How we can help

Kempsey Shire Council is actively seeking new business investment to generate jobs and economic growth in the region. Overseeing one of the fastest growing areas of NSW, Council is committed to securing strong employment opportunities for locals residents. Approximately 30,000 people live in the Kempsey Shire and with a growing population, Kempsey Shire is an ideal place to invest for the future.

Kempsey Shire Council recognises the importance of meeting business needs and will respond quickly and constructively to all business enquiries.

There are a number of ways Council can assist in any business enquiries including:

  • Through Local Environment Plans and Development Control Plans that are available for viewing at any time.
  • Pre-lodgement meetings can be held between businesses and council staff to discuss ideas and proposals before formal plans are drawn up and development applications are lodged.
  • Council can introduce potential new investors to the owners and managers of local businesses for further information and assistance.
  • Information is available from Council on a range of local statistical profiles including employment, Industry and investment trends.
  • When a Development Application is lodged it is assigned to a planning officer to professionally manage. This officer maintains regular contact with the applicants to ensure that applications are processed in the shortest possible time. The office is also available to answer any questions, or resolve any concerns which may arise.
  • For major business developments, a senior planner is appointed to monitor and guide the whole project through Council and government requirements.
  • Business developments can be classified as ‘Complying Developments’ to further speed up the approval process and achieve certification within seven (7) days.
  • Kempsey Shire Council has skilled and experienced certifying staff, who can provide building certification to ensure that construction complies with the Building Code.
  • Council is part of a joint water authority for the Macleay Valley region. This removes the need for business to approach a separate government agency for water, sewerage and other related services.
  • Council has established links to the business community; through our relationships we are able to access the resources of the broader community to assist you in establishing your business here.
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