The population of Nabiac and surrounding areas has experienced steady growth over the last ten years. Currently (2005) there are approximately 1,200 people residing in Nabiac and the surrounding communities of Wootton, Coolongolook, Minimbah, Dyers Crossing and Krambach. Nabiac Village has grown with around 38 businesses located in or close to the CBD which include two butcher shops, a bakery, supermarket, post office and general store, horse/saddlery shop, video shop, hair, beauty salon, antique/old wares shops, and a local craft shop. There are three real estate agents in the village which is an indication of the growth in the area. The village boasts a number of cafes which have outdoor dining and sells stylish home-wares along with home made cakes and treats plus there is a takeaway shop and The Nabiac Hotel provides another source of entertainment and an eatery.
Accommodation can be found at the motel, caravan park and in a variety of bed and breakfasts within the close proximity to the village. Nabiac Public School has around 250 students attending classes from Kindergarten to Year Six and ten teachers besides the principal and administration staff. After completing their infant and primary education, students attend a choice of schools in nearby Taree, Forster and Tuncurry.
Nabiac also has a pre-school, long day care, before and after school care, vacation care facilities, a local swimming pool which is FREE & tennis courts. The medical needs of Nabiac are managed by three doctors and supported by a pharmacy. Motor vehicle care is not far away either, Nabiac has two service stations, two motor vehicle repair shops, a tyre service shop. Repairs to caravans and trailers are also available. Nabiac has garden suppliers, including excavation and earth moving services, a park with children play equipment, hardware and op shop. Building, plumbing, electricians and handymen can also be found. Nabiac has a number of beautiful historical buildings and a strong and vibrant community which includes the 'Nabiac Village Futures Group' and a vibrant and well-used Community Technology Centre which provides residents and local businesses with training, internet access and many other technology support services.Nabiac has a local hall with commercial kitchen for hire to use for any function & or group event (small or large). Local farmers markets are run from the showground on the last Saturday monthly. Local cattle sales held at the showground.
The age profile of the Nabiac area has seen a marked increase in older residents over recent years - primarily due to an influx of young retirees and 'tree changers' to the area. Even though the area still has a higher percentage population of younger people than the Great Lakes average, the trend of negative growth rates for these age groups can also be seen in this community.
The population of Nabiac-Failford-Darawank area is heavily concentrated in services employment, with the largest industries including wholesale and retail trade, recreation, personal services, accommodation and cafes and education, health and community services. There are a number of differences between the industries in which Nabiac-Failford-Darawank residents and Great Lakes Council area residents work. The most noteworthy of these included: a lesser proportion of persons employed in education, health and community services; a greater proportion of persons employed in wholesale and retail trade; a lesser proportion of persons employed in finance, insurance and business services; a greater proportion of persons employed in agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining.
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