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2014 Regional Overview

Mildura-Wentworth

milduraregion.com.au

Overview of the Mildura Region Economy

OUR PEOPLE

Population

58,976 (2012)

Population Projection

Increase of 9,222 people

by 2031

Labour Force

32,784 (Sep 2012)

Employment

13% employed in retail, 12%

in agriculture, forestry and fishing, and 12%

in health care and social assistance

Over 300 festivals and events

each year

REGION DEFINITIONS

The Mildura region can be defined as the Local Government

Areas (LGA) of Mildura Rural City Council (Victoria) and

the Wentworth Shire Council (New South Wales).

Wherever possible throughout this publication, data has been

collected for the Mildura region, however in some cases

(particularly in the agricultural section), data includes other

regions such as Swan Hill. This is because each industry

collects data from within different boundaries. For example,

citrus data is from the Murray Valley region (which includes

Swan Hill). This data cannot be separated into Mildura

region only and therefore has had to include other regions

in the data reported. Each table has been clearly labelled

to indicate which region the data has been collected from

(see region definitions below).

MILDURA RURAL CITY COUNCIL (LGA)

Includes the townships of Mildura, Ouyen, Merbein, Red Cliffs,

Irymple, Meringur, Werrimull, Cullulleraine, Cardross, Nangiloc,

Colignan, Murrayville, Cowangie, Underbool and Walpeup.

WENTWORTH SHIRE COUNCIL (LGA)

Includes the townships of Wentworth, Buronga, Gol Gol,

Dareton and Pooncarie.

MILDURA REGION

(also referred to as the Mildura-Wentworth region)

Is made up of the LGA’s of Mildura and Wentworth

MURRAY VALLEY

The citrus growing region of the Murray Valley extends from

the South Australian border along the Murray River to

Koondrook. Includes the towns such as Meringur, Werrimull,

Cullulleraine, Wentworth, Dareton, Merbein, Mildura,

Cardross, Buronga, Irymple, Gol Gol, Red Cliffs, Nangiloc,

Colignan, Pooncarie, Euston, Robinvale, Balranald, Swan

Hill and Koondrook.

MURRAY DARLING

The wine grape growing region of the Murray Darling extends

from the South Australian border to just past Swan Hill.

Includes the towns such as Meringur, Werrimull, Cullulleraine,

Wentworth, Dareton, Merbein, Mildura, Cardross, Buronga,

Irymple, Gol Gol, Red Cliffs, Nangiloc, Colignan, Pooncarie,

Euston, Robinvale, Balranald, Swan Hill and Koondrook.

SUNRAYSIA

In 1919 a competition was held to come up with a name for

Mildura’s dried fruit growing district. The winning name was

Sun-Raysed, which was later altered to Sunraysia. While there

is no set definition of Sunraysia, it is known as the irrigated

areas of the Mildura and Wentworth LGA’s, and includes

Robinvale which is in the Swan Hill Rural City Council LGA.

OUR REGION

Area

48,350 sq km

Main Centres

Mildura (30,647 people)

Wentworth (1,247 people)

Victoria’s premier location

for solar development