Parkes, is a small town located near the centre of the the Australian
state of New South Wales
. Parkes is not a particularly large town, but it is host to a large CSIRO
, and features both gold
mining and farming
Parkes is the subject of a film called The Dish
, about this small town's role in the Apollo XI
Moon Landing. Because the US needed contact with the moon, and because the earth turns, Parkes was of tremendous strategic importance at that time.