INDUSTRY

     

BUSINESS IN MYRTLEFORD

Myrtleford has over 200 businesses excluding agricultural enterprises.

ABS Data has recorded 566 businesses with the Myrtleford Region. Click here to see statistics and map of the ABS Myrtleford area.

Sustainable economic growth underpins the ability of local business operators to prosper.

Our organisation liaises with the Economic Development unit of the Alpine Shire Council to supporting the development of existing businesses for sustainable economic growth and will promote and encourage new business opportunities.

Advocating for the key industry sectors: tourism, forestry, and agriculture, and will work to promote Myrtleford as a desirable and attractive place to work, live, visit and invest.

NUMBER OF BUSINESES BY INDUSTRY as at 30th JUNE 2012 ABS Data

Accommodation & Food Services 30
Administrative & Support Services 9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 198
Arts & Recreation Services 3
Construction 63
Education & Training 3
Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services 3
Financial & Insurance Services 30
Health Care & Social Assistance 12
Info.Media & Telecommunications 3
Manufacturing 26
Not Classified 10
Other services 25
Professional Scientific & Tech Services 32
Public Administration & Safety 3
Rental, Hiring, & Real Estate Services 48
Retail trade 32
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 31
Wholesale trade 11
Total 572

AGRICULTURE

For many years tobacco growing was the main agricultural industry around Myrtleford, contributing $28 million each year at the farm gate and $90 million to the regional economy. The closure of the tobacco industry in late 2006 brought to an end over 150 years of tobacco crop production in the region when the growers accepted a financial package from tobacco manufacturers and the Australian Government to terminate production.

Located at the confluence of the Ovens and Buffalo Rivers, the fertile soils, an elevation of 210m above sea level and an average annual rainfall of 887mm means Myrtleford is ideally suited to intensive agriculture. Today, timber plantations, hops and beef cattle production remain important agricultural industries to Myrtleford.

Wine-grape production has expanded and crops such as walnuts, chestnuts and cherries have small but significant regional plantings. Boutique wineries now compliment Myrtleford's larger established wineries and the availability of fresh produce has encouraged people to open quality restaurants and bistros

ALPINE VALLEYS AGRIBUSINESS PROSPECTUS

WEATHER and CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

In 2009 a series of weather stations were
established by TAFCO Rural Supplies and
local Shires. There is a network of six weather stations throughout the region giving a snapshot in time of what our weather is doing whilst collating valuable data to assist in future agribusiness ventures.

Historical weather can be downloaded for Myrtleford from this site.

HEALTH & EDUCATION

The Health and Education Industries combined employ approximately 20% of Myrtleford's population and are extremely important to the towns economy.

Key Industry bodies are:

Alpine Health provides integrated Acute Health, Community Health and Community and Aged Residential Services for residents and visitors of the Alpine Shire.

Myrtleford Hospital
30 O'Donnell Ave Myrtleford
www.alpinehealth.org.au

Gateway Health (formerly O & K Community Health)
32 Smith Street Myrtleford
www.gatewayhealth.org.au

Mountain View Childrens Centre - incorporating childcare, kindergarten and toy library
Prince Street Myrtleford
03: 57522 111

St. Mary's Primary School
43 O'Donnell Ave Myrtleford
03: 5752 1808

Marian College
Prince St Myrtleford
03: 5752 1596

Myrtleford P-12
Prince St Myrtelford
03: 5752 1174

The 4 education institutions collaborated and sucesfully established EMPAC. Myrtlefords own Education Myrtleford Performing Arts Centre located on the Grounds of St. Mary's Primary School - Prince St.

03: 5752 2806

Alpine Institute Alpine Institute was formed in 2012, creating an entity to manage Alpine Health’s growing commitment to training and education.

03: 5751 9400