About the Orana Region

On 12th May 2016 Western Plains Regional Council was formed incorporating the former Dubbo City and Wellington Councils.

The Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC) comprises the local government areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Wellington, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle and Dubbo City Council.

The region is economically and socially reliant on its strong agricultural foundations and is subject to economic variations driven by climatic conditions.

Agriculture employs 16% of the total workforce, 12% in retail, 11% in health, 9% in education and 6.5% in public administration and 6.5% in accommodation and food.

Overall, the region contributes 2% to total State employment.  Mining and agriculture in the region contribute 9% and 7.5% respectively which is more than the NSW State average.

The OROC region has a significant high indigenous population of 20 % (average) as compared to the NSW state average of 2%.

The region supports major environmental resources of NSW, including comprising a large proportion of the upper NSW catchment in the Murray Darling Basin, and a diversity of vegetation and other biodiversity.