Horsham is located 300 kilometres west of Melbourne and is almost at the halfway point of the route between Melbourne and Adelaide.
The City of Horsham has a population of nearly 14,000 people. The inclusion of the surrounding areas provides a further 4,000 inhabitants, making the total population at 18,000 people. Horsham is the retail, business and service centre of the Wimmera.
Agriculture forms a significant component of the total land use patterns in the Wimmera. Horsham’s traditional economic activity is agriculture although tourism and other forms or industry support a number of businesses. The dominant agricultural activity is broad-acre cropping mainly of grains and beans. There are a number of State and National Parks nearby and several lakes in the district that are used extensively for recreation. Information about the Wimmera Region is available at the Victorian Department of Primary Industry website.
Locally, the Wimmera Development Association (WDA) is the peak economic development organisation for the Wimmera Southern-Mallee region and their role is to support and further develop existing local businesses, and promote economic development opportunities to investors within and outside the region.
Further information about the Wimmera can be found at Tourism Victoria’s website.
A searchable online map of Horsham can be found on the Google Maps website.