The NSW Government recently announced a $200 million recovery package for regional NSW that will create new jobs and support community events and festivals to boost tourism and help rural communities reconnect.

As part of this program, Parkes Shire Council has been allocated $239,651 to support existing and new events across the Parkes Shire. As part of the program, Council is required to submit an application identifying key priority events for the Shire to receive funding.

To help identify the priority projects to include in the funding application, Council recently called for Expressions of Interest from community and sporting event organisers in the Parkes Shire for eligible existing events or new events.

The following events have been shortlisted and will be included in Council's funding application to the NSW Government:

EventLocationCommunity GroupAmount
Spring Fling Arts Festival and WorkshopsParkes / Shire-wideParkes Community Arts Inc$17,000
Parkes Annual Swap Meet and Central West Charity Show & ShineParkesParkes Antique Motor Club and the Central West Car Club$17,000
Rugby 7's TournamentParkesParkes Rugby Union Club$16,000
Trundle Back in Time Vintage Tractor Pull & Machinery RallyTrundleTrundle P&A Society$17,000
Back to Peak HillPeak HillPeak Hill Carrington Committee$17,000
Bogan Gate 125 Year CelebrationsBogan GateRailway Arts and Crafts Shop Committee$14,657
Peak Arts Connect - WorkshopPeak HillPeak Hill Leisure Centre$3,000


Council's Director Customer, Corporate Services and Economy, Cian Middleton said that the remaining funding will be put towards Council-led music and entertainment events, and towards employing an Events Officer, to support the successful community and sporting groups in the delivery of their event.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "This announcement is great news for our community and will play a small role in continuing to bring our community back together, post the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were overwhelmed with the response and community contribution. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an Expression of Interest to assist Council in making a decision on the projects to be submitted.