Inverell has a growing population which now stands at 16,936 while the local government area has over 17 650 residents. In 2016, Inverell was named one of the fastest growing inland communities in NSW. Due to its location, Inverell is a commercial hub which services an estimated 60 000 people, with a catchment stretching as far as southern Queensland.
Founded originally as a small town to support agriculture, mainly grazing, the nearby discovery of tin then diamonds saw Inverell become the centre for mining tin, diamonds, lead and silver. The town grew rapidly to support the mining industry and workers flocked to the district with the hope of striking it rich.
By the 1950's, Inverell had become the largest producer of sapphires in the world, with mining companies large and small in search of the precious gemstones which had been known to exist for three quarters of a century. This led to Inverell becoming known as the Sapphire City. Nowadays, sapphire mining continues in the east of the shire. The collapse of the tin cartel in the 1980's saw tin mining cease throughout the region.
In 1979, three councils amalgamated to form what is now the Inverell Shire Council. With this progression, local government had undertaken a new approach in its role of not just being a provider of essential services but entered into the field of land purchase for residential and industrial use.
Council proceeded to lay a new pipeline from Copeton Dam on the Gwydir River to secure long-term water supply for the Inverell community and a new water reticulation system for the township. A new sewerage treatment plant was subsequently constructed. Both facilities were designed with the future in mind and are able to service a population well above the present levels.
The Council's philosophy has always been to create employment for its citizens and support industry while utilising effectively any aid that be forthcoming from State and Federal Governments.
Inverell is situated on the Gwydir Highway, an east west highway linking the Newell and New England Highways. Travel time by road to Brisbane is just under five hours, with travel to Sydney close to seven hours. Inverell is currently serviced by NSW TrainLink and other bus services. The NSW TrainLink service operates a daily rail coach to Tamworth to link with the Sydney bound train service. A NSW TrainLink rail coach also connects to Grafton every second day.
Inverell Shire Council Reception