The Wiradjuri people have lived on the lands of the three rivers, including the Lachlan River, for more than 40,000 years.
The town of Parkes was part of the colonial expansion of the early 19th century, initially founded in 1853 as the settlement Currajong, named for the abundance of kurrajong trees in the local area by the settlers. Still, it was then known as Bushman’s (from the local mine called Bushman’s Lead).
In August 1873, Henry Parkes (later Sir Henry) visited the area, and in December 1873, the town was officially renamed Parkes in his honour. (Sir Henry Parkes is recognised as having played an instrumental role in Australia becoming a unified and federated country.)
Bushman’s Lead Post Office opened on 1 August 1872 and was renamed Parkes in 1873. In March 1883, the first local government, Parkes Municipal District (redesignated as Parkes Municipality March 1906), was proclaimed. In January 1981, it was amalgamated with Goobang Shire to create Parkes Shire.
The railway to Parkes was officially opened on 18 December 1893.
Parkes attracted significant attention during the gold rush of the 1870s onwards, and to this day, modern mining companies have sites in the region.
In 1939, Parkes became a sister city with Coventry in the United Kingdom, Sir Henry Parkes’s birthplace.
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With the presence of the nearby Parkes Observatory, Parkes has had an essential role in the scientific community. In addition to local research conducted at the radio telescope, Parkes scientists have assisted NASA for several missions as a Southern Hemisphere relay and communications station. The Dish movie was loosely based on the telescope’s role during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Although set in Parkes, the Dish was primarily filmed in a historic precinct. This is due to very few historic buildings remaining in Parkes. Parkes is also home to the Parkes Spacemen rugby league club.
The council and other community services provide full support for disabling people and their accommodation in both social and physical environments. However, our focus resulted in more involvement in innovation, society and community.
Agriculture is one of the primary industries in the Parkes region, mainly cropping, sheep farming and cattle farming.
The area also features a copper and gold mine, Northparkes Mine, 27 km north-north-west of the town.
Parkes became a key country location after the railway to Broken Hill in 1927, serving as a hub for many passengers and freight transport until the 1980s. Unfortunately, as successive governments reduced the NSW country rail systems, this part of the economy was primarily lost to the community.
Periodically governments and businesses have raised the topic of an “inland port” whereby Parkes Regional Airport would be expanded considerably to serve as a starting point for domestic and international freight destined for areas in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Environmental studies are complete, development consents are in place, contracts have been exchanged, some properties have changed hands, and investigations are continuing.
With approval from the State Government, Parkes Shire Council has rezoned 516 hectares of agricultural and industrial land on the western edge of the town to develop the Parkes National Logistics Hub with an additional reserve of over 100 hectares. The site has been designed explicitly for a multi-modal transport facility’s 24-hour, 7-day-per-week operation.
FCL runs a significant intermodal operation at Goobang Junction on Parkes’ western outskirts. On 20 October 2006, Premier Morris Iemma opened Specialised Container Transport’s intermodal terminal nearby on a 296-hectare site. It has 5 km of rail sidings, a 7,400 square metre warehouse, and 40 staff. An even larger terminal to be sited nearby is also being promoted.
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