On Tuesday 20 April 2021, Council endorsed the draft 2021/22 Operational Plan & Budget for public exhibition and Council is now inviting the community to provide feedback on the draft plan.
Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "as a result of the pandemic, Local Government elections were postponed in 2020 and will now take place on the 4 September 2021. This impacted Council's Integrated Planning Cycle, which means that the existing Councillors remained in office for an additional year, an interim operational plan and budget will be developed for the 2021/22 year and the newly elected Council will serve for a reduced term of three years."
The 2021/22 Operational Plan details how we will continue with outstanding priorities of the 2016/17-2020/21 Delivery Program under the six key themes, those being Transport, Environment, Community, Activity, H20 and Economy.
During the interim year, Council will deliver $54.8M in capital expenditure subject to securing various grants. This includes investing $27M in water security projects to protect our water supply now and into the future. This project is a priority for Council to help us grow as a region and support more people, jobs and houses in the Shire.
In addition to the water security projects, Council will also deliver several other capital works projects, including the investment of $6.8M to upgrade seven sections of the Bogan Way between Forbes and Tullamore, which is Parkes' north-south freight link, $1.6M for the Spicer Oval Amenities Project, $2M in road upgrades to Currajong Street in Parkes and $720K for the Trundle Recreational Facility upgrades
To have you say, visit Council's website to review the Draft 2021/22 Operational Plan & Budget and share any comments you have via Council's engagement platform www.yoursay.parkes.nsw.gov.au
Alternatively, you can view hard copies of the documents at Council's Administration Centre or Libraries and submit your comments in writing via email to email@example.com or by mail to: The General Manager, Parkes Shire Council, PO Box 337, Parkes NSW 2870.
"As we continue to strive to achieve the community's vision in becoming a progressive and smart regional community embracing a national logistics hub with vibrant, health communities, we acknowledge what has been achieved during this current term of Council including unprecedented investment from all levels of government and the private sector for major developments including the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail, construction of a $50M manufacturing facility, new solar farms, progression of the $180M Parkes Bypass and the announcement of $185M for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct."
"As we look forward to a newly elected Council in September, we will be engaging and consulting with our community to review the aspirations and priorities of the Parkes Shire Community Strategic Plan to ensure we prioritise the projects and programs that will leverage these developments and ensure our townships continue to grow and thrive into the future."
Further dates and information will be provided to the community as details are confirmed for engagement events. To keep up to date, register your details via the Your Say Parkes website www.yoursay.parkes.nsw.gov.au or follow us Facebook.