Open for business

The Macleay Valley has a wide appeal for investors, families and tourists alike. In the Shire’s 3,355 square kilometres there is something for everyone.

Bounded by the local government areas of Hastings Shire in the south, Nambucca shire in the north and Dumaresq in the west. Kempsey Shire is accessible, energetic and an ideal investment location.

Offering a reliable and steady investment location that makes an ideal base for businesses and families wishing to relocate to the area to take advantage of the Macleay Valley lifestyle whilst still having access to quality schools, good health facilities and rewarding jobs.

The Shire experiences steady economic growth that is not characterised by boom and bust periods. Many opportunities exist in the Shire for new and existing businesses, employees and their families.

The South Kempsey industrial area is home to the world famous Akubra Hat Factory, Farrawell Glass and Aluminium, construction companies Lahey’s and O’Donnell and Hanlon, as well as heavy transport Repair Company Mavin and McNamara.

Kempsey is the major retail centre for the region and is home to many retailers including Woolworth’s, Big W, Target Country, Coles, Bunnings, as well as numerous specialty retail stores, and its own local department store Barsby’s.

Across the Macleay there is a choice of public and private schools, the Mid-North Coast Institute of TAFE. The TAFE offers an extensive range of courses and provides quality education to the local community.

In addition to the TAFE, Coffs Harbour has a branch of Southern Cross University offering a range of courses and Port Macquarie offers Education and Nursing degrees through the University of Newcastle. The University of New England, in Armidale (only a couple of hours from Kempsey Shire) and Australia’s first regional University offers a wide range courses from undergraduate through to post-graduate, and is also a leading provider in external studies.

Those seeking more recreational pursuits can enjoy the pristine beaches, reefs, sponge gardens and a variety of marine creatures. The magnificent Macleay River meanders its way through the valley and vast natural forests which dominate the local landscape. Excellent sporting and other leisure facilities also contribute to the high quality lifestyle of the region.

All of this combines to make the Macleay Valley an attractive place to live, work, play and invest.

Further information

For further information on how we can help your business or family relocate to the Macleay Valley, contact Kempsey Shire Council’s Economic Development and Tourism unit on 02 6566 3100, or email