Northparkes Community Investment Program

The Northparkes Community Investment Program was first introduced in 2011. Northparkes runs its Community Investment Program twice a year, with $40,000 donated each round. Since its inception, over $650,000 has been invested in the Parkes and Forbes Shires.

Northparkes Managing Director Hubert Lehman said, “To achieve our vision of ‘A century of mining together’, we invest in the future of our community through meaningful partnerships. The Community Investment Program has been one of the successful programs we have used to support the sustainability of the Parkes and Forbes Shires.

“During round one of the Community Investment Program for 2019, we saw a large number of quality applications, which made the task of allocating the funding for the independent committee extremely difficult.”

The successful applicants for round one included:

  • Bedgerabong PA & H Association
  • Bogan Gate Cemetery Trust
  • Central West Lachlan Landcare
  • Condobolin High School Parents and Citizens
  • Eugowra Pony Club
  • Forbes Eisteddfod Inc.
  • Forbes Golfers Association Incorporated
  • Forbes North Public School P&C Association
  • Forbes Rugby Union Club Inc.
  • Forbes Sorting and Penning Inc.
  • Lake Cargelligo Central School
  • Middleton Public School
  • Narromine Junior Gorillas
  • Can Assist Charity Golf Day
  • Oxley Group Country Women’s Association
  • Parkes Boppers Dance Troupe
  • Parkes Paint the town Read
  • Parkes Touch Association
  • Peak Hill Show Society
  • Quota International of Parkes Inc.
  • Trundle Pastoral & Agricultural Association Inc.
  • Tullamore Central School Parents and Citizens Association Inc.
  • Tullamore PA&H Association Inc.

The Community Investment Program has an independent committee, made up of local community members of Parkes and Forbes to review the applications and allocate the available funding. This involves ensuring the applications meet the economic, social, environmental, cultural, recreational and educational needs of the local communities.

Peter and Lorraine Croft are two of the Community Investment Program committee members. Peter was one of the original members and Lorraine joined a few years later. Both Peter and Lorraine have decided to step down from the committee after years of dedication and service.

Peter said, “We would like to thank the Northparkes for their continued investment in rural communities. Many of the projects that have been supported over the years would not have come to fruition without this program.

“We would also like to thank the other committee members who we have worked with over the years. It has been great getting to work with you and we have appreciated your friendship and professionalism.”

Manager – People, Safety and Environment Stacey Kelly said, “It has been a pleasure getting to work with Peter and Lorraine over the years. The value they have added to the committee has been immeasurable. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank both Peter and Lorraine for their years of dedication to the committee.”

Following the announcement of Peter and Lorraine’s resignation, Northparkes are seeking applications for two volunteers to join the Community Investment Program committee. You will be responsible for reviewing applications and allocating the available funding to promote the sustainable development of the Parkes and Forbes Shires.

For more information, please contact Ali Standen on 02 6861 3621 or

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