Business and Economic Development

Moyne Shire's economic landscape is diverse, exciting and bountiful. We have two officers working on Economic Development across the Shire. Feel free to contact us with your enquiry:

General enquiry:
(03) 5568 0573
Major Projects Liaison and Economic Development
Vicki Askew Thornton
(03) 55587865
Economic Development Officer
Jennifer Thomas
(03) 5568 0573


Beyond the crowds...there is opportunity

Moyne is a brilliant place to live and work. Think fresh air, stunning scenery, affordable overheads and fantastic lifestyle. We're a diverse area of major agricultural and tourism activities, mixed with secure health services, emerging and niche businesses and home-based enterprises. Our shire wraps around the regional city of Warrnambool, which itself offers job and business opportunities along with amazing and affordable living. Our communities are full of well-connected, well-travelled and open minded people who love the local environment and the opportunities for their businesses, families and future. We're a few hours from Melbourne, a couple of hours from the Grampians and we're open for business.

Get the stats, facts and figures on the local economy here:



Our key sectors: 


Rich volcanic land and regular rainfall are the basis of our thriving agricultural industry. Primarily dairy and cattle farming, Moyne Shire is also home to sheep, aquaculture and fishing businesses, market and vegetable gardeners and boutique producers of poultry, pork and buffalo cheese, among other products. 

See the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Strategy for an excellent overview of the region's current agricultural scene and vision for the future of this vital local sector.


With stunning coastal landscapes and unique, friendly townships, Moyne enjoys a vibrant and growing tourism industry. World-class festivals and events combine old-school charm with high quality experiences celebrating food, music, arts, history and natural environment. We are also home to two incredible Aboriginal sites - Tower Hill and Budj Bim - full of ancient culture and abundantly beautiful in indigenous flora and fauna.

Meet locals and makers, take a visual trip with local photographers, sample some musicIrish culture or cruise along the rail trails and tracks for outdoor adventures.

Major projects and construction

In recent years, Moyne has become something of a renewable energy hotspot attracting large scale wind farm projects. Other recent major projects in the shire include the Mortlake Saleyards, Halladale gas exploration works and Port Fairy wharf development.