Lifestyle central to Victoria’s highlands
With its eastern reaches less than an hour from Melbourne, the Central Highlands region offers residents a viable commute for those wishing to work in the city.
Alternatively, if you’re seeking a fresh start, the region is renowned for its career prospects in manufacturing and agriculture, and continues to grow in health, retail, education, tourism, property, financial services and construction.
The Victorian Government is ensuring Central Highlands 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 $10 million restoration of Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat, enhancements to Sebastapol’s streetscape and free public wifi in Ararat. The Government is also investing $100 million for the Western Rail Plan to reduce crowding, support population growth and enable fast rail on the Ballarat line, and upgrading lighting at Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park in Ballarat.
Learn more about why the shires, towns and cities in Victoria’s Central Highlands are great places to live, work and invest below.
Like the thought of an active outdoor lifestyle? Ararat Rural City might be just what the doctor ordered.
As one of Victoria’s biggest regional centres, and one of the closest to Melbourne, the City of Ballarat continues to surge ahead.
Rolling green hills, golden fields of canola and wheat, rugged bush landscapes and rocky plains. From historic gold mining towns to lush river valleys, the shire is a treat for the senses.
It’s known as the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’, but there’s much more to Hepburn Shire than the mineral springs that made it famous.
Perfectly positioned between Melbourne and Ballarat are the picturesque rolling hills and heritage townships of Moorabool Shire.