Over 500 residents took the opportunity to tour Parkes’ state-of-the-art water infrastructure facilities as part of the Community Open Day held at the new Water and Sewage Treatment Plants on Saturday, March 24.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said the Community Open Day saw a tremendous response from locals wanting to learn about the treatment processes and how these facilities provide Parkes with best-practice water and waste management.
“Additionally, tour groups learnt about how Council used innovative design, procurement, and sustainable processes to minimise environmental impact and reduce ongoing running costs,” the Mayor said.
“Council are incredibly proud of these new facilities and of the flow-on benefits to the community, and we are delighted to have been able to open them up for our community to see first-hand.”
Locals heard from Council and John Holland staff who conducted informative and interactive tours around both sites, with educational giveaways and activities held on the lawn of the Water Treatment Plant throughout the day.
Tour groups were also given a rare opportunity to view the Water Treatment facility from the High Level reservoir, before taking a walking tour inside the control rooms.
“Thank you to Wiradjuri spokesperson Lionel Lovett who provided the tour groups with a cultural understanding of the connection between water and our community, and the importance of water to our region,” the Mayor added.
For more information about the water infrastructure renewal projects, visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au