The former Health Education Centre within the old Parkes Hospital precinct has been transformed into a space for the whole community to enjoy.

The new Parkes Community Centre on Rose Street, co-funded by Council and the NSW Government under the Strong Country Communities Fund, was officially opened by the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. John Barilaro MP during his visit to Parkes.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said Stronger Country Communities projects are popping up all over the state, each helping to make regional towns and cities even better places to live, work and play.

“I congratulate everyone who had a hand in delivering this project to the community, especially the Parkes Shire Council.

“Together we are making sure regional NSW has everything that makes a difference to a community, from improved local sporting fields and playgrounds through to funding for art galleries and libraries.”

When the hospital was decommissioned in 2016, Council resolved to save two of the buildings within the precinct from demolition to repurpose them for the community.

As part of the refurbishment of the Community Centre, the building received a kitchen upgrade, new flooring, internal doors, unisex bathroom with disabled access, replaced light fittings, upgraded air conditioning unit, upgraded wiring, painting, disabled support infrastructure and installation of new smartboard, as well as the construction of an ancillary carpark and landscaping.

Parkes Shire Councillor Pat Smith thanked the NSW Government for its investment in our community infrastructure.

"With the current Community Centre in Cooke park scheduled for demolition to make way for a new Multipurpose Centre, this new Community Centre will provide a space for those local groups and organisations to relocate."

"The modern, functional meetings space will be ideal for use by a wide range of community organisations and outreach services for the Parkes Shire," said Cr Smith.