There is nothing more valuable than the environment we live in.
Parkes Shire Council undertakes a number of projects and initiatives that aim to reduce our impact on the environment and improve local parks, gardens and reserves for the community to enjoy.
This project has transformed a degraded stormwater channel into an ecologically complex wetland treatment system.
It showcases the innovative leadership of Parkes Shire Council in creating an area of rich wildlife habitat from a storm water drain.
This project incorporated strong volunteer engagement and partnerships developed with the schools, Northparkes Mine volunteers and Landcare which has effectively encouraged local community stewardship of the project in the process.
The project attracted grant funding to a total of $118,000 from State Government agencies. It was completed in June 2016.
Parkes Shire Council continues its partnership with the City of Canada Bay to deliver project outcomes through a combined Carbon Reduction Project. Most recently, the installation of 10kW PV solar systems at both Trundle and Tullamore Village Pools was completed.
These systems have been generating on average 50kWh of energy per day since installation. This amount has almost netted the daily operational energy usage for each site which includes the filtration, pumping and chemical dosing equipment as well as general usage for lighting and the kiosk.
The major focus of the project was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon management projects using shared resources and skills.
The long-term goal is to enable greenhouse gas reduction through renewable energy projects, facilitate carbon sequestration through tree planting activities and ultimately to increase Parkes Shire Council’s capacity to effectively implement principles of environmental sustainability in all future projects.
A significant tree planting project is being undertaken to begin revegetation activities coinciding with the construction of Council’s new Water and Sewage Treatment Plants in Parkes.
More than 800 trees and shrubs were planted over 1.5ha around the location of the new Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant, with another 3ha planned to be revegetated before the commissioning of the new plant.
This will see previously farmed land transformed into an ecological woodland complex offering wildlife connectivity and habitat for a range of local native flora and fauna.
Revegetation activities on site began with National Tree Day in July 2015 with over 50 volunteers planting over 400 trees and shrubs in two hours.
Plantings continued through volunteer activity days undertaken by Currajong Disability Services, Parkes Christian School, Parkes High School and the local Parkes Scouts group.
Revegetation will also take place around the location of the new Parkes Water Treatment Plant.
Parkes Shire Council has recently acquired a drone to photograph major projects across the Shire, playing a significant role in weed detection and management. Property inspection times will be significantly reduced, allowing for better efficiencies as well as allowing improved engagement with local landholders.
In 1997 Council approved and adopted Parkes Shire Council's Roadside Management Plan. The Plan was based on the 1995/96 assessment of remnant vegetation existing on Shire roadsides.
The assessment categorised the roadsides into high, medium or low values depending on the quality of remnant vegetation existing on the roadside. The location of rare, endangered or uncommon species was also identified. This information was transferred to a Shire map and included in the Plan.
Roadside Management policies were formulated, taking into account the information provided by the roadside vegetation assessment. One of the major aims of the Plan was to conserve and properly manage the valuable remnant vegetation still existing on Shire roadsides.
For further information regarding the Roadside Management Plan can be obtained by contacting Council's Environmental Officer on (02) 6861 2343.