As we approach the end of 2020 and we look forward to celebrating the festive season with family and friends, it is important to reflect on the year that was for the Parkes Shire community.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "from the crippling drought, to the devasting bushfires and a global pandemic, it has been one of the toughest times in history. And despite the downturn in the global economy, we have seen a significant amount of investment in industry and infrastructure in the Parkes Shire, with the completion of the $300M Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail, the construction of a manufacturing facility, expansion of Northparkes Mines, new solar farms, funding for the Newell Highway Bypass and the announcement of $185M for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.”

“2020 has seen Council progress and complete a range of projects including the upgrades to lower Clarinda street, construction of the multipurpose centre in Cooke park, connection of recycled water throughout the town, upgrades to Peak Hill Main Street and master planning for Trundle Main Street, refurbishment and expansion of the Library and Cultural Centre, upgrades to recreational facilities across the shire including ovals and amenities, construction of a new family daycare facility, upgrades to key freight routes and road networks in our Shire and the commencement of early works for the Newell Highway Bypass.”

"It is also important to note the work of our community, who have come together in a time of crisis and wrapped their arms around each other in support, while showing resilience and courage to forge ahead.”

“We have seen our businesses pivot and innovate to continue to safely deliver their services and broaden their customer base online, we have seen people give up their time to lend a hand to those most in need and we have seen our essential services continue to be delivered for our community.”

“All this has contributed to the growth of Parkes Shire's economic value and diversity, increasing our gross regional product, while also decreasing unemployment - a stark contrast to the rest of NSW.”

"So, while many would say 2020 has been one to forget, I say it’s one to remember for the positivity, courage and resilience of our community that has shone through and will set us up for great 2021. I want to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and please continue to look out for one another, don’t become complacent with COVID-19 and shop local this Christmas to support the amazing businesses in our Shire," Cr Keith concluded.

Council's Administration Office will be closed from Friday 25 December to Sunday 3 January and will re-open as usual on Monday 4 January. For emergency assistance during the close down period in relation to the provision of services such as roads, water or ranger services please contact Council’s After-hours number on 1800 648 585.

Further details for Council's other facilities and services are as follows:

  • The Parkes Shire Garbage Collection will be operating as normal over the Christmas and New Year period
  • Parkes Waste Facility will be closed on Friday 25 December, Saturday 26 December and Friday 1 January
  • Peak Hill Waste Facility will be operating as normal over the Christmas and New Year period
  • The Parkes Aquatic Centre and the Township Pools will be closed on Friday 25 December and Monday 28 December, open other times as usual.
  • The Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Friday 25 December and will be trading as normal all other days. On Public Holidays the Visitor Information Centre will be open from 10am - 3pm.
  • Parkes Shire Libraries will be closed from Friday 25 December to Sunday 3 January. It will re-open as usual on Monday 4 January