Parkes Shire Council Secures $943,000 for Wetlands Project

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Parkes Shire Council welcomes $943,000 in funding under the Federal Government Growing Regions Program which will deliver new community infrastructure at the Parkes Wetlands.

This funding will see the installation of a boardwalk and viewing platforms at the wetlands and the construction of two all-abilities access bird hides, as well as habitat creation, revegetation, interpretive signage, and public art. The funding enables delivery of the next stage of Council’s larger wetlands restoration project, following completion of earthworks and revegetation activities last year, and the construction of a shared walking track around the wetlands this year.

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack announced the funding last week, visiting the wetlands site to gain a first-hand appreciation of the project.

“I’m really looking forward to the boardwalks and bird hides, elevating the Parkes Wetlands project to support habitat creation and promote tourism,” Mr McCormack said.

The wetlands are situated on the site of Parkes’ old sewerage treatment ponds, which were converted into wetlands in 2023, thanks in part to funding secured through the NSW Environmental Trust.

“I’m always interested to see innovative uses of defunct facilities, particularly when land can be reclaimed for environmental purposes that benefit the whole community as well as ecological diversity,” Mr McCormack said.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Neil Westcott has described the announcement as “wonderful news.”

“Residents and tourists alike will benefit from this project, with the transformation of this site into an educational, cultural, and recreational space. This will provide an accessible outdoor experience for all and a unique opportunity for tourists seeking ecotourism experiences, particularly birdwatching,” Mayor Westcott said.

“This project is not only an economic win for Parkes but may facilitate regional collaboration and further investment in nature-based tourism across the Central West,” he added.

Minister of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Local Government, Catherine King, said: “The Albanese Government is committed to investing in regional Australia to create jobs, build opportunity and unlock economic growth and productivity – ensuring that our regions remain great places to live, work and play.”

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