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State Government of Victoria

Regional City of Mildura

Mildura riverboat

A producer of quality Victorian food and agriculture anda strategically important regional service centre for North West Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales

Local Government Area (LGA) Rural City of Mildura
Neighbouring Local Government Areas Swan Hill, Buloke, Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera
2014 LGA Population 53,036
2031 Estimate Population 61,569
Population Growth between 2006-2011 1.2%, an increase of 615 per annum
Forecast Population Growth 0.9% per annum from 2011 to 2031
Output (2014) $2.25 billion Gross Regional Product

Map of Victoria highlighting the regional citiesMildura is an oasis on the Murray River in north west Victoria. Located on the border of New South Wales and South Australia, the Mildura region is 550 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and 400 kilometres north-east of Adelaide.

Part of the Loddon Mallee region, Mildura is the largest city in north west Victoria and strategically vital to what is an important agricultural area.

The city is a significant service centre for north west Victoria as well as parts of South Australia and New South Wales, delivering transport and warehousing services, professional services, health services and tertiary education. Mildura produces premium agricultural and aquaculture products for domestic and international markets.

Food and beverage manufacturing are among Mildura’s major exports as the region’s arid climate creates the perfect conditions for citrus and grape growing.

Culture and Lifestyle

Life in Mildura revolves around the Murray River, with fishing, water sports, the white sandy beaches found along the river and the desert environment of Mildura-Sunset National Park.

Mildura also has a strong arts culture with the Art Gallery built in 1966 on a historic property adjacent to the Murray River. The Centre includes a 384 seat theatre, the Mildura Art Gallery and the original Caffey House. The theatre is also hired out to commercial and amateur theatre, school productions and used for workshops, private functions and classes.

Mildura is a renowned food and wine region drawing on premium local inputs. Australian celebrity chef Stefano di Pieri proudly promotes his hometown’s food and beverages, which owes much of this food culture to post-WWII Italian and Greek migrants.

Employment, Industry and Infrastructure

Agriculture and aquaculture, food and beverage manufacturing are large export industries for Mildura, drawing on Mildura’s location on the Murray River and surrounding quality irrigated and non-irrigated rural land.

Mildura services surrounding agricultural areas and mining and resources towns. It is also a base for regional industry with expanding industrial land available in two key non-urban estates, Thurla and Koorlong. There are around 5,046 businesses in the city and a workforce of approximately 20,800 people.

Mildura presents significant economic opportunities as the primary activity centre for the region, providing civic, retail, financial, commercial, entertainment and tourist functions.  In the five year period 2009-2014, there was strong employment growth in mining; arts and recreation services; professional services; information, media and telecommunications; transport, postal and warehousing and health care and social assistance.

Mildura connects Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales by road, rail and air.

The Mildura Airport is strategically vital to the Sunraysia region. It is the busiest regional airport in Victoria for passenger services with the number of passengers doubling over the last decade.

A $6.4 million Terminal Redevelopment Project completed in 2013 was a strategic consideration to accommodate the existing and future needs of passengers over the next 10 to 15 years.

Major Businesses Industry
Titan Wheels Australia Transport equipment manufacturing (wheels)
Wakefield’s Ironhorse Intermodal Transport Company,
GTS Freight Management
Transport and warehousing
Mildura Fruit Company
Sunbeam Foods
Australian Premium Dried Fruits
Fruit and tree nut growing and processing
Australian Vintage
Lindemans (Karadoc)
Beverage manufacturing (wines)
Food Manufacturing (salt)
Iluka Resources,
Bemax Resources (Cristal)
Mining (mineral sands)
Mildura Base Hospital Health care and social assistance
La Trobe University
Tertiary education
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Last Updated: 16 May 2018