Monday, March 31, 2014

Warracknabeal, Victoria.

Another short drive today, about 60 km between Hopetoun and Warracknabeal and the small town of Buelah was conveniently located about half way. So we had to stop for a morning tea break and a look around the town. This town is another example of "progress". A rich farming area, in terms of the cropping value, but as individual farms have amalgamated into super large enterprises there are far fewer families to support these Wimmera and Mallee towns. Most of the shops were boarded up. The people that remain are up beat about their town and are eager to point out what makes their town different to others in the region.

We travelled on to Warracknabeal. This town is quite large with a population of about 2500 people. Warrack, (as the locals call it) still has the appearance of a rural farming community but has far more support services available. We called in to and stayed at Warrack because Judy's niece and family reside and work there. It was great to catch up with them and enjoy their relaxed lifestyle.

A convenient park in the centre of Buelah. This was once the Primary School.

The short Main Street of Buelah.

Buelah still maintains the local Pub. Note the silos in the background. This region is noted for it's malting barley production.

Just check out the ridge line on this roof. Of course there is no business activity in this building.

Buelah has commissioned artists to paint murals that depict the history of the town. These murals are placed strategically around the town.

Another of the many murals.

In Warracknabeal, even the round-a-bouts receive special treatment.

The imposing facade of the Post Office.

Infromation Centre and Rest Rooms in the centre of town. The town water tower in the background.

The town weir on the Yarriambiack Creek provides a beautiful lake area that is used for Motor Water Sports and is also great just to have a BBQ or picnic on the lush lawns.

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