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Regional City of Horsham

A picturesque, vibrant and diverse city in the Grampians region,renowned for its local arts community and key enabler of the region’s agricultural industry

Local Government Area (LGA)Rural City of Horsham
Neighbouring Local Government Areas Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack
LGA Population, 202020,000
Estimated Population, 203620,600
Population Growth between 2015-2020 0.2% per annum
Forecast Population Growth0.2% per annum from 2016 to 2036
Output $1.1 billion Gross Regional Product


Map of Victoria highlighting Horsham

Horsham Rural City is a vibrant, diverse community situated approximately 300km northwest of Melbourne and north of the Grampians National Park, in the heart of the Wimmera region of Victoria. Almost three quarters of residents live in the urban area of Horsham.

Situated approximately halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Horsham is an important service centre for the Wimmera Southern Mallee region providing the best in health, education, retail, business leisure, sport, entertainment, the arts, research and housing.

Over the next 20 years Horsham is expected to experience notable population growth, setting it apart from other municipalities in the Wimmera. It is also the key service centre for the thousands of people that visit the nearby attractions of Mount Arapiles and the Grampians National Park each year.

Culture and Lifestyle

Horsham Rural City Council is a regional leader in arts and cultural activity that celebrates diversity, creativity and inclusion. There are 27 languages (including English) spoken in the Municipality.

Horsham is home to a culture of many acclaimed artists and arts companies across the performing, visual arts, crafts, multi-media and literature mediums. There are eight established arts festivals within the municipality, which are all driven by the community.

Construction of a new major 500 seat performing arts centre and conferencing facility on the heritage-listed Horsham Town Hall site commenced in January 2014 and is expected to be open in mid-2015. The development includes an upgraded Regional Art Gallery.

Employment, Industry and Infrastructure

Horsham has approximately 2,162  businesses and a workforce of around 10,065 people.

Health Care and Social Assistance is the primary employment industry in Horsham, followed by Retail Trade, Construction and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. In the five-year period 2015-2020, there was strong employment growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety, and Informational, Media and Telecommunications.

In terms of Gross Value Added activity, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest performing sector in Horsham, generating $141 million in 2020. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Electricity, Gas, Retail Trade and Public Administration and Safety are also key industry sectors.

The municipality encompasses a large area of Victoria’s highly productive, broad acre dry land cropping and grazing land.

The region is one of the world’s largest grain, pulse and oilseed growing regions and exports about 60 per cent of the total harvest. The regional economy is heavily reliant on agricultural production, which contributes millions of dollars each year to the Victorian economy and is fundamental to Horsham’s strength.

Horsham plays a leading role in the Wimmera’s agricultural industry, providing many of the support services necessary to sustain agricultural production as well as research, development and value-adding opportunities.

Horsham is strategically located at the junction of the Western, Wimmera and Henty Highways. The Melbourne-Adelaide railway line, which passes through Horsham and has the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Hub at Dooen, is part of the larger East-West corridor that includes the Sydney-Adelaide and Adelaide-Perth lines.

Major BusinessesIndustry
JK Milling
Glencore Grain
Graincorp
Grain mill and cereal product processing and storage
Horsham Livestock ExchangeAgriculture services (livestock sales)
Dooen Engineering ServicesMachinery and equipment manufacturing (bulk grain storage)
CHS GroupEngineering, electrical contracting, plumbing, solar
Horsham HydraulicsMachinery equipment manufacturing
Bayer Crop Science Australia
Nuseed
Dow AgroSciences
Agricultural research
Wimmera Container LineTransport and warehousing
Wimmera Health Care Group
Wimmera Uniting Care
Health care and social assistance
Longerenong College (Workco)Vocational education
Federation University (Horsham campus) Tertiary and vocational education


The RDV information portal has more detailed data and statistics on the Horsham region and regional Victoria more broadly.

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