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Ian Simpson and Co. Continue to Expand

Just six months after Ian Simpson and Co. announced their new office in Condobolin, they are celebrating another major achievement.

The company has joined forces with Tara Kelly, who recently took over the McCarron Cullinane and Chudleigh residential business. The arrangement has seen the entire portfolio of rental properties and residential sales listings from McCarron Cullinane and Chudleigh transfer over to Ian Simpson and Co. Tara has taken on the role of Director of Property Management, along with managing the Ian Simpson and Co. business. “This has been a long process but we couldn’t be more excited, not only for our company but what this means for our clients,” said Ian, who has been Forbes real estate for the past ten years. “Landlords and tenants now have a completely devoted property management division of Ian Simpson and Co. which will bring a service second to none,” he said. The service includes careful selection of tenants, thorough in-going and out-going condition reporting, and quarterly routine inspections. Combined with leading property management software and utilising the latest technology to the effectively record activity for each property. Director and Licensee, Tara Kelly, oversees all Property Management matters to ensure all legal and ethical obligations are met and clients receive exceptional service at all times. “My passion for real estate is the driving force behind my success as an agent. I am extremely proud to now be in a position of owning my own business and working with such a dynamic team,” said Tara. “We don’t only offer our services in Forbes and Condobolin. We service the entire Central West with listing and managements already in place at Grenfell, Parkes, Eugowra, Canowindra,” she said. Tara began working in the real estate industry in 1997, starting as Property Manager in Dubbo. She later worked in sales for Ian Simpson, before becoming Property Sales Manager at McCarron Cullinane Chudleigh.

JOINING FORCES: Ian Simpson and Tara Kelly of Ian Simpson and Co. Ian Simpson and Co. is a tight knit, hard-working community. They pride themselves on working for their clients as much as they can, striving to be the best in all facets of the real estate industry. Ian is a Licensed Stock & Station Agent, Real Estate Agent and an Accredited Auctioneer. He has won many awards for rural property marketing innovation, and is committed to providing a professional and specialist service to clients both locally and further afield. Contact Ian Simpson, Tara Kelly or any of the team at Forbes on 6851 1911 or Condobolin on 6895 4347.

Forbes Mayor Graeme Miller

Consultation Key To Future Of Old Vintage Village Site

Forbes Shire Council has commenced the process to purchase the 72-hectare site of the former Lachlan Vintage Village.

It was resolved at Council’s March meeting that the Mayor and General Manager would negotiate a purchase price with the owner.

“These negotiations were successful and at the April Council meeting, Council re- solved to go ahead with the purchase.” Mayor Graeme Miller said. “The contracts have been drawn and it is hoped they would be close to exchanging very soon.”

“Once the purchase is finalised, Council will consider the proposed uses prior to making a resolution. A master plan for the land will then be developed, which will include consultation with the Forbes community. This is a truly exciting opportunity for Forbes.” said the Mayor.

“The large site will allow Council to consider drainage and stormwater solutions for the area.” he added. “The site also has a number of zones that can potentially lead to residential and tourism developments. There are no other opportunities for residential development in this area, therefore the purchase of this site is a huge step for more land to be made available for residential development.”

The Mayor said the master plan would de- fine the concept and maximise the potential of the site.

The Lachlan Vintage Village was established in the early 1970s on land bordering the Newell Highway that was originally goldfields. The village was a historically authentic recreation of the NSW gold mining and early farming era. It is recorded that during the 1990s there was a down-turn in interest in Australian colonial history. Due to this, the Old Sydney Town, north of Sydney set out according to James Mee- han’s map of Sydney in 1803, closed to the public in 2003, and the Lachlan Vintage Village closed in 2004.

By Dianne Collie - Forbes Phoenix

Safer Vehicles For Livestock Exchange

The quad bike at the Central West Live- stock Exchange has been replaced with a side by side vehicle (SSV) under the NSW Government’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

The Forbes Shire Council is advocating the importance of safety in agribusiness and decided on the SSV as it is designed for use in an agricultural environment. It is also fitted as standard with operator protective devices including roll over protection and three point seat belts.

Director Engineering and Technical Services John Zannes said it was extremely important that the team at the Central West Livestock Exchange had the SSV for use, especially in the wake of more deaths and injuries from quad bike incidents in the past six months.

“The quad bike is used at the Central West Livestock Exchange on a regular ba- sis and it is important that we have the safest option possible,” John said.

“Along with the replacement, those who will use the SSV have also undertaken a quad bike safety course and interacted with a SafeWork NSW Officer about quad bike safety.”

