Cumberland City Council Economic Statement - A statement outlining a number of actions to address its financial situation has been released by Council. Read the Economic Statement and the Mayoral Minute Response to this statement.

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Location and skilled workforce

The region offers excellent strategic positioning for transport hubs and provides a number of benefits for many industries.

Centralised location for distribution

Cumberland offers a centralised industrial cluster. Its geographical location means that Sydney is a half hour train ride from the CBD, while Parramatta is only 5 minutes by train. Transport and road networks ensure the area is well connected and accessible.

A number of strategic and regional freight road and rail links are also provided in the Cumberland area. Road links include:

  • Western Motorway
  • Cumberland Highway
  • Woodville Road
  • Silver water Road.

Rail links include:

  • The Western Line and
  • Southern Sydney Freight Line. 

Freight network in Cumberland

Download Cumberland's Freight Network Map in PDF form (199 KB)

Hosting industries on the move

Cumberland boasts a strong and diverse industry presence with construction, supply chain and manufacturing sectors higher than NSW average.

The key industries for employment include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Freight and logistics
  • Transport and warehousing
  • Food and beverage
  • Retail trade.

These industries represent over 40% of employment for the Cumberland area. Other industries operating in the area include urban support services, health care and social assistance.

In 2019, Cumberland’s Gross Regional Product was $11.81 billion, representing 2% of NSW’s total economic output.

Additional benefits

  • Young, skilled and multilingual local workforce: 58% of people over 15 years of age have completed year 12 (or equivalent). 8% attend university or TAFE.
  • Strengths of cultural diversity with over 140 community languages – the top 5 being Arabic, Chinese, Dari/Farsi and Tamil. These cultures also offer diverse and emerging creative skills. 
  • Cost effective and affordable opportunities for emerging industries to establish.

Industrial and business zoning in Cumberland

Download Industrial and Business Zoning map in PDF form (1.76 MB)