Orange is a thriving regional city located on the Mitchell Highway, just 3 ½ hours’ drive west of Sydney and Canberra. The economy is diverse and growing, benefiting from recent mining and health service activities. Orange is well-served by educational facilities and community infrastructure, making Orange the ideal place to call home.


The mining sector plays a key role in the growth of Orange, representing nearly a quarter of the entire economy. However, Orange’s economy is diversified across a number of industries including healthcare, public administration, manufacturing, education and training.


Major employers in the area include Newcrest Mining Ltd, Orange Local Health Service, NSW Department of Education, Charles Sturt University, Orange City Council, NSW Department of Primary Industries, as well as key businesses which support the mining industry or community health services.


Opportunities for future economic development include:

  • -Mining Support Services – building on the strengths of the Cadia Valley Operations mining projects, opportunities exist to widen the mining supply chain locally.
  • -Health care – with a growing and ageing population, opportunities across all health care sectors inclusive of mental health services will continue to provide growth opportunities in addition to the Life Science Precinct Project.
  • -Advanced Manufacturing – leveraging a strong advanced manufacturing base, opportunities exist to grow the advanced manufacturing sector (potentially as part of the mining supply chain). Large land sites are also available to set up businesses.
  • -Education – with a strong education base including Charles Sturt University, TAFE and other educational providers, opportunities existing to grow the education sector.


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The Orange Region is situated within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodianship of these lands, and pay our respect to the Wiradjuri people for their care and stewardship of these lands for more than 40,000 years and to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation past, present and future.