This week Council welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of funding to investigate Parkes as the state’s first special activation precinct with an inland port, as part of their 20-year economic vision. This strategic investment, under the Snowy Hydro Fund, is expected to create jobs and enable agricultural value-adding, bringing
regional suppliers closer to their markets.
Congratulations to the Parkes Elvis Festival team on winning gold at the Regional Tourism Awards in Orange. I must also congratulate the local community and the amazing volunteers, without whom the festival would not be possible. Council also picked up silver in the Destination Marketing category, and the Parkes Visitor Information Centre was a finalist in the Visitor Information Services category.
This week Council has put its staff in the spotlight as part of Local Government Week. To highlight the diverse roles within Council’s workforce and the breadth of work that often goes unseen, a number of staff profiles have been showcased across social media and local print publications.
Work has begun on the Little Theatre refurbishment, which will see new tiered seating installed and a renovation to the foyer area. The project is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire