Parkes Shire

Parkes Shire is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Broken Hill railway line and the Newell Highway.

Parkes Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°08′S 148°10′E
 • Density2.45183/km2 (6.3502/sq mi)
Area5,958 km2 (2,300.4 sq mi)
MayorKen Keith (Unaligned)
Council seatParkes[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Orange
Federal Division(s)Calare
WebsiteParkes Shire
LGAs around Parkes Shire:
Lachlan Narromine Dubbo Regional
Lachlan Parkes Shire Cabonne
Lachlan Forbes Cabonne

The area under administration includes the town of Parkes and the surrounding region of 5,919 square kilometres (2,285 sq mi), with a population of approximately 14,592 as of 2011. The Shire includes the towns of Peak Hill, Alectown, Bogan Gate, Trundle and Tullamore.

The Mayor of Parkes Shire Council is Cr. Ken Keith, who is unaligned with any political party.

Heritage listings

Parkes has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Current composition and election method

Parkes Shire Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[6]

  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[6]

  Ken Keith OAM Unaligned Mayor[7]
  Louise O'Leary Independent
  Neil Westcott Independent
  Kenny McGrath Independent
  Wally Biles Unaligned
  Barbara Newton Unaligned Deputy Mayor[7]
  George Pratt Unaligned
  Bill Jayet Unaligned
  Alan Ward Unaligned
  Patricia Smith Unaligned


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Parkes (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. "Parkes Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  4. "Parkes Post Office". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00717. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. "Parkes Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01220. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. "Parkes Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  7. "Councillors". Parkes Shire Council. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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