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Economic Development

Balranald Shire Council takes a proactive approach to encouraging economic development within the Shire to encourage job growth and wealth creation within the community.

Council’s Strategic Development Unit is responsible for leading, managing and delivering Council’s strategies, policies and programs to promote the sustainable economic development of the Shire.

The Strategic Development Unit provides:

  • A point of contact between business and Council
  • Information, support and referral services
  • Established partnerships with other government agencies and regional organisations to assist with business development.

Phone: 03 50201300
Address: 70 Market Street Balranald NSW

Current Developments with our Shire include:


Opening and running a café, small bar or restaurant in Balranald Shire just got easier!

Supporting and growing our local business economy is a priority for Council. We are delighted to partner with Service NSW and the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner to launch Easy to do Business in Balranald Shire.

Through one online portal you will receive step-by-step guidance and support across local, state and federal government requirements, to open and grow your business. Easy to do Business is free of charge and gives you peace of mind by letting you know upfront the time, fees and effort involved.

 Mayor Alan Purtill says, “A thriving economy and creating more local jobs is so important to Council. We understand the difficulty, hurdles and red tape that people go through just to get a business up and running, which is why we are excited to launch Easy to do Business here in Balranald ShireThis program is not only free of charge, it lives up to its name.”

With streamlined forms and one phone number to remove complexity when opening a café, small bar or restaurant, you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on your business. And, for added assurance, you will be supported by a dedicated personal Business Concierge through the process.

Easy to do Business has already reduced the time it takes to open a café, small bar or restaurant making it faster to set up your business. With new industries such as housing construction and retail being added in the future, we are looking forward to more ways to make it easier for you to do business in Balranald Shire.

Balranald Shire Council is delighted to be able to continue our support of local business by joining this program. We encourage anyone interested in opening a café, small bar or restaurant to take advantage of this service,” adds Mayor Purtill.

For more info, visit the Shire Council Office, call (03) 5020 1300, email: or visit or call 13 77 88.