Key industries

Some of the major industry employment categories of people working in Gannawarra Shire include:

  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing (25.5%)
  • Retail Trade (12%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Education and Training (6%)

There is a well-established and thriving service sector, which caters for a catchment of around 15,000 people. Professional services include banking and finance, legal and accounting, design and drafting, IT and employment agencies.

A capable and professional trades sector includes building, earthmoving, electrical, plumbing, engineering and hardware.

A modern retail sector includes clothing and footwear, health and beauty, furniture and homewares, sporting and electrical, a range of fresh foods and an array of hotels and specialty dining.

The region is also home to some of Victoria’s renowned manufacturing businesses that have endured many years of industry success in competitive environments.  There is a strong connection in the manufacturing industry with services to the agricultural industry.

The blend of productive dryland and irrigation provides security and diversity for the agricultural sector.  Major agricultural activities include dairying, livestock, cropping, viticulture and horticulture. 

An emerging industry for Gannawarra Shire is large scale renewable energy production.  A number of large scale Solar projects have been approved and construction is anticipated in 2016. The area has the ideal environment and infrastructure to support such projects.

A range of resources are available for people seeking to ‘do business’ in Gannawarra.  Council aims to provide support to new businesses, business groups and associations, existing businesses and activity centres – to help improve our vibrant economy.  Please contact Council’s Economic Development unit on (03) 5450 9333 or email: if you’d like to discuss further.