Christmas Storytime: Parkes Library has invited a very special visitor who wears a red suit to celebrate Christmas with Parkes families on Wednesday, 21st December at 10:30am. Library team members Andrea Lovell, Claire Cassell and Debbie Gould have a morning of Christmas stories, song and dance planned. “The Library team will have on their best Christmas clothes and invite children to dress up too to add to the festivities,” said Andrea.
Career opportunities at Council: The Parkes Shire Council has exciting career opportunities on offer for young people in the region. There are a number of positions available in various fields including traineeships in town planning and ranger services, cadetships in civil engineering, school based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT) in business and information technology for students entering Year 11 next year. Parkes Shire Council’s General Manager, Kent Boyd said these opportunities were a fantastic stepping stone for students wondering what’s next after they finish school. “These positions provide professional mentoring, applied learning, real life experience and an opportunity for our young people to gain training and practical skills without having to leave the region. “Parkes Shire Council is full of people who have chosen to work in local government because they want to help others, make a difference to the community, and improve the environment in which we live.” Kent said. Trainee Financial Services, Madelyn Swindle said working at Council had offered her an exciting range of opportunities. “I am enjoying constantly learning new things. There are some wonderful opportunities that come up, such as taking part in new initiatives and projects.” School leavers are encouraged to apply for the positions available through Council’s website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.
Good turnout: The Carols in the Park on Sunday night saw one of the largest attendances ever with about 1,500 people turning up for a beautiful night of Christmas celebrations. The Parkes Shire Band was on stage all night accompanying performers and carols sung by the crowd. Other performers included school choirs, Tapestry, and solo performances by Rebecca Evans, Michelle Allan, Bob Gould, Paul Brown, Liz Naveau, Elle McCutcheon, Belinda Boland and others. The Parkes School of Dance also performed for the first time this year. “It was a great community night out,” said Liz Naveau of the Ministers Association.