The Loddon Mallee Region covers north western Victoria bounded by the South Australian border to the north west; the Murray River to the north and the Macedon Ranges to the south east. The Loddon Mallee region occupies more than a quarter of Victoria and with one of the most consistently warm climates in the State - people flock to the region for the waterways of the Murray River, acclaimed restaurants and wineries, heritage towns, and grand forests. The population of the region is currently reported as 304,560.
The Loddon Mallee region covers an area of 58,961 square kilometres (more than a quarter of the area of the State).
The Loddon Mallee contains nine municipalities:
Regional Ethnic Communities’ Councils/Migrant Resource Centre’s:
- Sunraysia Ethnic Communities Council (also known as the Northern Mallee Migrant Services)
- Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
Diversity in the Region
The culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population of Loddon Mallee is reasonably small– only 4.5 per cent of the population were born in non-English speaking countries (NESCs) and the same number speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home. Italian is the only LOTE in the region with more than 1,000 speakers and is spoken by only less than 1 per cent of the population. Greek and Turkish follow a distant second, each spoken by 0.3 per cent of the population.
Language spoken at home, Loddon Mallee
|Language spoken at home||Number||%|
ABS 2011 Census data.
Country of birth, Loddon Mallee
|Country of birth||Number||%|
|Main English speaking countries||12,914||4.3%|
|Main non-English speaking countries||13,811||4.5%|
*Main and non Main English speaking countries including Inadequately Described, At Sea and Not Elsewhere Classified. ABS 2011 Census data.
Proficiency in Spoken English by Lodden Mallee Region, Victoria, 2011 Census
|English proficiency||Loddon Mallee Region|
|Speaks English only||277,268|
|Speaks another language and speaks English|
|Not at all||508|
|Not stated - (both language and proficiency not stated)||12,531|
|Not stated - (language stated, proficiency not stated)||269|
Useful information links for the Loddon Mallee Region
For a regional snapshot of Loddon Mallee go to www.rdv.vic.gov.au
- Loddon Mallee Region
- Buloke (S)
- Campaspe (S)
- Central Goldfields (S)
- Gannawarra (S)
- Greater Bendigo (C)
- Loddon (S)
- Macedon Ranges (S)
- Mildura (RC)
- Mount Alexander (S)
- Swan Hill (RC)