On Tuesday 20 April 2021, Parkes Shire 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.

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 achieve the 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. 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 your say, please review the Draft 2021/22 Operational Plan & Budget and share any comments you have via Council's Your Say Parkes engagement platform.

Alternatively, comments can be forwarded via email to council@parkes.nsw.gov.au or via mail to the General Manager, Parkes Shire Council, 2 Cecile Street, Parkes NSW 2870.

The public exhibition period will conclude close of business Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 12pm.