Profiles and Statistics

Murray River Council has a lot to offer new investors, developers and new residents.

Economic profile

The Murray Region is known for its agriculture and food sector, having both rich alluvial soil and leverages the irrigation opportunities. Whilst its economic prominence has long been linked to agricultural production, Murray River Council’s economic drivers are becoming much more varied. The industry sectors that also contribute significantly are retail trade, construction, manufacturing, health and community services, land care and catchment management, professional services, small service industries and tourism. This diversification continues to create a range of employment and business opportunities.

Community profile

The local government area of Murray River sweeps across an area of 11,865km2, is home to approximately 11,500 residents and is located in the southern Riverina, 800km south of Sydney and 205km north of Melbourne. Murray River is a great place to live, work and play!

The main population centres include Barham, Mathoura, Moama, Moulamein, Murray Downs, Tooleybuc and Wakool. Other settlements include Bunnaloo, Goodnight, Koraleigh and Womboota. Murray River Council has a wealth of physical features including majestic sweeping plains; magnificent stands of Red Gum forests and is almost totally surrounded by the mighty Murray River and its tributaries.

The area’s natural assets prove to be a large attraction for locals and visitors alike and form the backdrop to many recreational activities. With tourism, industry and an idyllic rural lifestyle, Murray River is a growing region with much to offer.


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Tourism is an important industry in the Murray region, which is largely driven by the natural resource attributes in the region, including access to land, water and irrigation infrastructure, climate and lifestyle offering.

According to the 2016 Census, tourism is the second highest industry in terms of employment, in the Murray River Council area. Tourism is defined as an amalgam of activities across various industry sectors such as retail, accommodation, cafes & restaurants, cultural & recreational services. 

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