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Bathurst represents the best of both worlds – easy access to Sydney, with an idyllic lifestyle, supported by city infrastructure.
- Strategic location, only 2.5 hours drive from Sydney.
- Unrivalled logistical opportunities via major road routes including the Great Western Highway, the Mitchell and Mid-Western Highways and the Main Western rail line.
- Bathurst aerodrome provides daily services to Sydney.
- Abundant competitively priced greenfield sites.
- Access to skilled and diverse workforce.
- Strong public administration presence.
- Strong educational sector with over 60 institutions represented.
- Bathurst is classified as an Inner Regional Area (RA2) by the Department of Health and Ageing. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Bathurst may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
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Population – 41,051 persons live in the Bathurst region
Employment – 19,473 persons are employed
Average age – 36.6 years
Education – 54.1% of the population is Tertiary Qualified
Household Composition – 60% of families are a Couple with dependent children
Weekly Wage – $917
Median House Price – $349,000
Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014)
Gross Regional Product
Bathurst is one of the seven ‘‘Evocities’’ in NSW and is a key regional centre in the Central West. As the largest LGA in the region Bathurst represents approximately one-fifth of the Central West economy.
With over 3,300 GST registered businesses and as a hub of central NSW, Bathurst provides access to a market of more than 8 million people.
Bathurst has recorded the second highest population growth in the region of 7.47% between 2006 and 2011.
Source: ABS Census (2014), ABS Census (2011), Department of Employment (2014), NIEIR 2014, ABS Cat 8165.0 (2012), ABS Cat 8731.0 (July 2014), ABS Cat 3218.0 (2013)
Key Industry Sectors
The largest sectors in the Bathurst economy by total output include:
- Education & Training
- Public Administration
- Health care
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Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014), A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)
Bathurst’s Top 5 Employers
The main industries by employment in Bathurst are:
- Health care
- Public Administration
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Sources: ABS Census 2011, NIEIR (2014), A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)
Key food manufacturing companies located in the Bathurst region include Devro, Mars and Simplot. Bathurst also has a strong public administration presence being home to many state and regional Government offices.
- Bathurst has the highest proportion (56.2%) of tertiary qualified individuals in the region.
- Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the largest regionally based university in Australia. Bathurst hosts a CSU campus with approximately 2500 students enrolled at the Bathurst campus in 2014.
- University of Western Sydney has a Rural Clinical School located in Bathurst to provide non-regional medical students with exposure to rural practice.
- TAFE Western has a college in Bathurst that is a major centre for access and general education and trade programs as well as courses in business, hospitality, information technology and management.
- TAFE Western Connect offers a range of courses online by distance or flexible learning.
Sheep, cattle (beef) and grain farming sectors have historically been the backbone of the local Bathurst economy. This sector is supported by the agriculture services sector, export infrastructure and an established supply chain.
Industries currently experiencing growth in the region include livestock slaughtering, wool industry and vegetables.
The local climate makes the region a good base for such agricultural industries and those businesses which service this sector.
With reliable water supply, a skilled workforce, available land, proximity to Sydney and road and rail infrastructure, opportunities exist to build on the existing critical mass in food manufacturing.
As a region with a high level of industrial activity, there is scope to work with medium to large businesses to lower their environmental impact, potentially leveraging the ACSTEI Technology Park.
Bathurst Aerodrome provides land with associated infrastructure to develop aeronautic manufacturing and ancillary industries, which would be supported locally by existing manufacturing supply chains.
Bathurst has a thriving retail sector servicing a catchment area of approximately 146,000 people. With approximately 163,000 square metres gross leasable area (GLA) of retail, bulky goods and office floor space, an additional 50,000 square metres GLA will be required to service future population projections.(Renaissance and .id Consulting).
CHILDCARE CENTRES, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROVIDERS
Bathurst has a large resident population which is demographically young and of working age. There are opportunities for a range of businesses either looking to expand or provide new services to the region.
- Knowledge Innovation and Research
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Small, Micro and Home Based Business
Gaps in Facilities and Services
- Specialty clothing and accessories stores
- Auto supplies and car rentals
- Pharmaceutical stores
- Medical Specialists
- Engineering companies
Incentives and Land Availability
Local investment incentives
As the major industrial land owner in town, Bathurst Regional Council can offer packages to prospective businesses looking to relocate to a greenfield site, for example, lease with option to purchase.
Bathurst Regional Council actively helps business to develop networks and facilitate contacts and proactively assists with the DA process.
Land availability and business locations
Kelso Industrial Estate – located just outside of the Bathurst CBD and adjacent to the Great Western Highway, Kelso Industrial Estate caters to the transport and manufacturing sectors due to the strategic location and access to Ports Botany and Kembla. Land is currently available for $59 per square metre, including GST.
Bathurst Services and Trade Centre – situated just outside Bathurst CBD, the Bathurst Services Trade Centre contains mostly building supply companies and showrooms. It services both the local and regional community and has seen steady growth, corresponding to the growth of Bathurst. Land is currently available for $59 per square metre, including GST.
ACSTEI Technology Park – the Australian Centre for Science Technology and Emerging Industries Technology Park (ACSTEI) represents a significant opportunity to develop a technology hub in partnership with Bathurst’s strong educational sector. Located adjacent to Charles Sturt University and the TAFE, synergies between education, research and business can be captured. The land allocated for the park is approximately four hectares.
There is a good supply of commercial property available within Bathurst’s CBD. There is also mix of commercial retail space available within the CBD for purchase or rent.
New residential development opportunities in areas, within minutes of the CBD, such as Abercrombie, Llanarth, Eglinton, Kelso (North), Laffing Waters, and Windradyne will drive an increase in family numbers to the area.
Significant new greenfield residential opportunities have been identified in these suburbs as well as in Kelso (South) and Mitchell – Robin Hill.
Bathurst Regional Council
Manager Economic Development – Steven Bowman
158 Russell Street, Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone 02 6333 6553