Mayor reminds Parkes residents to brush up on the road rules

Councillor Patricia Smith painted students faces with ochre during the Youth Week workshops this week.
Councillor Patricia Smith painted students faces with ochre during the Youth Week workshops this week.

This week, local road users were being encouraged to brush up on the current road rules, as part of Road Rules Awareness Week.

The initiative runs annually to help improve the safety of all road users by providing the community with an opportunity to brush up on those rules which have the biggest impact on road trauma including speeding, fatigue, drink driving, pedestrian safety, intersections and more.

More than 120 local students got the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops this week, in celebration of Youth Week.

Renowned Indigenous performer, Mitch Tambo led the workshops in the Coventry Room, which included story-telling, dancing, singing, face painting and didgeridoo playing.

Councillors had the opportunity to inspect the progress of the remediation works currently being carried out at Lake Endeavour Dam.

The $150,000 program of works will span approximately four weeks.

Remediation works include excavation to correct slopes, installation of rock erosion barriers, redressing and seeding disturbed soil with appropriate seed and tubestock, as well as restoring the access track.

Farmers and producers from across the Parkes Shire came together to discuss a collaborative approach to tackling the ongoing drought at the Farmers Forum hosted by Parkes Shire Drought Response Officer, Roger Kitson.

Among the many ideas discussed were the potential of establishing a cooperative hay and fodder buying group for the Shire, establishing a central hub for information sharing, and creating urban gardens for those in need of fresh food.

Locals are encouraged to take advantage of the free tip weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April, from 10am until 4.15pm each day.

Residents can dispose of general domestic waste including green waste, mixed recyclables and general household waste free of charge. Keep scrap metal, green waste, household items and recyclables separate.

Residents are invited to the next Council Meeting, being held on Tuesday 16 April at 2pm. The meeting agenda will be available for download from Council's website on Friday afternoon - www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend

Cr Ken Keith OAM

Mayor of Parkes Shire

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