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Close to Melbourne, with strong transport connections to the rest of Victoria and beyond, the Barwon region offers seaside or rural living supported by world class health and education services and a strong sense community.

Barwon is home to a diverse and growing economy. Traditional manufacturing and processing jobs in food, automotive, textiles, metal, petroleum and engineering are today augmented by knowledge-based opportunities such as bio technology and ICT. Whatever your preferred field, from trades to medicine, science to the arts, Barwon provides opportunities for all.

The Victorian Government is ensuring Barwon communities continue to be great places to live work and invest, by delivering a range of improvements to public transport, country roads, tourism infrastructure and health facilities, and through initiatives such as Free TAFE for priority courses.

The 2019-20 Budget provides further tax relief for rural and regional businesses, with the regional payroll tax rate to be reduced to 25 per cent of the metropolitan rate by 2022-23.

Locals will also benefit from the Victorian Government’s contribution to the Geelong City Deal, which includes a new Convention and Exhibition Centre and revitalisation of central Geelong, $1.6 million to establish a new statutory authority to manage and protect the Great Ocean Road, and $13.5 million to upgrade the facilities at The Gordon TAFE’s Geelong campus.

The Government is also further improving train services, with $100 million for the Western Rail Plan to reduce crowding, support population growth and enable fast rail on the Geelong line, and $2 million for design and scoping work for the duplication of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds Stations.

Learn more about why Barwon’s shires, towns and cities are great places to live, work and invest below.

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