Gloucester is a thriving community, largely thanks to being known as the gateway to the World Heritage Barrington Tops wilderness.
Traditionally a farming town, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Gloucester is also famous for gold deposits, and for the bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt.
Tourism is valued at around $50 million annually in the area, providing 240 jobs in Gloucester itself. Beef, dairy and other food accounts for about 50% of local business and is the second largest employment sector with 20% of local jobs.
The largest employment sector here is services/government, and there is a very active shire council.