Alpine Shire sees slight rise in population
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.”