PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES
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Parkes is the very essence of the Central West of NSW. Almost one of NSW’s best kept secrets – except for the “Dish”, which is very topical this year…… not to mention the annual Elvis festival, which brings thousands to Parkes, every January.
But, more than these great attractions, Parkes has a huge future just around the corner. It is a vibrant centre that is set to BOOM!
Over the next ten years:
- All stages of the National Inland Rail Project will be fully operational (completion due 2025) – over 2,800 new jobs/ families are expected to be situated in and around Parkes.
- the completion of the rail project will see the fruition of Parkes as a National Transport Hub –
- Freight moving from Brisbane to Melbourne in under 24 hours
- Freight moving from Sydney to Perth & Adelaide in under 48 hours
- Double Stack Rail – first centre from Sydney where rail can be double stacked
- Road Trains – first centre west of Sydney to access road trains
- Major Ports – access to every major mainland port
- 80% overnight – reaching 80% of Australia’s population in 12 hours
- 600 hectares fully zoned – fully buffered with no urban encroachment
- 24/7 Access – the major rail hub where everything connects
- Crossroads – faster freight times from the centre of Australia’s transport network
- Lower Cost – fully serviced industrial land, warehousing and wages at a fraction of metro prices
- As we write, there are more exciting announcements in the wind watch this space
Other Benefits of Parkes
- Sydney only 45 minutes by air with multiple return flights each day
- A proposed freight airport to the west of Parkes will see air freighters taking the cargo to all parts of Australia and Asia. Truly exciting times!..
- Ancilliary service industries that will see many thousands of jobs in the region – fast food outlets, motels, service stations, , accountants, lawyers, medical facilities and all the other small to medium enterprises that accompany expansion;
- Northparkes mine is planning another expansion that will see it extend its present life for another 65 workable years.
- The planned Newell Highway by-pass will see fewer heavy vehicles and road trains passing through the CBD, allowing for Parkes Shire Council to carry out more beautification and urban development works;
- The new Parkes Hospital is modern and up to date and capable of further expansion
- The town centre offers all the municipal and government services offered in larger cities, great shopping, first rate schools, and an excellent public library amongst other amenities;
- The farming community is well served by engineering facilities, rural merchants and equipment dealerships.
- The National Inland Rail Project
- Inland Rail is a once in a generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, transforming the way that freight is moved around the country.
- It will complete the “spine” of the National Rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
- This new 1,700 km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. It will connect farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets and will support Australia’s four richest farming regions by providing supply chain benefits and substantial costs savings for producers.
- In the Parkes to Narromine sector, 98.4 km of existing track is being upgraded and 5.3 km of new track is being built. The existing rail corridor and track is being completely rebuilt to improve transit times.
- The work involves removing old rail track, sleepers and ballast, where track already exists, as well as building new railway embankments and culverts, and installing new concrete sleepers and rail.
- In addition, work is being done on upgrading level crossings, signals and signage and installing new fencing along the rail corridor where existing fences are in poor condition. No tunnels, no overpasses, so that means uninterrupted movement all the way from start, at the Brisbane Port to finish, at the Melbourne railhead, and the same for Sydney to Perth and Sydney to Adelaide and onward to Darwin.
- When completed in 2025, Parkes will be the hub for all North-South freight rail traffic from Brisbane to Melbourne and will also service the Sydney to Perth and Sydney to Adelaide freight lines.
- Double stacked trains will be able to move from Brisbane to Parkes and be transhipped from there. Within 10 years, it is anticipated that double stacked trains will travel all the way from Brisbane to Melbourne, and over that period, the length of those trains will increase from 1,800 metres to 3,600 metres and that this will have the effect of removing most of the B-Double trucks from the Newell and other major highways, thus increasing passenger safety and easing road travel for tourism and general movement of cars on those highways.
- It is anticipated that new air freight corridors will be established as a result of this new hub and that this will be responsible for many new ancilliary industries being introduced to Parkes.
- Parkes Shire Council is anticipating an influx or up to 2,800 new jobs/ families being introduced and this, in itself will create a new housing demand.
- Expansion will result in extra vital services to Parkes, that will, in turn, service a growing retirement sector.
“Australia’s recently signed a number of Free Trade Agreements with countries around the world. To be able to take advantage of those free trade agreements we need to have an efficient domestically based logistic system ……for the first time we’ll have a backbone for a national rail freight network that goes North to South .. currently trains that are travelling north to south need to go through Sydney which inevitably leads to delays ..”
