Heywood 2040

Have you thought about what you will be doing in Heywood in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Heywood:

Situated on the Fitzroy River, part way between Portland and Casterton on the Princes Highway, Heywood is a place of cultural importance. In 2018 Heywood had a recorded of population 1,738.

Heywood is a popular hub for tourists that come to explore the surrounding natural areas. Nearby is the 6,600 year old Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape where for thousands of years Gunditjmara people engineered and constructed an extensive aquaculture system. It has recently been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

As well as a strong tourism trade, Heywood has large farming populations and sawmills operated until well into the twentieth century, when pine plantations were established.

Emerging trends in Heywood:

  • 18% of employed residents work in agriculture, forestry or fishing trade and 14% work in retail.
  • Heywood is said to have the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Victoria (8% of population)
  • The majority of the population are aged 45-64 years
  • The population of Heywood in recent years has been stable
  • There are fewer young people and families live in the area than ever before
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of people over the age of 65


Have you thought about what you will be doing in Heywood in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Heywood:

Situated on the Fitzroy River, part way between Portland and Casterton on the Princes Highway, Heywood is a place of cultural importance. In 2018 Heywood had a recorded of population 1,738.

Heywood is a popular hub for tourists that come to explore the surrounding natural areas. Nearby is the 6,600 year old Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape where for thousands of years Gunditjmara people engineered and constructed an extensive aquaculture system. It has recently been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

As well as a strong tourism trade, Heywood has large farming populations and sawmills operated until well into the twentieth century, when pine plantations were established.

Emerging trends in Heywood:

  • 18% of employed residents work in agriculture, forestry or fishing trade and 14% work in retail.
  • Heywood is said to have the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Victoria (8% of population)
  • The majority of the population are aged 45-64 years
  • The population of Heywood in recent years has been stable
  • There are fewer young people and families live in the area than ever before
  • There has been a recent increase in the number of people over the age of 65