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Whether you live or work in the Yarra Ranges, our local economy impacts your day-to-day life.

The Economic Development Strategy provides a framework that will guide Council in improving our economic growth by creating jobs and diverse business environments. It will help us attract investment, strengthening business resilience whilst also building regional competitiveness. The strategy will also improve the liveability of our Yarra Ranges community.

We want to competitively position Yarra Ranges as a desirable place to live, invest and visit through identifying economic development opportunities, and balancing the needs of our diverse community. Setting a 10-year Economic Strategy vision with a 4-year action plan we can provide clear measurable actions that will be renewed annually.

We've heard from our local community of businesses, residents and stakeholders throughout the journey of this strategy.

Through this collective feedback, we identified four key priority areas that will allow us to focus our strategic direction:

  • Identity, leadership and collaboration
  • Trade, commerce and workforce capability
  • Investment attraction
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

During our initial consultation a clear sense of local pride and love for the diverse and beautiful Yarra Ranges environment was evident and the desire for sustainable, purpose-driven economic growth, growth that balances environment, social wellbeing and economic needs.

Moving towards a regenerative economy will help us achieve this.

A regenerative economy is concerned less with growth for growths sake and more with building a sustainable economy that purposefully meets the needs of both people and the environment.

Our regenerative principles are:

  • Leaving the planet in better shape than the status quo; looking beyond net-zero emissions to a net-positive impact on the planet and on our community
  • Respecting and reflecting community values
  • Supporting local efforts that enable the environment, communities, businesses, and culture to thrive
  • Drawing on the knowledge of Indigenous Australians and their connection to Country
  • Embracing systemic change aligned with principles of a circular economy

To learn more about what we've done please visit The journey of the Economic Development Strategy.

Related Documents

Have your say

Between 11th of August and 11th of September, we will be holding a variety of online and in-person engagement activities to gather feedback about the prepared draft Economic Development Strategy.

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There are two ways to give feedback now, for quick comments please use the post-it notes below. If you have more to say scroll down further below.

Please read the Summary and/or full Draft documents above.

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17 August, 2022

Chrissy says:

What an insightful video -documentation, a part time resident of the Yarra Rangers I look forward to seeing these actions come to fruition.

16 August, 2022

meaganc says:

I love the focus on regeneration. Let's leave our beautiful region even better than we found it!


Yarra Ranges Council is holding two online webinars to chat about the draft Economic Development Strategy. These online sessions will be 45-minutes and will give more information regarding the current draft.

Registration is required.

Online webinars:

Drop-in Sessions

In-person drop in sessions are coming soon

The Economic Development and Investment team will be available to meet in-person to answer questions and give more information regarding the draft Economic Development Strategy. No bookings required.

These sessions will give you the opportunity to access the draft and related documents, ask questions and give your own feedback.

Officers will be available to answer any questions or collect your feedback at the following locations:

  • Lilydale Community Link, Civic Centre 15 Anderson Street, Lilydale

Thursday 18th August and Thursday 8th September, 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Montrose Community Market, Cnr Leith and Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Saturday 20th August, 8.00am-1.00pm

  • Healesville Community Link, 110 River Street Healesville

Tuesday 23rd August, 9.00am-3.00pm

  • Yarra Junction Community Link, 2442-2444 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction

Friday 2nd September, 9.00am-3.00pm

  • Monbulk Living and Learning Centre, 21 Main Road, Monbulk

Wednesday 7th September, 9.00am-3.00pm

Project Updates

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Amy Endall
Phone 1300 368 333
Email business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
Website yarraranges.vic.gov.au


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Business and Industry Engagement Survey

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Group Engagement Sessions

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Broader Community Engagement Survey

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Draft Strategy for Consultation

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Final Strategy for Council Endorsement