Mayoral Message: 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival promises to be the biggest and best yet

Parkes Mayor Ken Keith takes to the stage with Elvis Tribute Artist Paul Fenech at the launch of the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival.
Parkes Mayor Ken Keith takes to the stage with Elvis Tribute Artist Paul Fenech at the launch of the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival.

I was delighted to help launch the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival program this week.

The 2020 Festival will celebrate the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny, with so many costume options and even more events to wear them to.

It promises to be the biggest and best Elvis Festival yet which will provide a welcome boost, not just to Parkes, but to the region.

Tickets are selling fast, with several shows already sold out, so I encourage residents and visitors to book early to avoid missing out.

Visit for bookings.

There are some exciting events coming up.

The Australian National Busking Championships will be held in Peak Hill on Saturday 14 September. Some of the nation's best street performers will be providing free entertainment during the day, which will be continued with a free concert at the Peak Hill Ex-Services and Citizens Club from 5pm, where winners will be announced.

AirVenture will be at the Parkes Regional Airport 20-22 September.

It will be a big weekend for the Shire, with air shows, family entertainment, guest speakers and trade displays.

Tickets are on sale now, and residents are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets at

The new Town Entry Garden on the corner of Eugowra Way and Clarinda Street is taking shape, with crews planting water-wise native plants and shrubbery this week.

Once established the garden will beautify the entrance to the town, and is already generating positive feedback from the community.

The new garden will be watered by the new Recycled Water Scheme.

With the weather warming up residents are reminded to conserve water where possible.

The Parkes Shire is currently on level 2 water restrictions.

Visit Council's website for more information on watering schedules.

I encourage residents and sporting groups to apply for the CMOC Northparkes / Parkes Shire Council Sports Grant Program.

There is a total of $57,000 available for projects that promote participation in sport or improve sporting facilities.

A grant writing workshop will be held at the Parkes Shire Council chambers on Thursday 19 September to help residents and groups prepare funding applications.

A reminder to residents to do a spring clean ahead of the 2019 Bulky Waste Clean-up between Monday 16 September and Friday 20 September.

Residents currently receiving a domestic waste and recycling collection service can place waste neatly next to the kerb.

For more information about what items are acceptable, visit

Residents are invited to attend the next Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at Peak Hill Ex-Services & Citizens Club, commencing at 2pm.

The agenda will made available the Friday prior to the meeting.

Cr Ken Keith OAM

Mayor of Parkes Shire