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Visit, Live & Invest in Upper Lachlan::

About Upper Lachlan Shire

 

Upper Lachlan is located on the Southern Tablelands about 60km west of Goulburn, about 100km north of Canberra and about 130km south-east of Bathurst.  It is an area that is known for its fine wool and potato production, history and picturesque countryside.  

 

About 7,500 people live in the Shire, with about 2,000 people living in the major centre of Crookwell with the majority living in the smaller towns and villages or on properties.

 

Despite it's proximity to major centres, Upper Lachlan Shire is strongly rural in its character.  Agricultural endeavour has been a feature of the economic and social fabric of the Shire.

 

There are, however, major shifts occurring in agriculture with the introduction of new farming methods and diversification of many land holdings toward new ventures such as olive growing, alpaca wool and horse studs.  Furthermore, Upper Lachlan Shire is becoming a popular destination for retirees and people wishing to leave large cities for a lifestyle change.  The economic base of the Shire is also changing, with tourism becoming the third major industry in the Shire, behind the traditional agricultural industries and retail.

 

Come and Live in Upper Lachlan Shire

 

Welcome to Upper Lachlan, a shire of breathtaking beauty, robust seasons, outlandish bushranger history and unique rural charm. Located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, just three hours from Sydney and 1.5 hours from Canberra, it has the feel of a secluded rural hideaway, which has been protected from the harshness of modern-day intrusions.

Autumn leaves

 

Riding high on the top of the Great Dividing Range (914 m above sea level), Upper Lachlan Shire experiences the seasons in all their glory. Autumn blazes with fiery oranges, brilliant golden yellows and deep ruby reds. Falling leaves shower the roads and countryside with their fading glory. Winter introduces you to rolling hills blanketed in white powdery snow and the perfect excuse to snuggle up next to a roaring log fire. Spring heralds the arrival of warmer times with masses of exquisite blossoms, bulbs and flowers of every description, while a gentle summer allows you to escape the harsh heat and humidity of coastal regions.

 

There are health services, a hospital and a range of educational facilities from Pre-school to Year 12.

 

The diversity of the shire's recreational facilities ensures residents and visitors have many opportunities to spend time enjoying outdoor activities including fishing, golf, boating, swimming, tennis and many other sports. 

 

We also have a number of resident artists and craftspeople so there is no shortage of cultural pursuits.

 

Work in Upper Lachlan Shire

 

Upper Lachlan has an estimated population of  7,500 people in the Shire, approximately 2,500 people living in the major centre of Crookwell with the majority living in the smaller towns of (Gunning & Taralga) and villages (Collector, Dalton, Binda, Bigga, Laggan, Grabben Gullen & Tuena) or on rural properties.

 

The Shire has a variety of businesses, quality shops, cafes, restaurants and clubs.

 

Crookwell has a light industrial area set aside and Goulburn (45km east) has a large commercial industrial area for businesses.

 

While rural endeavour is the main industry in Upper Lachlan Shire, there are many opportunities for you to find work in the area.  There's manufacturing, retail, service industries, hospitality and much more.

 

There are opportunities to relocate an existing business, start a new venture, or to work from home, and many residents have already chosen this option. 

 

There are possibilities to combine what you enjoy doing, with what you are good at doing.

 

Upper Lachlan offers a quality rural lifestyle and the ability to make a comfortable living.

State Training Services

 

State Training Services is keen to work with businesses of any size to improve the skills of their staff, and future employees, through the provision of subsidised training. Training is also funded to address structural changes, support economic development and assist with environmental sustainability.

 

In addition to industry training, State Training Services assists and manages the vocational education and training sector in the region, managing the contracts for all apprentices and trainees, assisting with workplace issues and advising all parties on their rights and obligations.

 

The Training Services office is based in Wollongong and covers the area down to the Victorian border and out to the Southern Highlands, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Cooma and Bombala.

 

Demographics of Upper Lachlan Shire

 

In the August 2011 Census, 7,193 residents were counted in Upper Lachlan Shire - 3,589 females and 3,604 males. The counted population had increased by 139 or 2.0% since the 2006 Census.

 

93% were at home for Census

Of the residents, 6,719 (93.4%) were at home on Census night, while 22 were staying elsewhere within the same locality and 453 were staying somewhere else in Australia.

 

There were 242 visitors

 

There were 242 visitors from elsewhere in Australia staying in Upper Lachlan Shire on Census night; these people are not included in this profile.

 

There were 1.2 males per female

 

Of the residents away from the local area on Census night, there were 1.21 males per female. This is consistent with the general pattern that more men are away from home than women, usually due to more work trips.

 

93% were Australian citizens

 

A high 93% of Upper Lachlan Shire residents were Australian citizens, compared with 85% for NSW.



The median age was 46 years

 

The median age is the age where half are younger and half older. It was 8 years older than NSW and 2 years older than in 2006.

 

Dwellings averaged 2.4 residents

 

Upper Lachlan Shire had an average of 2.4 residents per occupied dwelling, and 1.1 residents per bedroom. By comparison, NSW averaged 2.6 residents per dwelling and 1.1 per bedroom.

 

The median personal income was $492 a week

 

The median personal income in mid-2011 was 12% less than the NSW $561.

 

The median family income was $1,192 a week

 

This was 19% less than the NSW $1,477.

 

The median mortgage repayment was $1,460 a month

 

The median mortgage repayment in Upper Lachlan Shire in 2011 was 27% or $533 less than the NSW median.

 

The median rent was $140 a week

 

The median rent was $160 less than NSW, or 53% less.

 

 

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Invest in Upper Lachlan

 

Upper Lachlan is located on the Southern Tablelands 45km west of Goulburn, about 60km north of Canberra and about 130km south-east of Bathurst.  It is an area that is known for its fine wool and potato production, history and picturesque countryside.

 

Upper Lachlan Shire benefits from a developed infrastructure, including roads, rail. telecommunications and a good transport system to the major centres of Goulburn, Canberra and Sydney. Despite it's proximity to major centres, Upper Lachlan Shire is strongly rural in its character.  Agricultural endeavour has been a feature of the economic and social fabric of the Shire.

 

There are, however, major shifts occurring in agriculture with the introduction of new farming methods and diversification of many land holdings toward new ventures such as olive growing, alpaca wool and horse studs.  Furthermore, Upper Lachlan Shire is becoming a popular destination for retirees and people wishing to leave large cities for a lifestyle change.  The economic base of the Shire is also changing, with tourism becoming the third major industry in the Shire, behind the traditional agricultural industries and retail.

 

Upper Lachlan's tourism industry provides a wide range of accommodation and experiences.  Excellent visitor numbers, increasing over the years have made tourism an important industry for Upper Lachlan Shire's economy, with many entrepreneurs, investors and local communities contributing to the success of the area.

 

The diversifying market mix means there are opportunities to establish new business activities around Upper Lachlan's uniqueness, developing small business enterprises such as manufacturing, creating goods for a niche market, or expanding upon the existing businesses and services.

 

With council staff who will help you establish your new business or relocate your existing business, this is the right time to invest in the Upper Lachlan Shire.

 

Economic Development

Live, Work and Invest in Upper Lachlan Shire!

For more information please contact:-

Brenda Proudman

Economic Development Officer

Ph. 02 4830 1000

email: council@upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au