Other industries

Other industries

Lake Macquarie City has a diversity of industries and a broadly qualified and experienced workforce. In addition to identified target industries, the following sectors form an integral part of the City’s economy:


The City has a proud coal mining history, and coal remains a robust and significant contributor to the state and national economies. Coal mines are a major direct employer and the industry generates employment and economic growth in integrated support industries such as engineering, manufacturing, service and logistics.

Power generation

Lake Macquarie City is home to the Eraring Power Station. Eraring is the largest power station in Australia, with a generating capacity of 2,880 megawatts. Fuelled by black coal, it is a highly efficient and flexible power station that plays a crucial role in maintaining a reliable supply of electricity to NSW.

Construction and trades

Servicing the local region plus the Hunter Valley and beyond, Lake Macquarie City has many small- to large-scale construction and maintenance companies, partnerships, joint ventures and sole practices.

Competitive advantage

  • Lake Macquarie has access to abundant natural coal and quarrying resources, which has driven local mining since the 1800s. Similarly, local coal supplies provide thermal coal for Eraring Power Station.
  • Connection to world-class rail, road and port infrastructure provides for low-cost operational and export and import advantages.
  • Easy and fast road connectivity (30-90 minutes) to Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s major construction projects provides for centralised access to construction companies which are located in Lake Macquarie City.

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