Forbes Shire (map), home to a population of approximately 9,600, is situated in the heart of the Lachlan Valley, and is regarded as one of the richest primary producing areas in New South Wales. Traditionally a home of the Wiradjuri people, white settlement followed the explorations of John Oxley who travelled through the area in 1817. The population in the district boomed when gold was discovered in 1861. By the end of the 1860s gold had become secondary to the pastoral and developing agricultural wealth of the district and Forbes began to transform into the rural community it is today.
Forbes Shire is ideally located at the junction of the Lachlan River and Newell Highway, and has a diverse economy ranging from irrigated land holdings, dairy operations, dryland farming and manufacturing, to strong retail, education and health sectors which combine with a dynamic and growing tourism market.
Forbes is a great place to conduct business, where you can reach 80% of the Australian population within a 12 hour transport trip with efficient road and rail links, daily flights are just 30km away. There is a pool of almost 10,000 workers to draw upon in the local and surrounding area, affordable industrial land, electricity, natural gas and alternate energies and a good water supply.
Forbes Shire Council takes a proactive approach to encouraging economic development within our Shire, specifically, to encourage job growth and wealth creation within our community. For further information on development in the region please contact Forbes Shire Council, telephone: 02 6850 2300.