Pure Water, Climate,
Soil & Air
The region experiences mild summers and cold winters with an average annual rainfall of approximately 900 mm. The fertile volcanic soils are suitable for a range of agricultural enterprises focused around livestock, in particular sheep farming and cattle farming, as well as grain production, dairy farming and fruit production. Viticulture for cool climate wine is continuing to develop in the region.
Unique Mineral Resources
The region has unique geology containing minerals such as gold. This has enabled the development of one of the largest gold mines in Australia. Other exploration has been occurring in the region, with potential for further gold and copper mining projects.
Infrastructure & Services
The region contains significant agricultural infrastructure and services, including the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange, Regional Investment Corporation, the DPI head office and the Global AgTech Ecosystem (GATE).
Orange Regional Airport is a key transport hub for the Central West, providing daily passenger connections with Sydney and weekday passenger flights to Brisbane and Melbourne. It also provides a base for a growing number of aero-industry businesses. This direct access to major capital cities enhances the desirability of the region for businesses, residents and tourists.
The region is home to a range of educational facilities for all ages. From primary schools and high schools offering unique education for a range of needs including disability education services such as Anson Street School, through to Charles Sturt University, Orange College (TAFE) and the School of Rural Health which offer courses related to job opportunities in the region.
Accessibility & Lifestyle
The region is centrally located in the heart of NSW, close to Bathurst as well as Parkes and its proposed national transport node. It is connected to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne via flights from Orange Regional Airport. It also has rail access to Sydney. The region’s affordable house prices, rural lifestyle choices, small community feel, natural beauty and diverse economy also make the region liveable and an attractive place to raise a family, retire, semi-retire, study or work.
The region is also endowed with a range of natural resources and features including lakes and waterholes such as Suma Park Dam, National Parks, State Conservation Areas, nature reserves and caves, contrasted by the pinnacle that is Mount Canobolas.
Rich Heritage & History
The region has a rich Aboriginal and European heritage. There are many significant Aboriginal sites within the region, and the Wiradjuri people have an interest in significant development projects. The region also contains numerous towns and villages with extensive built heritage. These offer new residents and businesses a diverse range of locational choices and are important resources for regional tourism.
The region contains diversified health services and one of the largest regional hospitals in NSW, which is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Sydney. The hospital is also used for teaching students from other universities including the Charles Sturt University, University of Newcastle and University of Wollongong. It is co-located with the redeveloped Bloomfield Mental Health Service. These services will be further reinforced by the emerging Life Science Precinct project.
Vibrant Local Institutions,
Strong Leadership and a
The region is well supported by an array of education, health, tourism, professional services and business institutions. In addition, the three Councils in the region have strong relationships between them and with businesses and economic development institutions. This results in a vibrant business community and a ready workforce.
Source: Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Regional Economic Development Strategy | 2018 – 2022 produced by AgEconPlus on behalf of the region as a collaboration between the Orange City, Blayney Shire and Cabonne Councils.
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.