Time For A Fresh Start
Where is the Pyrenees?
The Pyrenees Shire covers an area of 3,500 square kilometres and has a population of 6,669 people. The Shire is less than two hours' drive from Melbourne and approximately 30 minutes from Ballarat. The local economy is founded on private industries including wine manufacturing, sheep, cattle and grain farming, and construction. The Mount Buangor State Park, Mount Cole and the Pyrenees Ranges provide for a variety of nature based tourism activities which complement our food and wine sector.
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What do we do?
Wine-making is the biggest money earner for the shire for the first time according to Remplan data released in January 2014, bringing in $85.8 million in 2013 and providing jobs for 120 people. Agriculture is the shire’s second-highest earner but biggest employer, employing 471 people and grossing $80.3 million last year. Pyrenees residents also enjoy jobs in public administration and safety, healthcare and social assistance, construction, retail, education and training and accommodation and food services. Small entrepreneurial businesses are only limited by the imagination, but current endeavours in the shire include an information technology consultancy, online electronic business, an organisational development consultancy and a photography enterprise.
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Where are we going?
Infrastructure projects in the Pyrenees Shire include the duplication of the Western Highway with work happening on the Beaufort to Buangor section in 2015. Pyrenees Shire Council has developed industrial land at Avoca and residential land at Beaufort. The State Government is funding the extension of the natural gas network to Avoca, as well as increasing capacity at its prison facilities at Langi Kal Kal nearby to Beaufort.
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