Parkes Shire Council is inviting residents to join the conversation and share what matters most to you about your community of the future.

Every four years as a new Council is elected, Council works with the community to undertake a review the Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan sets the strategic directions for the community over the next 10+ years and the priorities for how the newly elected Council can work towards achieving the vision over their four year term.

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Local Government elections were postponed in 2020 and will now take place on the 4 September 2021.

Ahead of the elections, Council is inviting residents across the Parkes Shire to have their say on Council’s priorities as part of the Community Strategic Plan update.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said that it's an exciting time for the Parkes Shire community. Over the past five years, we have been working towards achieving the community's priorities for 2030 and building the foundation for our future.

"Since 2016, we have delivered $230M in capital expenditure, including $32.7M in road construction and renewal projects, $100M in water infrastructure upgrades and a new recycled water scheme, $8.4M in upgrades to lower Clarinda street and the new Cooke Park Pavillion, $4.7M Airport Terminal Upgrade and Business Park Expansion and a $3M for the expansion of the library and cultural centre, just to name a few.

"We have delivered on the community's priority of Parkes becoming a national logistics hub with unprecedented investment in Parkes Shire by all tiers of Government; from being the first centre of construction for Inland Rail, funding for the Parkes Bypass and the State Government's investment in for the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.

"These developments have bolstered our economy seeing significant economic growth in what has been a challenging time for regional communities amongst drought and COVID-19 has been.

With significant economic growth projected as a result of recent developments and major infrastructure investments in the Parkes Shire, we are at a crucial point in effectively planning for a growing community and making Parkes an attractive place to live, work and prosper.

"Together, let's create a long-term vision that will guide our community into the future," said Cr Keith.

Council will be seeking your input over the next eight weeks during July and August through a range of methods, including community advisory groups, public drop in sessions, community workshops across the Shire and online input through Council’s Your Say Parkes site. To check out the dates, times and to register your attendance, visit the Your Say Parkes website.

Have your say to make sure your voice is heard on the things that matter to you. Help shape our future as a community to ensure that we continue to capitalize on opportunities.

Parkes 2035: Your community, your say, your future.