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North East Victoria : October 2008
I The shire’s natural environment provides a stunning backdrop for visitors and residents alike NDIGO Shire offers a unique mix of attractive rural surroundings,welcoming villages, four distinct seasons and a thriving, diverse economy, making the shire an appealing place to settle for those planning a move to regional Victoria. Lifestyle and the rural environment have contributed to Indigo Shire’s economic and demographic growth in recent years. Our economy relies on its rural and tourism base and its regional association with Albury-Wodonga and Wangaratta. Specifi cally, the economy is based on farming (beef, sheep, dairy, fruit and viticulture), the processing of local primary produce and the provision of services to people, including tourism services. Uncle Tobys, the Murray Goulburn Cooperative and the local wine industry are the largest employers in the region, which enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in rural and regional Australia. We are ideally located between Albury-Wodonga and Wangaratta, and tourist promotion has seen the Wodonga-Yackandandah-Beechworth-Wangaratta Road increasingly used as an alternative route to the Hume Freeway for the shire’s heritage towns. Due to its proximity to the major regional centres of Albury-Wodonga and INDIGOINDIGO www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au Spring/Summer 2008 Brendan McGrath Chief Executive Offi cer Wangaratta, the Indigo Shire’s education and health services are of a high standard. Quality hospital services are available in all three major centres and Latrobe University and Charles Sturt University have campuses close by. High schools in Indigo Shire have a strong reputation for excellent results from their students. Flanked by Victoria’s highest mountains, Indigo Shire’s natural environment pro- vides a stunning backdrop for visitors and residents alike. The Murray River winds its way through the lowlands of the shire, providing essential wetlands and water- ways that nourish local environmental systems. The Chiltern Mt Pilot Box-Iron Bark National Park protects a large number of historic sites associated with early gold mining history and the largest stand of box-iron bark trees in North East Victoria. The rich culture and heritage of the region is experienced by visiting one of the many welcoming towns dotted throughout Indigo Shire. The gold rush towns of Beechworth and Chiltern still have a number of intact shop facades over 100 years old and Rutherglen’s rich wine history remains strong with fourth and fi fth-generation winemakers still running family-owned wineries. The Murray to Mountains rail trail runs through Indigo Shire and is very popular with cyclists. Indigo Shire is committed to attracting new residents and new businesses. Our challenge is to provide a welcoming atmosphere to visitors, an opportunity for newcomers and at the same time preserve our fantastic historic places and safeguard our clean air, water and soil and our natural features. One thing of which I am certain — you will love living in Indigo Shire.