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Visit, Live, Study & Invest in Wellington::

Nestled at the foothills of the Mt Arthur Reserve on the banks of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers, Wellington is the second-oldest town west of the Blue Mountains.


Traditionally inhabited by the Wiradjuri people, Lieutenant John Oxley was the first European to discover the Wellington area after he came upon what he described as a "beautifully picturesque valley" which he named after Arthur Wellesley the "Iron Duke" of Wellington.


A convict settlement was established in 1823 and Wellington grew from there, being gazetted as a town in 1846.


In present day agriculture is the key industry in the Wellington Local Government Area, with the steeper land to the east supporting mainly grazing activities and the gentle undulating land to the west supporting mainly cereal production.


Mining exploration activity is of continuing interest, with a number of 'hard rock' mineral deposits within the local government area.


Wellington is a heritage town that offers a range of diverse economic activity, a great lifestyle choice and excellent business opportunities. It also provides support to the villages of Geurie, Elong Elong, Mumbil, Stuart Town and Euchareena.


Council functions in the public interest through leadership, care, responsibility, efficiency and equity in service delivery, effectiveness and accountability in decision making, with an appropriate process of consultation.


We hope that you enjoy your tour of Wellington Council's website, and welcome any feedback that you may have.




Economic Development

Major Projects

A number of major projects have been announced or proposed within the LGA, including:


Energy Production


• ERM Power continues to progress with plans for the construction of a gas fired power station at Wellington. In 2010, the company offered shares and sought to raise capital. Indeed, the company's prospectus provides some further good news in that it proposes over time the construction of up to three power stations at the Wellington site . The Wellington 1 project has a capital cost of $681M, and will employ up to 300 during the construction phase, with up to 10 ongoing positions once operational.


• Infigen Energy Development Pty Ltd is progressing with their application for the development of a 25 - 40 tower wind farm at Bodangora. The project has an estimated capital investment value of $200M, and would see the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and up to 4 operational jobs thereafter.


• Wind Prospect has lodged a major project application for the development of a wind farm comprising up to 330 towers located 20km east of Wellington. The project has an estimated capital investment value of $1.3bn. The project would see up to 250 jobs created during the construction phase, with up to an estimated 40 operational positions thereafter.


Mineral Extraction


• Approval by Planning & Infrastructure for the development of a 30mtpa coal project south of Cobbora was received. The project will result in a $1.3bn capital investment, creating up to 736 jobs during the construction phase, and up to 750 ongoing operation positions. The state government's Planning Assessment Commission approved the Cobbora Coal Project in May 2014.  Commonwealth approval was then granted under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.


• Alkane continues with their Dubbo Zirconia Project, which is located at Toongi about 30km south of Dubbo. The Dubbo Zirconia Project focuses on the extraction of the metals zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum, yttrium and rare earth elements. A Demonstration Pilot Plant has been operating since May 2008.


• Alkane also continues with exploration of the Comobella Intrusive Complex, with particular focus on the Glen Hollow Prospect. Recent reconnaissance RC drilling has intersected significant gold-copper mineralization, confirming the potential for the project to host significant porphyry style gold-copper mineralization . Further RC drilling is planned.


These projects present significant opportunities for the LGA, including, for example, employment opportunities and population growth. Indeed, should all of these projects reach the construction phase they will result in a capital investment of more than $3.5bn in the local area.



Wellington Council, in consultation with industry, has developed an economic development program to promote economic outcomes within the community. Council will deliver programs and assistance in accordance with its key objective:


"Business and industry will be supported in their role as key economic drivers through a range of evidence based strategies focussed on improving intensive and extensive economic development outcomes within the community".


The principles underpinning the development and delivery of its programs can be found here.


In the long term, there are ten primary objectives of the Economic Development Project:


• to increase population


• to increase government and private sector investment within the community


• to increase wealth within the community


• to increase commercial building occupancy rates


• to increase the value of tourism and retail activities


• to improve amenity within the LGA


• to improve the quality and availability of enabling infrastructure


• to reduce the constraints on investment, including crime


• to increase the number of residential dwellings in the LGA


• to strengthen the capacity of industry


Program objectives are available here.



Council has developed a number of programs to improve economic outcomes within the community.


Council's key programs include:


• Developing and implementing a shop local program which encourages the community to support existing businesses(Shop Local Campaign).


• Implementing programs which support improvements to amenity whilst engaging the community (New Business Development Assistance Program, Promoting Community Leadership Program).


Click here to view guidelines to be eligible for New Business Developmnet Assistance.


Click here to download the New Business Development Assistance application form.


• Supporting new residential construction within the LGA (Construction Incentive).


• Developing an investment prospectus for Wellington (The Wellington Prospectus).


• Working with industry to reduce crime and its impact on business (Industry Crime Prevention Project).


• Supporting not-for-profit organisations and our villages through community grants programs.


• Prioritising economic and social outcomes in terms of the delivery and maintenance of our infrastructure.



Wellington Council is committed to ensuring progress in delivering its economic development programs is assessed against stated performance measures.


Highlights include:


• Another shop local campaign will commence later in the year.


• Council continues to support community groups through direct grants and assistance with grant applications.


• A number of applications for assistance made under the Construction Incentive Program and the New Business Development Assistance Program have been considered.


• Council continues to strategically place the community to maximise outcomes from proposed major developments.