The reasons for this include our history of migration and reputation of welcoming new arrivals, social factors such as family or community members already living in the region, the lifestyle of a country town with the economic and employment opportunities of a city, and the agricultural industry.
The 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census shows that the population of Greater Shepparton is 65,076 with 14.8% – 9,459 individuals – of the population identifying as being born in a country other than Australia. Most of these (11.5% of the total population) were born in countries where English is not a first language.
Since the 2011 Census, the number of people born overseas has increased by 1,530 or 19.3%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background has increased by 1,366 or 22.8%.
Greater Shepparton City Council is committed to continuing to promote the diversity of our region, and strengthening the sustainability and culture of communities which reside in the area.