Industry Profile


The Gannawarra Shire Estimated Resident Population for 2022 is 10,531, with a population density of 2.82 persons per square kilometre. 

The unemployment rate in the Gannawarra Shire is 3.4% (June 2020), which is well below the State and national average. Property prices are comparatively low with the median monthly mortgage repayment at $977.00, which is well below the national average of $1,755.00. The median weekly income of $498.00 is below the national median of $662.00.

Further statistics about Gannawarra Shire's population and workforce are available at the website .

Key industries

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

  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing (26.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12.0%)
  • Retail Trade (10.1%)
  • Education and Training (6.3%)
  • Construction (6.2%)
  • Manufacturing (5.8%)

Below is a link to a short video showing the benefits of relocation to the Gannawarra Shire.

Gannawarra Shire ... Your Perfect Choice for Relocation

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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, 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 recreation, 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. 

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An emerging industry for Gannawarra Shire is large scale renewable energy production. A number of large-scale solar projects have been approved and construction of the first project commenced in mid-2017. The area has the ideal environment and infrastructure to support such projects.

Access to high speed internet connections have improve performance, provided flexible working options, opened up new markets and allowed better customer engagement for your business.

The Gannawarra Shire has fantastic transport and logistic links available to businesses including road, rail and air. We are located within 100km of major rural centres Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill with major road links to each of these destinations (Murray Valley Highway, Loddon Valley Highway). The shire is located within 3 hours of Melbourne and 6 hours of Adelaide.

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.