Parkes Shire Council is preparing a housing strategy to plan for the future housing needs in the Parkes Shire.
The Parkes Shire Housing Strategy will set a 20-year vision for housing in the shire, in line with the NSW Government’s Local Housing Strategy Guideline and the Parkes Local Strategic Planning Statement 2041.
The strategy also aims to address the full range of housing needs for the community, with a focus on areas where there are gaps in the housing market.
A Housing Issues Paper has been prepared to share the findings of Council’s preliminary investigations and encourage discussion and inputs from the wider community. The issues paper draws on a range of inputs, including demographic, housing and economic data, housing policy guide-lines, housing sector strategies and studies undertaken for other places.
“As Parkes attracts more residents, the provision of well located, diverse and good-quality housing is important to ensure that our Shire continues to increase its high standards of living and remains welcoming and accessible to a wide variety of people,” said Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM.
Council has a role to play in facilitating the supply of new housing that better matches the community’s preferences and needs. To plan for future needs, Council must set a strategic direction for housing policy to better inform land-use zoning and other planning controls.”
Council is inviting the community to submit comments on the Parkes Shire Hous-ing Issues Paper that is currently on public exhibition until 31st March, as well as complete the Housing Preference Survey. Visit yoursay.parkes.nsw.gov.au to view the issues paper and to complete the survey. Alternatively, send a written submission to Council at PO Box 377 Parkes NSW 2870. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at Parkes Shire Council’s Administration Office at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I moved to Parkes in 1994. I was born in Roma, Queensland, lived in Cobar before moving to Parkes. I like country living, not the hustle and bustle of the city.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? My wife and I run the squash centre and I also have my own fibreglass business. With squash, I enjoy coaching and meeting lots of people each day. With fibreglassing, it would be making over pools and seeing a big difference in the before and afters.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I am pretty happy living in Parkes.
What makes you laugh the most? With three kids aged 11, 7 and 3 – conversations are pretty funny most days in our house.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? My son, Henry’s dream is to play squash on the glass court in front of the pyramids in Egypt. I’d probably offer to be his hitting partner.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? 2011 – I rolled my ankle picking up the ball in the Squash Club Championships semi-final. If I could redo that one – I haven’t lived that match down!
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Probably work weekends and have weekdays off.
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? I believe in trying to do the right thing all the time.
What is one thing you will never do again? Lose a squash match against Richard King – he only beat me by default in 2012 and hasn’t let it go!
Frankie and Marion Johnston: It’s fantastic! You never know what you might find, and you can find everything you will never find anywhere else. It’s an eye opener for my grandson, who likes Mad Max and any army stuff. And when you don’t like it, you can always give it back to CanAssist.
Leon Dolan: The massive variety and good bar-gains, and I like all the old tech stuff.
Chris Symonds: It is like a treasure hunt – you never know what you’re going to find.
Ray Unger: It’s a good way of giving accolades to women who would not otherwise get recognition. People do a lot of work behind the scenes, and often the community does not know about it. This program helps to highlight how important volunteers are and that communities would not function without them.
Wendy Morris: It is a fantastic program. I’ve supported it for many years and have nominated several women. These women display loyalty to their families and communities to ensure the best for them. I really admire such loyalty. It is also good to see women acknowledged, that is why the words ‘hidden treasure’ is so applicable. I would really encourage people to nominate women. They keep our communities together and ensure services are provided equitably.
Pam Bell: It is an excellent way to recognise people who are the backbone of our community. People never look for recognition, but it is important to let the community know who holds them together. These women often don’t realise how much they do.
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I’ve lived here all my life, but went away for some years. I like the friendly people.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? I loved living on the farm. There was always something to do and seeing the crops, and animals grow. It was very rewarding, despite the droughts and other challenges.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? We loved travelling in Western Australia with our caravan, and I particularly like the Kimberley, Broome and Kununarra.
What makes you laugh the most? Jokes in magazines and newspapers, especially the jokes in Peter FitzSimons’s column in the Sunday paper.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? I would love to go to the beach and swim in the ocean. I haven’t done that for years.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? To 1958 when I got my general nursing certificate in Sydney after four long years of very hard slog. It was a good feeling.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Bring in much stricter penalties for murderers. It’s all too lenient these days, and people think they can do just what they like.
Do you believe in acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? Yes I do. My two favourite charities that I support are Assistance Dogs Australia and The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
How old are you? I turned 11 this week.
Where do you go to school? I am in Year 6 at Parkes East and I am in Miss Toppin’s Class.
What is your favourite after school activity? Sport! Squash and cricket are my two favourites.
What is your favourite food, movie and music? My favourite food is spring rolls. My favourite movie is Avengers: End Game and my music is playing my drums.
What do you want to do when you grow up? Be a Professional Squash Association (PSA) player and play on the glass court in front of the pyramids in Egypt.
If you could have a super power what would it be? The ability to never hit the tin or cut line when I play squash OR be able to hit a squash nick on demand!
What makes you laugh the most? My friends and my little brother Artie is really funny!
If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? The only subject you do at school is sport and craft.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I do a weekly interview for our squash club called People of Parkes Squash. I am also really proud to be the President of the Parkes East Student Representative Council.
Peter Heath from Eugowra: It was wet, but very good! I was really looking forward to it, as I’ve done other parkruns around the Central West and in Melbourne. It is a challenging course, and might need some work in places, but it was very well organised. Congratulations to the organisers!
Emma Zammit and Amanda Hardie from the Blue Mountains: It is a great course and the people so friendly! The volunteers were just amazing. We’ve done all the parkruns in NSW, except the three other parkruns that also launched today. (Amanda’s mum lives in Orange and they decided to pick Parkes first of the new parkruns.)
Zarna Gould from Parkes: Even with the pouring rain, it was lots of fun. The volunteers did a great job!
How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I have lived in Parkes just over 16 years. Having grown up in Cowra and with extended family in Trundle, I like the sense of ‘home’ I feel in the Central West.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? As a home-educating mother of four, my favourite thing is spending time with and learning alongside my children.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? There are many places I’ve read about where I’d like to sample life, but I’m very happy in Parkes.
What makes you laugh the most? There are a hundred things each day I find amusing. I like to have a laugh and a chat about it with my husband Adrian when he finishes work.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? I do like to reconnect with the natural environment. Getting out to the beautiful national parks in our area or spending time at the coast.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? It’s hard to choose, but I’ve just been reading about the period of history between Jesus and the Roman Emperor Constantine. It was inspiring to see how the early Christians were true to Jesus’ teaching in extremely volatile times. It would be fascinating to see first-hand how their communities operated, but I wouldn’t fancy being thrown to the lions.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? It is not possible to legislate to make people be truly loving, kind or empathetic, but I would protect the poor, the voiceless and the vulnerable.
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? Absolutely. I think kindness is underrated as a virtue. My favourite one is the ‘golden rule’ of treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
What is one thing you will never do again? Eat a pre-sucked milk arrowroot biscuit. That’s a parenting mistake you only make once!
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