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Prizes awarded for Shop Local Campaign

The September winners of the Weddin Shire Council Shop Local campaign were presented with their prizes last week.

"Councillor Jan Parlett was delighted to present cash prizes to the September winners of the Weddin Shire Council Shop Local Campaign," Economic Development Officer Auburn Carr said.

The September winners were Penny Edgerton and Grenfell Metro who were represented by Joel Frazer.

"Residents are encouraged to enter the draw wherever they shop in the Weddin Shire," Auburn said.

"If you are not offered an entry coupon, make sure you request one to be in the running for the October monthly draw."

Councillor Jan Parlett (centre) presents prizes to Penny Edgerton (left) and Joel Frazer from Metro (right).

Councillor Jan Parlett (centre) presents prizes to Penny Edgerton (left) and Joel Frazer from Metro (right).

Remembrance Day services given the go ahead

Groups of up to 100 people will be able to gather for Remembrance Day services across the Cootamundra electorate after the approval of a one-off exemption from COVID-19 restrictions.

"After we were unable to gather together to mark Anzac Day earlier this year, I am warmly welcoming this announcement. Remembrance Day is the chance to stop and remember the sacrifice of every Australian who has served our nation in times of war and peace," Ms Cooke said.

"The easing of restrictions to public gatherings for Remembrance Day means wreath laying ceremonies and other memorial services can take place with up to 100 people present to pay their respects."

The one-off exemption to the Public Health Order increases the current restrictions from 20 people to 100 people, to gather at community war memorials, provided they adhere to social distancing measures and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said while some of our larger commemorations won't look the same as in past years, this exemption means smaller services can be held in all local communities across NSW.

"Australians have paused to reflect and pay tribute on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since 1918, so this is welcome news for our veterans community," said Mr Lee.

The exemption is in place for Remembrance Day Services held before 12 November.

RSL NSW Acting President Ray James OAM thanked the NSW Government for lifting the restrictions to ensure services could go ahead safely.

"With this year's Anzac Day commemorations cancelled due to the pandemic, it is particularly meaningful for the veteran community to see Remembrance Day gatherings taking place," Mr James said.

"Local Remembrance Day services have a significant role in regional and rural communities where the incidence of COVID-19 has been low in recent months."

Rotary present cheque to CanAssist

On behalf of Can Assist, Michelle Rowie Rohan is pictured receiving a cheque for $400 from Rotary Club of Grenfell President, Ray Smith. Can Assist help bridge the gap between city and country cancer patients.

On behalf of Can Assist, Michelle Rowie Rohan is pictured receiving a cheque for $400 from Rotary Club of Grenfell President, Ray Smith. Can Assist help bridge the gap between city and country cancer patients.

The Rotary of Club of Grenfell has started conducting its second "200 Club" Draw.

The first prize is sponsored by Delta Agribusiness Grenfell and is a $200 Open Order with them.

Second prize, sponsored by Will Purdie of the Albion Hotel, is Dinner for Two at The Albion.

Third prize, sponsored by Paige Wood of The Tin Cupboard, is a $50 gift voucher.

This "200 Club" will be drawn at the Albion Hotel on Wednesday, Oct 28 at 1.30pm.

Soon after the conclusion of this Rotary 200 club the CEF will also be conducting its second 200 Club Draw in November.

Newell Highway overtaking lanes

Suppliers in Forbes, West Wyalong and surrounds are being encouraged to help build more overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway, as part of the NSW Government's $500 million commitment to improve safety, reduce travel times and improve freight productivity along the highway.

Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said registrations for local involvement were now open to build northbound and southbound lanes near Gullifers Road, about 20 kilometres south of Forbes; a northbound lane near Booberoi Hill, about 18.5 kilometres north of West Wyalong; and a southbound lane near Back Creek, about 19.5 kilometres north of West Wyalong.

"The Newell Highway upgrade progam will deliver about 30 new overtaking lanes over four years along our State's longest highway, saving road users 25 minutes of travel time from the Queensland to Victorian border," Mr Toole said.

"We want to see local suppliers and labour help the project team carry out this work because we know how important it is to keep jobs and money in the regions, especially during these challenging times.

"Since the start of the program, about 80 local contractors and suppliers have contributed to the 12 new overtaking lanes we've already delivered along the length of the Newell Highway, with seven currently under way.

Work on the next three overtaking lanes is set to start before the end of the year, and will take about six months to complete, which is six months of additional work in the local community."

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said an online information session for prospective contractors and suppliers would be held next week.

"I'm encouraging local businesses and contractors to join that session to find out more about the opportunities on offer. We are letting suppliers know well in advance of upcoming projects so they can register early with the Newell Highway Program Alliance," Ms Cooke said.

The online information session, hosted by Transport for NSW, will be held on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 from 5.30pm, and team members will be available to answer questions about the upcoming projects and services needed.

To register your interest in attending the session, email the NHPA team at tenders@newellhpa.com.au.

The community will be kept informed as work on the Gullifers Road, Booberoi Hill and Back Creek overtaking lane projects progresses.

For more information about the program, visit nswroads.work/nhpa, email info@newellhpa.com.au or call 1800 577 295.

GRENFELL RECORD: Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 2pm - 0436000660 rebecca.hewson@youngwitness.com.au.