The Central West and Orana sits at the heart of New South Wales and is poised to take advantage of this pivotal position to make for an exciting future. We’ve heard community and stakeholder aspirations for the region, and drawn on this feedback to create a Regional Plan that focuses on a diverse economy, supported by expanded connections to the rest of NSW and beyond, with vibrant communities and prosperous centres.

The Plan celebrates the distinct landscapes and natural environment and their important role in new economic opportunities, including significant agribusiness, value-added manufacturing developments and unique tourism experiences. The Plan promotes further development of the renewable energy, mining, health and education sectors to unlock economic potential and drive diversification across the Central West and Orana.

Upgrades to transport and freight networks will facilitate economic growth and diversification by unlocking new export opportunities, strengthening the region’s cities and centres and enhancing productivity of the agricultural, mining and natural resources sectors. The development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, alongside upgrades to the Newell and Golden Highways, has the potential to transform the Central West and Orana into one of the key freight and logistics destinations in Australia. In doing so, it will create more dynamic and resilient communities adapting to changing economic, social and environmental circumstances.

Regional cities and strategic centres will experience the highest rates of population growth over the next 20 years, alongside Cabonne and Blayney local government areas. The regional cities and strategic centres will be the service hubs for surrounding communities, providing access to jobs, health and education services. Smaller communities will play an increasingly important role in attracting visitors and new residents through their lifestyle choices and countryside. These areas will make important contributions to the regional economy through taking up new jobs in agribusiness and tourism.

The Plan aims to meet the needs of changing communities, particularly for the ageing population, by promoting greater housing choices, improved housing affordability, access to health and education services and public and community transport.

We recognise the Wiradjuri, Gamilaraay and Wayliwan people as the original custodians of the Central West and Orana. They are important partners in the economic, social and environmental future of the region and we will continue to work together and increase collaboration.

The Central West and Orana Region Regional Plan 2036 encompasses a vision, goals and actions focussed towards delivering new and diversified opportunities in the years ahead for those who live, work and visit this region.

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