Agriculture - A major small business contributor
A strong foundation industry in the Bathurst Region, with regional strengths in livestock, cropping and horticulture.
Agriculture has historically been a key industry for the Bathurst Region. The area has predominately produced sheep and cattle meat, wool and vegetable production.
The industry is a key contributor to small business in the region, with the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry accounting for over 600 registered businesses (17% of the total). The industry is worth over $150 million to the local economy and employs more than 1,000 persons. Livestock, wool and vegetables generate the largest commodity value, with exports primarily driven by Forestry and Logging.
Agriculture businesses operating in the Bathurst Region have the potential to tap into the significant food manufacturing and timber processing industries in and around Bathurst. Employment in food manufacturing in Bathurst has been growing over the past 10 years. Several major businesses choose to call Bathurst home, including Simplot, Mars and Devro, as well as a number of boutique locally grown operators such as Fish River Roasters, McDowells Herbal, Stone Pine Distillery and Bathurst Grange Distillery. The timber processing industry is another key specialist sector for the region, with Allied Timber (AAM Investment Group) operating out of Bathurst and Borg and Highland Timber located in nearby Oberon.
The increasing automation of the manufacturing industry, coupled with our strong agricultural sector and presence of Charles Sturt University, provides significant opportunities for technology, innovation and ag-tech based companies to operate in the Bathurst Region. Visit our Technology industry page for more about our growing tech sector.