Council's role in economic development is leadership in the development and implementation of policy, programs and projects which stimulate the community and region positively in terms of employment, business growth, investment and quality of life to ensure economic sustainability.

Economic Development & Tourism Plan 2015-2020

Bellingen Shire Economic Development & Tourism Plan 2015-2020

Demographic Data

Demographic data for the Bellingen Shire via Community Profile and Community Atlas

Small Business Friendly Councils Program

Bellingen Shire Council is a member of the Small Business Friendly Councils Program.

The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) has partnered with the NSW Business Chamber to develop a ground-breaking new program to increase the number of councils working proactively with small businesses.

The Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program is a first for Australia, giving councils willing to make small business a priority the opportunity to be recognised as ‘Small Business Friendly’.

The OSBC and NSW Business Chamber want to improve the overall business climate for small businesses in NSW and raise awareness of the difference local government can make by better engaging with small business.

Councils who sign up to the Program commit to a Charter which sets out a number of benchmarks councils must agree to meet to foster and support small businesses in their area.


Michael Grieve
Manager Economic & Business Development
Ph: 02 6655 7306