CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) and Parkes Shire Council have announced the successful applicants from the latest round of their Sports Grants Program.

There was a total of $28,680 distributed to a range of different sports programs across the Parkes Shire. This funding was a part of a joint funding agreement between Northparkes and Parkes Shire Council who will distribute $180k in sports related funding over the three-year program.

Parkes Sports Council Chairperson, Alan Gersbach said “we are delighted that a great range of projects had been put forward for selection, which unfortunately meant that not all the groups who applied received a piece of the funding pie.”

This round, which closed in September 2020, included a grant to the victorious Parkes Rugby Club for a new scrum machine. The Boars took out the rugby New Holland Cup title at Mudgee this year and will use the new scrum machine to hone their scrummaging techniques before defending their title next year. Other projects receiving grants included:

Organisation Name


 Grant Amount

Parkes and District Kennel ClubUpgrade lighting at the kennel club grounds by replacing the existing flood lights with new LED light fittings2,500.00
Parkes Hockey IncPurchase a Bola hockey ball machine for our upcoming goalkeepers and also individual training sessions2,000.00
Parkes Bowling and Sports ClubPurchase retractable screens for our outdoor seating at each end of the bowling rinks1,000.00
Parkes and District Soccer AssociationSupply and installation of Public Address equipment to the Harrison Park sporting fields in Parkes2,632.00
Parkes and District Cricket AssociationPurchase of helmets for  use by players in compliance with COVID-19 hygiene requirements1,235.00
PCYC ParkesPurchase space savers and coacher’s helpers for our uneven and single bars to improve safety of gymnists and increase usable space to allow more kids to take part1,350.00
Parkes Rugby Union Football ClubPurchase of a new scrum machine8,000.00
Trundle Progress AssociationPurchase of new strapping tables ($4028) and contribution towards the changeroom upgrade project4,028.00
Parkes Early Childcare CentreAcquire 6 bikes and 6 helmets to enhance children's gross motor development, spatial awareness and balance400.00
Parkes School of DanceProvision of an Air Track and Cylinder would enable students in our Acro Dance and Contemporary classes to learn new skills and techniques in a safe manner, whilst reducing the physical input of the teacher1,235.00
Parkes Tennis Club IncPurchase and erect 3 commercial shade umbrellas to provide shade3,000.00


Cr Bill Jayet thanked Northparkes for its continuing support of not only this program but also the many other community programs throughout Parkes and Forbes.

“Thank you to all the community groups who applied for this round of sporting grants, we strongly encourage those groups who missed out this time to apply again, if you would like assistance with your application please make use of the resources of the Parkes Shire Grants Team,” Cr Jayet said.

Northparkes Managing Director, Hubert Lehman said, “At Northparkes, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our people, as well as the community in which we live and work. We have proudly supported the Sports Grants Program in association with Parkes Shire Council for seven years now. Northparkes recognises how vital sport is to our local community; supporting the Sports Grants Program is one way we can contribute to some of the teams and clubs which do such a great job helping to keep Parkes Shire healthy and happy," he said.

In total $28,680 in grants were distributed this round. The next round will open in March 2021.