In my first Mayoral Message for the new Council term I would like to welcome and congratulate the new and returning Councillors for the 2016/20 term, and thank the outgoing Councillors for their sterling service to the community.
The 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival was launched during September, and is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with 120 events at 20 venues announced.
The Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Viva Las Vegas theme, inspired by Elvis' 1964 film of the same name.
It was an extraordinarily wet September, with a number of roads closed due to heavy downfalls and flooding.
The Shire's road network suffered extensive damage, and council is now in the process of surveying and rectifying problem areas.
Motorists are praised on exercising extra vigilance while driving during this period of wet weather.
Parkes Shire Council would like to commend our neighbouring community of Forbes for their resilience during this tough time.
Parts of the town, and surrounding farmland, has been devastated following the floods. I wish to thank our local volunteers and emergency personnel for their efforts.
The project to upgrade the Peak Hill Open Cut Experience commenced with the site being rebranded as the Peak Hill Gold Mine Experience.
Construction of the entry shelter and associated works has begun with a number of other improvements including signage, trail upgrades and a drinking water station being implemented as part of the project.
Parkes is hosting a number of upcoming events and celebrations.
One of these up coming events being the Cancer Council's annual Relay for Life raising vital funds for research, prevention, information and support services.
To register and find out more, visit relayforlife.com.au.
With the warmer weather just around corner, Parkes residents are encouraged to make a splash with the Parkes Aquatic Centre now open.
The 'Colour Parkes' campaign is a great excuse for residents to explore the Parkes Region, by taking advantage of the special offers at our local attractions, shopping outlets and cafes.
Download your 'Colour Pass' from www.visitparkes.com.au, to access the deals.
Cr Ken Keith, Parkes mayor