Clarence Valley Council

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Clarence Valley Council area


The Clarence Valley Council area is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. The Council area encompasses a total land area of 10,440 square kilometres, of which a significant proportion is National Park, State Forest and nature reserves, including beaches, rainforests, mountains and rivers. The Clarence Valley Council area is predominantly rural, with expanding residential areas and some industrial and commercial land uses. Settlement is based around the main town of Grafton and the townships of Iluka, Maclean and Yamba, with many small villages and localities along the coast and inland. Smaller townships and villages include Alice, Angourie, Baryugil, Braunstone, Brooms Head, Clouds Creek, Coaldale, Copmanhurst, Coutts Crossing, Cowper, Dalmorton, Diggers Camp, Dundurrabin, Glenreagh, Gulmarrad, Jackadgery, Junction Hill, Minnie Water, Newton Boyd, Nymboida, Sandon, Tucabia, Ulmarra, Wooli, Wooloweyah and Woombah.

Key employment sectors in the Clarence Valley Council area include retail trade, health care, public administration and safety, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, education, and agriculture forestry and fishing. The main retail areas are the Grafton CBD, Grafton Shoppingworld, Grafton Mall, South Grafton Shopping Centre, the Yamba CBD and Yamba Shopping Fair, with smaller retail areas in the townships of Iluka and Maclean. The main health care facilities are Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital. Industrial areas are located mainly in the townships of Iluka, Maclean-Townsend, South Grafton and Yamba. Educational facilities are provided at North Coast TAFE (Grafton and Maclean Campuses) and numerous primary and secondary schools. Much of the rural area is used for forestry, agriculture and grazing, including beef cattle and sugarcane growing. Fishing is also an important industry. In more recent years tourism has become a major industry, especially along the coast.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Gwydir Highway
  • Pacific Highway
  • North Coast railway line
  • Clarence Valley Regional Airport


  • Sydney GPO 600km
  • Brisbane GPO 300km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Port of Yamba
  • Harwood Industrial Estate
  • Iluka Industrial Estate
  • Koolkhan-Trenayr Industrial Estate
  • Maclean-Townsend Industrial Estate
  • South Grafton Industrial Estate (around the railway line)
  • Yamba Industrial Estate

Clarence Valley Council

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