A major project of the Parkes Shire Council won a top award in Sydney last week. The Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Project won the Water Management category at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.
The awards, which were hosted by radio presenter Adam Spencer, recognise outstanding achievements by local government in managing and protecting the environment. Council’s Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Project represents a raft of improvements across the town’s entire water cycle with the aim to provide the region
with a safe and secure water supply into the future.
The project includes necessary upgrades to the town’s raw water supply infrastructure, as well as the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant and a new Sewage Treatment Plant. The final stage will involve the establishment of a Water Recycling Scheme, which will provide an additional drought proof water source for municipal irrigation.
Andrew Francis, Director of Infrastructure, said the win recognised Council’s efforts to provide the residents of Parkes and Peak Hill with best practice water and sewage services, and would support future population growth and economic development within the region.
“Council strives to be a leader in sustainability,” he said, “this not only includes ensuring the security of our water supply in a changing climate, but also ensuring our infrastructure is resource and energy efficient, which is not only good for our environment, but is also cost effective.”