Rural Outreach Research Project Final Report August 2017

Benalla Rural City is located in north-east Victoria 193 km north east of Melbourne, and is centred in the Broken River valley. The current estimated resident population of Benalla Rural City is 13,597, with approximately 9,000 living in the Benalla urban area and the remainder living in rural towns and communities. 

Benalla Rural City was established as an agricultural and pastoral district in the 1840’s, following long habitation by Aboriginal people. The rural area was characterised by wheat, oats and potato growing, alongside some vineyards and mining.

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