It is Local Government Week this week and the theme this year is ‘Councils Do’, highlighting the significant work councils do in their communities and the wide variety of services they provide including libraries, roads, waste collection, footpaths, parks, pools and animal shelters.
“Local Government Week is a time to acknowledge the significant role councils are playing to support communities across the state to recover from the drought, bushfires and COVID-19,” Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said.
“Our communities are facing some of the most difficult times in the modern era anding Local Government Week to recognise the critical role your local council is playing to support your community during these trying times.”
Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said: “Parkes Shire Council is proud to have delivered close to $200 million worth of infrastructure over five years, notwithstanding enduring the worst drought on record and the impacts of COVID-19.”
“We have played a vital role in respond ing to COVID-19 by maintaining essential community facilities and services in the face of significant restrictions and financial distress.”
“I urge everybody to take a moment during Local Government Week to recognise the critical role your local council is playing to support your community during these trying times.”
“Parkes Shire Council employs 195 full time equivalent staff across its operations which includes 37 business activities, some that are not generally known as regular council services,” said the Mayor.
“While Council is commonly known for managing roads, water and waste services, Local Government Week is a great opportunity for our community to learn about the breadth and diversity of the work that often goes unseen.”
“We have vibrant, creative and strategic teams working in a range of sectors such as business development, town planning, education, childcare, events, art and culture, environmental sustainability and town presentation just to name a few.”
“We are a leader in fostering career pathways for young people in our region to have opportunities for professional careers at Council. In 2019/20 Council offered a range of traineeships/cadetships and school-based trainee positions across our operations.”
“Council is also committed to diversity in the workplace including closing the gender gap with women comprising 57% of supervisory/management positions.”