Rural City of Mildura
The Rural City of Mildura is a local government area in Victoria, located in the north-western part of the state. It covers an area of 22,330 square kilometres and, at the 2016 Census, had a population of 53,878, it includes the city of Mildura and the towns of Merbein, Red Cliffs, Ouyen, Murrayville and Hattah. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the City of Mildura, Shire of Mildura and Shire of Walpeup; the Rural City is administered by the Mildura Rural City Council. The Rural City is named after the main urban settlement lying in the north of the LGA, Mildura, the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 30,647; the Rural City of Mildura covers most of the Mallee region of Victoria. Before the less infertile soils were fertilised and developed for the production of wheat and barley the whole region was covered in a dense mallee scrub of deep-rooting eucalypts that regenerated after the frequent bushfires in the region. Many of the soils are so sandy that clearing is impractical, Murray-Sunset National Park covers a third of the area of the LGA.
Other protected areas include Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Murray-Kulkyne Park on the Murray River. The climate of the region is the driest in Victoria, Neds Corner in the remote northwest has the lowest average annual rainfall in the state at 240 millimetres. In the south at Ouyen the average is 335 millimetres. In all the areas of the LGA there can be considerable variation in annual rainfall: the range has been from 110 millimetres in 1967 to 605 millimetres in 1973. Temperatures in the LGA are the hottest in Victoria and the average summer maxima is 32 °C, but it exceed 40 °C. Winter can be pleasant with a maxima of 16 °C, but frosts are common in the morning and can sometimes be severe; the southeast of the LGA is used for grain growing. In the north irrigated fruit growing is a huge earner of money and supports Mildura and nearby towns. In 2006 the Rural City of Mildura had a population of 49,815, most of, located in Mildura and adjacent areas. Many of the small towns in the region have disappeared as more efficient farming methods reduce the quantity of human labour required.
The council is composed of nine councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality. The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Mildura Municipal Offices, the location of the council's administrative activities, it provides customer services at both its administrative centre on Madden Av in Mildura, its service centres in Ouyen and on Deakin Av in Mildura. Mildura has sister city relations with the following cities: Dali, Yunnan Province of China Kumatori, Japan Upland, United States of America List of localities Media related to Rural City of Mildura at Wikimedia Commons Mildura Rural City Council Metlink local public transport map Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
Irymple is a town in the state of Victoria in Australia. Located in the region of Sunraysia in the far North-West Victoria, Irymple is 6 km south of Mildura and 550 km northwest of Melbourne. At the 2016 census and the surrounding area had a population of 5,325; the township was established soon after Mildura, the Post Office opening on 17 February 1892. The township has two primary schools, one secondary school and two P-10 schools. Irymple has a football and netball club competing in the Sunraysia Football Netball League, a soccer club, a lawn bowls club, a bocce club, a swimming club and a basketball association, all of which have home grounds located in the township. During 2017, Irymple Football and Netball Club won 4 of the 6 possible grand finals in the Sunraysia Football Netball League
Meringur is a farming settlement to the west of Mildura in northwestern Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census and the surrounding area had a population of 67 down from 128 in 2011, it is located in the Millewa region at the end of the Red Cliffs-Meringur Road towards the South Australian border. The Post Office opened on 2 February 1926; the railway opened in 1925, the station had facilities to handle passengers and grain. The line was extended to Morkalla in 1931, but the extension closed in 1965; the entire line was closed by 1988. The Millewa Pioneer Forest and Historical Village open-air museum is in Meringur. Meringur has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Millewa Football League, although in recent years the team has been based in Mildura, it has since reformed. Media related to Meringur at Wikimedia Commons
Walpeup is a town in the Mallee region of north west Victoria. The town is in the Rural City of Mildura local government area and on the Mallee Highway and Pinnaroo railway line between Ouyen and the South Australian border, 458 kilometres north west of the state capital, Melbourne and 130 kilometres south west of the regional centre of Mildura. At the 2016 census, Walpeup had a population of 158; the township was settled when the railway arrived, a full post office opening on 16 December 1912. The area of the locality contains the smaller area of Paigne which had a post office open from 1912 until 1916; the Mallee Research Station at Walpeup was established in 1922 to research dryland farming in the Mallee. It is a campus of the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, it has a Bureau of Meteorology automatic weather station. Walpeup Primary School opened on 3 June 1912 in the "Little White Hall", with a one-room school building being built in 1914. A second room was added in 1927; the school was "de-staffed" from April 2015, with the last five students having to transfer to Underbool school.
