Our Region

WE ARE CENTRAL WEST NSW

Unique in its diversity of economy

The Central West region of New South Wales is renowned for its food and wine and excellent agricultural produce. It covers an area of 63,000 square kilometres starting at the temperate, elevated Central Tablelands on the western side of the Blue Mountains and extends almost 500km to the semi-arid Central West plains. The region is home to 179.468 people within the 11 local government areas (LGAs) of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Unique in its diversity of economy, the Central West Region of NSW is rich in natural resources with agriculture, mining and tourism significant drivers of jobs and opportunities. Increasingly, health and education have taken on a significant role in the region’s economy.

The agriculture and mining industry output is underpinned by abundant natural resources within rich soil and mineral deposits. Additionally, varied topography and climatic conditions across the region provide various opportunities ranging from forestry, cool climate produce, dairy, sheep and beef livestock, as well as a variety of irrigation and broad acre crops.

POPULATION 179,468

Bathurst

Population: 42,779
Key Industries:
Manufacturing
Education & Training
Public Administration
Health care
Construction

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Blayney

Population: 7.344
Key Industries:
Mining
Manufacturing
Agriculture
Construction
Education & Training

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Cabonne

Population: 13,605
Key Industries:
Mining
Agriculture
Manufacturing
Education & Training
Construction

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Cowra

Cowra LGA regionPopulation: 12,694
Key Industries:
Agriculture
Manufacturing
Healthcare
Education & Training
Wholesale Trade

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Forbes

Population: 9,859
Key Industries:
Agriculture
Construction
Education & Training
Retail
Healthcare

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Lachlan

Population: 6,225
Key Industries:
Agriculture
Education & Training
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Mining

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Lithgow

Population: 21,565
Key Industries:
Mining
Construction
Electricity
Public Administration
Manufacturing

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Oberon

Population: 5,382
Key Industries:
Manufacturing
Agriculture & Forestry
Public Administration
Construction
Transport & Warehousing

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Orange

Population: 41,468
Key Industries:
Mining
Healthcare
Public Administration
Manufacturing
Education & Training

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Parkes

Population: 14,906
Key Industries:
Mining
Agriculture
Transport & Warehousing
Public Administration
Healthcare

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Weddin

Population: 3,641
Key Industries:
Agriculture
Education
Transport & Warehousing
Construction
Wholesale Trade

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