Two of Parkes Shire Council’s major projects, the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Sewage Treatment Plant
(STP) have commenced construction via a ground breaking ceremony conducted on Tuesday April 19th, with Member for Orange, Andrew Gee MP and Mayor of Parkes Cr. Ken Keith OAM turning the first sod on both projects.
The project is the biggest ever capital expenditure by Parkes Shire Council with the total project costing $70 million, with $27 million being contributed by the State Government. Cr. Keith thanked Andrew Gee, who has been instrumental in his lobbying to ensure that this project has gone ahead with the necessary funding which was made available through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.
The construction of the new WTP will provide a safe, secure and reliable water supply for Parkes and Peak Hill and
ensures that the towns continue to grow and attract new business and residents. Combined with the rail and logistics hubs Parkes Shire can be assured of a great future. John Holland Group has been appointed to construct both plants, with a commitment to over 30% local content in their construction and is expected to be completed in 2017. “Today’s sod turning marks a significant milestone in Parkes Shire history, highlighting the progressive and significant investment planned for the continued growth of our great Shire,”