Major Employment Sectors
The Wimmera is a region whose predominant economic activity is primary production, growing a substantial proportion of Australia’s and the world’s wheat, barley, oats, chick peas and lentils – among other crops.
Naturally, a lot of employment opportunities in the Wimmera are linked to the agriculture sector, both on-farm and in the large scale operations that work directly with our farm businesses, such as grain marketing, transport and freight, fertiliser and chemical sales, machinery sales and many more.
However the Wimmera also attracts high-quality financial, legal and other professional services that not only work with the agricultural sector, but with all aspects of our population.
Main employers in the Wimmera are:
- Health care, with many opportunities for nursing, doctors, dentists, allied health professionals, complementary health providers and other professional services required by any large organisation such as human recourse, accounting and legal.
- Local government, where opportunities abound for town planners, engineers, human resources managers, contracts and legal professionals, community engagement and administration.
- Financial services, with all of the large banks well-represented in the region, and a strong financial services sector that works with businesses from small and medium-sized through to multinationals.
- Agribusiness, where, now that the drought has finished and production in increasing, there is an increasing range of roles for agronomists, sales representatives, administrators and logistics coordinators.
Fast tracked to the top!
Emily Gash became editor of the Nhill Free Press less than two years after starting work as a journalist.
She says that the opportunity to obtain this position simply would not have happened if she had chosen to remain in Adelaide where she obtained her journalism degree.
After finishing her studies Emily successfully applied for a position at the Nhill Free Press two and a half years ago.
By October last year Emily was appointed editor. She said this would not have happened if she had chosen to work in a city.
Accepting the position at the Nhill Free Press also provided Emily with an opportunity to return to the region where she had grown up and be close to her parents who moved to Horsham in 2004.
Emily spent her childhood on a farm near Goroke and the lure of her home region was great.
“I enjoy the country life after growing up on a farm. I am not a big city person. There are too many people and too many problems,” she said.
Emily said she enjoys the close connections of people living in the Wimmera. Returning to the region has meant that she could renew contacts with peers from school and with people from neighboring towns such as Edenhope. “People usually know who you are,” she said.
But more than that Emily has found that people in the Wimmera provide a far more supportive environment in which to live and work than people in a city
Links to the region’s main employers