Parkes ShireCommunity profile

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Parkes - Rural

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Parkes - Rural is 1,651, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Parkes - Rural is bounded by the locality of Alectown and Telescope Road in the north, the Cabonne Council area in the east, Forbes Shire in the south, the localities of Nelungaloo, Gunningbland, Cooks Myalls and Goonumbla in the west, and the urban part of the locality of Parkes in the centre.

Name origin

Parkes is named after Sir Henry Parkes, Prime Minister of New South Wales in 1873 when the township was named.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1860s, with growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s spurred by gold mining. Expansion took place from the post-war years. The population declined slightly during the 1990s as the average number of persons living in each dwelling declined, and then increased between 2001 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Parkes - Rural is a predominantly rural area, with some industrial land use north of the Parkes township, and a village at Cookamidgera. Land is used largely for agriculture, particularly sheep grazing and wheat and barley growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Goobang National Park, Parkes Golf Club, CSIRO Parkes Observatory (The Dish), Parkes Airport, Parkes National Logistics Hub, Cookamidgera Park and Lake Endeavour.

Included areas

Parkes - Rural encompasses the locality of Tichborne, the Parkes Shire parts of the localities of Cookamidgera, Daroobalgie and Mandagery, and the non-urban part of the locality of Parkes.