The Beechworth Area
Beechworth is part of the Indigo Shire‚ which is located in Victoria's picturesque Northeast. The shire borders the Murray River‚ the Australian Alps and the municipalities of Wodonga‚ Wangaratta‚ Towong‚ Alpine and Moira.
Key industries in the Indigo Shire include high quality primary and secondary education‚ accounting‚ legal‚ medical‚ dental and associated services. The economy is based on farming‚ processing of primary produce and provision of services including tourism. There are over 700 separate businesses based in the Indigo Shire‚ including two operations that individually provide employment to over 100 people: Murray Goulburn Cooperative Ltd‚ a major manufacturer of milk‚ cream and butter products in Kiewa‚ and Uncle Toby's Company Ltd‚ a subsidiary of Nestle‚ manufactures cereals and health food products in Wahgunyah.
Beechworth is equipped with a Hospital that offers a wide range of health and aged care services to the local community. Services on offer include care for medical conditions and post operative care for those recovering from operations that are undertaken elsewhere. Palliative care can also be provided for those people who are in the final phase of a life threatening illness.
Education in Beechworth is made up of two preschools‚ six primary schools (three in Beechworth and three with a 10 minute drive)‚ a secondary college and an Adult Education Centre. La Trobe University also has a campus in Beechworth.
Beechworth and its surrounds range from 550 - 800 metres above sea level. With Beechworth's high level of sunshine hours‚ vineyards in the sloping terrain are generally planted at altitudes of around 400m. The region is cool with high continentally making vine planting sites important for viticulture. The best sites are located away from higher altitude‚ cold-air drainage channels‚ with the risk of frost high in both Spring and Autumn. Much of the region's soils are granitic loams over decomposed gravels and clays.
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