The Federal Government announced infrastructure funding for the Parkes Shire, while the Council made community grants available to six projects.
Parkes Shire Council will receive $1.3 million under the Local Road and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program to support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
The money will enable Council to deliver priority projects with a focus on local road and community infrastructure upgrades and maintenance.
“Local government is at the forefront of service delivery. Our councils know their communities best and are generally able to deploy workforces quickly which keeps money flowing through their local area,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack
Parkes Mayor Councillor Ken Keith OAM said the cash boost was “absolutely fabulous. We are delighted to receive this additional funding.”
The Mayor said there were a few road and community projects “in the wind” which could be funded through the new program.
In turn the Parkes Shire Community Financial Assistance Program (CFAP) granted $1,000 to each of the four Shire Annual Show committees to facilitate the respective 2020 Shows, with the proviso that funds be used for the 2021 Show should the COVID-19 restrictions results in a cancellation of the events.
Parkes High School received $755 to establish a Yarning Circle, and $300 was awarded to local student Elizabeth Hoyle to attend the Youth Parliament.
In addition to the six local projects, Councillors moved an amendment to donate $1,000 to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Orange. Due to COVID-19, the RMH has been unable to undertake their usual fundraising activities.