Calling all business owners and recruitment staff

Is the availability of skilled and qualified staff holding your business back? If so, we want to know about it!

The Inland Rail provides a number of opportunities for economic growth across the region and we want to maximise this opportunity for all local businesses.

The Regional Activation Unit are collaborating with Transport for NSW to assess existing and future skills within the Moree Plains and what might impact growth. Be a part of the strategy to overcome skills shortage by completing this ten minute survey and help aid the creation of jobs in our region.

Please provide your feedback

This short survey will collect your valuable feedback will help us to develop strategies to overcome skill shortages and importantly, support the creation of new jobs in our region. Please click here to access the survey before Friday 16 October.

Get on board with Love Local Gift Cards

There’s little doubt this year has been a tough one for our wonderful community and of course our local business owners. To show our support, Council launched the Love Local Gift Cards initiative in November 2019 to give residents of the Moree Plains, along with their friends and families, an easy way to shop local.

How does it work?

The Love Local Gift Cards work like an ordinary EFTPOS card, which can be redeemed in businesses within the Moree Plains Shire that have signed up to be part of the program. The good news is the program is being run at zero cost to businesses with Council covering participating store setup, advertising and promotional costs.

One of the great benefits of the cards is that they can only be redeemed in the Moree Plains Shire, which means it’s not only the recipient who benefits, but also the local business owner who is employing local people and supporting our local economy.

Are you part of the Love Local program?

We’ve witnessed a huge surge in support of regional businesses initiated by national programs such as the Buy from the Bush and the Buy Regional programsWith less than 21 weeks to go until Christmas, now is the perfect time to sign up to be part of the Love Local program to benefit from the pre-Christmas shopping rush.

Council encourages all local businesses to become a participant in the program which already has close to 100 participating stores across the Moree Plains Shire, including businesses in Moree, Mungindi and Pallamallawa.

Don’t miss out

Joining the program now means your business will be included in our new print and digital materials as part of our pre-Christmas advertising campaign.

All you need is a functioning EFTPOS facility and offer some kind of retail product or service. Email us at to get started.

Introducing Moree’s Greenhouse

Council is set to receive a total of $515,468 from the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program to develop a business incubator and co-working space in the heart of Moree, in partnership with the University of New England. This funding will be accompanied by a $80,000 contribution by Council.

The project supports Council’s goal of furthering economic development and diversification outcomes in our Shire and draws upon the significant expertise of the University of New England (UNE).

What’s a Smart Regional Incubator (SRI)?

An ‘incubator’ helps to develop start-up businesses and provides support for existing businesses to scale-up. Moree Plains Shire Council has partnered with the incredible team at the University of New England to extend their existing SMART Region Incubator program to the Moree Plains.

Based in Armidale, the UNE has a proven track record in developing its SMART Region Incubator program, with two incubators already established since 2017 – the first of which was delivered in partnership with Tamworth Regional Council and the second from the Armidale UNE campus.

Known as the Greenhouse, this exciting space will not only house the UNE SMART Region Incubator program and staff member, but also provide a co-working space for local and visiting businesses and individuals. It will be located in Moree’s CBD and will provide the core resources a new business needs to succeed – such as a workspace, a reliable high-speed internet connection, a network of like-minded business people and access to business coaching, mentors and partners through the UNE SRI program. Importantly, the Greenhouse will also provide a social outlet and resource for the many businesses in the Moree Plains that currently operate from home.

What does this mean for local businesses?

For existing business owners, the Greenhouse is likely to boost local spending in cafes and retail stores, provide a place to meet and do business, as well improve local capacities through on-site training and development. The Greenhouse will entice innovation and investment in the Moree Plains Shire and North West NSW.

Moree’s Special Activation Precinct

On Tuesday 3 December 2019, Moree was declared a Special Activation Precinct investigation area, thanks to the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund delivered by the NSW Government.

So what is a Special Activation Precinct?

A Special Activation Precinct (SAP) is a dedicated area in a regional location identified by the NSW Government to become a thriving business hub. This State-led initiative will help to create jobs, attract businesses and investors and drive economic growth, bringing together planning and investment support services.

What this means for Moree

The new Precinct will create long-term job opportunities and attract investors, making it easier for both new and existing businesses to thrive, and strengthening the region’s economy.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, businesses that set up in the SAP will have access to necessary common-user infrastructure such as heavy-duty roads and digital connectivity. Support from a business concierge service will fast-track planning processes, ensuring they are established quickly and successfully.

Freight and logistics

Moree is set to become a true intermodal hub with road, rail and air transport links available, including connection to the Port of Newcastle, that will enable businesses to access global markets.

Advancements in farming technology and on-farm storage will also increase Inland Rail efficiency, enabling it to move increased volumes of product off the roads and via the rail network.

High value agriculture

Our strategic position in the heart of the most productive grain region in Australia means there are opportunities to support value-adding industries, such as: fertiliser manufacturers, grain products, meat products, nut processing

Next steps

The Moree SAP development is great news for the community of Moree and the entire North West NSW. The development of a SAP is a process led by the NSW Government, which will work closely with Moree Plains Shire Council, community industry and stakeholders.

Moree Plains Shire Council is excited about the opportunities this will create and, with the NSW Government, we will actively seek community support and input.

Where can I find out more?

Special Activation Precincts are a NSW Government initiative, with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment leading the mast planning process and the Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation leading delivery of a Precinct.

For more information about Special Activation Precincts please visit or contact .

For any further enquiries, please contact Council at

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