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The Bega Valley - Our Place

Welcome to Our Place

The Bega Valley Shire is located at the south-eastern corner of New South Wales, half way between Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne and three hours drive from the nation’s capital, Canberra.
Our coastal fringe extends from Wallaga Lake in the north to Cape Howe and the Victorian border in the south. Collectively this 225-kilometre section forms the beautiful Sapphire Coast, the heart of Australia’s Coastal Wilderness.

Our community vision explains our collective aspiration that by working together, the Bega Valley Shire community integrates quality of life, enterprising businesses, sustainable development and conservation of the environment.

We are ... Bega Valley

Basic map of the Bega Valley Shire and hte distance to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne

 

There are over 33,000 people that call Bega Valley home. We have grown at a rate faster than predicted, and will grow by a further 5,500 (14%) over the next 20 years.

We are older in age than average, but we have high levels of independence, with more of us fully owning our own homes, and one in four of us actively volunteering.

Less than a third of us are families with children.

Currently fewer of us have Bachelor level education than average, but more of us are completing year  12 and attending university than ever before.

Around half of us work, predominantly in farming, manufacturing, health and social services, retail  and tourism, and a significant proportion of us are retired.

While we enjoy lower rent and mortgage costs than average, our lower than average weekly income means affordability is just as important to us as our city counterparts.

This is ... Bega Valley

Our strengths

  • Food Product Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Natural assets and liveability
  • Intellectual and cultural capital
  • Attractive retirement destination
  • Low cost of housing
  • Location

We have a growing economy, with over $1.5 billion annual Gross Regional Product, over $645 million in exports each year and nearly 3,000 local businesses.

Our main industries are farming, particularly dairy and the associated cheese manufacturing industry in Bega; commercial fishing, especially in Eden; and tourism along much of the coast. The key industrial precincts are in North Bega, Eden and South Pambula and main retail areas in the town centres of Bega, Eden and Merimbula.

We are a regional centre for schools and higher education institutions. There are currently 18 primary and four high schools which include a mixture of private and public. The University of Wollongong operates a campus in Bega which offers courses in Arts, Commerce, Education, Health and Behavioural Sciences and Business. In addition, vocational courses and trade skills are offered by the TAFE Illawarra campus also in Bega.

Our long stretches of coastline are a tourism draw card. Merimbula, Eden, Bermagui and Tathra are major tourist centres and typically experience a threefold boost in their populations during the peak summer period, with over 150,000 guests checking-in to local accommodation in December alone. On average 880,000 people visit Bega Valley annually spending around $400 million each year, more than half are domestic overnight visitors.

Bega Valley Shire Council manages over $1.45 billion in critical assets that allow visitors and community alike to live, work and play in this beautiful part of the world.

Statistics ... Bega Valley

POPULATION

 

Bega Valley

NSW

Population 2017 34,095  
Estimated population 2036 (forecast.id) 38,138  
Forecast population increase by 2036 (forecast.id) 11%  
Median age 51 38
Persons per hectare 0.05  

FORECAST POPULATION CHANGE %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Age 0 to 17 19 17
Age 18 to 34 13 12
Age 35 to 59 33 27
Age 50 plus 35 43

HOW WE LIVE %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Couples with children 20 32
One parent families 9 11
Couples without children 32 24
Live alone 28 22
Group household 2 4
Other households 9 7

DIVERSITY %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 3.1 2.9
Overseas born 12 28
Language at home other than English 3 25

HEALTH AND HELPING %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Volunteering 26 18
Need assistance with core activities 6 6

TRANSPORT AND TECHNOLOGY %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Public transport to work 0.7 16
Households with internet connection 74 78

HOUSING %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Number of dwellings 17,570  
Average household size 2.2 2.6
Live in separate house 80 64.9
Unoccupied dwellings 17 9
Own home outright 43 31
Households with a mortgage 26 30
Households renting 22 30

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE $

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Median weekly household income 987 1,481
Median weekly mortgage repayments 312 456
Median weekly rent 256 384

EDUCATION %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Completed university qualification 15 23
Completed advanced diploma or diploma 8 9
Completed a trade qualification (certificate) 24 18
Completed year 12 24 52
Attending university 1.4 5
Attending TAFE 1.4 2

EMPLOYMENT %

 

Bega Valley
2016

NSW
2036

Workforce participation rate 50 60
Total employment 95 94
Full time work 53 59
Part time work 45 33
Unemployment 5 6

All figures for above are based on 2016 Census data compiled by .id the populatin experts: profile.id.com.au/bega-valle

MAJOR EMPLOYING SECTORS

Dairy Cattlee Farming  
Dairy Product Manufacturing  
Health Care and Social Assistance  
Retail Trade  
Tourism  

TOP 5 INDUSTRIES (output)

Construction 460.1m
Manufacturing 429.8m
Real Estate 264.0m
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 228.2m
Health Care and Social Assistance 187.8m
   
Souce: NIER

WORKFORCE

Population * 33,253*
Total Employment ** 14,816
Unemployment Rate 5.2%
Participation Rate 47.0%
   
* ABS Cnsus 2016
** Department of Empyment Small Business Area Labour maket Estimates 2017

OTHER ECONOMIC STATS

Gross Regional Product * $1.2b
Value of Exports ** $645.6m
Local Businesses *** 2,890
   
* National Institute of Economic and Industry Research 2016
** National Institute of Economic and Industry Research 2015/16
*** ABS 201

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

Milk 63%  $26m
Livestock 32%  $25m
   
Source: 2010/11 ABS

TOURISM

Annual contribution to local economy $400m
Number of visitors annually $880,000
   
Source: Tourism Research Australia 2016/17

 

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