Parkes Shire Council's Draft Middleton Master Plan is currently on public exhibition. This document will guide the future development of Middleton to ensure that this new residential release area not only supports population growth but integrates with the existing residential area of Middleton and enhances the liveability of the Middleton community.

It will also set out a plan to provide a high quality, sustainable, accessible, and coordinated delivery of public infrastructure.

Earlier this year, Council invited the Parkes community to share their ideas to assist with the development of a Master Plan for the Middleton area in Parkes.

As part of this consultation, a total of 46 surveys were completed and 163 visitors used the 'Map It Tool' during the exhibition phase, with multiple areas in the Middleton area being highlighted with a pin and commentary.

Following this consultation, all feedback was collated to develop the draft Middleton Masterplan. Council is now seeking further feedback from the community to ensure they have captured the feedback received correctly, before presenting it to Council later in the year for consideration for adoption.

Council's Director Planning & Community Services Brendan Hayes said, "The feedback we received from the community, will not only enable us to put a plan in place for infrastructure and services that can support the Middleton residential release areas, but to also enhance liveability for the existing Middleton residential area.

"There is so much potential for the Middleton area and this is reflective in the feedback we received from the community," said Mr Hayes.

The master plan focuses on areas of development, including recreational and open spaces, sewage and water infrastructure, roads and walkways, vegetation, hazards, access to public facilities and commercial usage. It is important that infrastructure is developed in a coordinated and efficient manner.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith said, "We are encouraging our community to review the draft Middleton Masterplan and provide any further feedback you may have.

"You can do so by visiting Council's YourSay Parkes engagement platform or alternatively, you can submit your comments in writing via email to council@parkes.nsw.gov.au or by mail to: The General Manager, Parkes Shire Council, PO Box 337, Parkes NSW 2870," added the Mayor.

Feedback closes Friday 7 October 2022.