Oberon

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Oberon Profile

Economy

Who has invested in Oberon 

Investment Opportunities

Who to Contact

 

Why Choose Oberon

The picturesque Oberon shire currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Central West region and relative to its size contributes considerably to the regional economy.

  • Less than 3 hours drive from Sydney.INVEST-Oberon
  • Supportive and proactive Council.
  • Access to a skilled and loyal workforce.
  • A comparatively high number of residents in Oberon are qualified to Post Graduate level.
  • Excellent facilities and services for families.
  • Oberon is classified as an Inner Regional Area (RA2) by the Department of Health and Ageing. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Oberon may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.

 

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Oberon Profile

 

Population Icon Population  – 5,270 persons live in the Oberon region

 

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Employment – 2,320 persons are employed

 

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Average age – 39.8 years

 

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Education – 49% of the population is Tertiary Qualified

 

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Household Composition – 63% of families are a Couple with dependent children

 

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Weekly Wage – $858

 

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Median House Price – $231,000

 

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

 

Oberon Economy

 

GRP IconGross Regional Product

$222.3 million


The Oberon economy represents around 2.3% of the Central West regional economy.

Oberon’s economy is dominated by the State significant timber industry, including the growing and processing of timber, which underpins the large manufacturing sector in Oberon. The manufacturing sector accounts for almost a quarter of the economy.

 

Key Industry Sectors

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

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Public Administration
  • Construction
  • Transport & Warehousing

Industry SectorGRP ValueGRP %
Manufacturing$51.3 million23.1%
Agriculture & Forestry$40.9 million18.4%
Public Administration$13.6million6.1%
Construction$12.4 million5.6%
Transport & Warehsouing$10.5 million4.7%

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

 

Oberon’s Top 5 Employers

The main industries by employment in Oberon are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Public Administration
  • Accommodation

Industry Sector% Employed
Manufacturing19.3%
Agriculture18.4%
Retail Trade7.1%
Public Administration7.0%
Accommodation6.8%

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

 

Who has invested in Oberon

The largest employers in the area include the Timber Complex, comprising of Highland Pine, Woodchem and Borg Manufacturing.

Industry

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture has historically been the focus of the economy with strengths in not onlyINVEST-Weddin timber but prime lamb and beef cattle, horticulture and nut trees. The economy today still maintains a strength in agriculture, which is complemented by a strong manufacturing sector.

Prime lambs and beef cattle are the main rural industries although vegetable production, tree nurseries, nut tree plantations and bulb farms all play their role.

Mushroom harvesting is also a popular pursuit in the local forests with the potential to further develop this as a key tourism activity and for those looking to supply niche Sydney markets with highly sought after truffles.

 

OBERON’S TIMBER INDUSTRYTimber Central West NSW

Timber processing by CSR and Boral Timber is a significant secondary industry with wood taken from NSW State Forests, radiata pine plantations and private forest growers.

The plentiful supply of softwood in Oberon has underpinned the region’s economic growth for some time. Resources exist to process timber through to the finished product. Support businesses have been established over time to form a rich timber industry supply chain within the Oberon region.

 

Investment Opportunities

TIMBER INDUSTRY

Opportunities exist for firms in the timber supply chain. The timber industry in Oberon consists of a variety of activities including the growing, processing and manufacturing of timber. A local supply chain has been established to provide tools, transport and other services associated with the timber industry. However, there are likely to be still more value-add opportunities for businesses to capture. These generate flow-on benefits for the region, supporting economic and population growth.

 

NICHE FURNITURE/TIMBER MANUFACTURING

Given current levels of timber industry development, opportunities to focus on niche sectors including furniture and customised residential housing timber could be developed further.

Oberon Tourism

TOURISM

There is potential to develop a large-scale tourist/accommodation/conference centre in Oberon and further develop the region’s tourism sector including product experiences relating to cycling, mushrooming and heritage.

 

Emerging Sectors

  • Tourism
  • Alternative energy sectors – specifically wind farms

Gaps in Facilities and Services

  • Cinema or theatre
  • Restaurants
  • Indoor heated pool

 

Incentives and Land Availability

Local investment incentives

Oberon Council has a Business and Community Development Policy which provides assistance to businesses looking to establish or expand in the region depending on eligibility. This may include assistance in preparing applications for State and Federal Government support, meeting the costs of relocation expenses for key personnel, waiving or reducing the Council component of Development Application fees and the provision of land or buildings at a reduced rental under lease.

 

Land availability and business locations

 

Industrial land

Oberon Council offers quality, fully serviced industrial zoned land for sale at $29-$32 per metre square (2010 figures). This is in a prime central location and provides an ideal investment opportunity in this vibrant region.

Commercial landOberon Council Tow Centre Central West NSW

Commercial sites are available within the Oberon CBD presenting a number of opportunities for businesses to address the perceived gaps in the local market.

Residential land

There are various residential land opportunities in Oberon, many of which are located on ‘lifestyle acreage blocks’. Residential lots are currently available in the centrally located Tasma street subdivision.

 

Who to Contact

Oberon CouncilOberon-Council-logo

General Manager – Alan Cairney

137-139 Oberon St, Oberon, NSW 2787

Phone 02 6329 8100

Email: council@oberon.nsw.gov.au

www.oberon.nsw.gov.au