Economic profile

Diverse and dynamic, the Northern Grampians Shire boasts an exciting array of industries and business enterprises.

More than 1100 businesses currently operate in the NGSC with major activity based in the thriving tourism, mining, textile manufacturing and rural industries. As one of the state's key agricultural districts, the shire's total annual production exceeds $96 million. A robust and booming local economy beckons newcomers and encourages existing stakeholders to diversify and strengthen the corporate base.

Gold shaped the early years and continues to be an important part of the local economy. The shire boasts a large operating gold mine and numerous significant gold heritage sites of great interest to tourists.

Prominent industry sectors include wool, broad acre grazing, cereal cropping, viticulture, olive growing, tourism, gold mining, manufacturing, textiles, retail trade, health and community services, landcare and catchment management and professional services.

Industry is generally concentrated in the key townships of Stawell and St Arnaud, where retail and commercial operations are mainly of a local service nature. These centres service the region's needs for shopping, business and commercial services and host other activities including brick making, meat processing, steel fabrication, feed production, supply and service of farm machinery and small service industry.

New technologies have been enthusiastically embraced here, with telecommunications and e-commerce service delivery providing exciting opportunities for business expansion, diversification and investment.

This broad spectrum of regional industries consolidates a secure base for the thriving economy and facilitates powerful networking and collaborative possibilities.

For more Northern Grampians Shire Council statistics, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Economic Snapshot

Businesses by Industry (no)



Agriculture, forestry and fishing







135  145

Retail Trade



Accommodation and Food Services



Transport, postal and warehousing



Rental, hiring and real estate services

48 61

Health care and social assistance

23  18




Unemployment rate 2016


Source: Australian Bureau Statistics 2016