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Mount Barker District Council is experiencing significant growth which is expected to continue over the next 20 years, resulting in the doubling of the district's population.

Council estimates that $2.8 billion of investment will occur over the next 20 years to support this growth including for roads, water, sub-divisions, housing, retail, commerce and industry.

Council has established an Economic Development Strategy (EDS) in order to consider and plan for its role in achieving the following objectives:

  • Encourage and facilitate a vibrant and sustainable local economy
  • Maintain a low unemployment rate
  • Increase the number of local jobs, thereby reducing the need for residents to commute outside of the district for work
  • Increase employment opportunities for young people.

Council's Economic Development Strategy is currently being updated and a revised strategy 2020-2025 will be available mid-2020. For a summary of the 2014-2019 strategy, please download the following document:

Economic Development Strategy Brochure