Firstly, why the Riverina?
A snapshot of the region…
The Riverina region covers a total of 80,545 sq km, covering 14 local government areas and extending from the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in the east to the open plains of Hay and Carrathool in the west. The Murrumbidgee River flows through the region, and delivers water to the irrigation areas around Griffith and Leeton.
Major cities on your doorstep
The regional city of Wagga Wagga is positioned on the main Sydney-Melbourne railway line, and the Hume Highway runs through the eastern part of the region. It is half way between Sydney and Melbourne and only 2 hours from Canberra.
Vibrant and growing economies
With an economy based on agricultural production, food and beverage manufacturing, and wood processing, the region is well connected logistically for access to markets throughout Australia and overseas. Total value-added generated by the regional economy (GRP) is $8.73 billion, with a total value of output of $20 billion.
Well-supported social structures
The region has a range of social infrastructures such as health and education services. The defence industry also makes a contribution to the regional economy via the training facilities at Kapooka (army) and Forest Hill (air force), and there is a campus of Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga. Deakin University also maintains a presence in the region via their Cloud Campus.
It’s growing at a sustainable rate
The population of 165,883 (ABS, Census 2016, Place of usual residence population) is concentrated in the cities of Wagga Wagga (62,383) and Griffith (25,635), with both centres offering numerous retail and other professional and social services. The region also has a large number of smaller towns and villages offered a wide range of residential opportunities.