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Values, Principles & Approach

Council’s vision for the Wangaratta economy is for a sustainably prosperous community that provides quality jobs, encourages investment and supports business formation.

Values, Principles & Approach

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Strategy Aim

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Strategy Objectives

Objective 1: Achieve a resident population of 32,500 by 2027 (versus a trend-based outcome of 31,200) whilst maintaining or improving the median income of Wangaratta. The target is based on obtaining an annual population growth rate that is equivalent to the average projected growth rate, from Victoria in Future, for non-metropolitan Melbourne Victoria (1.2% per annum)
Objective 2: Generate employment growth so that the jobs to resident ratio reaches 0.4:1 in 2027 compared to 0.43:1 in 2016. If the target population growth is met, this requires the net creation, not attraction of 3,900 jobs by 2027 (total of 16,200 jobs).
Objective 3: Achieve an unemployment rate lower than the Victorian regional average for at least 75% of financial year quarters.
Objective 4: Lift education levels so that the percentage of the population over 15 years old with post-school (year 12) qualifications increases from 42.7% (in 2016) to 45% by 2027. For comparison the Victorian rate was 47.9% in 2016.
Objective 5: Improve on Wangaratta’s share of total visitor nights spent in Victoria, from 0.56% to 0.6%, based on Tourism Research Australia data. This can be achieved via increasing the number of visitors, convincing more passing visitors to stay overnight, or extending the length of trips.

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