Parkes Shire Council has been fortunate to have 25 projects funded under phase one and two of the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The projects selected for the Parkes Shire followed engagement with the community on their priorities and then those projects which aligned with this program, were put forward for funding, under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the program.

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the funding boost will help communities across Australia accelerate priority projects to get people into jobs and stimulate our economy.

“We know how important our support is to communities which have faced the combined effects of drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, which is why we are backing projects to create employment and business opportunities in Parkes Shire as well as making our roads and communities safer," said Mr McCormack.

Council was fortunate to be granted $1,337,613 under Phase 1 and a further $1,281,760 for Phase 2 of the program. More than 14 projects have been completed to date with a further 11 expected to be delivered before June 2022.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said the projects funded under the Program will improve the quality of life of Parkes Shire residents and have lasting economic and social benefits for the local community.

"This funding has helped our community and has played a role in helping our community recover from the devastating economic impacts of three years of drought, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic," said the Mayor.

Projects completed across the Parkes Shire include:

  • First stage of the resurfacing of the Parke tennis Courts to see six courts resurfaced
  • Stormwater drainage improvement tot stop flooding across the tennis courts
  • New LED lighting for Spicer Oval
  • Pedestrian improvements and carparking for Parkes East Public School
  • The first stage of CCTV for the CBD of Peak Hill
  • Footpath improvements in Rose Street
  • CBD smart infrastructure banners for Clarinda Street
  • Upgrades at Alectown Cemetery to include a new entrance, bench seating and new columbarium wall
  • Improvements to Cooke Park to support new work undertaken in the CBD
  • Upgrades to the Peak Hill tennis and basketball courts
  • Furniture and IT for the new Cooke Park Pavilion
  • New goal post at Jock Colley Field
  • Completion of drainage project at Cheney Oval

Projects in delivery across the Parkes Shire include:

  • Footpath upgrades and repairs across Parkes
  • Coventry Room upgrades to host cultural events
  • Wiradjuri Exhibition project located in the Library precinct
  • Carparking improvements at Harrison Oval for soccer and cricket
  • New cricket nets at Berryman Oval in Trundle
  • BBQ shelter at Northparkes Oval
  • Disabled access connection pathways for McGlynn sporting facility
  • Upgrades to park at Bogan Gate
  • Additional active movement pathways in Parkes
  • Stormwater remediation works in Reid Street Parkes
  • New detention basin at Crocker Oval to prevent flooding in storm events.