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Lithgow Profile

Economy

Who has invested in Lithgow

Investment Opportunities

Who to Contact

 

Why Choose Lithgow

Lithgow’s proximity to Sydney, its enterprising spirit, relaxed lifestyle, well-serviced towns and available workforce make the region the perfect place to do business.

  • INVEST-LithgowMajor road and rail infrastructure  with direct rail services to Sydney.
  • Excellent proximity to the Central West with a potential catchment of over 230,000 people.
  • Significant clusters of engineering and knowledge based companies plus an established manufacturing sector.
  • Only 2 hours drive from Sydney.
  • A range of commercial, industrial, educational and professional services.
  • A low cost business environment.
  • Access to a skilled, loyal and available labour force.

 

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Lithgow Profile

 

Population Icon Population  – 21,118 persons live in the Lithgow region

 

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Employment – 8,838 persons are employed

 

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Average age – 40.3 years

 

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Education – 48.7% of the population is Tertiary Qualified

 

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Household Composition – 54% of families are a Couple with dependent children

 

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Weekly Wage – $903

 

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Median House Price – $255,000

 

Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014)

 

Lithgow Economy

 

GRP IconGross Regional Product

$1.54 billion

 

The Lithgow economy represents approximately 16% of the Central West regional economy. Between 2006 and 2011 the LGA experienced population increase of 2 %.

The local economy continues to grow with enterprising specialist and micro businesses in tourism, primary production and creative industries.

 

Key Industry Sectors

The largest sectors in the Lithgow economy by total output include:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Electricity
  • Public Administration
  • Manufacturing

Industry SectorGRP ValueGRP %
Mining$625.3 million40.6%
Construction$186.6 million12.1%
Electricity$110.4 million7.2%
Public Administration$91.6 million5.9%
Manufacturing$63.1 million4.1%

Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014), A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)

 

Lithgow’s Top 5 Employers

The main industries by employment in Bathurst are:

  • Mining
  • Health care
  • Retail
  • Public Administration
  • Accommodation

Industry Sector% Employed
Mining12.4%
Healthcare10.9%
Retail Trade9.9%
Public Administration8.5%
Accommodation8.3%

Sources: ABS Census 2011, NIEIR (2014), A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)

 

Who has invested in Lithgow

Large employers in Lithgow include Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Ferrero (confectionary manufacturers), Emirates Wolgan Valley (resort and spa), Lithgow Hospital and Thales (small arms).

 

Industry

EDUCATION

Excellent tertiary educational facilities are available including University of Western University of Notre Dame Lithgow Clinical School Central West NSWSydney Lithgow College, University of Notre Dame, Lithgow Rural Clinical School.

COOL CLIMATE

Lithgow’s cool climate is highly suitable for certain specialist manufacturing markets including the confectionery sector as demonstrated by the presence of Ferrero Australia since 1976. The climate would also be suitable for secure electronic data warehousing operations.

 

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is represented by a small number of larger hectare pastoral land holdings, as well as by many small hectare, rural lifestyle blocks which contain a wide range of home based primary industries. Cattle, sheep and poultry production are the key primary agricultural enterprises. Cattle breeds produced in the area include Angus, Belted Galloway, Charolais, Herefords, Limousin, Short Horn, Speckle Park and Wagyu.

Secondary and tertiary primary industries such as goats cheese and olive oils are also Lithgow Industry Central West NSWestablishing in the Lithgow area with products being sold to both local and export markets.

The pine forests around Lithgow could also support the development of a niche exotic mushroom industry similar to those found in neighbouring Oberon.

 

RURAL LIFESTYLE INDUSTRIES

Lithgow is already home to a well established Christmas tree plantation and an increasing number of small boutique initiatives are developing in the Lithgow area including award winning goats cheese, alpaca and lambs wool, olives and other home grown products.

 

Investment Opportunities

ENERGY

Considerable growth in mining and power generation is providing a range of opportunities for employment and growth in support services.

MANUFACTURINGLithgow Manufacturing Central West NSW

A variety of manufacturing industries currently exist with opportunities for growth in areas such as food production, confectionery, fabricated metal products, agricultural and mining machinery.

HEALTH AND EDUCATION SERVICES

The establishment of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Sydney campuses provide opportunities for associated services.

SPECIALIST INDUSTRIES

Affordable rents, available workforce and reliable broadband make Lithgow an ideal place for specialist industries such as transport hubs, knowledge based industries, small/home based businesses, call centres and textile industries.

TOURISM AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

With six National Parks, many State Forests, fascinating heritage attractions, established events and festivals, and a diversity of creative and cultural practitioners, the opportunity for growth in these sectors is enormous.

 

Emerging Sectors

  • Artisan food producers – saffron, chocolates, baked products, olives, hazel nuts, condiments, fruit and vegetables.
  • Creative industries – IT, graphic design, marketing, craft, photography, candles, soaps, music and performance.
  • Financial Services, employment and training – accounting and conveyancing, industrial and mining sector labour hire and training services.
  • Tourism services – bed and breakfast, short term accommodation, niche recreation providers.
  • Independent Main St retailers – homewares, clothing, cafes, lifestyle

 

Gaps in Facilities and Services

  • Mid to large scale bulky goods businesses
  • Patient care options
  • Entertainment and recreation facilities
  • Cafes, quality restaurants, menswear, ladies wear
  • Tradespeople

 

Incentives and Land Availability

Local investment incentives

Mainstreet Façade Restoration Program – Council will provide up to $2,500 including GST, Lithgow City Council Land Central West NSWin matching funds for approved façade improvement works to buildings located in specific town and village centre streets in Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland.

Land availability and business locations

Industrial land
  •  50 ha of new general industrial zoned land at Marrangaroo
  • 104 ha of heavy industrial zoned land at Springvale Lane, Wallerawang
  • 26.15 ha of new light industrial land at Wallerawang/Lidsdale

 

Who to Contact

Lithgow City Council

Economic Development Officer – Matthew BrewsterLithgow City Council logo Central West NSW

180 Mort St, Lithgow, NSW 2790

Phone 02 6354 9999

Email: matthew.brewster@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

www.lithgow.nsw.gov.au