Michael Kilgarif, MD, Australian Logistics Council
“Now with the expansion of Asian markets where there’s massive growth, the opportunities are just immense because we can actually send our freight to whichever port we want, for the specific market at the cheapest price..”
Wayne Dunford, Economics and Farming Business, National Farmers Federation
100 hectare Industrial Estate – Parkes Industrial Estate is strategically situated on the southern side of town just off the Newell Highway and is a perfect place for companies to extend or establish themselves
Airport Business Park – Council has recently spent over $6 million on this facility to underpin future growth and development. Opportunities now exist for expansion of a 70 lot sub-division for an Airport Business Park, timed to take perfect advantage of the linking of the rail freight hub with the inland air corridor from Melbourne to Canberra, the new Toowoomba facility and the Asia-Pacific region and Sydney
Ongoing & Future Projects
- Water Recycling Scheme - $21M
- New Fire Station - $2M
- CBD Upgrades - $4.5m
- Library Expansion - $2.6m
- Parkes to Narromine Rail - $300m
- Pacific National Development - $35m
- NBN Rollout in progress
- Syerston Mine Development - $1 billion
- Airport Business Park - $3m
- Outdoor Stage & Multipurpose Centre - $2.5m
2020 – 2030
- Heated Swimming Pool
- Civic Precinct Development including convention centre and art gallery
Parkes Elvis Festival – attracts over 20,000 people from across Australia and around the world and has become an iconic event on the national calendar.
Trundle ABBA Festival – Dancing Queens and tribute Bands unite for this fun festival every May.
Tullamore Irish Festival – a feast of Irish music, dancing and fun in Tullamore around Easter each year.
Trundle Bush Tucker Day – dishing up a day of fun with bush cooking competitions, billy boiling sprint, free bush tucker tasting and live bush bands
Sport & Recreation
With many parks and recreational facilities, from a solar heated outdoor Olympic swimming pool, racetrack and an 18 hole golf course, to Rugby ovals, tennis courts, greens, pitches and ranges, Parkes has sport well and truly covered.
Seniors can also enjoy walking and cycling on improved footpath and cycle ways, skating, picnics, barbecues, birdwatching, kayaking and fishing.
Art and Culture
Parkes boasts a vibrant program of festivals, theatre, music, drama, literacy and art with cultural facilities including the Parkes Little Theatre, the Henry Parkes Centre, Library and Cultural Centre, and of course, the iconic CSIRO Parkes Radio telescope .. “The Dish”
A wide range of stores including all the large chains
Other Local Attractions
- 1 hour to Western Plains Taronga Zoo
- Gold mining
Parkes - A Boon for Retirees
A vibrant town brings a vibrant housing market and, IMPORTANTLY, a vibrant retirement market.
A regional centre that is alive, will bring retirees from the surrounding areas and further afield, to enjoy the rich lifestyle that Parkes has to offer.
Not all retirees want to uplift and move too far away from the roots that they have put down, and in farming communities, those roots are the incredibly strong bonds of family and property and many of those retirees will choose to live near where they spent their lives, where their families are and their family’s families, and where there is first-class health and social care.
Retiree Facilities in Parkes
Parkes has everything to offer that a vibrant community has and that retirees want – golf, tennis, bowls, community centres, great medical facilities, community centres, a wonderful public library, a very laid back CBD with great restaurants, cafes, hotels, shopping and everything you would expect find in many larger centres.
A day’s shopping in Parkes can be a very pleasant experience, with all the comforts of larger towns and cities and the welcoming eateries and places to relax.
All religious denominations are well catered for, and all sporting appetites. Many great community and sporting clubs and plenty for retirees to get their teeth into, while enjoying the very relaxed pace of life that beautiful country towns such as Parkes can offer.
A great new hospital and all government agencies easily accessible.
All the features and benefits of a big city in a regional centre. It doesn’t get much better than that! Not to mention the temperate climate and the perennial blue sky.
We do not represent that anything we say here is entirely accurate and, as always, you will need to make your own enquiries and do your own due diligence in choosing whether to express your interest in this fine offering.
Nevertheless, we, and our principals have spent many hundreds of hours on this and we believe that we are presenting you with all the available material on which to base an informed decision.
We have approached you, particularly, because you are one of the leading players in the Retirement and Aged Care Market.