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Victoria's Hume Region

Hume partnership region


Hume is a fast growing region in Victoria with a social and cultural fabric and heritage to match its natural beauty. This region is renowned for world-class wines, gourmet food, and is part of the 'food bowl of Australia'. The Goulburn, Broken, Ovens, Kind and Kiewa Rivers are important to the region for environmental, lifestyle and business. The Strathbogie Ranges are a gateway to the famous High Country and the region is renowned for nature based and cycle tourism.

The region’s diversity – and new opportunities in key industries – will ensure steady economic development and jobs growth which is reflected in Hume's population growth which is projected to grow by over 38% over the 20 years to 2031.

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

  • $1.5 million for Wallan Town Centre
  • $1 million for Goulburn Valley Health planning
  • $0.5 million for Euroa Saleyards
  • $0.5 million for Wangaratta Saleyards
  • $150,000 for Wandong/Wallan/Heathcote Rail trail
  • School upgrade for Wallan Secondary College.

Key town centres

Benalla, Beechworth, Bright, Corryong, Eildon, Euroa, Seymour, Shepparton, Mansfield, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarrawonga.

Municipalities

Employment and industry

Hume is extremely varied in its industry and employment make-up, with a strong concentration of agriculture in the west and the alpine, wine and gourmet food areas in the region's east making tourism a strong contributor to regional employment.

Two of Australia’s nationally important transport routes – the Hume and Goulburn Valley transport corridors – traverse the region, providing an exceptional competitive advantage by linking supply chains to national and international markets through Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

The Goulburn Valley area is a long established agricultural region, which is at the forefront of global food production. Traditional broad acre farming combined with dairy, viticulture, orchards, olives and aquaculture endorse the 'food bowl' label, and various large and international companies call the region home including SPC Ardmona, Uncle Toby's, Mars Percare and the Woolworths Distribution Centre.

Learning and education

Home to TAFE institutions, La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University (co-located with GOTAFE in Wangaratta), Hume residents have higher education opportunities on their doorstep. There are many kindergartens, pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools with both public and private options available. There are specialist education facilities across the region including some which are national centres of excellence for training in agriculture; equine management; industrial skills; motorsports; rural health and sustainable development.

Sports and recreation

Recreation reserves hosting football, soccer, netball, hockey and tennis matches are prominent throughout the Hume region as well as golf courses. The high country is a haven for snow sports, and Lake Hume and Lake Buffalo popular for water sports. Wodonga is home to Australia's largest regional tennis complex and cyclists couldn't ask for more with the 100s of kilometres of sealed trails and roads passing through spectacular scenery.

Arts and culture

A number of festivals are held in the Hume region offering something for everyone. The Bright Autumn Festival, Euroa's Show n Shine, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, APS Head of the River in Nagambie, the Australian Superbike Championship in Winton and SheppARTon Festival are just a few to add to your calendar.

Opportunities

  • Strong growth in demand for high quality food product in Asia, including fruit and dairy products, presents an opportunity for agriculture and food manufacturing, as well as supply chain industries such as freight and logistics across the region.
  • Hume is home to natural attractions and other tourism assets across the Alpine region, Milawa food and wine region, amongst others that has the potential to benefit from growing international tourist visitations from Asia, particularly China.
  • The Hume region has the opportunity to benefit from the expansion in freight activity, via the emergence of new transport and logistics businesses centred around key precincts such as LOGIC in Wodonga and the future potential of Goulburn Valley link.

Challenges

  • Hume has a particularly high exposure to the impacts of variable climatic conditions, with around 20 per cent of income in the Goulburn region coming from agricultural sectors.
  • Large parts of the region are highly vulnerable to increased fire risk (including national parks and forestry plantations).
  • Retention of skills and workforce will be important in securing key businesses in the Hume region into the future, particularly with an economy shifting toward services such health care and social assistance.
  • The absence of a single dominant regional city and population centre means that reliance on private vehicles is high and accessible transport options are an ongoing challenge for Hume region residents.
Visit here for more detailed data and statistics on the Hume Region and regional Victoria more broadly

Hume Regional Growth Plan

The Hume Regional Growth Plan is one of eight regional growth plans being prepared 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 (above).

For more details visit Hume's Regional Growth Plan page

Hume Regional Strategic Plan

Following are the Hume Regional Strategic plans as presented to the Victorian Government in 2010:

Download the Hume Regional Strategic Plan Executive Summary, 2010-2020 (PDF 1.2 MB)
Download Part 1 (pages 1-22) of the Hume Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 2.4 MB)
Download Part 2 (pages 23-50) of the Hume Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 7.8 MB)
Download Part 3 (pages 51-57) of the Hume Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 559.3 KB)
Download the Central Hume Sub Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 3.5 MB)
Download the Goulburn Valley Sub Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 3.7 MB)
Download the Lower Hume Sub Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 3.7 MB)
Download the Upper Hume Sub Regional Strategic Plan, 2010-2020 (PDF 3.5 MB)


The Spatial Analysis and Research Team within the Department of Environment, Land, Water 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

hume marketing brochure coverIn June 2015, the Hume Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee launched a set of regional marketing products that promote investment and growth in the Hume Region of Victoria.

The resources, which are available in digital and print media formats, focus on:

  • Regional characteristics and competitive advantages
  • Economic strengths and investment opportunities
  • Liveability of our regional cities / centres and rural living options

Business Advantages, Lifestyle Choices

Prospectus:
Highlighting case studies that illustrate the benefits of investing and living in the Hume Region.

Video:
A two minute visual, this promotional video presents a fresh and dynamic view of reasons to invest, live and work in the Hume Region.

Brochure:
A high level summary of information from the prospectus, including the ‘Fast Facts’ infographic.

Presentation / slide show template:
A set of PowerPoint slides that can be adapted to include additional slides that promote local opportunities.

Further enquiries can be directed to:  Regional Development Victoria – Hume, 62 Ovens Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677, T: (03) 5722 7101

 



Last Updated: 26 July 2016