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Wimmera and Grampians Indigenous Tourism Feasibility Study

The Wimmera and Grampians  Indigenous Tourism Feasibility Study explores the potential to develop Indigenous tourism enterprise activities for ‘Wotjobaluk Country’ in the Wimmera-Mallee region. It covers the land area for which the Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) is the Registered Aboriginal Party and takes in, all or part of, the local government areas of West Wimmera, Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh and Buloke.

Read the full report here

Wimmera Workforce through VETiS

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is designed to expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students. Students can gain nationally accredited qualifications in a broad range of applied learning disciplines as part of their VCE and/or VCAL studies. The report looks at the issues facing the region and recommendations for future actions. A copy of the report can be viewed here

Wimmera Internship Program


Wimmera Development Association is pleased to announce that the Wimmera Internship Program will once again be offered to businesses and students across the Wimmera Southern Mallee over the 2017-18 Summer break.

The rural Victorian community can experience difficulty in attracting professionals to live and work in rural areas. A challenge is to find new and innovative ways to retain students and graduates within communities, and to attract graduates as new residents.

WDA seeks to support rural communities by highlighting the work opportunities available to students and graduates, and to assist councils to grow their local economies.

This project works closely with local employers to determine current skills shortages or workplace opportunities that can be matched with students from relevant tertiary institutions. The students will be placed based on an alignment of skills and experience, as determined by the employer, and will be remunerated for their time. Students will also live in the local community to build their experience of working and living rurally.

This project will support successful applicants to link in with Universities to involve students with practical work placements as part of their studies.

The project seeks to broaden the options of many students, provide them with valuable work experience, develop personal connections and open up their views on working and living in a rural community.

Wimmera Internship Promotional Video (5 minutes)

Wimmera Internship Promtional Video Oscar Furniture (1 minute)

Wimmera Internship Promtional Video West Wimmera (1 minute)

Wimmera Internship Promtional Video Northern Grampians ( 1 minute)


Future Education and Training Needs of the Agriculture Sector

Wimmera agricultural producers and agribusiness employees within the Wimmera Southern Mallee have taken the opportunity to participate in a study into the future training needs
for agriculture in the region.

As identified in the Grampians Workforce Development Strategy, planning for the training and education needs of the agriculture sector is critical to the future development
of agriculture and agribusiness in the region.

Wimmera Development Association has undertaken the study with funds from Regional Development Australia Grampians to build an understanding of industry training and education.

Click here for a copy of the report

Workforce Development Strategy

The Workforce Development in the Grampians report presents emerging trends for business and industry in the Grampians region, and the workforce skills

and knowledge which will be required to ensure regional competitiveness, prosperity and growth. In particular, the

project focuses on developments in the following four industries: Agriculture, Health Care and Social Assistance,

Manufacturing, and Tourism. The project examined both general and regional trends in these industries and how

education providers can meet emerging workforce development needs in these four sectors.

A copy of the report can be viewed here

Wimmera Southern Mallee Tourism Collaboration and Destination Management Plan

Supporting a vibrant tourism industry and enhancing the Wimmera Southern Mallee’s economic diversity were identified as community priorities for this region through the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership.  A new project has commenced to help strengthen the tourism sector, boost visitors and diversify the local economy, by establishing sustainable tourism governance model and destination management plan for the broader Wimmera Southern Mallee Region.  Details of the project and future project updates can be found in the attachments below.

April Project Update - one pager

April Project Update - detailed