Narrabri Shire Business Success Stories


Narrabri Shire is home to many amazing businesses in a wide range of industry sectors. Council’s Economic Development team is committed to helping your business through many avenues, both in front of and behind the scenes.  

These case studies showcase the range of work that is facilitated by the Economic Development team with our small businesses through partnerships, investment and support.  

By sharing some of our local business success stories, we aim to showcase their diversity with inspiring examples of how they use community, connections, and creativity to grow and prosper. 

Would you like to share your business success story or experience with us? Contact Council’s Small Business Liaison Officer

Marval Design and Yield Café




With almost 20 years’ experience, William Childs is a First-Generation Entrepreneur who founded the WTC Group in 2013. Having grown up on a property in the rural town of Narrabri NSW, Will has always had an interest in the agriculture industry. He started his career as a Plant Operator after leaving High School and has worked his way through a range of Operational and Supervisory roles right across the country.  

As modernisation and technological advancements gained momentum in the agriculture industry, Will realised there was a significant gap within Northern NSW for a locally operated company with customisable service. From there, the WTC Group was born. 

Will and his wife, Lisa, have built the company from the ground up, starting as a one-man operation with a single 623 elevated scraper. The WTC Group now employs a highly skilled and diverse team of over 70 employees and hosts a fleet of over 50 machines, including scrapers, graders, dozers, excavators, prime movers, water carts and dump trucks. WTC Group are proud to be one of the largest privately owned employers in our region. 

‘’One of the best things about living in the Narrabri Shire is getting to witness how other locally owned businesses adapt and grow and being able to support those businesses. And there’s always something to do in the Shire, you can visit the many attractions like the National Parks or get involved with the community events like Nosh on the Namoi and the Rugby on Saturday afternoons. With our Shire producing some of Australia’s wealthiest commodities like cotton, wheat, coal and soon hopefully coal seam gas, I believe there is great opportunity for even more growth for our business within the shire. With this growth we hope to be able to contribute further to the local economy as well as provide additional jobs for local individuals.’’ 

WTC Group Website


The Exchange Narrabri

The Exchange is a social impact organisation supporting a diverse and at times, geographically isolated, community of founders. We provide coworking desks, private offices, meeting rooms and event space, as well as upskilling programs and a vast community network that gives people in regional Australia the best chance at commercial success in their own business.

Coming to life in Dubbo in 2018, The Exchange began after the purchase and renovation of the main street, heritage Clock Tower building. In 2022, The Exchange grew, with CEO and Founder Jillian Kilby and her team moving operations to a second site in Narrabri after the purchase and restoration of the former Faulkners Ice and Cold Storage Building in Maitland Street.  

Reviving and protecting this precinct in Narrabri is of great importance to Jillian and The Exchange team, as they seek to protect our regional heritage and town’s beautiful buildings. 

The Exchange’s vision is that 10 years from now, people all around regional Australia will turn around and say “I started my business at The Exchange - and that made all the difference.” 

With this firmly in mind, in 2022 The Exchange Narrabri went into partnership with the Narrabri Shire Council and University of New England to design and deliver The Exchange Business Activator (TEBA) Program to businesses, businesses to be and individuals of Narrabri and the surrounding area - a project that will enable continued economic recovery in the region by providing the space and expert support for local businesses (established and emerging) to build confidence, capability and growth.

Across 12 months The Exchange provided a networking and collaboration space, delivering  Business Circles, Learning Lunches, Networking hours, The Leverage Program, The Hatch program and Mentoring Program with 58 events and over 680 attendees.

The collaboration between the 3 funding bodies enabled a diverse community to grow within The Exchange space and its wider community, a connection and collaboration The Exchange is keen to keep providing to its community and to the town of Narrabri through an extension of the TEBA program for at least another 12 months.

Our experience with working with Narrabri Council, in particular its Economic Development Team, has been one of incredible collaboration, continual growth and positive development towards a shared vision. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the shire …. A collaboration that we look forward to continuing well into the future.

The Exchange Narrabri Website