Despite constant changes to trends and opportunities across the region, and following not only devastating bushfires but the COVID-19 outbreak, business is getting back to normal in Lithgow. The town itself continues to evolve and develop diverse job opportunities for all ages and abilities. Lithgow has always been a industrious town, with mining, manufacturing, production and technical trades continuing to the biggest employers in the region, but more recently tourism, education, aged care services and administration have also offered strong employment and the chance for businesses to grow. With its transport connections to the Blue Mountains and Sydney, which add further employment and housing options, it is no wonder Lithgow provides such attractive business opportunities.
Local businesses help make communities what they are, uniting people from all walks of life, working towards a common goal of creating strong and healthy employment along resources for local communities. However it is not just about employment, many local businesses give back to the community in the form of donations, sponsorship, supplying materials or knowledge, or simply supporting the many clubs, organisations and events that exist across the region.
Lithgow has a interesting and varied business past. Mining and power have obviously featured heavily throughout the town's history, along with engineering and production. Mining has long been a strong industry with coal, gold, copper and other minerals extracted for domestic and international supplies. Not only does mining provide hundreds of jobs for locals but the use of that coal, including powering the Mt Piper Power Station, employees many more and provides electricity to approximately 15 per cent of NSW. Production in Lithgow continues to have a strong presence through the Ferrero factory which has been producing Aussie favourites Tic Tacs and Nutella for over 40 years. Previously production focused around steel at the Lithgow Blast Furnance and weapons at the Small Arms Factory, and both places now provide more business and employment opportunities as tourist hotspots and museums which celebrate Lithgow's industrial past.
The future looks bright for business with investment continuing to rise in the area. Strong government employment runs alongside other big business such as Westfund, while smaller locally owned businesses not only benefit from ongoing local support but fantastic visitor numbers as well. Tourism to the area is boosted with amazing events such as Ironfest, LithGlow and the Halloween festival which annually provide employment, income and enjoyment to everyone.