Economic Profile

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Ideal Location

The Wollondilly Shire is located approximately 75 km southwest of Sydney, NSW. A variety of picturesque National Parks makes up the majority of the Shire land, with the pristine natural environment almost exclusively providing the drinking water for the Sydney region. Wollondilly is a large shire, spanning over 2,500 km², with a number of towns, most notably Picton, dispersed throughout.

The population of Wollondilly Shire is approximately 43,300, spread across a number of smaller towns. Between 2003 and 2014, the Wollondilly Shire has experienced an average population increase of around 1.7% annually. This population growth is expected to dramatically increase in the future, one of many reasons why Wollondilly is an area with major growth potential.

The Wollondilly Shire is set for considerable growth as the population of the Sydney Metropolitan region continues to expand at a rapid rate, with these growing needs being met by the new Wilton Junction development plan. The area is also one of the last agricultural hubs in the Sydney region.

Where Is Wollondilly

Economic Profile

Despite economic instability in a number of other regions, the Wollondilly Shire provides residents and businesses with a growing, yet stable, economy. Since 2001 the GRP of the local economy has been growing at an average annual rate of 2.1%. Although this has increased dramatically in recent years, with 7.6% reported in 2012, and 4.5% reported in 2013, there was a minor decrease of 0.3% in 2014. The Wollondilly Shire unemployment rate of 2.6% is well below the State and National levels, and the Economic Development Office is hoping to facilitate an increase in the number of local jobs available to residents and reduce the number of people that have to leave the region to find work.

Quick facts

  • Population – 47, 084
  • Median Age – 36 (23.1% aged between 0-14)
  • Employed Residents – 21,287
  • Local Jobs – 12,592
  • Local Businesses – 3,753
  • Largest Industry (in terms of employment) – Construction (construction, mining and manufacturing account for 46% of all jobs)
  • GRP - $1.62 billion

For more information and details on the Wollondilly Shire demographic and economic profile, please refer to ID Economy Profile

 Further information can also be found in the Economic Development Strategy

Looking Forward

The Wollondilly Shire is currently part of the fastest growing region in the Sydney-Metropolitan area. By 2031 the South West Subregion is expected to grow by an additional 325,850 people. This provides the Wollondilly Shire with huge growth opportunities, particularly with plans for the development of Wilton Precinct.

The Wollondilly Shire offers businesses and future residents an alternate location, allowing people to move away from the busy city lifestyle. The land within the region has a number of agricultural land holdings that can be very attractive to food producers. Its location also offers tremendous tourism opportunities, with a number of natural and historical landmarks scattered throughout the Shire. With Sydney and Wollongong within an hour’s drive, the Wollondilly Shire is in the ideal position to take advantage of the growth opportunities that these areas provide.

Current Projects:

Wilton New Town - Wilton New Town is a new master planned community that is being developed to meet the needs of Sydney’s population and housing needs. Wilton New Town will see the creation of up to 16,600 new housing lots, supported by new employment opportunities. This land has been identified as having a number of potential employment opportunities, ranging from retail, to agriculture, or even to industrial opportunities. All this see Wilton New Town the fifth largest town in NSW.

Wilton New Town will accommodate sustainable growth while providing new local employment opportunities, significant investment in local services and transport, health and education infrastructure for the Shire. There are a number of employment opportunities that this project provides, both for potential businesses and job seekers. Wilton Precinct will be helping to provide people with jobs that are locally based.

For more information on the project and how you can get involved visit the Wilton New Town Webpage.