The Great Lakes Advantage
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The Great Lakes region could be the best location for your business. Why? The proximity to major markets and suppliers is one reason. The Great Lakes is less than 3 hours from the M1 in Sydney, only 1.5 hours from Newcastle, 3 hours to Coffs Harbour, and just over an hour to Port Macquarie.
Secondly, consider the local population. The Great Lakes is experiencing significant population growth. The population is predicted to grow by nearly 26% by 2036.
It's no longer a "rural based" region. An influx of retirees and "sea-changers" has turned the Great Lakes into what could be called a "lifestyle region". Our area is attractive for its proximity to the coast and this obviously brings with it the benefits of the tourist and weekender dollar.
Economic growth in the region is driven by the service industry. The dominant sectors are education, health, community services, retail, hospitality and food.
Detailed and up to date statistics are available on the Great Lakes Council Community Profile. It's also possible to drill down into the key socio-demographic characteristics of the region in the Community Atlas. These resources could help you understand your potential business marketplace and ROI.