Mayoral Message: New drought relief officer in Parkes and record numbers at Parkes Airport

GROWTH: Parkes Regional Airport has welcomed record passenger numbers, with 34,276 travellers passing through the terminal last year.
GROWTH: Parkes Regional Airport has welcomed record passenger numbers, with 34,276 travellers passing through the terminal last year.

Scholarship recipients

Congratulations to Riley Crocker and Georgia Goodrick, who were presented with this year's Jack Scoble Educational Scholarships.

The scholarship provides support for students who completed the Higher School Certificate at a school within the Parkes Shire and are undertaking their first year of full-time university studies in 2019.

Riley, a former Red Bend student, will undertake a degree in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Newcastle. Georgia, a recently graduated student of Parkes High School, was accepted into a Bachelor of Paramedicine at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Sydney Campus.

New drought relief officer

We are delighted to welcome Roger Kitson to the region as the new Drought Relief Officer for the Parkes Shire.

The role, created under the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program, aims to support the implementation of the NSW Drought Strategy, and coordinate and disseminate information regarding government and non-government services, and initiatives available to affected residents.

Roger will be based at Neighbourhood Central, 80 - 82 Currajong Street in Parkes, Monday to Friday.

Residents and business operators wishing to speak with Roger about the various support programs available can contact 02 6862 3757 or email dro@ncentral.org.au.

Shop Parkes winner

Congratulations to Deann Hanns who won the Shop Parkes this Christmas competition.

Deann entered the competition by completing the online survey at Christmas Central while having her gifts wrapped.

Deann has won a $500 Shop Parkes Region Gift card to spend at participating businesses. Having recently moved into her own home, Deann plans to spend the gift card on household items.

Record numbers

Parkes Regional Airport has welcomed record passenger numbers, with 34,276 travellers passing through the terminal last year.

Since the introduction of the REX $99 Community Fare scheme the airport has recorded a 23 per cent increase in 2018, up from 27,961 passengers in 2017.

The affordable fares have greatly enhanced accessibility to the city for our community, and conversely driven visitation to our shire.

Council is currently constructing a new airside apron as part of stage 2 of the Airport Business Park project.

Seniors Festival

Next week we celebrate the annual Seniors Festival with a range of activities being held at Neighbourhood Central, including painting workshops, posy making, beginners yoga and belly dancing.

Those wishing to get involved can contact 6862 3757.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Cr Ken Keith OAM