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Economic Development

Council's economic development function has a strong focus on the growing service industries such as health, culture and recreation, accommodation and food services, while making the most of its location, resource and investment advantages in traditional product oriented industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

Mount Alexander Shire is located in Central Victoria, within easy access of Melbourne and conveniently located between the major rural cities of Bendigo and Ballarat. The business centre in Castlemaine is just 10 minutes drive from the Calder Freeway, and within one hour of Melbourne Airport.

The major retail and commercial centre in Castlemaine offers an excellent range of retail, service, cultural and social facilities to meet all needs and lifestyles.

Industry is diverse and provides employment to a large percentage of residents. The unique rural environment accommodates nearly any lifestyle you could choose. See more about our shire and Making the Move to Mount Alexander.

Economic profile (Remplan)

The Mount Alexander Shire economic profile provides a guide to the factors driving our local economy to help inform business decision making and development. The interactive website draws on a variety of economic data sources to profile the characteristics of the local economy, how it compares to other areas and how it is changing.

Combined with the community profile it provides the most up to date snapshot of the region including our people, our workers and key industries.

Our industries

Industry in the shire is healthy and diverse. Key industries include manufacturing, building and construction, automotive, arts, agriculture and health services.

Larger firms undertake food processing (KR Castlemaine); design engineering and steel fabrication (Flowserve, Vossloh Cogifer and a range of other companies); vehicle modification (Castlemaine Rod Shop, Waddingtons, Billman’s Foundry and other businesses).

Read more about our key industries in our Economic Development Strategy or download the snapshot and our prospectus for investors

Council’s Local Economy Unit is responsible for undertaking many of the actions and facilitating progress through coordination with other Council units, external stakeholders and the community. For more information contact us.

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