It’s a great move

When you put it all together, it all adds up.

Located in Central NSW, the Parkes Shire is progressive regional centre that offers a quality lifestyle and robust economy for business development.

The Parkes Region is a great place to live and raise a family with affordable housing and lifestyle properties, diverse employment opportunities, modern health services, quality educational facilities, a strong sporting culture and first class community facilities.  You can download the Relocate Brochure for all you need to know about benefits of relocating the Parkes Region.

The communities' vision for the Parkes Region is - "In 2022 Parkes Shire will be a progressive regional centre, embracing a national logistics hub with vibrant communities, diverse opportunities, learning and healthy lifestyles"

For more details about community facilities, health, education and services, visit Your Community Page. For more information on the Parkes Shire economy visit the Business Relocation section of our website.

Why relocate to Parkes?

It's difficult to single out just one thing that makes Parkes Shire an attractive place to relocate, as it is all the little things that make Parkes add up as a great place to visit, live and invest.

One of the most attractive reasons why families and businesses are relocating to Parkes Shire is its geographical location. Parkes is a thriving Shire centrally located within NSW. Parkes is literally the crossroads of the Nation with the Newell Highway, connecting Brisbane and Melbourne, and the transcontinental railway linking the eastern seaboard to Perth, meeting in Parkes to form a unique logistics opportunity for Australia. Over 80% of the Australian population can be reached by road within 12 hours from Parkes.

This unique characteristic has made Parkes one of the most strategically significant locations in the future of transport and logistics in Australia. This strategic location will be boosted when the Inland Rail  from Melbourne to Sydney is complete.

The strategic location combined with a strong diverse economy, results in a significant Gross Regional Product (GRP) of over $1 billion per year for the Parkes Shire. The economy is underpinned by the key industries of agriculture and mining, but also has a strong transport and logistics industry, retail and public sector.

The Parkes Shire prides itself on welcoming new people; it is a progressive and caring community which also possesses a wonderful sense of fun and inclusiveness. Parkes is a community that is used to welcoming new residents.

People from all over Australia and the world come to work at various organisations such as Northparkes Mines, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), CSIRO radio telescope and various other employers. The Parkes Shire also attracts many people who are looking for a “tree change” and a more affordable lifestyle for their families.

With a median house price of $255,000, Parkes is one of the more affordable locations in New South Wales. When it comes to renting, the Parkes median house rental price per week is $270 which makes renting less expensive than New South Wales' average of $450 per week. You can buy are large 4 bedroom family home on a lifestyle block for under $600,000 and still be close enough to work to go home for lunch!

For information about jobs in Parkes Shire, please explore the employment opportunities page on our website.


Parkes Shire boasts a new state of the art $72.8 million hospital. The hospital can cater for accidents and emergencies, elective surgery as well as obstetrics.

Parkes has three Medical Centers, several dentists, physiotherapists and chiropractors, an imaging and radiography service and a strong community health unit, which includes speech therapists, community nurses, social workers, dieticians and mental health professionals.

Childcare and Education

The Central West Family Day Care scheme provides child care options, along with three other Childcare Centres.

Parkes boasts a large High School, four primary schools plus a Christian school catering from K-12. A bus service also provides Parkes students with access to nearby Red Bend Catholic College (Year 7 - 12), providing parents and students with a range of options for schooling.

The Parkes TAFE College forms part of the TAFE Western NSW institute and offers a range of certificate level courses in business, mining, welding, access and general education, computing and hospitality. There are several Charles Sturt University Campuses located within 1-3 hours drive of Parkes Shire in Bathurst, Wagga, Dubbo & Orange.

For more information on health, education & childcare services visit the Your Community Section.

Sport and Recreation

Sporting facilities to earn the admiration of the most discerning enthusiast are found in Parkes. These include a newly refurbished Aquatic Centre; an 18 hole grass-green golf course, first class football and cricket ovals, 2 synthetic hockey fields of international standard , 15 synthetic tennis courts; squash, basketball and netball complexes; 2 bowling clubs; racecourse and trotting track; aero club; archery and various forms of shooting ranges. For more information visit the Sport & Recreation section of the website.