Council was overwhelmed with the response and community contribution to their recent consultation for the Local Road and Community Infrastructure and Resources for Regions grant programs.

The community was invited to share their priorities for identified projects via Council's new online engagement platform, Your Say Parkes.

The project page was viewed over 7,900 times with 1746 registered participants casting 3,665 votes across the identified projects during the voting period which closed on the 31 July 2020.

Council also received useful comments on existing ideas and other valuable contributions for future projects.

There was strong support for a range of projects across our townships from major sporting facility upgrades, to developing a Wiradjuri Keeping place and preserving indigenous artefacts.

Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith OAM said, "These contributions formed part of Council's decision on the selection of which community infrastructure projects would be submitted under the current rounds of funding which total $2.97m."

While there are two separate funding streams available, they both stipulate that the projects must deliver an identified benefit to the community in line with local strategic plans and masterplans.

"When considering the vote results, Council took into consideration those that may have been influenced by vested interest clubs and groups, that is, a project with lower votes but uninfluenced by vested groups may have higher appeal to a broader section of the community."

"Additionally, while community feedback and sentiment was important, it was only one piece of the puzzle. Council also needed to take into consideration the guidelines of the grant, budget, including the lifetime the cost of project and the benefits to the community."

Following the Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 18 August 2020, Council endorsed the final list of projects below to be submitted under the grant programs.

It should be noted that all projects must also be submitted to Government for assessment against the funding criteria. The final approval for any project is not guaranteed and is entirely at the discretion of the auspicing Government.

A list of the other identified projects will be kept and where appropriate, further developed for future grant opportunities.

 

Resources for Regions $1.67M

ProjectProposed Funding
Spicer Oval amenity building and carpark upgrades$1,620,000
Newell Highway Bypass - CBD Linkage Business Case$ 50,000

Local Roads & Community Infrastructure $1.3M

ProjectProposed Funding
Woodward Oval Tennis Court Upgrades$ 175,000
Spicer Oval Lighting$ 400,000
Child Safety Traffic Upgrades at Parkes East School$ 250,000
Road, Footpath & Stormwater repair & maintenance$ 95,000
CCTV Main Street, Peak Hill$ 20,000
Parkes Coventry Room Community Cultural Space$ 100,000
Wiradjuri Keeping Place and preservation of artefacts$ 35,000
CBD Smart Infrastructure (banner raising components)$ 30,000
Doctors Residence Upgrade, Tullamore$ 80,000
Fence at Cemetery, Alectown$ 30,000
Henry Parkes Centre - Repairs and maintenance to protect collections$ 50,000
Rose Street Footpath Upgrade$ 35,000