On Sunday 18 July 2021, NSW Health confirmed that a truck driver delivering to Parkes has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway, with further details to be released, including exposure sites hopefully within the next 24 hours. We will continue working closely with NSW Health and the Western NSW Local Health District and will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

A pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing clinic has been established at the Parkes Showground, and will be in operation:

  • 2pm - 5pm, Sunday 18 July 2021
  • 8am - 4pm, Monday 19 July 2021
  • 8am - 4pm, Tuesday 20 July 2021

Residents displaying symptoms (no matter how mild they are) or have potential contact to the known case you should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell stay in, get tested and isolate
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • Wear a mask in situations in all non-residential settings

For more information, visit the Western NSW Local Health District website.

In response to the most recent NSW Public Health Order and the announcement regarding the truck driver delivering to Parkes who has tested positive for COVID-19, as of tomorrow Monday 19 July 2021, Parkes Shire Council will be implementing precautionary measures guided by our COVID-19 response plan.

Parkes Shire Council Administration Centre

Council's Administration Centre will be closed. Customers will be required to phone or use our online portals to process transactions or enquiries. If you have any questions please call 02 6861 2333 or email us at council@parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Council’s Planning & Environment customer service counter will be closed, however the customer service team will continue to process enquires over the phone 02 6861 2373 and via email plans@parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Parkes Visitor Information Centre & Henry Parkes Centre

The Visitor Information Centre and museums will be closed to the public.  The tourism staff will be available during normal operating hours to answer emails and phone enquiries. To contact the Parkes Visitor Information Centre, phone 02 6862 6000.

Parkes Shire Libraries

Parkes Shire Library branches will be closed to the public. All programs, activities and face-to-face borrowing will be suspended until further notice. The fantastic range of online resources will remain available and can be accessed at any time from the Library section on our website. To contact the Library, phone 02 6861 2309 or email library@parkes.nsw.gov.au.

Parkes Regional Airport

The airport terminal will be closed outside of scheduled flight times. The terminal will open for 45 minutes either side of arrival and departure flights.

Parkes Animal Shelter

Parkes Animal Shelter will be closed to visitors.  The drop-off boxes are still available. Animal release will be by appointment only, phone 02 6861 2373.

Central West Family Daycare

The Central West Family Daycare office will be closed to visitors. Playgroups and home visits have been suspended temporarily. To contact the Central West Family Daycare team, phone 02 6862 3111.


The health and safety of our staff and our community is our top priority and we want to ensure we’re able to continue servicing our community during this period. If you have any questions at all, please give us a call on (02) 6861 2333 or email us at council@parkes.nsw.gov.au.