All major towns of the Wimmera are ready to welcome new business. Industrial zoned land is available in all shires, and across the region much research has been done on opportunities for new and innovative industries.
The Department of Planning and Community Development has compiled maps of all available industrial land in the Wimmera.
Industrial Land Maps
Transport and Freight
The Wimmera is at the centre of a network of highways linking capital cities and major regional centre.
Highway connection through the Wimmera
- Western Highway from Melbourne to Adelaide
- Henty Highway from Portland to Mildura, including the Sunraysia Highway
- Wimmera Highway from Bendigo to Naracoorte
The Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal is an essential next step in meeting increased global demand for our agricultural and mining products. The Wimmera is one of the world’s largest grain, pulse and oilseed growing regions, and exports around 60% of total harvest.
The 23.5 ha Terminal provides a central location for grain storage facilities and grain export processors, improve access to freight depots, grain silos and processing plants, and build on the region’s nationally significant and export focussed grains industry.
The Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal will:
- process up to 18,600 containers within five to six years – more than twice the number of containers handled at the existing Horsham facility
- reduce handling costs for the terminal operator and for grain producers.
Small airports frequently used by charter and private aircraft are located in Horsham and Warracknabeal.
Three phase power is available in major towns across the Wimmera, and natural gas is piped as far west as Horsham. Several large scale manufacturing and food processing businesses outside further west than Horsham, and have ready and reliable access to LPG.
The region is working hard to secure an early roll-out of the National Broadband Network, including through an audit of ICT demands undertaken by the Centre for E-Commerce and Communications at the University of Ballarat on behalf of the Regional Development Australia Grampians Committee.
Second wave broadband is available in regional cities and towns where exchanges are enabled for ADSL2+, which includes all of the major towns of the Wimmera.