Baw Baw LGA, Regional Victoria
Picturesque rural regions offering schools, employment and amenities within an hour or two of major cities are proving to be popular with people tired of stressful city life compounded by high property prices.
This aptly describes the Baw Baw Shire which recorded a population growth rate of 14% between 2011 and 2016.
Property prices here are around half of their Melbourne counterparts while the unemployment rate is well below the state average.
Towns along the Princes Highway, in particular Drouin and Warragul, are on the cusp of transformation as land becomes rezoned for housing, commercial and industrial purposes to cope with the continued rise in population.
The lifestyle is supported by a sturdy economy encompassing agriculture, manufacturing, construction, tourism, healthcare and education.
This report covers Drouin, Longwarry, Moe, Trafalgar and Warragul.