The Parkes Community is being urged to be extremely vigilant with NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program detecting fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Parkes' sewage treatment plant for a second time.

Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM today said, "This means that there are concerns that there is an active case of COVID-19 in our community. In order to find the source of infection, Western Area Health are encouraging the community to present for testing.

"Thank you to everyone who has turned up to be tested so far but we need to increase our testing rates to help increase the odds of detecting the infection. I would urge anyone who has any symptoms at all no matter how mild to get tested immediately. This includes children who are of particular concern as they present often present with much milder symptoms to adults, so please if you are being tested take your family members along with you".

The testing clinic will be open between 10am - 3pm at the Parkes Showground at this stage until at least Wednesday the 18 August. You don't need an appointment and entry is via the main gate in Victoria Street.

The Mayor went on to say, "To ensure that we comply State-wide lockdown regulations we need to make sure that follow health advice from reliable sources and not commentary on Social Media. Please remain watchful, practice the precautionary measures we know are effective including wearing masks, social distancing, limiting our movement and good personal hygiene and please do not panic-buy. Most importantly make sure that we look out for one another - check on an elderly neighbour, phone a friend who might live alone and please be kind and thank to our essential workers."

To adhere with the Stay-at-Home orders, Council will be closing and restricting access to some facilities. This means that Council's Administration Centre, Library and Visitor Service Centre will be closed to walk in customers during the lockdown period. However, there will be staff available to answer all customer service enquires and help with transactions via phone on 02 6861 2333, email at council@parkes.nsw.gov.au, our social media channels or online at www.my.parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Regarding waste collection, all regular kerbside waste collection will continue as usual. The tip will be closed to the General Public, as no member of the public with a kerbside bin collection service should be visiting a recycling or waste management facility as it is not one of the essential reasons for leaving your home.

Waste collections from health and medical, aged care, hotel, commercial and industrial premises will continue, and commercial waste can continue to be brought to Council’s waste facilities.

For the full list of changes to our facilities, please visit Council's website at www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.