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Regional City of Wangaratta

A hub for manufacturing and textile innovation at the base of the alpine region and on the Melbourne Sydney transport corridor

Local Government Area (LGA) Rural City of Wangaratta
Neighbouring Local Government Areas  Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Moira, Wellington
LGA Population, 2014 27,117
Estimate Population, 2031 29,435
Population Growth between 2006-2011  2.0%, an increase of 337 per annum
Forecast Population Growth 0.4% per annum from 2011 to 2031
Output (2014) $1.14 billion Gross Regional Product

Map of Victoria highlighting Wangaratta

Wangaratta is a key regional city located on the Ovens River in North East Victoria. Part of the Ovens Murray region, the municipality encompasses the Alpine Valleys of the King and lower Ovens Rivers and is a gateway to the Victorian high country and alpine regions.

Situated on the Hume Freeway, and the Melbourne to Sydney rail line, Wangaratta is a regional centre that services the surrounding agricultural area and provides strong recreational, commercial, educational, tourism and health facilities.

Wangaratta and the surrounding area are a popular food and wine destination.

Culture and lifestyle

Wangaratta is surrounded by rich agricultural land, which produces high quality produce and world-class wines. Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buffalo are all in close proximity offering excellent skiing in winter and bush walking, fishing, cycling or four wheel driving in summer.

Wangaratta is Australia’s home of jazz with the ‘Wangaratta Festival of Jazz’ held annually. Since its inception in 1990, the festival has grown to include 90 events and over 350 national and international artists performing each year. The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz also hosts the National Jazz Awards, Youth Jazz Workshops, master classes and events throughout Wangaratta and surrounding regions.

Employment, industry and infrastructure

Wangaratta’s regional economy is very diverse. Home to major manufacturing industries, transport and distribution activities, and is the regional headquarters for several Victorian Government agencies. Wangaratta has around 3,040 businesses and a workforce of approximately 11,400 people. In the five year period 2009-2014, there was strong employment growth in information, media and telecommunications; mining; rental, hiring and real estate services; arts and recreation services and administrative and support services.

The region is also one of the most valuable and versatile agricultural growing areas of Australia with reliable rainfall and fertile soil.

The city relies heavily on imports of professional services and equipment to support the manufacturing sector.

Due to Wangaratta’s location, its tourism sector is growing with increased visitation rates and levels of trade. Public administration and safety, accommodation and food services and health care and social assistance are also key industry sectors.

Wangaratta is strategically located on the Hume Corridor between Melbourne and Sydney. It is one of the main gateways between Victoria and New South Wales and a key access point to north eastern and central Victoria.

Wangaratta is on the state rail network with both V/Line passenger and freight services connecting the city to Melbourne and Sydney. The Wangaratta Aerodrome is used for emergency, charter and flight training services.

Major Businesses Industry
Australian Country Spinners 
Bruck Textiles
Textile manufacturing
Brown Brothers Beverage manufacturing
Tyco Water P/L Fabricated metal products manufacturing
Alpine Truss,
Alpine MDF
Wood product manufacturing
Burder Group Transport equipment manufacturing
Canny Carrying Co Transport services
North East Health
St. Johns Village Inc.
Health care and social assistance
GOTAFE Tertiary Education
Mackay Casings
Food product manufacturing

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

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