Council was elated to see that eight Parkes Shire projects were successful in the third round of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF). Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway visited the Parkes Shire to announce $818,035 of funding for community projects including upgrades to the Carrington Hotel in Peak Hill, the installation of solar powered lighting at Memorial Hill, a community garden in Peak Hill, as well as funding for the new public amenities block in Trundle. Of the funding, $572,620 will be spent on projects to benefit local youth including the Heads Up, Heads Together mental health program, construction of a Skate Park in Trundle, extension of the Parkes Skate Park, and the installation of a new purpose built rock climbing wall at Parkes PCYC. The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government's $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local.
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Council was recently applauded for its pioneering approach to the Parkes Recycled Water Scheme, winning the Program Innovation Award at the 2020 NSW Australian Water Association Awards on Friday. The annual awards recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects. The Recycled Water Scheme has involved rigorous planning, design and extensive community and stakeholder engagement, in order to incorporate sustainable design principals and state-of-the-art technology. Along with the prestige of being recognised as 'the best in New South Wales', the Parkes Recycled Water Scheme is now a finalist in the National Australian Water Association Awards which will be announced at the Ozwater conference in May.
The 61 year old pavilion at Woodward Oval has been restored to its former glory, thanks to a collaboration between NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund, Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, Parkes Shire Council, and Parkes and District Cricket Association. The Wes Cheney Pavilion amenities upgrade included the replacement of all the internal walls and floors, installation of a new kitchen, upgrades to the change and shower rooms, as well as the construction of a new unisex toilet. A new pergola and retaining wall was also constructed as part of the project. The facility will be officially opened this Saturday at 12noon ahead of the 2020 Lachlan Premier Cricket Competition Grand Final at 1pm at Woodward Oval.
Following the recent rain, Council's Biosecurity Officers are now targeting Silverleaf Nightshade and Blue Heliotrope throughout the Shire. Residents are encouraged to help stop the spread of weeds, and to report any sightings of Priority Weeds to Council's Biosecurity Officers.
Aspiring and professional artists from across the Parkes Shire are encouraged re-think their creative materials as part of this year's Waste to Art competition. The theme for 2020 is aluminium and steel cans. Application forms can be downloaded from Council's website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au. Hardcopies are available from all the Parkes Shire Libraries. Entries close Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The artwork will go on display at Parkes Library from Monday 20 April until May 16, 2020. Parkes Shire winners will be announced on Friday, April 24, 2020.
With the swimming season coming to a close soon, make sure you make the most out of the Shire public swimming pools. Don't forget the Friday Fun-Night at the Parkes Aquatic Centre Friday, March 27 with free entry and lots of fun for the whole family. Residents are also reminded that this Saturday, March 14 the 50m pool at the Parkes Aquatic Centre will be closed for the conduct of Parkes Swim Club's Championship. The splash pool will be open to the public during this time however.
With the upgrades to lower Clarinda Street, asphalting works and other projects affecting roads around the Shire, Residents are reminded to keep an eye on Council's website and Facebook page for road closure information that may affect your regular travel routes.
Residents are invited to attend the next Council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Bogan Gate Memorial Hall, commencing at 2pm. The agenda will be available on Council's Website today. An audio recording of the meeting will be made available within 5 days of the meeting.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
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