Fast Facts: Northern Inland Region, New South Wales

agribusiness, nsw, australiaThe New England North West region is located approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane / Gold Coast.











Local government areas – cities and towns

agrbusiness, nsw, australiaCities within the New England North West area include:

  • Tamworth
  • Armidale
  • Gunnedah
  • Narrabri
  • Moree
  • Inverell
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Glen Innes
  • Tenterfield
  • Walcha
  • Uralla
  • Guyra
  • Gwydir


Industry and business overview

  • Agriculture – beef, sheep, dairy, grains
  • Mining – extensive natural resource base – Large coal and gas seams to other metals and gemstones including antimony, gold, tin and sapphires
  • Food processing – including abattoirs, beef and poultry processing
  • Transportation – Strong aviation sector, including training, airline maintenance and aerial agricultural services.
  • Tourism – wealth of tourism opportunity.


Competitive advantages

  • Global best practice agriculture – spanning beef, sheep and grain production.
  • Global best practice food processing – well positioned to service global food requirements.
  • Highly skilled industries including aeronautical, engineering and construction businesses.
  • Well-positioned region serviced by strong rail and road networks connecting the region with coastal ports.
  • Good opportunities to expand air links to global markets.
  • Innovative and progressive business communities, driving technology, digital economy and global trade ambitions.


Focused regional development and support from State and Federal governments

  • Development of growth sectors including value-adding industries connected to agriculture, agribusiness and food processing
  • Stimulate aviation and advanced technology industries particularly digital economy
  • Promote the region to attract new residents and businesses
  • Balance strong economic growth with sustainable management of natural resources and the protection of agricultural land.


A region of untapped opportunity

The New England North West region is a dynamic region seeking best practice global innovation and potential investment partners.

The region contains a wealth of untapped business opportunity, with strong potential in the agriculture, mining, food processing and tourism industries.

Businesses within the region are progressing through an unprecedented time in history, with the introduction of new digital technologies, global innovation opportunities and significant changes connected to natural resource extraction industries.

Global Best Practice Agricultural – Australia’s Focus on Quality and Integrity

Agriculture and related business contribute services around 40-50% of the region’s economy and is the predominant employer.

The region is recognised as containing some of the best agricultural production capability in the world, backed by global best practice research and production techniques.

The business community is seeking to leverage this comparative advantage and in particular grow food processing and value-adding activity in the sector.

The need to diversify beyond agriculture is also apparent and the rapidly emerging digital economy is being embraced towards building global connections.