There's a lot happening in Parkes Central Business District, with three major construction projects currently underway as part of the Parkes CBD Vibrancy Project.
But despite all the activity, it is business as usual for the shops and companies in the area.
The construction projects are already reshaping Lower Clarinda Street; the first sod has been turned on the Parkes Library Expansion project, the foundations for the new Multipurpose Centre have been set, and the Main Street Revitalisation project is progressing along Clarinda Street.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said the projects will ultimately improve the amenity of our Central Business District, and transform Lower Clarinda Street into a vibrant and pleasant public space.
"I encourage residents to continue to support these businesses in the short term while these construction projects are taking shape," he said.
Work began on the Main Street Revitalisation Project in August.
A new storm water line is now being installed; work began at Cooke Park and will continue up Clarinda Street towards Welcome Street.
This will be followed by footpath, kerb and gutter refurbishment.
There will be temporary changes to parking and pedestrian access while construction works are taking place, but local business are keeping their doors open for their customers.
Parkes Business Chamber President, Geoff Rice said while these exciting projects will have lasting economic benefits for our region once complete, we must not forget that our businesses continue to bear the brunt of the prolonged dry period.
"In order to support the businesses that support us as a community, we are encouraging everyone to shop locally to help keep the dollars flowing throughout the Parkes Shire," he said.
Additional parking is now available along Dalton and Browne Streets to offset the restricted parking in the main street.
Pedestrian detours will be in place to allow access to shopfronts as the construction works progress. Motorists are urged to be mindful of changed conditions and to follow instructions and take extra care when driving past construction zones.
The Main Street Revitalisation Project and the Cooke Parke Multipurpose Centre are proudly co-funded by the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund and Parkes Shire Council.
The $2.2 million Parkes Shire Library Expansion Project is funded through the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund, Public Library Infrastructure Grant, and Parkes Shire Council.
For more information on the Major Projects please visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au