Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer is reminding motorists that double demerits commence today, marking the start of a four-day blitz. Police will be targeting speed, seatbelts, mobile phone use and motorcyclists not wearing helmets over the October long weekend, with more police on the road throughout the Parkes Shire.
With school holidays commencing this afternoon, locals and visitors are being encouraged to ‘be out there’ in the Parkes Shire with plenty of affordable and memorable experiences for the whole family to enjoy within the region. Council has compiled a fantastic list of special offers for families to take advantage of via the Visit Parkes website, visitparkes.nsw.gov.au
Parkes Aquatic Centre opens its gate this weekend, with all Parkes Shire pool facilities offering free entry this swim season following a resolution made by Parkes Shire Council. Parents and carers are reminded to keep a close watch this swim season, with our lifeguards expecting the 2018/19 swim season to be their busiest to date. There will be a sign in register at the gate this year, to enable our staff to keep track of how many people are using the facilities.
A number of projects have wrapped up recently. The newest addition to the Parkes Shire Public Art Trail has been unveiled in Trundle. The Community Wall celebrates the cultural and artistic diversity within the community. The installation of tiered seating at the Parkes Little Theatre has also been completed this week. The project, funded by the NSW Government, has significantly enhanced the performance space. Council staff have also completed the kitchen replacement at the Peak Hill Leisure Centre for the community to utilise.
Next week marks the start of Small Business Month, with business owners and operators in the Parkes Shire encouraged to take part in a number of free localised events and workshops where they will gain valuable and innovative tools to take their business to the next level.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire