From food to grooves at the city's Winter Festival
THE Winter Festival is here and there is no better time to head into our city centre and enjoy the atmosphere of the Winter Playground.
The excitement continues this Saturday, July 13 with Brew and Bite brought to you by Charles Sturt University. Starting at midday, the event will feature gourmet food trucks, mulled wine and craft beer and plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages.
The Bowman Dental Groove and Grill will cap off the weekend on Sunday from 11am, showcasing the very best young artists and musicians from around the region.
The event is an opportunity for the artists to gain experience performing live, surrounded by the energy of the Winter Festival. The Winter Playground will also be in full swing with food and market stalls.
A CEREMONY to mark the start of NAIDOC Week was held at the Civic Centre recently. It was great to see so many people from our community get involved in the event, which was followed by the raising of the Aboriginal flag.
This year's theme for NAIDOC Week is "Voice. Treaty. Truth". It acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia's democracy.
Mayor Graham Hanger
Please stay safe as well as staying warm this winter
WITH winter well and truly settling in, it's the time of year to remind everyone to do their bit to stay safe.
Each year, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) attends approximately 4500 residential fires in NSW - about 30 per cent of them in winter months.
I'm calling on our communities to look for simple ways to stay safe in their homes during the cooler months, in particular where heating and cooking are concerned.
On average, 21 people die from house fires each year in NSW and many of these circumstances are preventable.
This year to date there have been approximately 1400 house fires and five fatalities. That's five too many.
Approximately 45 per cent of all home fires start in the kitchen and eight per cent in the sleeping area. It can take as little as three minutes for a fire to take hold.
While emergency services stand ready to help out, personnel and volunteers need the community to be prepared.
Here are some of NSW Fire and Rescue's top tips for staying safe:
Don't overload power points and powerboards; regularly check electrical leads for damage and faults; never use faulty electrical leads or appliances; store your electric blanket safely - roll, don't fold; before going to bed, turn off all electrical appliances at the power point.
For more tips, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au
PEOPLE selling or giving away cats or dogs now need to include an identification number in all advertisements.
The identification number can be either a microchip number, a breeder identification number or a rehoming organisation number.
These changes will give potential pet owners more information about the dogs or cats they are buying.
Potential pet owners can visit the NSW Pet Registry to find out information about an advertised animal, including its breed, age, gender and whether it is de-sexed.
They will be able to look up information about the animal's history, the breeder and seller.
THE annual seniors' festival was designed to help our elders remain active, healthy and engaged in their communities, which is why the NSW Government has announced a grant program to help local organisations host events that will encourage seniors to get out and about.
The grants will provide $200,000 to organisations and councils to host local festival events and activities.
Three funding categories are available:
- Category 1: Up to $1000 for small-scale local community events and activities.
- Category 2: $1001 - $5000 for larger local community events and activities.
- Category 3: $5001 - $10,000 for large scale community and regional events and activities.
The NSW Seniors' Festival will be held across NSW from February 12 to 23, 2020.