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Margaret O’Dwyer

Deputy Director for Riverina-Murray

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Food producing region

Food producing region

One of Australia’s main food producing regions
Agribusiness is a major area of growth

Agribusiness is a major area of growth

Agribusiness is a major area of growth, driven by strong demand in Asia
Well serviced by transport infrastructure

Well serviced by transport infrastructure

Well serviced by transport infrastructure and proximity to Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney
Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing provides opportunities across the region

The Riverina-Murray region is widely known as the ‘food bowl of NSW’ making the largest regional contribution to agricultural production of A$3.1 billion.


The region’s total contribution to the NSW economy is A$13.2 billion supporting 26,833 businesses.

The region is capitalising on growing Asian and international demand for agricultural produce, value-added manufacturing and, increasingly, environmental tourism. The renowned AgTech cluster in Wagga Wagga, with research and development expertise in grain, livestock, olive oil and wine production, partners closely with industry to innovate and add value to global food value chains.

The nationally significant Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers have supported the region’s growth and agricultural economy. The region has strong credentials in sustainable resource management and continues to leverage technology to maximise its agricultural diversification.

The number of visitors to the Riverina-Murray has steadily increased by 4.5% annually on average since year ended June 2013 to year ended June 2019, contributing over A$1.5 billion in expenditure to the regional economy. The fastest growth, since the year ending June 2014 came from domestic overnight visitors in both percentage (32.9and volume terms (up 606,000).

Key infrastructure supporting the Riverina-Murray

Key infrastructure supporting the Riverina-Murray

National freight corridors connect the region to ports and international airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and access to national and international markets.

Freight and logistics companies have capitalised on its strategic location, operating several intermodal freight hubs in the region.

Wagga Wagga is the second official Special Activation Precinct to capitalise on the A$9.3 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. It creates an opportunity for growth and new investment in advanced manufacturing, recycling and agribusiness, and the potential to add value at every stage of the supply chain.

The region’s cities of Albury, Griffith and Wagga Wagga will accommodate the highest rates of growth over the next 20 years.

Commercial real estate in Wagga Wagga is on average A$230 per square metre for office rent per annum compared to A$695 in Melbourne’s CBD, while industrial rent is on average A$80 per square metre in Wagga Wagga.

Skilled labour is readily supplied through Charles Sturt University and a range of TAFE campuses. Over 75% of households have internet access.

Key infrastructure supporting the Riverina-Murray

Sun setting over the countryside in Deniliquin - image courtesy of Destination NSW

Current opportunities in Riverina-Murray

  • Agribusiness and food

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    Workforce
    • 6% of the workforce hold tertiary agricultural or environmental studies qualifications compared to the 2% national average

    • 19% of NSW agribusiness and food employees reside in the Riverina-Murray

    • By 2036, the population is predicted to increase by 11,150.

    Infrastructure
    • 5.1 million hectares of available arable land for grazing, 2.2 million hectares for dryland cropping and 0.5 million hectares for irrigated cropping

    • Processing mills for rice, cotton and tree nuts

    • Access to water and irrigation infrastructure including a network of irrigation channels, private irrigation schemes and water storage capacity of over 5.6 million megalitres across Hume (3 million megalitres), Blowering (1.6 million megalitres) and Burrinjuck (1 million megalitres).

    Success
    • AgTech cluster at Wagga Wagga, based at Charles Sturt University

    • Expertise in value chain sustainability, such as CopRice’s manufactured livestock feed sourced from SunRice and Narrandera Flour Mill waste

    • Leading producer of agriculture, forestry and fishing products, and manufactured food products, including rice, cotton, tree nuts, citrus and melon production.

    For more information on Agribusiness and Food, please refer to the sector detail page.

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  • Forestry

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    Workforce
    • Full sector workforce from primary forestry and logging, to intermediate and final goods production including pulp, structural framing and paperboard manufacturing.

    Infrastructure
    • Home to the nation’s largest softwood forests

    • Major processing facilities for timber are located at Tumut, Tumbarumba, Wagga Wagga and Albury

    • 165,000 hectares of softwood in the eastern Riverina and red gum forests in the Murray region.

    Success
    • NSW produces one third of Australia’s softwood timber, most of it via plantations using exotic species such as radiata pine

    • Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) with the Federal Government ensure that forests are sustainably managed.

    For more information on Forestry, please refer to the sector detail page.

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  • Advanced manufacturing

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    Workforce
    • More than 900 businesses employing almost 12,000 people in the manufacturing sector

    • One in four adults have a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) education.

    Infrastructure
    • Strong rail, road and airport infrastructure to access export and import markets

    • Multi-disciplinary research at Charles Sturt University

    • Excellent availability of industrial land

    • Wagga Wagga Special Activation Precinct.
    Success
    • Southern Oil has the capacity to process 38% of Australia’s annual waste lube oil production

    • Renewed Metal Technologies operates a world-class lead reprocessing facility

    • Newtecpoly is the leading sales and service provider of PolyWaste technology which manufactures a unique wood substitute from mixed plastics previously destined for landfill.

    For more information on Advanced Manufacturing, please refer to the sector detail page.

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Success stories in the Riverina-Murray

Get in touch

Margaret O’Dwyer

Deputy Director for Riverina-Murray
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Suite 5, 620 Macauley Street
ALBURY NSW 2640
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