Alpine Shire sees slight rise in pop­u­la­tion

Myrtleford Times - - News - BY TATE SPITERI

A POP­U­LA­TION in­crease from 12,450 to 12,515 peo­ple is pos­i­tive news for the Alpine Shire ac­cord­ing to mayor Ron Janas.

Cr Janas said any growth is good growth as coun­cil con­tin­ues to do what it can to en­cour­age busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment across the shire.

“We’re try­ing to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness and are work­ing with gov­ern­ment in re­gards to tele­com- mu­ni­ca­tions which is an im­por­tant part of liv­ing nowa­days and for busi­nesses try­ing to start up,” he said.

“We try and in­volve politi­cians com­ing here to have a look at our busi­ness and see­ing how we can help foster more em­ploy­ment and how to ad­vo­cate for that with gov­ern­ment.

“We have got in­no­va­tive peo­ple here as well as in­no­va­tive and grow­ing busi­nesses if the gov­ern­ment would like to come on board and of­fer some as­sis­tance.”

And while the Alpine Shire’s pop­u­la­tion rise was less com­pared to the nearby Indigo Shire which had an in­crease of 185 peo­ple, Cr Janas made note of the dif­fer­ence in lo­cal­i­ties.

“I think we have got some great prob­lems that other shires would love to have,” he said.

“The in­crease in tourism and the num­ber of peo­ple who are com­ing to visit the area is prob- ably the biggest in­flu­encer at the mo­ment.

“Peo­ple are gen­er­ally look­ing to add in­vest­ment to our area be­cause they can see the beauty and qual­ity of what we can of­fer here.

“Indigo have a very dif­fer­ent ge­o­graph­i­cal set­ting be­cause they are just that lit­tle bit closer to the big cen­tres like Wodonga and Wan­garatta, that prob­a­bly gives more ac­ces­si­bil­ity to jobs and that’s an en­vi­ron­ment that we need to foster.”

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