This week marked the start of Small Business Month. Throughout October there are a number of events and initiatives that business owners and operators are encouraged to take part in, enabling them to tap into online resources, learn new skills and access business support. For the full list of Small Business events, visit visitparkes.com.au
Council has also teamed with Service NSW to deliver the Easy to do Business program. Residents interested in setting up a new business in the Parkes Shire can now sign up to access free personalised assistance to help you get started, including advice on licensing, regulations and what approvals are required. To find out more, or to register, visit mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au
We had a fantastic start to the swim season this week, with gates opening to the Parkes Aquatic Centre over the long weekend. With all Parkes Shire pool facilities offering free entry this swim season, parents and carers are reminded to keep a close watch. Children up to the age of 14 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. The township pool facilities will open on Saturday, 3rd November.
Residents are invited to celebrate National Bird Week at the official opening of the renewed PAC Park amenities on Sunday, 21st October. Council, in partnership with Central West Lachlan Landcare Inc and the National Parks Association of NSW Lachlan Valley branch, will host a free barbeque breakfast starting from 8am. The project, funded by the NSW Department of Community Services Social Housing Improvement Fund, included the installation of a new shelter with two table settings, a double electric barbeque, a smaller shelter and new lighting.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire