Shire Profile


Murray Shire is located on the NSW/Victorian border at the closest point of the Murray River to Melbourne. This provides an area booming with tourism, industry, development and new residents. The Shire's main township is Moama and together with her Victorian neighbour Echuca, service a population of well over 20,000 people. The Shire's other towns and villages include Mathoura, Bunnaloo, Womboota and Cummeragunja.

Growth and Development - Murray Shire consistently ranks amongst the fastest growing Local Government Areas (LGA) in New South Wales. The March 2015 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Estimated Residential Population showed Murray Shire having a population of 7,466. In 2007, Murray Shire was the fastest growing LGA in NSW and in 2009 was the third fastest. The growth is not surprising considering many significant recent developments within the Shire. Murray Shire Council has established a reputation as an innovative Local Government authority, which is proactive in attracting new industry and developments. The population for the Murray Shire LGA is forecast to grow to 9,272 by 2031, which is an increase of 26.85%. Further information on Murray Shire's population forecast can be found here.

Key Industries - Murray Shire has a strong and diverse business base. Key industries include agriculture, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, construction and retail and health care. Tourism is strong as the area is a major destination for visitors (with over 600,000 overnight visitors per year). Murray Shire enjoys a low unemployment rate of 5.2%.

Business Support - In addition to the various government business support services available, business in the region have access to a number of active business groups offering networking opportunities, as well as the ability to work together to further develop the area and undertake specific projects of economic benefit to the region.

Tourism & Events - The mighty Murray River, red gum forests, the Historic Port of Echuca, an abundance of supporting tourism product, major events and a wonderful climate ensures the destination is consistently popular with visitors.

Shopping & Recreation - Echuca-Moama offers boutique shopping, national chain stores and speciality shops. Quality sporting facilities (including world class bowling greens and championship golf courses) and a magnificent natural environment provide for great sport and recreation.

Health - Murray Shire residents have access to a fully serviced hospital, medical centres, meals on wheels and community nurse, day care centres and accommodation for the aged.

Education - Quality Catholic, Anglican and State primary and secondary schools, adult education colleges and TAFE are all located within the Echuca-Moama district.

Transport - Murray Shire is ideally located on the Cobb Highwy just two hours from Melbourne and is also serviced by rail transport. Moama is serviced by daily passenger bus and rail connections to Melbourne and many regional centres.

Housing - Murray Shire offers a wide variety of housing options that are exceptionally affordable in comparison to metropolitan areas. The area offers magnificent lifestyle properties, as well as many new residental estates and rural residental properties.

For an overview of Why Murray and Campaspe, please view the profile.

CONTACT: Beck Hayward, Economic Development Officer  I  03 5482 3852  I