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Moree is recognised as the capital of an emerging region. It is one of Australia's premier areas for agriculture  production and is located on a significant national transportation corridor. Moree Shire presents significant opportunities for business and industry, with its stable population and access to three major cities - Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - and other coastal and inland centres and ports.

 

Moree is located at the intersection of the Newell and Gwydir Highways, and is 647 kilometre north-west of Sydney and 444 kilometres south-west of Brisbane.
 

 




The region's economy is based on traditional agricultural industries such as cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle and pecan nuts, supplemented by emerging olive and citrus industries. Tourism, retail, finance, business services and properties are also strongly represented. Moree offers a range of outstanding amenities, facilities, and commercial amenities, facilities and commercial advantages, including:
 

  • Extensive transport-related infrastructure including road, rail and airport facilities
  • High standard educational services including pre-schools, primary schools, high schools and a TAFE college
  • An attractive and liveable town with boasts parklands, a beautiful golf course and revitalised CBD
  • Available land for industrial, residential and agricultural uses
 
Vegetation
Moree Plains Shire is home to three distinct vegetation communities: riparian open forests, pastoral grasslands/scattered eucalypts and urban areas.
 
Riparian open forests are found along the banks of the Mehi River and the larger creeks that wend their way throughout the plains. Here river red gums and coolabah trees benefit from the abundance of water and play host to native birds and other wildlife. The pastoral grasslands/scattered eucalypts community is made up of pasture scattered with eucalypts and other natives. In this vegetation community the silver-leaved ironbark, poplar box, river red gum and carbeen are common.
 
The urban areas vegetation community can be found within the outskirts of Moree and other villages in the Shire. Here, you’ll find parklands planted with lawns, and with native and introduced trees and shrubs. The Shire is also renowned for having many beautiful private gardens ranging in style from rambling cottage gardens based on introduced plants to gardens based on water-tolerant natives.
 
Wildlife
Red and grey kangaroos can be found in abundance in Moree Plains Shire, although wallaroos and wallabies are less common. Koala colonies have been spotted in woodland pockets across the Shire, and echidnas have been reported near Mungindi and other locations. A number of microbat species visit the area on a seasonal basis. The little red flying fox also makes regular visits to the region. A colony of little red flying foxes numbering between 5,000 and 10,000 animals has been observed on the banks of the Mehi River near the Moree Services Club.
 
Commonly seen birdlife includes butcher birds, crested pigeons, currawongs, emus, fly catchers, hawks, honeyeaters, kingfishers, kookaburras, magpies, owls, parrots, quails and wedge-tailed eagles. The rivers and wetlands are also home to large numbers of waterbirds.
 
Skinks are common, as are geckoes and blue-tongued lizards. Frogs such as the green tree frog are abundant. Snake species include the king brown, tiger snake, and red-bellied and blue-bellied black snake.
 
Wetlands
The Gwydir Wetland System covers an area of more than 100,000ha. Four separate parcels of the wider wetland system, one of which is called the Gwydir Wetlands, are considered to be highly environmentally significant and are listed under the Ramsar Convention. The Gwydir Wetlands are also listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia.
 
The wetlands are an important breeding and feeding ground for colonial water bird species. More than 235 species of birds have been observed in the wetlands including a number of rare, endangered and vulnerable species such as the Australasian bittern and painted snipe.
 
The cracking clay soils of the wetlands provide an excellent habitat for many frog species. Approximately 14 different species have been recorded in the wetlands, the most common of which are the barking marsh frog, spotted marsh frog, salmon striped frog, green tree frog, broad palmed frog and the crucifix frog.
 
The area is also home to native mammals – including the eastern water rat, swamp wallaby and narrow-nosed planigale (marsupial mouse) – and is an important fish breeding area.