NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Sam Farraway MLC visit Parkes on Tuesday 12 January to announce $1.6 million in funding for the redevelopment of Spicer Oval.

Parkes Shire Council's Director of Works and Services Ben Howard said, "The project will include a modern amenities block, a clubhouse and canteen with additional function capabilities, plus a viewing platform to service year-round participation of a range of different sports.

"It will also provide the Parkes Boars Rugby Union Football Club with a dedicated rugby union facility and will accommodate junior, senior and women's rugby matches, as well as cricket matches of all grades and ages, bringing more opportunities to the region.

The proposed new amenities will also include the necessary four change rooms to ensure the new development will be compliant to host women's sporting matches, which is becoming increasingly popular across the region. Although women have traditionally had lower rates of sporting participation than men, this gap is beginning to close.

Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "With vastly improved facilities and the hosting of large events, Parkes will be able to support current sporting activities and attract new events, players, coaches and volunteers. These events bring enormous economic and social benefits and support resilient, liveable and strong communities.

"Sport plays an extremely important role in the fabric of the Parkes Shire community and greater region. This project at Spicer Oval will also support Parkes’ economic transformation, growth and diversification. Through the provision of a modern, fit-for-purpose sporting precinct offering a broader range of amenities, services and facilities."

This project has been funded under the NSW Government's Resources for Regions program.