Nambucca Valley

Nambucca Valley is located on the Mid North Coast. The terrain is steep and intersected by small streams nestled between the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The Shire has two National Parks, eight local nature reserves and 25km of coastline. The main localities of the Shire include Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Bowraville, Valla Beach and Scotts Head with many smaller villages and rural settlements.

Traditional industries of dairying, timber, grazing, and horticulture have been supplemented by aquaculture and tree crops such as macadamias. Service industries, in particular tourism, aged care and health services are important and growing sources of employment.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

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Contacting Council

44 Princess Street
Macksville NSW 2447
Postal Address:
PO Box 177, Macksville NSW 2447
Phone: 02 6568 2555
Fax: 02 6568 2201

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 20,375
Area (Km2) 1,491.30
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 11
State Planning Region North Coast

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 2,264 1,558
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 148 176
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 62,159,000 62,597,889
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 43,818,000 50,287,889
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 29 21
Population Density (residents per Km2) 14 4
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 1 1
Public Halls (No.) 20 10
Public Libraries (No.) 2 2
Open Public Space (ha) 1,610 301
Total Road Length (km) 730 1,728

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) 3.5 1.7
Population aged under 20 years (%) 16.1 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 54.4 58.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 29.5 22.1
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 8 7
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 2 11
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 9 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 5.4 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 42,111 53,624
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.3 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 82,922,709 16,769,104
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 1,492 1,501

Largest Industry Employer

Health Care & Social Assistance