IT'S investments galore in Narrabri at the moment, and people are snapping up properties to be a part of the action.
Real estate agents are facing shortages in rentals, small acreages, units, and 'doer uppers', and all agree the approval of the Narrabri Gas Project in 2020 was the catalyst.
Narrabri's industrial hub, the inland rail, a bumper harvest, and even the announcement of a Bunnings store have also brought more people to town.
KR Property owner Kim Rozendaal said the situation now was very different to what it was a few years ago.
Now with much more work on offer, times have changed drastically.
"They're looking for locals, the money is good, and the lifestyle, living in the country is excellent, the inland rail is about to spend billions of dollars in town so that's a lot of growth," she said.
Even her daughter made the tree change back to Narrabri.
"My daughter is from Sydney, and due to not being able to find work once everything [with COVID-19] started, she's moved back to Narrabri and done her real estate licence and a lot of the youth are moving back to town," Ms Rozendaal said.
"A few years ago they were all leaving because there was no work available."
Ms Rozendaal hasn't seen it this busy in about 10 years.
"We had [a boom] in 2009-2011 when Santos first announced that we had gas in the region with the exploration," she said.
Reg Gilbert Real Estate owner, Reg Gilbert, said it was "a good time to buy".
"Years ago before the drought bit hard it was reasonably busy all year long but these days it's gotten a little better," Mr Gilbert said.
"The demand exceeds the supply."
It's a great thing for the community, according to Narrabri shire mayor Ron Campbell .
"We had about about 200-300 properties for sale about two to three months ago but there's not many now, they've all been bought up," he said.
"The rental market is fairly strong."
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