Casterton 2040

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This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Casterton and its surrounds (Henty, Sandford, Merino, Digby, Bahgallah, Strathdownie, Lake Mundi, Dunrobin) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Casterton group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.


About the region:

Located to the north of the Glenelg region

This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Casterton and its surrounds (Henty, Sandford, Merino, Digby, Bahgallah, Strathdownie, Lake Mundi, Dunrobin) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Casterton group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.


About the region:

Located to the north of the Glenelg region in South West Victoria, Casterton is known and loved for being the birthplace of the kelpie breed of dog. Casterton is an historic rural town with a recorded population in 2016 of 1,681, and is situated on the Glenelg River in a valley surrounded by rolling Red Gum hills.

The indigenous people of the Konongwootong Gundidj clan and others from the Jardwadjali language group occupied the area in and around Casterton for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans in Australia.

Casterton and surrounding areas possess a strong agricultural trade based on livestock, milk, wool and crops. The plantation timber industry is also a major economic driver and employer in the region, and the tourism industry is gaining momentum as visitors come to partake in numerous outdoor activities and explore the diverse natural areas and wildlife.

Key trends in Casterton:

  • Declining in population over the last 15 years
  • Fewer families and young people than ever before
  • 4% speak a language other than English at home (the highest rate in Glenelg Shire)
  • Highest proportion of people over the age of 65 in Glenelg region
  • 28% of people live alone
  • People working in healthcare and social support sectors (21%) and those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing (17%) make up the bulk of the workforce in the area.



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  • Draft Vision Statement

    7 months ago
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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    We've developed a draft vision statement for the area based on all of the conversations we've had with you to date.  Please note, the vision has been further refined since the recent meeting to improve flow and grammar, as well as incorporate feedback received outside of the meeting. 

    We'd love your feedback! Please comment below.

    Casterton, Henty, Sandford, Merino, Digby, Bahgallah, Strathdownie, Lake Mundi, Dunrobin and surrounds 2040 - Embracing Rural Life 

    In 2040, learning is at the centre of all that we do as we are known for our innovative and entrepreneurial investments. We are a diverse and inclusive community; we embrace technology and rely on each other to survive and thrive. 

    We enjoy our unique natural surroundings and welcome tourists from near and far. Many come to the area to learn about sustainable farming and living practices, to share this region’s love and connection for the land, or to experience the vibrant rural community life. As a thriving hub, the area offers a point of difference within easy reach of other townships and local services.

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