Cardiff, a significant employment area that supports approximately 15,000 jobs, is home to many leading manufacturers based at Cardiff Industrial Park. Retail development in Cardiff town centre complements the existing business and specialist medical services.

Central business district:
152 businesses and 43,355 leasable floor area


Total persons Cardiff, Glendale and surrounding areas (postcode 2285)   26,423
Total persons Cardiff suburb (excluding overseas visitors)   5,796
Primary age group 25-54 years 41.1%
Total labour force
(includes employed and unemployed persons)
Occupation – top three
(employed persons aged 15 years and over)
Technicians and Trades 17.5%
Clerical and Administration 16.0%
Professionals 15.8%
Industry of employment – top three
(employed persons aged 15 years and over)
Hospitals 5.2%
School Education 4.3%
Café, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 3.9%
Income (population aged 15 years and over) Median individual income ($/weekly) 416
Median household income ($/weekly) 901
Family characteristics - top two Couple families with children 42.5%
Couple families without children 35.9%
Dwelling characteristics – occupied private dwelling Median rent ($/weekly) 200
Average household size 2.5
Tenure type – occupied private dwelling – top three Fully owned 37.0%
Being purchased 36.6%
Rented (includes rent-free) 21.4%
Source: ABS Census Data March 2010

Cardiff Commercial Centre

Cardiff is conveniently located on the main northern rail link and is well serviced by public transport. Cardiff provides a wide range of business support services to the large adjacent industrial area. Recent development, including a new Aldi supermarket and Woolworths marketplace, will provide a strong base to retain expenditure from the primary catchment area within Cardiff town centre.

Total number of businesses 152
Business mix – top three Knowledge Based Service Industries 40
Goods Related Service Industries 38
Person Based Service Industries 26
Leasable Floor Area () 43,355
Source: Lake Macquarie City Council Commercial Centre Study 2009

Cardiff and Surrounding Areas Industrial Land

Zoning 4(2) & 4(3)
Total stock (ha) 110.2
Occupied land (ha) 108.2
Vacant land (ha) 1.9
Vacant premises () 34,099
Top three industry sectors Wholesale, retail and trade 38%
Manufacturing 36%
Construction 13%
Source: Lake Macquarie City Council Industrial Land Study 2007
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