The Region’s economy is largely based on agriculture — most significantly sheep and beef cattle farming, and a growing number of horticultural and intensive livestock industries.
Agriculture benefits from the Region’s favourable climate, reliable water supplies and transport systems. Tourism, retail and hospitality are also important industries that draws visitors from New South Wales and South East Queensland. There is also speciality manufacturing, opportunities for mining, and a growing renewable energy industry.
Tenterfield Shire has a growing horticultural sector, producing apples, stone fruits, avocados, kiwi fruit, blueberries, tomatoes, vegetables, eggs, pecans, chestnuts, honey and apiary, lavender, garlic and herbs, truffles, hemp and nursery plants.
Major industries of employment within Tenterfield Shire include