I would firstly like to congratulate the Parkes Elvis Festival on winning the Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award at the 2016 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards. This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of Council employees and volunteers without whom the festival would not have been such a success. The 25th anniversary is shaping up to be the most accessible festival yet, with visitors able to travel to the event by
road, rail and air! Aeroplane charters will be available from Sydney for the first time.
Council has taken a proactive approach to road safety and repair prior to the harvest season by working with growers and heavy vehicle operators to mitigate potential hazards on the Shire’s roads. I would like to thank heavy vehicle operators for their understanding and patience, as Council crews worked to restore the road network following the period of wet weather. I would also like to commend all motorists for exercising extra care during harvest, and sharing the roads accordingly during this busy period.
Christmas will soon be upon us, and Council is inviting the community to join the wide range of events and celebrations across Parkes Shire. Christmas events will kick off on 2nd December with the Parkes Christmas Parade, followed by Sparkle in the Park UpMarkets and outdoor movie in Cooke Park. As the sun sets, the Parkes CBD will
be ignited with illuminations and projections across buildings and streetscapes. Peak Hill will come alive on the same day for the Meet You Up The Street Festival. For more details to to www.parkes.nsw.gov.au. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire