The Mighty Murray

This week on Migration Monday we’re diving into the Murraylands and Riverland to find out what life looks like on and around the Mighty Murray.

Key industries: Horticulture, Wine, Livestock production, Tourism, Food, Manufacturing

Located in South Australia’s central east, the Murraylands and Riverland region covers a diverse and fertile landscape, which is brought to life by the mighty Murray River and a community engrained in the land. This is a major horticultural and wine producing region spanning 36,000 square kilometres between the Adelaide Hills to the west, and the Victoria boarder to the east. This region offers cost effective manufacturing potential, a strategic location, stable workforce and an enviable lifestyle.

The countryside has a wide range of landscapes from the broad expanses of the Mallee, the Murray River which gracefully meanders to the sea, the unique dunes and waterways of the Coorong and Lake Alexandrina, to the extensive rolling pasture and native bush across the region. Warm dry summers and relatively mild winters make it possible to take full advantage of regions natural beauty all year round.

This region benefits from easy access to metropolitan centres and interstate markets along key transport routes. All community facilities you would normally expect in regional centres, and more, can be found in the Murraylands and Riverland towns. The region is home to some 70,000 people and over 6,100 businesses. Major towns include Murray Bridge, Mannum, Renmark, Berri, Barmera, Loxton and Waikerie. Each major town has a vibrant retail area, from the charm of traditional main street precincts filled with small local businesses, through to modern plaza style shopping centres with multi-national retailers and major supermarkets.

Residential property prices are substantially lower than the South Australian average and offer a mix of building and construction styles. The quality of life is greatly enhanced with the sense of regional pride and community spirit that makes this a wonderful place to call home. Like most country centres sport plays a dominant role in the lives of many residents and all manner of amenities are available. You’ll find turf ovals, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, netball courts, stadiums, recreational centres and swimming pools across the region.

The region is ripe with employment opportunities across diverse industries, job types and skill levels. The major economic activity is primary production accounting for 34% of gross regional product, and one in five jobs. Regional tourism is also a major driver of regional development, with growing interest in their food and wine sector, and in nature-based experiences along the Murray River. Recreational access to the Murray River and conservation parks are highly popular with residents and visitors alike. Another growing sector is renewable energy, with $1 billion of new infrastructure to be constructed by 2020.

People often come to the Murraylands and Riverland for a holiday, once they realise the abundance of opportunities, employment, affordable housing, community and outdoor lifestyle, they never want to leave. It’s a great place to live, work, play and invest!