Community Profile

Golden Plains Shire is situated between two of Victoria’s largest regional cities, Geelong and Ballarat, with a population of 22,000 people across 56 rural communities.

As one of the fastest growing regions in Victoria, boasting rich biodiversity and a broad range of flora and fauna, Golden Plains Shire has much to offer. Renowned for its award-winning food and wine, iconic music festivals, goldfield heritage and friendly communities, Golden Plains Shire is an attractive destination both to visit and call home.

Golden Plains offers many opportunities for businesses, investment, sustainable development and employment, with more than 1,700 businesses in farming, retail and home-based businesses. In agriculture, the region has a strong tradition in wool and grain production and is a leading producer of prime lambs. Intensive animal farming continues to increase and strengthen, with the production of goat dairy, beef, chicken and pork strong in Golden Plains, and marked growth in viticulture.

Golden Plains Shire (map) is also one of the leading egg producers in Victoria, and is attracting new investment in free range egg production in the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct— an area of land in the southern part of the Shire that’s set to become one of Victoria’s premier areas for intensive agriculture.

Golden Plains offers relaxed country living, with the services and attractions of Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat just a stone’s throw away. With an abundance of events, attractions and activities, as well many great local businesses and breathtaking views, Golden Plains a great place to live, invest, taste, see and explore.

For additional information, please contact Golden Plains Shire Council.

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