Economic development

Business is an important part of our community, with over 35,000 registered businesses operating in the Waverley Local Government Area. Waverley Council supports sustainable long-term economic growth through the retention of existing business and attraction of new business and investment. This encourages greater economic diversity, local job opportunities and maintains the community’s quality of life. Council has prepared its first economic development strategy providing a 5 year high level program that began in 2015.

Economic profile

Council has gathered new sources of information and tools to support local businesses with free access to online economic profiles (see links further below). The tools are designed to help better understand our economy and the varying contributions by all business sectors, the role of the visitor economy and trends through graphs, tables and interactive maps along with explanations and commentary. Information ranges from local population, employment, economic output, industry sectors, tourism and gross regional product and more.

  • 35,345 registered businesses (majority small businesses).
  • Distance to Sydney’s Central Business District – 6km approximately.
  • Major industries according to jobs:
    • Professional scientific and technical services
    • Construction, financial and insurance serves
    • Arts and recreation
    • Health care and social services.
  • 18,733 local jobs.
  • 39,000 passengers / day move through Bondi Junction bus / train interchange.
  • Bondi Junction to Beach – retail turnover – $1.75billion.
  • Over 2.2 million domestic and international visitors to Bondi Beach annually.
  • Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk- A top tourist destination in Sydney
  • Bondi Junction – primary commercial centre supported by village centres.

Our strategy

Waverley’s Economic Development Strategy details how Council will support the area’s economy over the next five years to 2020. This will be delivered in partnership with other tiers of government and industry groups, with a focus on a range of initiatives that involve:

  • destination marketing
  • place management
  • improving competitiveness
  • improved partnerships
  • business support
  • reducing red tape.

Useful links

More information

For more information or to discuss your business in Waverley, please contact our Economic Development team:

Phone: 9083 8000

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