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Victoria's Grampians Region

Grampians partnership region

The Grampians region stretches from the western edge of Melbourne to the South Australian border. The Grampians region in western Victoria first came alive during the Gold Rush and is home to the Grampians National Park and significant gold mining heritage assets.

The Grampians region is benefiting from a range of investments including:

  • $31.5 million for Eureka Stadium
  • $25 million for Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment
  • $19 million for Grampians Peak Trail
  • $10 million for Ballarat Base Hospital expansion of cardiovascular services
  • $8 million for Sovereign Hill by Night
  • $4 million over four years for National Centre for Farmer Health
  • $2 million for Canadian State Park
  • $3.7 million for Ararat Arts Precinct
  • $1.75 million for Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory
  • $0.6 million to support the Stawell Gift
  • $0.5 million for Frewstal Lamb and Sheep Processing
  • $100,000 for Ararat Freight and Logistics Feasibility Study
  • Planning for a Tech School in Ballarat
  • School upgrades for
    • Bacchus Marsh Secondary College
    • Ballarat Secondary College
    • Beaufort Secondary College
    • Daylesford Secondary College
    • Delacombe Primary School
    • Phoenix P-12 Community College
    • Sebastopol West Kinder Iris Ramsay Kinder.

Key town centres

Ararat, Avoca, Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Beaufort, Daylesford, Edenhope, Great Western, Hopetoun, Horsham, Kaniva, Nhill, St Arnaud, Stawell and Warracknabeal.

Municipalities

The Grampians region has two sub-regions: Central Highlands and Wimmera Southern Mallee 

Employment and industry

The Grampians has different economic characteristics across the region, from the mineral resources and dryland farming areas in the Wimmera Southern Mallee sub-region, to the Central Highlands sub-region which is driven by the economy of Ballarat and its proximity to Melbourne. The Wimmera Southern Mallee sub-region is focussing on diversifying its economic base through increasing opportunities to value-add within the agribusiness and mining sectors. In the Central Highlands sub-region, Ballarat is growing its services industries including health, education, professional and ICT services. The region also has a significant manufacturing base including companies such as McCains, Masterfoods, Haymes Paints, MaxiTRANS, Hakubaku and AME Systems.

Learning and education

Home to Federation University, the Australian Catholic University, SMB, NMIT College of Wine near Ararat, TAFE colleges and multiple options at all levels of schooling the Grampians region has options whatever your education needs.

Sports and Recreation

A fantastic range of leisure and sporting facilities exist in the Grampians region including football and cricket grounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, race courses and natural landscapes for bushwalking. Outdoor adventurers are drawn to climbing locations on Mount Arapiles and around the Grampians, while prospecting for gold near Avoca and St Arnaud can prove to be lucrative hobbies.

Arts and Culture

Horsham Regional Art Gallery has an impressive collection of Australian photography and contemporary art. The Ararat Regional Gallery hosts a dynamic textile collection while the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is home to a stunning collection of Australian colonial, goldfields and contemporary art. The Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka, on the site of the Eureka Stockade, is Australia’s newest museum dedicated to democracy. The Eureka Flag, is on loan from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, is the centrepiece of the museum’s exhibitions. A number of smaller community and commercial galleries can be found throughout the region.

The Grampians hosts a range of festivals including the iconic Stawell Gift, the Horsham Awakenings Festival, Nati Fringe Festival, Grampians Grape Escape food and wine festival, Daylesford Chill Out, Clunes Back to Booktown, Ballarat Heritage Weekend, Grampians Wildflower Festival, the Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival, the Grampians Jazz Festival, the Ballarat Beer Festival and the Ballarat Royal South Street competitions.

Opportunities

  • Strong growth in demand for high quality food products in Asia presents an opportunity for the region in agriculture and food product manufacturing, as well as supply chain industries such as freight and logistics.
  • New opportunities may emerge in renewable energy, mineral sands mining and tourism.
  • The completion of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline offers opportunities for intensive animal industries, horticultural and agricultural expansion.

Challenges

  • The large dry-land farming parts of the region are highly exposed to changing weather and climate patterns.
  • Towns and communities around Ballarat and along the Melbourne to Ballarat corridor, as well as towns in the Grampians National Park and adjacent to the St Arnaud Ranges National Park are also exposed to the increased risk of bushfires.
  • Changes to structure of industry, in particular manufacturing, will present challenges for the broader economy and the region’s workforce.
Visit here for more detailed data and statistics on the Grampians Region and regional Victoria more broadly

The Spatial Analysis and Research Team within the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning have compiled census information from Victoria’s towns between 1981 and 2011 and published the content online to help form the basis for planning decisions and delivery of services. Find out more about Towns in Time here 





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Last Updated: 15 April 2016