I was elated to accept the 2016 AR Bluett Memorial Award on behalf of Parkes Shire Council at the Local Government NSW Annual Conference this week. The Award recognises the most progressive rural council in the state, and we thank the Parkes Shire community for trusting us to deliver progressive and sustainable projects and programs. Councillor Ken McGrath was also honoured at the conference, presented with an Outstanding Service Award for his 20 years of service to Local Government. Council’s 2015/16 achievements can be viewed online
During the month of October, I have given my sweet tooth a break as part of OcSober. Rather than alcohol, I have given up sugar for one month to raise money for Life Education Australia. Life Education is a not-for-profit organisation delivering positive, preventative health education programs in schools. If you’d like to help me reach my fundraising goal, visit www.ocsober.com.au. Residents are encouraged to dig deep for another great cause this weekend with the Relay for Life taking place at Northparkes Oval. The Relay raises funds for the Cancer Council. It is an opportunity for the community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money. Visit www.relayforlife.org.au for more information.
Spring has finally sprung across the Parkes Shire region with the Colour Parkes Campaign progressing into the second phase of implementation. Parkes will colour Canberra at the Floriade festival, promoting the colourful events, attractions and experiences within the Shire. Download your ‘Colour Pass’ from www.visitparkes.com.au, to
access the deals at 16 venues.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Yours Faithfully, Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire