last week’s floods.Most major roads to and from Forbes remain closed by flooding, but motorists can now access the Condobolin and Grenfell roads, with caution.

Forbes Shire Council advised yesterday morning (at 11am) that part of the South Condobolin Road (Lachlan Valley Way) from Forbes to Condobolin and the New Grenfell Road had reopened.

However, Council said drivers should use caution as there is water over the road in parts and several roads have sustained considerable damage which may not yet be signposted.

Motorists are advised to drive carefully and to the conditions.

Latest road closures and conditions (at 11am yesterday) are as follows:

* Pinnacle Road closed

* Bundaburrah Crossing closed (open to B-Double only)

* Forest Road open with caution

* Henry Lawson Way closed to all traffic

* New Grenfell Road open with caution

* Yarrabandai Road closed to all traffic

* Wirrinya Road closed to all traffic

* Battery Hill Road closed to all traffic

* Johnny Woods Crossing closed to all traffic

* Bogan Gate Road open with caution

* Salisbury Road closed to all traffic

* Henry Parkes Way (Parkes Conbodolin Road) open with caution

* The Escort Way (Eugowra Road) closed to all traffic

* Lachlan Valley Way (Cowra Road) closed to all traffic

* Newell Highway (Forbes to West Wyalong) closed by RTA to all traffic south of Forbes

* Lachlan Valley Way (South Condobolin Road) Water over road in various locations up to Jemalong Weir – open with caution.

* Bedgerabong Road accessible to aerodrome, aerodrome to Bogoin Lane closed to all traffic, Littles Plains closed to all traffic.

* Thurungle Road closed, water over bridge

* Noakes Road closed to all traffic

* Battye St remains closed to traffic for repairs.

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AFL season off to a flying start

Holbrook defender Stewart Williams spoils his Lockhart opponent. A dominating performance from all four Bradshaw’s boys, highlighted a convincing win by Howlong over defending premiers Jindera in round one of Hume FL on Good Friday at Howlong.

With the three brothers starring up forward kicking seventeen goals between them – Darren (9), Daniel (6) and Matt (2) set up a 72 point victory over a gallant Bulldogs.

In front of a bumper Good Friday crowd of more than 3000 people, the Spiders confirmed they are the team to beat this year, with the strength and power of Daren and Daniel very ominous.

Jindera who only had nine players playing from last years premiership side, gave a good account of themselves with Howlong kicking away late to inflate the margin considerably.

The Bulldogs themselves had some goal kicking dominance with new recruit Ash Murray kicking eight goals in an electrifying performance.

Murray was a late signing after training with Culcairn.

It was Daniel Bradshaw’s first game of football since he played with Sydney Swans in the 2010 finals loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Bradshaw played in two premierships with Brisbane Lions.

Lockhart showed they are going to be a serious finals contender this season with a well deserved win over a depleted and inexperienced Holbrook side at Lockhart.

The Demons despite missing quiet a few stars as well including Brad Pearse and Jake Wooden made the perfect start to win a tight encounter at home by ten points.

Inaccuracy in front of goal kept the Brookers in the match, who lost star midfielder and 2011 Azzi medallist Mikal Bloom with an injury early in the second half.

Holbrook badly missed the presence of Zac Fulford, Brendan Hankel, Brent Hibberson and Jimmy Grills.

Its young side was just off the pace in a hard and tough encounter.

Culcairn were pushed right to the end of the match against Billabong Crows at Oaklands, before winning by eight goals in new coach Chris Willis debut.

Willis celebrated the occasion with a three goal performance, matched by new recruit Kyle Lieschke.

It was a five goal performance from Trent Logue that earned him best on field for the Lions.

Leigh Baker and Ben Schulz dominated the midfield with both players racking up over seventy possessions between them.

Billabong Cows gun -forward Josh Evans continued on from his 2011 season, by kicking seven goals in a standout performance.

Cameron Bakes was their next best player in a brave effort.

RW Tigers had no trouble in taking the struggling Murray magpies apart in a one sided contest at the Lavington Panthers Oval, winning by 133 points.

It was one way traffic as the Tigers forwards feasted out on the undermanned defence with Jessie Corrigan-Dale and Josh Warren-Marmo both kicking five goals.

Cameron McNeil and Mark Wilde both kicked four goals, while Lachlan Baxter turned in a blinding performance to be best on ground.

Patrick Robinson was best for the Magpies, who are still reeling from the stepping down as coach of Benny Nicholson.

Ian Rommeril has resumed the reins as coach.

Osborne has shown a strong indication they will return to finals action this season by belting Walla at Walla with a fine all round team performance.

The visitors on the back of a dominant forward set up led by Coach Daniel McAlister (4) and Trent Perczyk (4) bolted away after a even and fiery first quarter.

Thirty-eight scoring shots to Walla eight showed their dominance with Rory Muggavin and Steve Crowhurst starring, along with Marty Bahr and Nick O’Connell.

Walla had made some late signings and recruits including former Richmond player Troy Taylor from the Northern territory, but they failed to make an impact on the scoreboard.

CDHBU recorded one of its finest wins since joining the Hume league, when they overcame a twenty two point half time deficit to storm home and win by 37 points at Coreen.

New coach Brad Talbot led the side in fine fashion with great support from forwards Joel Rippingale and Phil Dudley who both kicked four goals.

The Saints started well and looked the goods despite the absence of star ruckman Trent Storey.

Chris Boulton and Dean Murphy were best for the visitors.

Henty had the bye.


