Parkes Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Parkes, New South Wales.
Parkes Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°08′S 148°10′E / 33.133°S 148.167°E / -33.133; 148.167Coordinates: 33°08′S 148°10′E / 33.133°S 148.167°E / -33.133; 148.167
Population 14,592 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2.44914/km2 (6.3433/sq mi)
Established 1981
Area 5,958 km2 (2,300.4 sq mi)
Mayor Ken Keith (Unaligned)
Council seat Parkes[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare
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Website Parkes Shire
LGAs around Parkes Shire:
Lachlan Narromine Western Plains
Lachlan Parkes Shire Cabonne
Lachlan Forbes Cabonne

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.

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.


Current composition and election method[edit]

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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ken Keith Unaligned Mayor[4]
  Michael Greenwood Unaligned
  Belinda McCorkell Unaligned
  Louise O'Leary Independent
  Kenny McGrath Unaligned
  George Pratt Unaligned
  Barbara Newton Unaligned
  Alan Ward Unaligned Deputy Mayor[4]
  Pat Smith Unaligned
  Bob Haddin Unaligned


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Parkes Shire (A)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Parkes Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Parkes Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "In charge for next four years". Parkes Champion Post. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

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