Industry and Manufacturing
Resource-rich and with an innovative, can-do approach to attracting new business, the Moira Shire Economic Development department is here to assist you achieve your business goals.
As a major dairy-farming region, Moira Shire is home to a number of milk-processing companies, including Murray Goulburn in Cobram and Bega in Strathmerton, who are substantial employers in the region.
Meat, oil and fat processors, as well as fruit and vegetable cool-stores, also employ large numbers of staff, with the food-processing sector worth more than $800 million to the economy.
Investment opportunities have been identified in value-adding industries, such as fruit and vegetable processing and juicing, fruit packing and production of dairy-based products.
Light manufacturing is another growth sector, with industrial estates in Moira’s four major towns - Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga - expanding steadily.
In particular, businesses providing engineering support services for the food processing industries and building material producers and suppliers - reflecting the region’s strong building activity.
The Cobram Industrial Park provides new investors - or those looking to re-locate and expand their operations - quality infrastructure and access to major rail and road networks. Council also offers support to businesses to help them establish, re-locate or grow their existing premises.
Secure water supply, a great climate, excellent soils and a skilled workforce makes Moira Shire a prime location for agricultural production.
Dairy, fruit tree, livestock and grain farming have been the mainstay of the agricultural output for many years; however, an increasingly diverse range of crops, including grapes, plums, vegetables and nuts, are also being produced in commercially viable quantities in the region.
This range of produce supports many other industries, including food processing, manufacturing and tourism.
Graincorp Oilseed’s processing plant at Numurkah, is one of only two major Australian oil seed crushers, and sources much of its product locally and has a well-established reputation for research and development. The livestock producers are supported by abattoirs at Nathalia and Cobram, as well as meat processors and packaging companies.
Many of the manufacturing and service industries supporting the primary producers are recognised as leaders in product development and have established global markets. These include dairy-platform manufacturer Yarroweyah Engineering and Strathmerton-based irrigation systems designer Padman Stops.
The region’s reputation as a clean, green food-producing centre and growing consumer demand for quality gourmet goods has supported rapid growth in value-add industries in the region. Locally-based businesses with a national profile include Rich Glen (olive oil), Lochleilan Cheese and Boosey Creek Cheese (dairy/cheese) and the Fyffe Field, Ulupna and Monichino wineries.
There is also increasing interest in the region from overseas investors who recognise the value of securing fresh food supply for lucrative overseas markets by buying into established farming operations run by skilled local managers.
Moira Shire Council and it's progressive business community is highly supportive and pro-active in attracting investment into the region.