The Huon Valley is becoming increasingly recognised as a locality which offers a clean green environment and lifestyle opportunities which are the envy of many other parts of Australia and the world. This lifestyle is resulting in the sustained growth of the area and also underpins significant business benefits which can be accrued through investment in the area. The region’s close proximity to Hobart (just a 30 minute drive from the major commercial centre of Huonville), ensures local industries can export and distribute their products to the state’s major markets both interstate and internationally.
The natural beauty of the area is evident with pristine rivers meandering through Valley's bordered by the World Heritage Area and national parks. Visitors to the area are amazed by the opportunity to travel to the 'end of the road' at Cockle Creek – the southern-most point by road in Australia.
The Huon Valley has embraced its heritage while forging ahead with newer industries. Agriculture, viticulture, forestry, tourism and aquaculture all thrive side by side, providing jobs for the 15,372 residents (ABS, 2012) and seasonal influx of fruit pickers.
The Council is active in encouraging business investment and is currently revising its land use planning scheme to enable the appropriate zoning of parcels of land to assist with the growth and expansion of the local economy. In addition, the Council has produced a number of documents designed to assist and encourage investment and development to occur, with the following resources being available:
Essential infrastructure and services such as water, sewerage, effluent treatment, solid waste disposal, road access and the provision of a contemporary telecommunications network underpin a positive and welcoming attitude to business investment. The Huon Valley Regional Wireless Network – a partnership between the Council and local Internet service provider, TasmaNet, also supports the business and residential community by ensuring access to high speed broadband services anywhere in the Valley.
For more information about the Huon Valley Regional Wireless Network, visit Tasmanet.
Each of the major commercial centres in the Huon Valley – Huonville, Cygnet, Franklin, Geeveston and Dover, have supermarkets, fuel outlets, health facilities and eftpos. Banking services are also available in the majority of the towns.
The Huon Valley has long been recognised as a region which produces the best apples in Australia and some of the finest timber in the world. More recently produce from the Valley has diversified and include world renowned Atlantic salmon, wine and a range of small fruits. The ABC’s Delicious magazine recognised the Huon Valley for its variety and quality produce by awarding the area with the Regional Award at the 2011 Delicious Awards. Tourism and visitor activities and services leverage off the natural beauty of the area, the heritage of the region and (more recently), its fresh produce.
The area currently has an unemployment rate of 7.2% as at March 2012 (Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Small Area Labour Markets March Quarter 2012). This has been largely attributed to by the downturn and uncertainty surrounding the forest industry and the implications of the Inter-Government Agreement (IGA).
The Huon Valley’s working population represents the very industries in which it is best known with 21.3% employed as labourers, 14.7% being clerical and administrative workers, 13.2% being professionals and 11.7% being tradespersons and related workers in 2009 (ABS, 2012).
Of the working population, in 2009 the majority of workers in the Huon Valley are aged between 35 and 44 years (23.5%), and 45 and 54 years (23.5%). There are also 18.4% of the working population aged between 25 and 34 years (ABS, 2012).
The Huon Valley Council’s Economic Development Unit is available to any interested investor or developer, or existing business to provide guidance, support and to help facilitate among the numerous departments of the Council.
For any enquiries, please contact:
Economic Development Coordinator
40 Main Street, Huonville
Phone: (03) 6264 0360
click here to download a copy of the Huon Valley Tourist Accommodation Guidelines