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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
Terry Jongebloed, Clyde Park Vineyard, Bannockburn "The best way to learn more about Golden Plains Shire is to get off the main roads and explore the villages of the region. The region produces world-class produce -- wheat, barley, lamb, beef, pork and chickens. It boasts some of the best vineyards in Australia, producing family-owned, handcrafted, quality wines. The region's pinot noirs and chardonnays are standouts. The Moorabool Valley is the Shire's hidden secret, it has undulating, north-easterly slopes and alluvial river flats. " Cr Geraldine Frantz, Golden Plains Shire mayor "Golden Plains Shire is a great place to live. We are progressive and diverse in our many lifestyle options, from agriculture, business and the arts, to peaceful tranquility. There is a wonderful goodwill spirit across our many towns and rural communities. Golden Plains Shire offers country living with access to city services. What more could you want?" Joan McGovern, Camilo Olives, Teesdale "The Golden Plains Shire has a brilliant diversity of people and produce. We have multi-award winning wines, olives, meats and other goodies that are showcased in our monthly Golden Plains Farmers' Market. With the help of our shire, we have developed a great and loyal following for our farmers' market, which is the first in our region to be accredited by the Victorian Farmers' Market Association. That's quite special and I think the market has been a bit of a turning point for how locals, as well as people who live further a field, view our area. " Population: 16,094 Population growth: 2.53%pa Demographic: 25% aged 35 to 49 Land Area: 2704 km2 Travel time to Melbourne: 70 minutes Median house price: $211,250 Infrastructure: 14 Primary Schools 8 kindergartens Major events: Golden Plains Music Festival, Meredith Music Festival. Major towns: Bannockburn, Teesdale, Inverleigh, Lethbridge, Meredith, Shelford, Rokewood, Cape Clear, Scarsdale, Smythesdale, Haddon, Linton and Ross Creek. Major attractions: Brisbane Ranges National Park, Enfield State Park, Jubilee Mine and many historic gold mining towns such as Smythesdale, Linton and Steiglitz. The many wineries dotted along the Moorabool Valley, near Bannockburn, produce some of the best wines in Australia. Photograph: Visions of Victoria Our Place - the Geelong Region Magazine 27
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