The Evocities are truly self-sufficient, vibrant cities with the economic capacity and business diversity to support a host of vibrant and dynamic industries, ideal for individuals and families who are looking to take the next step, pursue a change or start their own business.
Centrally located between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, Albury’s strong and diverse economy achieves sustained and continuous growth. A stable and skilled labour force supports key industry sectors of manufacturing, property and business services, retail, health, construction and education. With attractive industrial and commercial property prices alongside buoyant and consistent business conditions, Albury is a city open for business and development.
Located 500km from both Brisbane and Sydney, Armidale is one of the first communities in Australia to benefit from the NBN network, this provides the regional economy with numerous opportunities for business development and innovation. Many Armidale businesses are involved in thriving global ventures and Armidale Regional Council is keen to engage with developers and new business entrepreneurs.
Bathurst is a growing City, with a strong, diverse economy offering an enviable lifestyle. The Bathurst Region is a hot spot for business. Our City and surrounding region offers new and established businesses a dynamic economic environment, ideal for growth and expansion. A combination of lower business costs, a diverse regional workforce, solid infrastructure and supportive business environment provide a setting tailored for business success.
Located at the junction of major road, rail and air transport routes, Dubbo is a thriving regional service centre. The City is located in the heart of New South Wales and services a wider region of 120,000 people. Dubbo's economic strength lies heavily in the diversity of industries that reinforce its role as a vibrant regional service centre, supported by a flourishing retail sector and over 4,500 registered businesses.
The Orange economy is strong and diverse. It is supported by many industry sectors but is primarily underpinned by secure skilled employment which in turn supports the retail and services sector.
Orange is geographically positioned to offer an ideal base for servicing its broader regional population of 145,000 people. Health is now the largest sector in Orange but government, mining and education also play vital roles in the economy.
Tamworth is a thriving regional city with a strong, expanding economy and business environment. The Gross Regional Profit (GRP) is $2.80billion dollars, showing continued steady growth for the past 10 years.
Over 5,600 businesses in Tamworth span across a diverse range of industries. Traditionally dominated by agriculture, the economy is starting to transition to other industries, with retail trade now being one of the region’s largest employers.
Wagga Wagga is the largest retail, commercial, administrative and population centre in the Riverina region and a central hub of services to a catchment ofover 185,000 people.
Wagga is highly accessible through its road, rail and air connections to Australia’s major cities and sea ports. Significant opportunity exists for business to either establish or expand and capitalise on the city’s favourable economic environment.
REGIONAL SKILLS RELOCATION GRANT
The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled workers for existing businesses in Regional NSW or businesses looking to set up in Regional NSW. Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 per employee to assist with relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers they employ.
The business must be seeking employees that:
- are relocating from a metropolitan area to regional NSW. The regional residence must be at least 50km from original metropolitan residence and within the same region as the business
- have an occupation listed on the NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List OR the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation list.
All initial enquiries should be directed to the NSW Department of Industry Investment Concierge Service at: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/regional-investment