RDA-Riverina covers 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs), you can learn about the individual LGAs on this document.
Stretching 500kms from east to west across south-central NSW, the Riverina covers an area of almost 59,665 square kilometres. The region is home to approximately 149,000 people (2011 Census), many who rely on the region’s largest employer – agriculture – for their livelihood. The major centres of the Riverina include the City of Wagga Wagga and Griffith.
The mighty Murrumbidgee River meanders through the Riverina, providing the region’s farmers with access to water and irrigation systems. The largest of this area is known as the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), one of Australia’s major food bowls which is home to some of Australia’s finest agricultural land and in turn, food products.
The MIA provides over one-quarter of all the fruit and vegetable production in NSW and is also one of Australia’s largest exporters of bulk wines. Agriculture is the backbone of the Riverina’s economic prosperity, followed by retail, manufacturing, health care and social assistance.
Unemployment in the Riverina region according to Department of Employment Small Local Labour Market Date in December 2013 was 5% this is less than the unemployment figure of 5.8% in 2012. The labour market is dynamic changing quickly. There is still a string demand in sectors such as agriculture and a reduction on other sectors
For further regional information, profiles by LGA or region visit:
Did you know?
The name ‘Wagga’ is derived from the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal language. It is widely accepted that ‘Wagga’ means ‘crow’ and to create the plural, the Wiradjuri people repeat the word. Thus Wagga Wagga means 'the place of many crows'
An overview of some of the agricultural industries in the Riverina Region.
The Riverina Agricultural Education Alliance hosted the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) Ag Inspirations camp in late 2014. This provided secondary school students with an insight into the various agricultural occupations within the MIA.