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, 2019||19,921|
|Estimated Population, 2036||20,599|
|Population Growth between 2014-2019||0.17%, an increase of 35 per annum|
|Forecast Population Growth||0.18% per annum from 2016 to 2036|
|Output||$1.09 billion Gross Regional Product|
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 2,132 businesses and a workforce of around 10,200 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 2014-2019, there was strong employment growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Public Administration and Safety and Retail Trade.
In terms of Gross Value Added activity, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest performing sector in Horsham, generating $153 million in 2019. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and Retail Trade 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.
|Grain mill and cereal product processing and storage|
|Horsham Livestock Exchange||Agriculture services (livestock sales)|
|Dooen Engineering Services||Machinery and equipment manufacturing (bulk grain storage)|
|CHS Group||Engineering, electrical contracting, plumbing, solar|
|Horsham Hydraulics||Machinery equipment manufacturing|
|Bayer Crop Science Australia|
|Wimmera Container Line||Transport 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.