Tweed Shire Council recently launched its new Business Investment Guide that highlights the strategic advantages of this dynamic region.

Madura Tea is thriving in this fertile oasis with its sub-tropical climate in the Northern NSW hinterland.

Nestled amongst pristine rainforests, rural farmland and crystal clear streams north of Byron Bay, Madura Tea is Australia’s only sub-tropical tea estate that farms the full tea production process from growing, blending and packing.

Madura Tea Director Steven Bright said, “The founders of Madura Tea were wise in choosing here. It’s a natural environment and an ideal climate for the development for the flavours of tea.” 

Established in 1978 by third-generation tea planters from Sri Lanka, founders Michael and Norma Grant-Cooke who have sadly passed away, recognised the potential of the Tweed Shire.

“Their vision was as crystal clear as the creek that carves its way through our estate: to produce the perfect brew blending Australian-grown tea with the finest hand-selected teas from around the world,” Mr Bright said.

Madura Tea produces more than 550 tonnes of tea every year, with over 20 different blends, and exports to 24 countries that includes China, Pakistan South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, Nigeria and South Africa.

“Our family-owned business provides a livelihood for many families and we now employ 50 people.”

Mr Bright said they had recently received approval from Tweed Shire Council to re-purpose a farm shed into a “café come restaurant.”

Other businesses looking to set up or invest in the area can find all the information they need in the Tweed Business Investment Guide

Some of the competitive advantages of the region include:

• Natural advantage – the Tweed offers the best of all worlds, lush subtropical rainforests with 15 World Heritage areas, dramatic mountain ranges, fertile green fields and kilometres of unspoilt coastline. A warm climate with around 300 sunny days a year.

• Established economic base – ranked fifth in Australia for economic diversity, the Tweed has an economy worth about $2.5 billion a year. The top sectors are health services ($355m), construction ($270m), retail ($222m) and education ($188m).

 Business Investment Policy – start-ups are provided with a range of incentives and solutions and existing businesses are assisted to help achieve their expansion plans. The Easy To Do Business program also reduces red tape and streamlines approvals. 

• Strong Urban Growth – Tweed Heads is the fastest growing city in the state’s fastest growing region, the North Coast. The population is expected to grow to 127,000 by 2036 and Council has planned for this growth with greenfield urban-release areas.

• External Market Connectivity – the Gold Coast International Airport is just five minutes’ drive from Tweed Heads and is Australia’s fifth busiest airport, with many freight-forwarding companies. About 90 minutes’ drive is Brisbane and Queensland’s largest multi-container shipping port. There is also a four-lane dual carriageway on the M1 Pacific Motorway from Sydney to Brisbane, significantly cutting freight times.