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Regional City of Wodonga

The gateway to Victoria and New South Wales, Wodonga is a major logistic hub, stock selling and food and metal manufacturing centre between Melbourne and Sydney.

Local Government Area (LGA)City of Wodonga
Neighbouring Local Government Areas Indigo, Towong
LGA Population, 202042,700 (97,700 across Albury-Wodonga)
Estimated Population, 203658,900
Population Growth between 2015-2020 1.7% per annum
Forecast Population Growth1.9% per annum from 2016 to 2036
Output $2.5 billion Gross Regional Product

Map of Victoria highlighting Wodonga
On the southern banks of the Murray River, Wodonga is the gateway to Victoria and New South Wales and one of three key cities in the Hume region, along with Shepparton and Wangaratta. It is the seventh-largest city in regional Victoria in terms of population.

Part of Hume's Ovens Murray region, Wodonga is located approximately 300km northeast of Melbourne on the Victoria-New South Wales border and across the river from its twin city, Albury.

Situated on the Hume Freeway, and the Melbourne to Sydney rail line, Wodonga is well recognised as a strategic hub along the eastern seaboard. Its proximity between Australia’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney, provides key strategic advantages; the city services the surrounding pastoral runs and is a major stock selling centre. A number of manufacturing industries have been established in Wodonga.

Wodonga has experienced strong population growth over the last 25 years, with much of this growth coming from overseas and surrounding municipalities.

Culture and lifestyle

Wodonga is closely linked with the New South Wales city of Albury, as they are adjacent to each other and separated only by the Murray River.

The culture of Wodonga is centred on the river and Lake Hume, with fishing and water sports being popular activities. There are many outdoor activities that are popular with the locals, such as cycling, hiking, camping and sightseeing.

Wodonga has a thriving arts scene, with a professional theatre company, contemporary art galleries and live entertainment venues. The city has its own dedicated arts and cultural precinct, Gateway Village, which houses a clustered group of diverse cultural and arts offerings.

Wodonga is ideally situated to an array of gourmet food and wine businesses, owing largely to the influx of Europeans who brought their food traditions to Wodonga. Cheese and wine are also regional specialities, with many vineyards surrounding the city.

Employment, industry and infrastructure

Wodonga has approximately 2,986 businesses that fuel the economy, which has a workforce of around 21,818 people.

Manufacturing is the primary employment industry in Wodonga, followed by Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety, Retail Trade and Construction. In the five-year period 2015-2020, there was strong employment growth in Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, Transport, Postal and Warehousing and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

In terms of Gross Value Added activity, Manufacturing is the largest performing sector in Wodonga, generating $363 million in 2020. Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety and Education and Training are also key industry sectors.

Major BusinessesIndustry
Mars PetcareFood manufacturing (pet food)
Woolworths Distribution
Centre - Greenfreight
Transport and logistics
Visy BoardPackaging (fibre and cans)
Wodonga Rendering Pty Ltd
Food and beverage manufacturing
Wilson Transformers
Electrical equipment manufacturing
Parker HannifinEquipment manufacturing (hoses)
Kiewa Valley Engineering
Fabricated metal manufacturing (steel)
BAE SystemsTransport equipment manufacturing (defence)
Albury Wodonga Health
DASSI Wodonga
Health care and social assistance
Wodonga TAFE
La Trobe University
Tertiary education