Congratulations to the five members of Council’s water team who were formally awarded their Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) certification. The certification recognises the key role our water operators play in public health, certifying their competency to manage drinking water quality, as well as identifying and responding to water quality risks and incidents.
Work has commenced on the repurposing of the one building remaining on the old hospital site. The old hospital was demolished in 2016 following the opening of the new hospital along the Forbes Road. Council contractors have started stripping out the old community hall, the one remaining building on the site, with work also well advanced on a new carpark. The building is earmarked as a child care centre.
Following the success of the first temporary outdoor dining platform installed at Bella’s along Church Street, a new platform is set to be constructed adjacent to Smeaton’s Bakery on the western side of Lower Clarinda Street in the coming weeks. The outdoor dining platforms are an initiative of the Parkes Main Street Vibrancy Strategy 2016. The dining platforms have been exclusively designed for Parkes Shire Council as modular and transportable infrastructure that will allow businesses to increase their dining capacity and expand the outdoor dining options in the town centre.
This weekend the Parkes Shire will join the rest of the nation in marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War. The Parkes RSL Sub-branch is holding a dinner to mark the 100-year anniversary at 6:30pm on Saturday, 10th November at the Parkes Services Club. The community is then invited to commemorate the Armistice and Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11th November with a service at the Cenotaph in Cooke Park from 10:30am.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire