Last year, the community was invited to share their priorities for identified projects for the Local Road and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

The LRCI Program is funded by the Australian Government and aims to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19 by supporting local jobs, firms and procurement.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the projects funded under the Program will improve the quality of life of Parkes Shire residents and have lasting economic and social benefits for the local community.

“Our funding boost will help communities across Australia accelerate priority projects to get people into jobs and stimulate our economy,” Mr McCormack said.

“We know how important our support is to communities which have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects to create employment and business opportunities in Parkes Shire as well as making our roads and communities safer.

“Having only announced the program in late May, we are moving decisively to deliver the support councils and communities need to get through this pandemic and get back on their feet.”

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "Parkes Shire was allocated $1.3 million to support Council in the delivery of local road improvements and community infrastructure projects.

"We were overwhelmed with the response and community contribution during the consultation period. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their priorities which assisted Council in making their decision on the projects to be submitted for funding under the LRCI Program.

"The project page was viewed over 7,900 times with 1,746 registered participants casting 3,665 votes across the identified projects during the voting period which closed on the 31 July 2020," Cr Keith added.

Council is pleased to confirm that the following projects were approved under the LRCI Program and are now progressing, with completion expected by June 2021:

Local Roads & Community Infrastructure $1.3M

ProjectDescriptionFunding Allocation
Woodward Oval Tennis Court UpgradesResurfacing of six tennis courts$ 175,000
Spicer Oval LightingInstallation of new LED lights at Spicer Oval$ 400,000
Child Safety Traffic Upgrades at Parkes East SchoolUpgrades to be made to the supporting carpark area for Parkes East School including a new shared pathway$ 250,000
Road, Footpath & Stormwater repair & maintenanceTo undertake works near the International Motel and Rawson Street to address flooding concerns with new drainage put, extend the footpath network for accessibility for all as well as pram ramps to assist with pedestrian safety$ 66,000
CCTV Main Street, Peak HillCCTV units will be installed in the main street, which will be fed back to the Parkes Police Station$ 20,000
Parkes Coventry Room Community Cultural SpaceTo purchase new furniture and carpet to reflect the upgrades made to the Parkes Library & Cultural Centre and enable the hosting of art exhibitions in the space$ 100,000
Wiradjuri Keeping Place and preservation of artefactsCreate a display area as part of the Cultural Centre adjacent to the Parkes Library$ 35,000
CBD Smart InfrastructureTo install banner system across the new smart poles in lower Clarinda Street to use the poles as advertising opportunities for events, our Shire and Elvis$ 30,000
Henry Parkes Centre - Repairs and maintenance to protect collectionsUndertake upgrades to the Henry Parkes Centre's air conditioning system and sealing to protect the collections$ 50,000
Rose Street Footpath UpgradeTo construct 100m of 4m wide shared pathway to mitigate current storm water damage to the walking areas$ 35,000
Cooke Park Improvement ProjectUpgrades to stormwater and drainage in and around Cooke Park as well as irrigation work within the park to ensure the park is accessible to the community$ 80,000

Council are in the process of applying for round two of the program with projects again prioritised by Council based on the community's feedback received during the consultation in 2020.