Holbrook v Howlong

Jindera v Henty

Culcairn v Lockhart

Osborne v CDHBU

RW Tigers v Walla

BB Saints v Billabong Crows

Murray Magpies bye

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Flood debrief will be held

Flood water rushes over Johnny Woods Crossing last week.A community debrief on last week’s flood is likely to be held in the coming weeks.

Mayor of Forbes Shire Council Phyllis Miller said she will be recommending to council a community debrief is held.

Councillor Miller said she believes a debrief will be beneficial in outlining where flood information comes from, answering questions and advising what council will be doing to support the community.

With the worst of the flood now over for the Forbes township, Cr Miller said council’s focus has now shifted to Bedgerabong and Corinella.

Because those communities are now experiencing flooding and roads within the shire are still closed assessments on road damage have not started, Cr Miller said.

“[We have] no estimate. At the moment our focus is not just Forbes township. We’ve got Corinella and Bedgerabong in flood.

“While ever we have got closed roads it’s pretty hard to go around and assess the damage,” Cr Miller said.

Reflecting on last week’s major flood, Cr Miller said she was very proud of the community.

“I’m pretty proud of my community and the way everyone pulled together to help one another,” she said.

“I have the best community in NSW and I’ll fight anyone that says anything else.

“I have never seen a community that will help one another like Forbes. When someone’s in need, people will come from near and far.”

Cr Miller praised the SES and Rural Fire Service volunteers who travelled from across the state to assist Forbes.

Cr Miller said the Emergency Operations Centre at the Town Hall worked well.

Representatives from police, SES, Department of Community Services, Department of Primary Industries, council and public health sectors met regularly, increasing meetings as the flood reached critical stages.

“This is the second time as a group we’ve been together and certainly I found the SES was interested in local input,” Cr Miller said.

Cr Miller said the SES was the lead agency during the flood, with all other groups following the SES.

Although there was some angst in the community by mixed messages, Cr Miller said it was better to be extra vigilant.

“We’ve seen people die up in Queensland and we are not going to have that happen here. To be extra cautious is not an issue,” she said.

Cr Miller said council’s next step is to determine the level of support required for the clean up.

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Tidy Towns awards now open

Entries are now open for the annual Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards Program for 2012.

Since 1981 the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Tidy Towns –Sustainable Communities Awards have recognised and celebrated outstanding environmental initiatives delivered by local government authorities, schools, businesses and community groups. They raise much needed public awareness of the environmental issues affecting regional NSW and encourage community groups to showcase their many efforts to preserve and enhance their local environments.

Originally focused on cleanliness and beautification, the Tidy Towns program has evolved into much more; they provide a blueprint for local communities to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability.

“Many people associate Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities with picking up litter, but the program has matured a great deal over the years. The program now carries the tag line ‘Sustainable Communities’ to better express current environmental concerns and issues facing regional NSW communities.”

“Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities is a great way for towns across NSW to foster community spirit, show pride in their local environment and gain an external perspective of their town. Towns often say that the assessor recommendations and professional insights help them to overcome project challenges and develop strong local partnerships. The program also attracts a great deal of media coverage, which opens up avenues for funding and additional support.” Peter Mclean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW said.

2012 also sees the addition of the New Towns Category, where towns who enter for the first time, or those who have not entered in five years or more receive FREE entry.

“The program is an amazing resource and development framework that communities have been benefiting from over 30 years. Receiving entries from new towns is always very positive as these towns can learn from other towns and vice-versa, which is exactly what the program is all about” said Yolande Presland, Program Manager at Keep Australia Beautiful NSW.

All projects, both big and small are welcome to enter as are projects that are still in the early stages of development.

As well as the title of Overall Tidiest Town of the Year (NSW), awards will be given in the following categories to be announced in November in Kyogle:

* Cultural Heritage Award.

* Bush Spirit Award.

* Waste Management and Litter Reduction Award.

* Water Conservation Award.

* Wildlife Corridors Award.

* Schools Environment Award.

* New Town Award.

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Hoax message creates concern

Forbes Shire Council are warning residents to only take flood information from a trusted source.

On Thursday afternoon Manager of Communication and Development for Forbes Shire Council Kristy Hartwig released a flood update, with a note to beware of hoax emails and SMS messages.

“We are aware of a hoax SMS that was circulating regarding residents being affected in Bathurst Street,” Ms Hartwig said.

“Apparently council was going to blow a levee bank,” she said.

The hoax message indicated by blowing the levee bank, the street would be flooded.

Ms Hartwig said council first became aware of the message when worried residents started ringing up wanting to know when the public meeting was.

“What we want to impress upon people is one, that it was a hoax, and two, that we have got a number of communication avenues.

“We’ve got our media releases and anyone can join that distribution list, we’ve got the website, we’ve got the SMS alert, we’ve got Facebook ‘finditinforbes’ and we’ve got a Twitter account.

“[For] those people that are not using modern updates, we are posting updates on the front door of our office,” Ms Hartwig said.

During the critical stage of the flood Forbes Shire Council was posting information up on boards at both IGA supermarkets, Woolworths, Discount Daves and both Nocks Newsagency and News On Rankin.

Radio stations were picking up the media releases and making intermittent bulletins.

“We were also making sure the visitor information centre had up-to-date information,” Ms Hartwig said.

Ms Hartwig said hoax messages like the one distributed on Thursday create unnecessary angst and anxiety in the community.

If anyone would like to be added to the council’s flood information distribution list, contact the office during

business hours on 6850 2300 or after hours on 0412 523 344.

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