Why Invest in Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan is on the GO!

Queanbeyan is entering an exciting growth period. Our city is one of the fastest growing regional centres in NSW and our population is expected to increase to around 57,000 by 2036.

Our close proximity to the ACT with its major population base of 385,000 gives added support to our claim that we have country living with city benefits. The popularity of Queanbeyan as a residential location has been enhanced in recent years with its physical rejuvenation through both public and private capital injections and leveraging off its nearness to the ACT. This ensures the city will continue to prosper well into the future.

Recent upgrades to the Canberra International Airport gives Queanbeyan businesses that added competitive edge to access the rest of Australia and the world. Our city offers many advantages for commercial and industrial investment. We are uniquely placed for those industries in the high-tech areas or any form of communications, transport and light industry. Queanbeyan City Council is working in partnership with business and the community to enhance Queanbeyan’s attractiveness as a place to invest, do business and reside.

We have initiatives underway which are enhancing the city consisting of the implementation of a CBD Master Plan, the rezoning and development of new employment lands in Tralee and other parts of South Jerrabomberra, and the development of new towns and local centres for the Googong and South Jerrabomberra areas. We also have a long term strategic plan for the city which addresses the community’s aspirations of where they want to see our city heading in the coming decade. All these initiatives show that Queanbeyan is a community on the GO! Come on board and be a part of this exciting future for our city.

Queanbeyan has also developed into a major NSW Regional Centre with many government departments headquartered or represented in the City.

Employment Lands

Queanbeyan has a number of light industrial areas plus shopping precincts, motels, hospitals as well as a wide range of service industries in the hospitality sector. A new residential development commencing in 2011 at Googong will provide future business and investment opportunities. Allocated employment land in Tralee is anticipated to be available from 2013.

Snapshot of Businesses in Queanbeyan

There are approximately 4,000 businesses of all types in Queanbeyan although little heavy industry. However there is a dynamic secondary industry sector operating from Queanbeyan's two industrial areas. Home based business features strongly in the mix as does high technology and artisans industries. Licensed clubs, hotels, and accommodation and conference venues are available and the City is renowned for its wide range of restaurants. These range from intimate restaurants through a range of ethnic cuisine to the popular family chains.

Retail - Two major shopping centres in the CBD combined with lively Main Streets retail activity. The main streets shopping strips set Queanbeyan apart from Canberra as they provide a country-style atmosphere with free parking. Jerrabomberra and Karabar both have smaller retail centres.

Manufacturing - Queanbeyan boasts a wide range of manufactured products from high tech local companies producing laser optics, printed circuit boards, "smart windows" etc to ladies fashions, commercial display systems and quality office furniture. Because of its location Queanbeyan attracts many small innovative organisations able to develop and manufacture unique products.


A key economic strength for Queanbeyan is its accessibility to major transport infrastructure. Many major road transport companies are based in the City and there are regular rail services from Queanbeyan to Sydney and Canberra. Air transport is available from Canberra a short 10km or 12 minutes drive. Major upgrades to the road network are planned over the next 25 years to support new development.