O2N has been established to support industry and business development for the Orana and Central West regions of NSW.
Now more than ever, the Orana and Central West regions are the focal points for infrastructure, METS and energy development opportunities. The region is home to 33 operating mines and highly prospective opportunities including commodities associated with modern high-technology applications such as copper and critical minerals, including scandium, platinum group elements, cobalt, lithium, titanium, and zirconium.
Along with this, there is significant public and private investment occurring in infrastructure driving the growth of our regions.
These sectors provide a significant contribution to our region and there is a tremendous opportunity to support this sector further through the power of the O2N.
The O2N membership base incorporates all industries and every sized business from the Orana and Central West regions, which includes the major mining centres of Cobar, Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange, Peak Hill, Parkes, Condobolin and Lightning Ridge.
The aim of the network is to support the development of businesses across the region into growth and exports, improve sustainability and increase investment and connectivity.
O2N will expose potential collaborations including the hosting of events, forums and training seminars throughout the Orana and Central West.
The O2N will also proactively promote the capability of member firms to business opportunities within and outside the region. It will pursue business and industry development opportunity for the region to contribute to the economic prosperity of members and the communities in which they operate.
The network will provide member companies with the opportunity to take part in activities previously out of reach of smaller enterprises including training and development, knowledge sharing, networking, joint marketing initiatives, joint project bids, focused task forces, trade missions and tendering.
Relationships with key bodies such as Regional Development Australia – Orana, Ausindustry, Trade Start NSW, Austmine, ICAA, METS Ignited, the NSW Energy & Resources Knowledge Hub (ERKH), NIER and the Foundational Partnership of the University of Newcastle provide the network with additional support, services and weight in the political and business arena.
O2N has been established with the generous support of the Australian Government Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Hubs program and RDA Orana.