The Riverina-Murray region aka the ‘food bowl of NSW’.
Contributes more to agricultural production (A$3.8 billion) than any other regional area in Australia.
Is home to 27,000 businesses.
Contributes A$11.8 billion to the NSW economy.
The Riverina and its neighbouring region the Murray regions are often mentioned together i.e. Riverina-Murray, due not only to their close proximity to each other, but also their similarities in areas such as industry.
The Riverina-Murray is one of Australia’s “food-bowls”, considered so due to the prime agricultural land and as an area, high volume of food and fibre production, along with associated Agribusinesses.
Growth within the Agribusiness sector is strong, benefitting from a high demand coming out of areas such as the Asian markets.
The region is also home to a developing AgTech cluster of industries along with strong education, medical, manufacturing, forestry and defence industries.
Transport infrastructure is another strength of the region as it is well linked and in close proximity to the major centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide.
Numerous major highways linking the capital cities run through the region, as do major rail links. These provide direct access to major ports such as those in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as to international airport terminals.
Freight and logistics companies have leveraged this ease of access by opening freight hubs around the region.
Agriculture & AgTech
The growing demand from Asia for Australian produce is something the region has been able to capitalise on, aided by the AgTech cluster that provides value-added manufacturing, agricultural research and development, and agricultural and environmental tourism.
Research and development occur in partnership between private and public institutions and has expertise in food and fibre production including cropping e.g. grain, livestock, olive oil and grapes (both wine and table varieties).
Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers
The Murrumbidgee River is the second-longest river in Australia
Both of these rivers are of significant value, both nationally and locally in terms of their benefit towards agricultural production, as well as tourism and natural habitats for flora and fauna.
Flowing through New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and forming part of the Murray-Darling Basin, The Murrumbidgee River is actually a tributary of the Murray River and is the second-longest river in Australia at 1,485 kilometres in length.
Murrumbidgee is Wiradjuri for “big water” with the Riverina and other areas of the south and central west of NSW being the home to the Wiradjuri people.