Economic Development

West Wyalong and surrounds is competitively placed to establish or grow business. Council works together with business to develop and strengthen collaborative partnerships.

The area boasts well developed telecommunications infrastructure including NBN fixed wireless broadband, natural gas, strong electricity supply and good water supply. West Wyalong is located on the cross-roads of the Newell and Midwestern Highways and Goldfields Way, offering excellent regional and interstate connections, as well as potential business from passing traffic.

The Bland Shire’s heritage is deeply engrained in agriculture and gold production which continues through to today; recognised as one of the most productive agricultural areas in the State with cereals and sheep being the major producers. The agricultural sector is diverse, spanning cereal, poultry and livestock, while the mining sector brings opportunities for economic growth.  Other key sectors include:

  • Transport and warehousing;

  • Wholesale trade; 

  • Education; and

  • Retail.

Council has invested significantly over recent years in a variety of community infrastructure improvements across the towns and villages of Bland Shire.  The community boasts a safe, friendly and relaxed environment, with all the key educational, medical and business facilities required.  Residents pride themselves on community spirit and work in partnership with Council to drive the community forward.

Key opportunities for economic growth in Bland Shire include:

  • Transport and logistics – Bland Shire’s position within South-Western NSW on the northern edge of the Riverina Murray region, bordering the Central West and Orana areas is attractive to investors seeking well-connected, central locations

  • Agricultural value-adding activities –manufacturing, retail, transport and agribusiness support service, which can leverage Bland Shire’s proximity to primary production

  • Mining support industries – including engineering and manufacturing, which can support local mining operations

  • Tourism – Bland Shire’s stunning scenery, position on major travel routes and relaxed lifestyle are ideal for further tourism industry development

  • Renewable Energy – the Bland Shire offers opportunities and potential investment in small to larger scale solar and biomass energy projects.