Learn about Mansfield and its surrounds, including an acknowledgement of our traditional owners.
Mansfield’s picturesque Shire is only 2 hours drive north of Melbourne. The landscape is dominated by the Great Dividing Range and includes the alpine resorts of Mt. Buller and Mt. Stirling. Natural environment features within Mansfield Shire are the Alpine National Park and Australia’s second largest inland waterway – Lake Eildon. Mansfield Shire boasts major river systems, lakes, mountains, vast tracts of what is referred to as ‘High Country’, and broad, productive valleys where agriculture and rural living integrate. With Mansfield Shire being a nationally recognised icon location, our municipality is in high demand for recreation and lifestyle activities.
The major urban centre of our Shire is Mansfield and there are numerous outlying communities scattered across the municipality. Each of these townships have a strong sense of community and not only celebrate the place in which they live, but they also have their own history, distinct character and sense of identity.
Our Shire has been recognised as one of the fastest growing municipalities for more than a decade, with a population growth of around 2% each year since 2001. The combination of lifestyle and proximity to Melbourne has seen the permanent population grow from 6,631 in 2001 to 8,605 in 2016. It is estimated that by 2031, Mansfield Shire will have a permanent population of approximately 10,000.
We have a strong economy, with agriculture being one of the Shire’s key economic drivers, contributing $60.7m to our economy. Cattle and sheep grazing, along with seed production, are major industries within the Shire. Grape and tomato production are also significant as are many agriculture related service industries.
It is estimated that Mansfield Shire has an employment base of 3,743 and an industry output of $823m. The impact of tourism as an economic driver is estimated at 20% of total industry output and 25% of total employment (RDA Australia - Hume Economic Profile report).
We acknowledge the Taungurung people as the traditional owners of the land on which our offices are located. We pay respect to the Taungurung Elders, past, present and future and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.