Parkes Shire Council looking to community for Elvis decision

The Parkes Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community about whether the 2021 Elvis Festival should proceed. Residents can vote online or in person.
The Parkes Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community about whether the 2021 Elvis Festival should proceed. Residents can vote online or in person.

After the announcement that the Parkes Elvis Festival is moving to March 10-14 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parkes Shire Council are asking the community if they would like the postponed event to proceed, or be cancelled altogether.

The final decision on whether the Festival will proceed on the new date in March will be made by September 28, after evaluating the most up-to-date health advice; in addition to community and business sentiment.

The Parkes Elvis Festival is an award-winning event attracting over 24,000 people annually to Parkes, injecting over $13 million into the local economy and providing an extensive range of social benefits.

The decision to cancel the 2021 Parkes Elvis Festival will obviously have significant impacts on Parkes and the wider region, however the overall health and safety of the community will remain the main priority.

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The Parkes Shire Council have decided that community input is absolutely integral to the decision on when, or if, to hold the Elvis Festival in 2021, to ensure that the decision is what the community wants.

They are calling on Parkes Shire residents and businesses to complete a short online survey that will assist with the decision-making process as it gauges community sentiment.

On the Parkes Champion Post Facebook page following the announcement the festival will be postponed, the comments were overwhelmingly in favour of cancelling the 2021 festival and coming back bigger and better in 2022.

Residents that do not have access to a computer can complete a paper form at the Council's administration counter or the Parkes Visitor Information Centre.

Both the online and paper surveys close on Friday September 18.

Click here to complete the online survey.