The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council local government area is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, about 420 kilometres north of Sydney, and 510 kilometres south of Brisbane.
Our region offers a fantastic lifestyle and climate, a rapidly growing and diverse economy, affordable and accessible land, and outstanding business opportunities. We have a strong labour force and, as a key regional centre, are well positioned to be a major beneficiary of the continued rise and popularity of the Mid North Coast. Our Airport services the wider Mid North Coast Region and caters for approximately 230,000 passengers per year, making it the 5th largest regional airport in NSW.
We are spoilt for educational choice, with first rate public, independent and private schools. Three of Australia’s leading universities have now established campuses here, with Port Macquarie offering the only full medical degree in regional NSW.
Greater Port Macquarie has things to see and do for all ages of various interests who can enjoy activities such as high-speed boats, scenic river cruises and much more. With the Pacific Ocean, golden beaches, lush rainforests and hinterland with abundant wildlife, these are just some of the reasons that so many people return to settle.
Dr Clare Allen
Chief Executive Officer
Bellingen Shire Council
Bellingen Shire Council is a large rural Local Government authority located in north coast NSW (550km north of Sydney) with a consolidated annual turnover of around $37 million, asset base around $0.5billion, and employee headcount of 149 providing around 60 services to the community daily. Bellingen is 1602 square km in size, 53% of which comprises state forest, national parks and crown land (unrateable), home to 13,000 residents with small population growth (1.2% 2011-16) and ageing demographic (25% aged over 65).
North Coast NSW attracts the third highest number of tourists nationally, with key focus on culture, liveability and social cohesion. Bellingen Shire’s traditional economic base was agriculture, now transitioning to tourism, culture and events, aquaculture, agribusiness, food and aged care (Bellingen Shire Council 2018).
Kempsey Shire Council
Nestled in between the coastal towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour is the Macleay Valley. The Kempsey Shire covers an area of 337,874 hectares between the Pacific Ocean in the east, Five Day Creek in the west, and from Grassy Head in the north to Kundabung in the south. The Shire-wide population is now nearly 30,000 residents.
The Macleay Valley has natural environmental beauty with a stunning coastline framed by the Great Dividing Range and bush hinterland in between. The hinterland takes in the heritage river towns of Bellbrook and Willawarrin that provide scenic lookouts, country markets, canoeing and world class bass fishing. The Macleay River is the lifeblood of the Shire, surrounded by a wide floodplain giving us rich pastoral land and productive farms. We are strategically located midway between Sydney and Brisbane.
Kempsey is the commercial, education and health hub with a population of around 12,000. The Kempsey Shire is proudly the home of Slim Dusty, Akubra and Milo – strong Australian and International brands – and the growing local economy is based on tourism, farming and service industries. Along with a great climate and the stunning coastal resort towns of Grassy Head, South West Rocks, Hat Head and Crescent Head, this makes the Macleay Valley a prime tourism destination. We are Aussie country on the coast.