It has been an exciting month for Parkes with the official opening of Pacific National's Parkes Logistics Terminal last week. I thank the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack and NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole for being part of the momentous occasion.
Pacific National's investment in the Logistic Terminal is a boon for our local economy. The construction phase created 80 jobs, and 20 local and regional businesses were engaged on the project. An additional 90 jobs will be created at the new terminal when it is fully operational, providing opportunities for local employment in transport and logistics and administration.
It was an honour to host the French rugby league team in Parkes last week. The match between Western Rams and France saw the visiting team victorious with a 22-20 win, which was closely fought. Well done to the Western Rams, it was a thrilling match, and strengthens our international relations.
I would like to congratulate our Director of Infrastructure, Andrew Francis, who was named a Legend of Water at a NSW Australian Water Association dinner last week.
Andrew has worked tirelessly to create a sustainable water future for Parkes, and this honour recognises his leadership, advocacy, and commitment to deliver the best outcomes for our community.
I am incredibly proud that Parkes' dedication to the community and environment was recognised with several awards at the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards last weekend.
Council's Waste Facility Upgrades was honoured with a well-deserved Waste Management Award. Our new Recycled Water Scheme was recognised with a Response to Climate Change Award. Council also received recognition for Environmental Education and was the Overall Winner for our population category.
I commend the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society members and cast for their wonderful work on the Shrek - Junior production, which earned them the Community Spirit and Inclusion Award.
It is testament to the talent, effort, and teamwork of all involved.
On that note, I would like to especially congratulate M&D president Lyn Townsend for the research, care and consideration she put into developing the region's first autism friendly relaxed performance.
Residents are invited to attend the next council meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 19 at the Parkes Council Chambers at 2pm. The agenda will made available the Friday prior to the meeting.