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Grampians' Wimmera Southern Mallee Region

Map of the Wimmera-Southern Mallee partnership region

The Wimmera Southern Mallee region involves five municipalities in western Victoria: Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

Economic Base

  • Historically supported by broadacre agriculture with many small, rural communities surrounding the major regional centre of Horsham
  • Expansion of high-value production, and potential for new enterprises arising from the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline, are becoming increasingly important to the regional economy.


  • Developing the minerals sands industry in the Murray Basin.
  • Track record of collaboration and partnership to deliver major initiatives including the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline, and a study into large-scale solar prospects for the region
  • Leveraging new investment from increased water security in the region as a result of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline
  • Expanding the investment in renewable energy sectors and small towns
  • Developing new nature-based and Indigenous tourism products in and around the Grampians National Park.


  • Horsham has experienced steady growth in recent years, but an overall ageing of the population, and population decrease within the region, has prompted investigation into new measures to stabilise and/or grow populations, particularly in smaller communities.
  • The impact of climate change on agricultural production, water supply and security present challenges to regional communities and industries.
  • The region recognises it can no longer rely almost exclusively on its agricultural economic base and is seeking to diversify industry, attract new investment and develop new industries through education, infrastructure and broadband connectivity.

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Growth Plan

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Growth Plan is one of eight regional growth plans across Victoria. It provides a broad direction for regional land use and development as well as high level planning frameworks and the means to implement the strategic land use and infrastructure directions that are set out in the Regional Strategic Plans.

For more details visit Wimmera Southern Mallee's Regional Growth Plan page

Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Strategic Plan

Following is the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional plan as presented to the Victorian Government:

Download the Overview of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Strategic Plan - September 2012 (PDF 2.7 MB)
Download the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Strategic Plan - June 2010 (PDF 646.3 KB)


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Last Updated: 09 March 2017