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Forbes is located in Central New South Wales. It was created during the gold rush of the 1860’s and was originally called Black Ridge. With ever deepening mines, difficulty with water ingress, miners drifted away leaving pastoralists to develop the area.

Today mixed farming is the main industry.Central West Livestock Exchange, a state of the art live stock facility for cattle sheep lambs and pigs is ideally located just off the Newell Highway, making the facility desirable for stock carriers across the state and into Queensland and the Northern Territory. Other commodities including wheat,  barley, oats, canola, wool and lucerne are grown and exported.

Tourism is another developing industry with water sports on the Aquatic area also an excellent Motor Museum. Renamed after Sir Francis Forbes, in 1880, Forbes currently  has a population of 8,500 people.