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Orange is a thriving regional city. Its economy is diverse and growing and has expanded from traditional fruit-growing to include other primary production, manufacturing, mining and health services.
- Strategic location situated on the Mitchell Highway, linking the city to Dubbo and Bourke to the north west, and to Bathurst to the east and from there to Sydney via the Great Western Highway.
- Key regional centre in the region, only 3.5 hours drive from Sydney or Canberra.
- Orange is well-served by educational facilities and community infrastructure.
- The Orange Health Service is the largest rural hospital in New South Wales, operated by Western NSW Local Health District.
- Orange airport has a recent $19 million expansion and provides daily services to Sydney.
- Countrylink train services to Sydney and Dubbo.
- North Orange Bypass, one of the city’s largest infrastructure projects.
- Orange is classified as an Inner Regional Area (RA2) by the Department of Health and Ageing. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Orange may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
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Population – 40,869 persons live in the Orange region
Employment – 19,313 persons are employed
Average age – 36.7 years
Education – 52.1% of the population is Tertiary Qualified
Household Composition – 63% of families are a Couple with dependent children
Weekly Wage – $964
Median House Price – $345,000
Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014)
Gross Regional Product
Orange is one of the seven ‘‘Evocities’’ in NSW and is a key regional centre in the Central West. The Orange economy represents around 28% of the Central West regional economy.
Between 2006 and 2011 the LGA experienced a population increase of nearly 8%.
Orange’s industry base is significant and diverse, ranging from apples and vineyards through to manufacturing, mining, tourism, agricultural support and research facilities.
Key Industry Sectors
The largest sectors in the Orange economy by total output include:
- Health care
- Public Administration
- Education & Training
|Industry Sector||GRP Value||GRP %|
|Health care||$307 million||11.4%|
|Public Administration||$169.4 million||6.3%|
|Education and training||$161.7 million||5.9%|
Sources: ABS Census (2011) ERP (2013), Cat 8731, DEEWR (2014), NIEIR (2014), Housing NSW (2014), , A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)
Orange’s Top 5 Employers
The main industries by employment in Orange are:
- Health care
- Education and training
|Industry Sector||% Employed|
|Education and training||8.7%|
Sources: ABS Census 2011, NIEIR (2014), A.P.SHEERE CONSULTING (2015)
Major employers in the area include Newcrest Mining, Orange Local Health Service, NSW Department of Education and Training, Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, as well as key businesses such as Pybar and Jeff Hort Engineering.
- 52.1% of Orange’s resident population (over the age of 15) has a tertiary qualification.
- Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the largest regionally based university in Australia with a campus in Orange.
- University of Sydney School of Rural Health teaches medicine in a rural setting while strengthening the rural health workforce.
- TAFE Western Orange is a major centre for trade programs, general education as well as courses in business, community services, hospitality, information technology and management.
- TAFE Western Connect offers a range of courses online by distance or flexible learning.
Orange’s cool climate is highly suitable for certain agricultural markets including cool climate fruit such as apples, pears, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums as well as nuts and vegetables.
The climate perhaps plays the biggest part in giving Orange some distinct natural advantages with cool temperatures during most of the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions. The climate also suits specialised industries such as data centre warehousing and confectionery manufacturing.
The Orange region is well suited to grape growing and winemaking due to a combination of geology, soils, climate and temperature. Together these factors combine to produce grapes and wine of distinct flavours and colour.
Building on the strengths of the Cadia Valley Operations mining projects. Opportunities exist to widen the mining supply chain locally.
With a growing and ageing population, opportunities across all health care sectors including mental health services will continue to provide growth opportunities.
Leveraging a strong advanced manufacturing base, opportunities exist to grow the advanced manufacturing sector, potentially as part of the mining supply chain.
with a strong education base including Charles Sturt University, TAFE and other educational providers, opportunities exist to grow the education sector.
- Services to Mining
- Medical Services
Gaps in Facilities and Services
- Major Retail operators
- Accommodation sector – motels, serviced apartments
Incentives and Land Availability
Orange has five major employment precincts, offering opportunities for businesses to expand in Orange with a variety of serviced lots averaging between $78-145/m2 (2015 figures)
- Leewood Industrial Estate – located 3km south of the CBD, is the more established of the five and has a focus on heavy industry and mining services.
- Narrambla Industrial Estate – located 2.5km north east of the CBD, the Narrambla Industrial Estate has a focus on bulk manufacturing and transport/logistics.
- Strathgrove Way – 3km North of the CBD the recently developed Industrial Area has B Double access.
- Industry Drive – 1km further north of Strathgrove Way is another recent industrial area with B Double access.
- The Gateway – on the eastern gateway entrance to Orange, this business park is zoned B6 – Enterprise Corridor.
Orange City Council
Business Projects Officer – Tony Boland
Lords Place, Orange, NSW 2800
Phone 02 6393 8000