Located in the New South Wales high country, the Tenterfield region spans over 7,333Km2 and is located three hours south-west of Brisbane and three hours inland from Byron Bay. In addition to the main urban township of Tenterfield, the Shire includes the regional villages of Torrington, Mingoola, Legume, Liston, Drake, Jennings and Urbenville, and is home to a population of just over 6,600 people. The region offers a trifecta of picturesque countryside, awe-inspiring national parks, and rich history – notably, being the location of Sir Henry Parkes’ famous speech (The Tenterfield Oration) in 1889, calling for the federation of the six Australian colonies, which led to the foundation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901.
The warm, inviting nature of the villages and their people exudes warm country hospitality, attracting tourists who visit year-round to experience the four distinct seasons – mild alpine summers, vibrantly colourful autumns, white-frosted winters, and spectacular wildflower springs. Adventure seekers travel from far and wide to experience the scenic rugged landscapes of the region’s several national parks, including Boonoo Boonoo, Basket Swamp, Koreelah, Tooloom, Torrington and Bald Rock – the largest exposed granite monolith in the southern hemisphere. From boutique shopping, dining and accommodation to historical attractions, adventure, camping, farmstays and traditional country pubs, Tenterfield is a must-see destination, offering something for everyone with plenty to see and do.
The business precinct of Tenterfield is instantly appealing, boasting a diverse range of boutique retail outlets, professional services and supermarkets, enhanced by a central park and gardens, excellent cultural centre and public library. A redevelopment of the main street has invigorated the central business district, activating cafés, restaurant and the retail sector. Cafes and restaurants offer a wide selection of menus featuring local produce, and great coffee experiences. This is supported by numerous hotels and sporting facilities, offering a la carte dining experiences.
Tenterfield Shire’s seven villages each offer unique experiences, landscapes and a village lifestyle. Investment opportunities exist in the areas of horticulture, agriculture, cottage industries, mining, tourism (including product and infrastructure), and home based industries. The Mount Lindesay Road development offers further development opportunities for tourism based industries along this corridor.
The accommodation industry, including motels, bed and breakfasts, farmstays and boutique properties, is a vital part of the tourism industry providing for domestic, national and international visitors.
Recent and potential projects in the Tenterfield Shire include:
Agriculture (cattle and sheep, cropping) have traditionally been the mainstay of the Tenterfield economy. There is considerable scope for mitigating the risks associated with a heavy dependence on agriculture by diversifying the regional economy. It is important to recognise that logistical pathways are changing in the digital era and that Tenterfield has an opportunity to take advantage of these changes. The opportunity exists to build a more stable income base for this regional economy, to boost resilience, and where possible to compete, and engage in more value adding to capture a greater share of emerging markets.
There are several investment opportunities of significance within the Tenterfield Shire:
Opportunities for economic development and relocation are numerous. With the recent opening of the Tenterfield Industrial Park, several new housing estates being established and the availability of several highly strategic business locations in the CBD for redevelopment, Council’s focus is on retaining our current businesses and developing new enterprises.
Development Opportunities for Tenterfield
Boasting a thriving premium agribusiness economy and emerging renewable energy and services sectors, New England and North West enjoys easy access to Sydney and South East Queensland.
Visit www.investregional.nsw.gov.au for more information on investment in regional NSW.