A thriving and diverse region
"Economic development involves the creation of wealth through an increase in business activity, profitable output, investment, employment and income, all of which generate benefits for the community."
The Parkes Shire boasts a strong, diverse economy, with a Gross Regional Product (GRP) of over $1 billion per year. 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.
Parkes Shire Council endeavours to ensure that all communities within the Shire have a thriving local economy. A strong economy means more job opportunities, a vibrant community spirit, a growing population and greater access to education and health care services. It all adds up to a positive lifestyle maintained by essential growth and prosperity.
Growing and diversifying the economic base of the Shire is one of the key strategic objectives outlined in the Parkes Shire Community Strategic Plan. Council has adopted an Economic Development Plan to guide decision making in the areas of supporting existing local businesses, promoting the Parkes Shire, attracting investment and lobbying.
Economic and Business Development Manager
Parkes Shire Council has appointed an Economic and Business Development Manager (EBDM) for the purpose of assisting local businesses in reaching their goals.