Why the Orana
There is more than $7.9 billion in major projects being developed in the region over the next 5 years. This significant level of activity clearly shows confidence in the viability of regional and rural NSW.
Cost of land
In parts of the Orana region you office space can cost as little as $155,000 as vast difference to Strata office values in the Sydney CBD which are soaring to record highs, with the average sale price tipping past $1.5 million last year.
Proximity of raw materials
The region is strategically positioned, with Dubbo as a major transport hub at the intersection of major road, rail and air transport routes. We also have easy transport links to air and sea ports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle making it easy to do business with the rest of the world, an opportunity already taken up by a number of the region’s larger businesses. Fletchers International Exports, for example exports meat products to over 90 countries worldwide.
The region has a diverse industry base, rich history and geographic uniqueness, as well as many beautiful natural assets. It is rich in resources, with a highly productive agricultural sector providing food, wine and fibre to global markets. From black opals to fine red wines, renewable energy and tourism opportunities, the possibilities are endless.
Lower cost of land, lower rental prices, instant connectivity and shorter commute time, has already led to reduced overheads for many businesses in the Orana region, much more favourable when compared with a metropolitan centre.
Culture of support
Our communities provide the perfect combination of relaxed country living, coupled with exciting new opportunities and attractions. The region participates in the Sister City program in order to build international goodwill further partnerships for global social and economic development.
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We’re a smart and skilled region: a region of strong leadership, an innovative and productive food bowl with high quality produce and good access to market; a resource rich area; a great place to live and do business and a region of opportunity.
Land of opportunities
While the region is already well connected, infrastructure is still a major opportunity for investment. There are a number of freight corridors ready for investment and a high level of activity and upgrades currently occurring. For example, Mudgee the regions fastest growing centre, is making significant investment in infrastructure, with the recent competition of the $2 million on their new airport infrastructure ensuring greater connectivity, they’re also investing $200 million in roads to service the growing demands of coal production in the area.
Already home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest solar farm, solar irrigation system and wind farm the region has vast and largely untapped potential in renewable and clean energies and sustainable enterprises.
The opportunities inherent in tourism are also closely tied to our natural environment. Ecotourism is just one potential industry for future development and investment.
TAFE Western is the region’s largest Vocational and Education Training provider. It contributes the equivalent of $500 for every man, woman and child in the region to the economy of western NSW. It covers more than half the state with a footprint that crosses from Lithgow to Broken Hill and from Grenfell to Lightning Ridge. Its mission is to create education and training opportunities and outcomes for individuals, communities and industry, with approximately 35,000 student enrolments each year.
Charles Sturt University has a campus in Dubbo a regional network spanning much of NSW. Dubbo is also home to Sydney University’s School of Rural Health. Overall, the operations of the Dubbo campus of Charles Sturt University contribute $7.1 million in gross regional product. There are currently 3000 students enrolled in Higher Education courses from around the region- a figure that is growing rapidly.
Your family will love it
Whether you seek to make a difference in the business community, cheer for your children on the soccer field, or enjoy social days out at the races, the region can provide all of these opportunities and more. The region also has a diverse industry base, rich history and geographical uniqueness, as well as many beautiful natural assets. It is rich in resources, with a highly productive agricultural sector providing food, wine and fibre to global markets.