Walpeup South State School, alternatively known as Hungry Hut, opened in 1912 and closed in 1951. The building was moved and served as the dressing shed at the Walpeup Recreation Reserve; the main tourist attractions in Walpeup are the Dryland Gardens. The Hall houses a large collection of historic photographs of locals who served in either World War, a "welcome home" banner from the First World War — only found within the last five years and now restored and displayed — and a hand-sewn community mural tapestry created in 1989; the Dryland Gardens, on the corner of Glen and Creagan streets, display many native trees and shrubs from around the local region and Australia a large variety of Eremophilas. The garden is tended by local volunteers. Travellers can stay in their own caravans or tents at the wayside stop on the corner of Creagan Street and Murphy Road; the wayside stop contains a covered barbecue area as well as well maintained play equipment and lawn. Within 100 metres of the wayside stop is Shubert's Walk, a nature walk displaying many native trees and shrubs in their natural setting.
With its neighbouring township Underbool, Walpeup used to field Australian rules football teams in the Mallee Football League until the league was disbanded at the end of 2015. Golfers play at the course of the Walpeup Golf Club on Patchewollock Road. Media related to Walpeup at Wikimedia Commons
Carina is a locality situated in the Sunraysia region on the Mallee Highway and Pinnaroo railway line. It is situated 14 kilometres west from Murrayville. Carina Post Office opened on 17 June 1923 and closed in 1949; the area of the locality contains a number of smaller areas such as Mulcra which had a post office open from 1910 until 1968 and Boltons Bore. Carina West is home to the Select Harvests Almond processing plant commissioned in 2008
Cowangie is a locality situated on the section of the Mallee Highway between Ouyen and the South Australian border in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, Australia. The place by road, is situated about 12 kilometres southeast from Tutye and 12 kilometres northwest from Danyo; the Post Office opened on 15 July 1912 when a regular mail service was provided by the opening of the railway from Ouyen to Murrayville a month earlier. Known as Kow Plains until 1913, the office closed in 1994; the area of the locality contains a number of smaller areas namely Pallarang which had a post office open from 1915 until 1917, Daalko with an office open from 1928 until 1930, Bunurouk West with an office in 1915 and 1916, Cowangie North and Koonda. Former Formula One and V8 Supercar driver Larry Perkins grew up in Cowangie. Media related to Cowangie at Wikimedia Commons
Electoral district of Mildura
Mildura is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria and sits within the Northern Victoria electorate. It is a 35,702 km² rural electorate in the far-north-west of the state, encompassing the regional towns of Hopetoun, Ouyen, Red Cliffs and Robinvale, it is represented by independent Ali Cupper. Mildura was first proclaimed in 1927 and was, for most of its history, a safe seat for the rural conservative Country Party, excluding two terms of Labor control from 1945 to 1947 and 1952–1955. In 1988, however, it became one of a number of rural seats to fall to the Liberal Party, with journalist Craig Bildstien winning the seat on Labor preferences. Bildstien held the seat for eight years before a surprise loss in 1996 to conservative independent Russell Savage. Savage was twice re-elected with large margins, but was a unexpected casualty of the 2006 election, losing his seat to the National Party's Peter Crisp in a landslide. Crisp retained the seat in 2010 and 2014, only to be swept out in a shock defeat by Cupper, only the fourth time that the seat has not been held by a conservative party.
Towns within the district include: Birchip, Boundary Bend, Irymple, Merbein, Murrayville, Patchewollock, Red Cliffs, Sea Lake, Walpeup and Wycheproof. District profile from the Victorian Electoral Commission