Students from Parkes East Public School sat in the driver’s seat as part of an initiative to teach local kids about Council’s role within the community.
More than 130 students from Kindergarten to Year 2 became familiar with some of Council’s heavy machinery, including an excavator, digger and the road roller recently.
Parkes Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure, Andrew Francis said the outdoor lessons were a great way for the students to learn a bit about Council’s work, services and major projects.
“It’s fantastic to see our local school students show an interest in what’s happeningaround our community. By taking the lesson out to the worksite, the students got to see first-hand what role Council plays in the development of our town.”
Council has been working directly across the road from Parkes East Public School for a week constructing an urban main pipeline section for the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP).
Council workers stood down for 30 minutes to answer questions about Council’s major projects, before the students got behind the wheel of a stationary piece of machinery for some hands on learning. “The students learnt about safety on a work site, environmental awareness and the broad range of careers available at Council,” Andrew said.
Council is constructing 800 metres worth of pipeline along Renshaw McGirr Way to transport raw dam water to the new WTP.