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The Horsham Rural City is a progressive, engaged and rapidly developing municipality. Situated in the Melbourne – Adelaide corridor this major regional city boasts an entrepreneurial spirit with a strong vision for its long-term future through an innovative 'can do' attitude.
Whilst agriculture has long provided the backbone of the region's economy, retail trade, manufacturing, business and professional services, health and community services, education and tourism all contribute significantly to the Horsham Rural City's dynamic and diverse business mix.
Council have a close working relationship with the Wimmera Development Association (WDA), a regional economic development body covering the local government areas of: Horsham Rural City, Northern Grampians, Yarriambiak, Hindmarsh and West Wimmera Shires.
With the aim of making the Horsham Rural City a more attractive place to Live, Work, Invest and Visit, Council continue to undertake significant infrastructure projects including:
In recent years, Council developed and operate the $4 million Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange at its Burnt Creek site. The Exchange is Victoria's 4th largest sheep and lamb market and is the major livestock exchange in the Wimmera region, attracting vendors from as far afield as the South Australian border and southern New South Wales.
Council is also responsible for the development and delivery of the $3.2 million dollar Enterprise Estate, Industrial Park. Enterprise Estate offers fully serviced Industrial Zone 1 blocks ranging from 2,300 sqm up to 1.5 ha. With stages 1, 2 & 3 all secured, planning is well under way for Stage 4 blocks will be available through Council's agent, PRD Nationwide Real Estate, (03) 5382 0000.
With assistance from Private Enterprise and State and Commonwealth governments, Council has recently completed the $16.4 million Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal (WIFT) at Dooen. Once completed the WIFT will provide innovative road to rail transport solutions for the regions grains, mineral sands and other major sectors.
Recreation activity within the Horsham Rural City is exceptionally well serviced through Council's delivery of the $9.2 million Horsham Aquatic Centre, completed in 2007. The centre provides a number of indoor and outdoor pools, full health club, crèche services and café.
If you have an interest in starting or expanding a business within the Horsham Rural City, your first point of call should be Council's Director of Planning and Economic, Ms Angela Murphy.
Phone: (03) 5382 9717