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Forbes is tailor made for those looking for a better work/life balance - a relaxed, rural community in one of the fastest growing regional areas in the Central West, it has a thriving local economy and a diverse range of industries and local businesses with ample job opportunities. You could start your own business or join the growing number of people working from home.


Being centrally located between three major mines - Lake Cowal, Cadia, and Northparkes (with CleanTeq soon to join them) and agriculture and forestry accounting for almost 25% of the local workforce, industry in Forbes is thriving. Its commercial and industrial precincts provide a strategic home for numerous businesses and include Homemaker Centre, Landrace Industrial Park and Central West Industrial Park, which has emerged as the manufacturing hub of the Central West. You’ll find commercial and industrial land for sale neighbouring other prominent businesses in the area.


Leave all the over-inflated business costs of the city behind and enjoy lower cost commercial office rental, renewable energy, water and industrial land with a community that is very supportive of local businesses. That’s just some of the benefits that make Forbes a highly cost-effective business location.


Job opportunity doesn’t knock quietly on doors in Forbes, it thumps on them. With over 2,300 local businesses staffed mostly by local residents, an extremely diverse economy, underpinned by a range of sectors, including Agriculture, Manufacturing, Construction, Education, Health, Mining and Tourism, and agricultural exports continuing to grow with demand from Asia, there’s no scarcity of jobs in Forbes.

Current opportunities


The Forbes region contains more than 225 industrial zoned lots of varying sizes across 511 hectares, all positioned for business growth. Conveniently located adjacent to the busy Newell Highway and nearby Intermodal Hub, they offer convenient access to key business and employment areas suitable for a variety of users including agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, storage and research.

Available lots


Tony Bernardi
– Bernardi’s Group

“I came to Forbes over 60 years ago, and this rich agricultural region was a great location for me to start my market gardening business. After five years I began life as a retailer, and from small beginnings in 1969 our Forbes supermarket is now the flagship store of our five supermarkets in Central West NSW.

We live by our motto ‘Pick Local’, and source much of our fresh produce from local growers in the Central West, who recognise Forbes as an important and convenient marketplace. Our emphasis on fruit and vegetables fresh from local growers to our shelves gives us a unique edge over our competitors.

The Forbes community has supported our business and has been a great place to bring up a growing family, with the third generation continuing to work locally in the business, enjoying all the benefits Forbes has to offer.”

Warwick Rolfe
– Woolerina

Warwick’s long held dream of taking beautiful Australian Merino wool from the sheep’s back, through to finished fashion garment, came to fruition when Woolerina was established in 2005.

“We chose Forbes due to its central location in the middle of a highly productive wool growing region. Being able to keep as much of the operation as close to the source as possible is hugely important. We love this community and what it has to offer.”

Rachel Pace
– Farmhouse Florae

“Over the last couple of years of living and working on the South Coast as an Interior Designer, I was eager to move to NSW’s Central West. I grew up in Canowindra; it was always home and I missed the rural life.

“The opportunity arose to make the move when the Forbes Florist came up for sale. The plan was always to make the business mine. I took over the florist in November 2021 and after a couple of months, we rebranded and moved to a more ideal location on Templar Street, surrounded by other buzzing Forbes businesses.

“My love and passion for creating beautiful interiors encouraged the emergence of a flower/homeware/giftware store, curating a gorgeous collection of stock that all complements each other beautifully. The community of Forbes is very friendly, supportive and welcoming to new comers and businesses. It definitely made the sea change easier!”