Relocate to Parkes
Drawcards include a central location, strong economy and infrastructure, thriving industries, culture and great community.
“A progressive regional centre, embracing a national logistics hub with vibrant communities, diverse opportunities, learning and healthy lifestyles.”
A big reason why families and businesses are attracted to relocating to Parkes Shire is its geographical location. Here, at the intersection of the Newell Highway (N-S) connecting Brisbane and Melbourne and the transcontinental railway (E-W) linking the eastern seaboard to Perth, Parkes is ideally positioned 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 importance of its location will be further 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 strong transport and logistics industry, retail and public sectors.
Download the Relocate Brochure or Contact our Economic and Business Development Manager, Anna Wyllie, to discuss the benefits of establishing your business in our Shire.
The NSW State Government has several incentive schemes to encourage businesses and families to relocate to regional NSW.
This includes the Central West Jobs Action Plan (CWJAP) which is administered by the Department of Industry and aims to stimulate job creation by funding regional business investment and infrastructure projects. Key elements of the CWJAP include:
- Jobs for NSW: This fund offers financial assistance to significant regional investment projects.
- Jobs Action Plan: This scheme offers payroll tax rebates of up to $5,000 to businesses, creating new jobs.
- Small Biz Connect: This program provides small businesses with advice and interactive tools.
- Fresh Start Support Scheme: An additional $1,000 to the Jobs Action Plan for a business that employs a worker made redundant from a 'Designated Employer' where 50 or more employees are retrenched.
For more information visit the NSW Department of Industry website.
Parkes Shire has a Regional Airport which was awarded the National Regional Airport of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Regional Express (REX) operates up to three services a day to Sydney which means that you can be in Sydney in under an hour. This makes doing business from Parkes very attractive as it means that you can fly to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane in the morning for a meeting and return home to Parkes on the same day. For bookings visit www.rex.com.au.
Over the past three years Council has undertaken a redevelopment of the Parkes Regional Airport (over $3 million) which has included:
- Installation of new runway lighting including Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) and Runway Threshold Lighting (RTIL).
- Upgraded and extended new airport terminal
- NBN installation at the terminal
- Connection of potable water
- Additional car parking
- Upgrades to the Parkes Aero club
- New entry treatment and widening of entry road
- Finalisation of a master plan
Not only is Parkes strategically placed geographically, but also in terms of telecommunication infrastructure.
The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is expected to start in Parkes and Peak Hill by the end of 2016. Residential areas of Parkes on the south eastern side already have wireless NBN. Council believes that strong reliable telecommunications will increase the opportunity for business, vastly reducing the tyranny of distance and decreasing cost for organisations to relocate to regional centres like Parkes.
The Department of Planning and Environment, in their recent Draft Central West and Orana Regional Plan, described Parkes as a Regional Centre and predicted that Parkes will continue to experience growth and, like other growing regional centres, become more attractive places for people to live and work.
Parkes has a diverse and robust economy. The Shire generated Gross Regional Product (GRP) of more than $1.0 billion in 2010-11, representing annual GRP growth of 2.3%. This exceeded the growth rate of NSW with Gross State Product (GSP) of 2.1% in the same period.
Parkes Shire is in the fortunate position of having a strong economy underpinned by mining and agriculture. Approximately one third of the Shire's GRP is generated from mining and according to the NSW Mineral Council in 2014/15, mining contributed $69.7 million in direct spending on goods, services and wages in the Parkes Shire. Northparkes Mines is the largest mine in the Shire and is a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co. Ltd. (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%). Northparkes Mines is a copper mine that has been operating in Parkes since 1993 and has a mine life beyond 2032. Northparkes Mines embraces technology and in 2015 their E48 Lift 1 block cave mine became the world's most automated underground mine with 100% automated loaders.
To find out more, please visit the CMOC Northparkes Mines website.
The importance of agriculture to regional communities like the Parkes Shire cannot be understated. Agriculture is the third largest employer (after retail trade and health care), within the Parkes Shire employing approximately 700 people or 11.8% of the workforce.
The total value of output from the Parkes Shire has increased from $94 million in 2005/06 to $173 million in 2010/11, an increase of over 83%. (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produce 2010-2011).
Over 35% of businesses in the Parkes Shire are associated with agriculture. This includes machinery and equipment services, agriculture engineering, pest and weed management services, fertiliser and chemical suppliers.
The Parkes Shire is a major producer of lamb and cereals. The largest agricultural commodities produced in the Shire are cereal crops, which accounts for 61% of Parkes Shire’s total agricultural output in value terms.
Parkes Shire Council believes that the Shire offers significant opportunities to value add to the agricultural sector. Opportunities include processing facilities and becoming a service centre for the agricultural sector, for example as a centralised storage and distribution point for fertiliser, chemicals and fuel.
When considering relocating, the needs of your family, or of employees and their families, need to be taken into consideration. Parkes is a community that regularly welcomes new residents. People from all over Australia and the world come to work at various organisations such as CMOC Northparkes Mine, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope and others. The Parkes Shire also attracts many people who are looking for a “tree change” as well as a more affordable and safe lifestyle for their families.
For information about employment, please explore the Shire's Employment Opportunities page.
New 2015 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that more people are calling the Parkes Shire home, with the population increasing from 14,895 people in 2006 to 15,337 in 2015. More information about becoming a resident can be found on our Relocate to Parkes Region page.
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 centres, several dentists, physiotherapists and chiropractors, an imaging and radiography service, several aged care facilities and a strong community health unit, which includes speech therapists, community nurses, social workers, dieticians and mental health professionals.
More information on our Health, Safety & Wellbeing page.
Parkes Shire is proud of its young people and of its education system. Within Parkes there are three pre-schools/ long day care services, a successful Family Day Care Scheme, four primary schools (three public and one Catholic), one high school and a Christian school which goes from kindergarten to year 12. All of the smaller communities in the Shire also boast progressive central schools.
Parkes is well equipped to deal with the educational needs of families who may relocate. The first objective of the Parkes Shire Council Community Strategic Plan is to 'Develop Lifelong Learning Opportunities.'
More information on our Education page.
Council is working hard to find innovative ways to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the people of the Parkes Shire and the wider Central West region. 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.
More information on our Education page.
Parkes Shire has a thriving tourism industry with numerous events throughout the year and a large number of visitors passing along the Newell Highway. Overall, the tourism industry generates more than $58 million to the Parkes economy annually. The primary attractions are The Dish and major annual events including the Elvis Festival and Trundle’s Bush Tucker Day and ABBA Festival as well as major sporting fixtures, car rallies and conventions throughout the Shire. For more information visit Parkes Tourism.
Cultural facilities include the Parkes Little Theatre, Library and Cultural Centre and Henry Parkes Centre. The Henry Parkes Centre incorporates the Parkes Visitor Information Centre and four unique collections including The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Collection.
More information on our Arts & Culture page.
Sporting facilities to earn the admiration of the most discerning enthusiast are to be found in Parkes Shire. These include a solar heated outdoor Olympic swimming pool; an 18 hole grass-green golf course; soccer, rugby league, rugby union and AFL fields; little athletics oval; two synthetic hockey fields; three turf wicket ovals for cricket; 15 synthetic tennis courts; squash, basketball and netball complexes; two bowling clubs; a racecourse and trotting track; aero club; archery, paintball and various forms of shooting ranges.
More information on our Sports & Recreation page.