To find out more about the NSW Government’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program visit

Courtesy- Forbes Phoenix

Club president Jimm Little, sponsors Matt Goodwin (McClintock) and Doug Walker (Fabstock) with jockey Maddison Wright and owners - W Casey, G and R Riley and Cup winner Security Code.

Security Code Wins Bedgerabong Cup

Three railway workers are on track to have a starter for the inaugural $50,000 Picnic Championship following an impressive win by Security Code in the Fabstock-McClintock Group Bedgerabong Picnic Cup on Saturday.

Wayne Casey from Nyngan and father and son Ray Riley (Gilgandra) and Gavin Riley (Dubbo) were amongst the big crowd at the picturesque Bedgerabong racecourse to see south coast jockey Maddison Wright ride an outstanding race on the Rodney Robb, Nyngan trained Security Code.

Positioned fifth behind the leading pack, Security Code ($1.80 to $1.70 favourite), was eased around heels turning for home then raced clear to win the 1400 metres Cup in track record time, by almost two lengths from Black Fusion (Samara Johnson, $4.40 to $3) and Zaphod (Daniel Stanley, $7).

Following wins at Tottenham,Bourke and Bedgerabong,Security Code is now well placed on the pointscore ladder to qualify for the Picnic Championship Final at the Dubbo Cup TAB meeting in September.

Rodney Robb and Maddison Wright also combined to win the Class 3 Handicap (1100 metres) with Northern Myth ($4.40 to $2.30 favourite) which escaped a pocket to dash clear and win by three lengths from Little Miss Tilly (Michael Gray, $17 to $13) and Living Fire (Ricky Blewitt, $2.70).

Raced by a big syndicate from Tottenham,Northern Myth has won at Tottenham, Tullibigeal and Bedgerabong since joining the Robb stable after racing in the southern areas.

Former jockey Robert Anderson returned to Bedgerabong as a trainer at Cootamundra and with To A Degree (Samara Johnson, $2.20 fav.) won the Clearview Bracelet ( 800 metres ) in track record time from Friendsinlowplaces (Shannon Fogg, $8) and Rocksham (Ashley Boyd, $2.60).

Trained at Canberra by Darryl Rolfe, Yangon ($3) ,first leg of a double for Samara Johnson,raced wide then held on to win the Maiden Plate (1100 metres) from Petulance (Kath Bell-Pitomac, $7) and She's A Joka (Daniel Stanley, $2.50 fav.)

Very consistent at the Picnics,the George Wright Parkes trained Jonairley ( Ricky Blewitt, $2.30) made it 4 wins and 2 seconds from 8 starts when leading most of the way  to win the Kevin Miller Whitty Lennon & Co-H E Silos Class B Handicap (800 metres) from Miss Sakkara (Maddison Wright, $3.50) and All Rounder (Ashley Boyd, $3.50).

Narromine based jockey Ricky Blewitt completed a double when the Neil Smart,Cowra trained Matt Maneuver ($3.80) led throughout to defeat Irish Spy (Katelyn Jenkinson, $15) and Invincible Halo (Maddison Wright, $3.50 to $2.80) in the Class B Handicap (1400 metres)

Courtesy - Forbes Advocate

Upcoming Auctions

It sure is hot these days!! Hope everyone is staying cool! It hasn't stopped Ned Hamilton our Rural Sales Specialist! Ned has 2 properties coming up for Auction on the 17th March. For more information visit

• Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP, Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) Chief Financial Officer John Chapman, LSC Mayor John Medcalf, LSC General Manager Robert Hunt and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP at the LG Awards dinner.

Lachlan Shire Awarded

On Thursday 6 April, over 300 local government professionals gathered in the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the sector at the Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW’s flagship event The LG Awards Dinner.

These awards recognise and showcase the pinnacle of excellence in the local government sector in NSW and significant achievements by NSW councils over the past year. This year, both Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP presented awards to nominees from the sector.

The Awards event was attended by Mayor, Cr John Medcalf, General Manager Robert Hunt and Chief Financial Officer John Chapman. Lachlan Shire Council was extremely proud to receive a Highly Commended award in the “Innovative Leadership and Management” category for its submission on transforming to a sustainable Lachlan.

“Council’s submission outlined the various strategies implemented to ensure Council met the Fit For The Future performance targets including being financially sustainable and noted the improvements being made to community facilities despite cutbacks in expenditure,” Mayor Medcalf explained.

Other councils nominated in the same category included City of Canada Bay Council, City of Ryde Council, Georges River Council, Lismore City Council, Liverpool City Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Tweed Shire Council.

“These nominations build confidence and encourage more ideas from Councillors and staff to create a better vision for the future. We are very proud to be part of the Local Government sector and it is great for Council to be recognised in this way by its peers,” Mayor Medcalf concluded.

