Almost 7,000 votes were cast on the project page of Parkes Shire Council’s grant programs. Council was overwhelmed with the response and community contribution to this recent consultation for the Local Road and Community Infrastructure and Resources for Regions grant programs. The community was invited to share their priorities for identified projects on a new online engagement platform, Your Say Parkes.
The project page was viewed over 7,900 times with 1,746 registered participants casting 3,665 votes by the end of last month. Council also received useful comments on existing ideas and other valuable contributions for future projects.
Parkes Shire Mayour Ken Keith said while community feedback and sentiment were important, it was only one piece of the puzzle. “Council also needed to take into consideration the guidelines, budget, and the benefits to the community.”
This is the final list of projects to be submitted, but final approval is entirely at the discretion of the government.
• Resources for Regions $1.67M: Spicer Oval amenity building and carpark upgrades $1,620,000; Newell Highway Bypass $50,000.
• Local Roads and Community Infrastructure $1.3M: Woodward Oval Tennis Court Upgrades $175,000; Spicer Oval Lighting $400,000; Child Safety Traffic Upgrades at Parkes East School $250,000; Road, Footpath & Stormwater repair & maintenance $95,000; CCTV Main Street, Peak Hill $20,000; Parkes Coventry Room Community Cultural Space $100,000; Wiradjuri Keeping Place and preservation of artefacts $35,000; CBD Smart Infrastructure (banner raising components) $30,000; Doctors Residence Upgrade, Tullamore $80,000; Fence at Cemetery, Alectown $30,000; Henry Parkes Centre – Repairs and maintenance to protect collections $50,000; Rose Street Footpath Upgrade $35,000.