The Council wants to attract innovation, diversification and new ideas. Council is supportive of new business and as a member of the small BFC program, Scone is the location to establish your enterprise. If you are identifying opportunities to invest, looking to grow your business or you have a great idea you should consider Scone.
The Upper Hunter Energy Park (wind and solar farm) is a great example of a new business that fits with Council’s vision.
The paradigm shift for Scone will be a New England Highway bypass around Scone. This will provide the opportunity for a more tranquil town area, free from heavy transport. Many country towns have experienced significant growth resulting from bypass construction.
There is new and existing infrastructure in the local area to support new business. The development already underway creates opportunities.
Intensive agriculture and value add agri-business is supported by access and proximity to the Sydney food bowl, with lower cost agricultural and commercial land. Council has invested significant capital in a water supply pipeline, which has capacity for intensive irrigated agriculture. The climate is ideal for a large range of horticulture crops, including hydroponics and aquaculture.
Aviation related businesses can be located locally with capacity at the Scone Regional Airport, supported by an Airport Masterplan and scheduled $20 million upgrade, including a one of a kind tourist attraction in the Warbirds Visitor Attraction.
With the New England Highway bypass and two significant visitor attractions in the pipeline, tourism related opportunities abound. The Warbirds Visitor Attraction and Horse Centre of Australia, will grow the visitor economy by at least 50,000 people per year and establish a tourism precinct in Scone. The visitor economy will require additional accommodation options, new retail and food experiences to compliment the town revitalisation master plan already designed for post by-pass life.
As Scone grows into the future, there are endless investment opportunities. Short-term accommodation, in particular to support the equine industry, is in high demand, along with hospitality to support it.
Transport options along with fuel stations, both for residents and visitors, country experiences for tourists such as trail rides, present immediate opportunities. Demand for day care facilities, particularly long days for equine employees working around the clock will continue to grow as the area further develops. Property, both rental and for purchase, particularly family size, presents a constant need. Needs for basic amenities such as a Laundromat, dry cleaner and car wash, are yet unmet.
Why invest in Scone?
- Comparatively lower land cost
- Transport options and access
- Access to reliable electricity
- High water quality and availability
- Ability to attract a workforce, Scone is the town people choose for a tree change
- Access to markets. 2 hours to Newcastle and 3 to Sydney
- Mining activity, Scone is 30 minutes from significant coal mining activity