Courtesy - The Condobolin Argus

A boy for Ian and Tammie.

A boy for Ian and Tammie.

Ian and Tammie Simpson are proud to announce the arrival of their son Harry Alexander Simpson born on Thursday, 23rd June at 8.53am, weighing in at 6 pounds 2 ounces, and 53 cm long. Harry will be a little brother to Ava. Both Tammie and Harry are home and doing great. 

Forbes Motorshow Steers Towards Success

It was a gathering of shiny metal and roaring engines last Sunday at the 8th Forbes Ben Hall Motor Show.

Approximately 4,000 automobile fans fawned over the sea of more than 300 entered vehicles including bikes, cars, vintage machinery, trucks and tractors on display. The event took place at South Circle Drive and attracted 165 official entries for a category trophy.

President of the Forbes Motor Show Ian (Bart) Bartholomaeus said: “This year’s show has exceeded all expectations. It’s been an unbelievable day with great weather that reflects on the number of people that’s come out today.”

Entrants came from as far as Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Forbes locals did not let out-of-town competitors take all the glory with Forbes Public School student Clare Little, winning the trophy in the Best Street Rod category with her junior dragster vehicle.

At just 12, Clare is ranked fifth and top girl junior dragster in NSW (8 to 16 years old). She started racing when she was only eight years old. These days racing at the Sydney Dragway, with a special licence and all the necessary safety equipment, Clare can get up to speeds of over 120km/h.

Other Forbes locals doing well at the show were Willy Webb with his Custom Pro Street Harley winning the award for Best Custom Bike and Graeme Coady’s Kawasaki Z1 900 Quacka winning the People’s Choice Bike award. J&K Glennan Transport, M&A Bray Transport and R McClintock & Co were trophy winners in the truck categories.

By Gizell van Wyk

Another Successful Sale

Another successful sale for Stace! Congrats to the vendors and buyers involved!!

Upcoming Auctions at Ian Simpson & Co

On Saturday the 19th of November at 200 Farnell Street in Forbes and 118 Officers Parade in Condobolin we will be holding our fifth Auction under the name of Ian Simpson & Co. 
Up for Auction we have two Residential Properties which will be going under the hammer.
Both Auctions are to be held ONSITE.

We hope to see you there!

Ian Simpson and Co at the Australian National Field Days

On the 20th, 21st and 22nd of October the team at Ian Simpson and co headed to Orange for the Australian National Field Days. At the Ian Simpson & Co site the team spoke with people about property sales and were also greeted by previous vendors and buyers, it was great to see that all of the people who we saw were happy with the service that Ian Simpson & Co provided. On Thursday an Auction was held for the Forbes Golf Club and a Yamaha TT-R 50. Raffle tickets were sold for a John Deere toy tractor which was drawn on the Saturday. Money from the Motor bike and Raffle tickets were donated to Forbes North Public school. All up the team raised $ 1251.

Local Agent's Auction Success

Ian Simpson & Co held their first auction as an independent agent at the Forbes Services Club last Friday. There were two rural and two residential properties on auction, with three of them sold under the hammer. Negotiations are continuing on the fourth. There were 14 registered bidders among more than 120 people in attendance.

The first residential property to sell was 28 York Street Forbes which went for
$420,000. The two rural properties were also sold. Urah at Condobolin was sold for $550,000 to a phone bidder, who is a farmer from Condobolin. Stockdale in Manildra sold for $520,000 to a family from Mullion Creek.

Ian Simpson said he was absolutely delighted with the result. “As this was our first auction under our new banner of Ian Simpson and Co, it was great to kick start our new business with such a great result. We ended up with all vendors and buyers extremely satisfied.”

One local vendor said he was very pleased with the personal approach of Ian Simpson and his staff, their level of professionalism and organisation levels were just fantastic.

Ian will hold another auction on 16th September at the Forbes Services Club for two rural properties, one from Cowra and one from Grenfell. On 4th October four properties will be auctioned; 3 residential and 1 rural at 6pm. Tomorrow there will be a furniture sale auction at 8 Clements Street at 11am.

By Cheryl Newsom - Forbes Pheonix

Prizewinning Butcher

Local Butcher Shannon Birmingham from Forbes Central Butchery is making prizewinning sausages. He won the continental category with his German Bratwurst and Australian Lamb Sausage at the Central West Sausage King and Best Butcher competition in Orange recently. “The secret is good quality meat and the addition of great herbs and spices,” said Shannon.

He has ‘sausage flavours of the week’ every week, and other specials, including steaks, lamb chops, cutlets, roasting portions, chicken and pork on his Facebook page. Shannon will take part in the state final in Bathurst on 24th September. Good Luck Shannon!

Article supplied by the Forbes Phoenix

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