Home of Williamtown Aerospace Centre and Newcastle Airport, Port Stephens is well-known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, visitor and lifestyle destination – an idyllic place to live and work. For these reasons, Port Stephens has very diverse social, environmental and economic characteristics making Port Stephens a unique and special place.
The estimated residential population (see Port Stephens Community Profile) has grown from 56, 677 in 2001 to 71,118 in 2016. Council works hard to achieve sustainable social, environmental and economic outcomes. Careful planning maintains a balance between protecting environmental and physical characteristics, population growth and economic prosperity for the benefit of this and future generations.
Port Stephens Council’s Economic Development team works to create an environment in which business can prosper and grow. The team provides a range of services to support the Port Stephens business community, including data and development information, local introductions and more.