Parkes will welcome hundreds of players, coaching staff, umpires and spectators from all across the State, for the annual Kookaburra 8's Carnival at McGlynn Sporting Complex this weekend.

This is the third time that Parkes has hosted the competition for players aged under 11, which consists of a fast, fun and more flexible format of hockey with 8 players on each team.

Chair of the Sporting Facilities Development Committee, Cr Louise O'Leary said "we are delighted to welcome the Kookaburra 8's back to Parkes, as these types of sporting events have huge economic benefits for the region."

"With players, coaching staff, umpires and spectators converging on the town for the two day carnival, the provision of accommodation, catering and dining, as well as other essential services means that hundreds of thousands of dollars are injected into the local economy."

The weekend commences with a coaching session, a one-hour skills session for players, followed by two days of Round Robin competition playing a half-field, modified format of the game.

An umpire development program will also take place over the two days.
The carnival is designed for first timers as well as more experienced players looking to have fun with friends and prepare for the season ahead.

In 2016, Parkes Shire Council, the NSW Government and Parkes Hockey Inc partnered to fund the construction of a second hockey turf, with the overall cost of the project totalling over $1.5 million.

"Having established McGlynn Park as a premier sporting precinct, Parkes has certainly seen a return on investment as we continue attract large sporting competitions and events to town year after year," Cr O'Leary added.

The carnival runs this Saturday 27 April from 12.30pm until 5.30pm, and Sunday 28 April from 9am until 2pm.