Recently completed projects for the community
Below is a snapshot of the recent major projects delivered by Council in line with our Future Directions to deliver progress and value to our community.
Parkes Shire Council is proud to have delivered close to $200M worth of infrastructure over five years, endured the worst drought on record and the impacts of COVID-19.
To address recurring water shortages, ageing infrastructure, and to build drought resilience, Council embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime overhaul of its urban water supply and wastewater schemes. As part of this program, Council sought to achieve 100% reuse of wastewater to bolster the town's water security.
Council constructed a water recycling facility adjacent to the new wastewater treatment plant, with a new purple pipeline network to distribute recycled water around the Parkes urban area for irrigation of public spaces. The Advanced Water Recycling Facility was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister in October 2019.
Parkes' future is very exciting despite the trying times of drought and the downturn in the agricultural and retail sector. Parkes is currently experiencing unprecedented investment by three levels of Government.
In July 2018, the NSW Government announced Parkes as the State's first Special Activation Precinct (SAP) and Inland Port, this was a Council lead initiative. The innovative precinct is set to expand the 600ha Hub to 4,800ha, the largest inland logistics HUB in Australia. It will attract a diverse range of industries eager to benefit from Government incentives, streamlined (30 Day) planning pathways, circular economy principles and Parkes unique strategic location at the centre of Australia’s transport network.
Parkes Shire Council is focused more than ever on delivering innovative, sustainable and quality infrastructure and services that will meet our community’s long-term needs and vision.
The 2019-20 operational program featured the implementation of recycled water system and the completion of over 30 major projects totaling over $28 million in capital expenditure. This includes completed road projects valued at over $4.75m such as the 2.2km reconstruction and widening of MR350N the Bogan Way and rehabilitation of MR57, Cardigan Street, Tullamore.
Other community infrastructure projects included:
- $1M drought communities program which saw upgrades to standpipes, sporting facilities and community hall amenities, along with the employment of the Drought Response Officer.
- Tullamore GP Suite Upgrades
- RFS township facility improvements
- Carrington Hotel Refurbishment
- Dog Park at Kelly Reserve
- Airport Re-sealing works
- Peak Hill CBD upgrades
- CCTV network expansion Parkes CBD
- Cemetery upgrades
- Waste Facility upgrades
- Trundle Showground new amenities
- Amenity upgrades at Cheney, Harrision and Woodward ovals
Check out what projects are currently underway this year.