Surrounded by natural beauty, Lockhart Shire captures the essence of country life and is a vibrant, safe and growing place to live, work and raise a family. There are an array of lifestyle choices on offer, from welcoming heritage towns and villages to wide open spaces and the great outdoors.
The Shire has a rich history, healthy climate and a prosperous economy. With affordable housing, quality education and plenty of opportunities for the motivated, the Shire also offers great schools, hospitals, childcare centres and friendly communities ready to welcome you.
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Housing: (median price: $160,000)
Location: Sydney 500km, Melbourne 400km, Canberra 300km
Climate: Lockhart Shire enjoys warm summers with an average daily temperature of 31°c, while winters are mild with average highs of 14°c. Long summer days suited to a fantastic range of outdoor activities are followed by stunning sunsets and star studded nights, while winter is a great time for rugging up and heading into nature, including easy day trips to the NSW and Victoria ski fields.
Economy: Lockhart Shire is a thriving, prosperous agricultural centre supported by long established businesses and industries. The new Lockhart Industrial Park has assisted in the development of further businesses in the region, as will the new Industrial Park at The Rock. An enthusiastic Council and a warm and welcoming community ensure strong support for new business and enterprises.
Towns and Villages
Lockhart: A thriving little market town that acts as a business centre for surrounding farms and villages. The town is a tourist haven, with heritage verandahs, etched pavers, a farm art sculpture trail and Australia’s only wool art gallery, whilst the recently opened Industrial Park has brought new business and economy to the town.
The Rock: A quaint railway town with strong community values and a great opportunity for growth and expansion. Located on the Olympic Highway between Wagga and Albury, The Rock is emerging as a popular lifestyle choice for those wanting to escape city living while maintaining easy access to an extensive range of amenities.
Yerong Creek: Known as the ‘Vintage Village’, Yerong Creek is the oldest village in the Lockhart Shire. Settled in the 1870’s, Yerong Creek provides a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life with large, affordable lifestyle blocks and an ideal location on the Olympic Highway between Wagga and Albury, the region’s two largest city.
Pleasant Hills: The aptly named village of Pleasant Hills is a hidden treasure, combining a tranquil lifestyle with a vibrant community. The impressive old buildings are a living history of the strong Lutheran past, from the wattle and daub Church to the incredible workmanship of the Public Hall and the Pleasant Hills Community Hotel which is still in use today.
The Great Outdoors
The Rock Nature Reserve: Towering high above the plains, The Rock Hill makes for a great day out. Take a picnic and hike to the top for stunning views, or meander along the tracks at the base of the Hill and enjoy fantastic fauna and flora. You never know which of our great native animals will pass you by.
Galore Hill: Another natural wonder in Lockhart Shire, Galore Hill offers fantastic walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing. Drive to the Summit and climb the Tower for impressive views over the surrounding landscape or enjoy a BBQ at the Saddle while the kids make the most of the play equipment. Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and black cockatoos are just some of the amazing wildlife regularly seen.
Education and Childcare
Lockhart Shire has 3 primary schools, 2 village schools, 2 High Schools (1 to Year 10, 1 to Year 12). School buses travel daily from Lockhart and The Rock to Wagga, and boarding school transport also runs to ensure weekends at home. Excellent child care facilities are available in Pleasant Hill, The Rock and Lockhart.
Health and Medical
There is a high standard of medical services and facilities available throughout Lockhart Shire including a modern and efficient Hospital, Medical Centres, Pharmacies, various Aged Care accommodation and regular visits from a variety of specialists including dentist, optometrist. A number of ancillary services are also available including Community Nurses and Home Nursing Services.
Sports and Recreation
Like sports? Lockhart Shire has sports for every season. Football, tennis, cricket, squash, netball, cycling, mountain biking, bowling, athletics, abseiling, rock climbing, hang gliding, swimming, golf, fishing, horse riding and more. We’re also within easy driving distance of fantastic water skiing and the country’s only snow fields.
Entertainment and Culture
Sculpture trails, wool art, local galleries, unique performances and a fantastic Spirit of the Land Festival are just a taste of what’s available in Lockhart Shire’s growing Arts scene. We also have a host of groups and events throughout the Shire covering a vast range of hobbies and interests. New activities are always encouraged and enthusiastically supported by both the community and Council.
The affordable housing available in Lockhart Shire opens up all sorts of opportunities on the home front. It means you can have your dream home without missing out on life’s little extras. The average price for a three bedroom home averages $170,000, with an average rental of $180 per week. There are currently two residential subdivisions in Lockhart, with lot sizes ranging from 832m² to 3.85 acres. Prices for these subdivisions range from $27,000 to $187,000. The Rock and Yerong Creek also have new subdivisions which are proving very popular due to the locations, lot sizes and affordability.
Lockhart Shire is a rural service area with a healthy local economy and a progressive approach to community development. Lockhart Shire Council is the main employer however opportunities also existing in the Health & Medical profession, agricultural industries and to a lesser degree in retail. There is a modest but ongoing demand for employees in its trades and services sectors.
A wide range of business opportunities exist in the Lockhart Shire, particularly in the growing communities of The Rock and Lockhart. As well as shop front opportunities, Lockhart has a progressive Industrial Park which has recently released Stage 2. With low establishment costs, the blocks are priced at $12 m² plus GST. The Rock, which also offers shop front opportunities, will be opening up Stage 1 of their Industrial Park shortly.
Things to See & Do
Things to See & Do
Surrounded by fertile agricultural land and great natural beauty, the thriving towns of Lockhart and The Rock, together with the villages of Yerong Creek and Pleasant Hills, offer a host of unique experiences.
For art lovers, the Verandah Town of Lockhart is a charming surprise. Wide shady verandahs, award winning sculptures and the impressive Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery are just a few of the treasures, as are the 400 images etched in the pavers as a testimony to the Shire’s long and proud history. With weekend shopping available, experience the friendly service and easy parking, or enjoy coffee and a relaxed lunch in one of Lockhart's many eateries.
Following the lively Lockhart Picnic Races on 10 October, an annual highlight in Lockhart is the amazing Spirit of the Land Festival, hosted on the weekend of 11 and 12 October 2014. Drawing visitors from all over the nation, the Festival includes remarkable farm art sculptures, a great array of entertainment, markets, food and attractions.
While at The Rock, walk along The Avenue and delight in the magnificent canopy of Kurrajong trees, each one planted in honour of local soldiers who marched off to fight in World War 1. Enjoy lunch in the café, picnic in one of the pretty parks, complete with play equipment, picnic benches and toilets, or take a wander through the antique and craft shops.
Yerong Creek is Lockhart Shire’s oldest village and is the site of Noske’s Chinese Crossing, a rare remaining example of functional stone work carried out by Chinese migrants. Built in the early 1880s as a dam wall to accumulate water for the growing of vegetables and option, Norske’s Crossing still serves as a carriageway across Yerong Creek to this day.
Pleasant Hills is a vibrant community steeped in old impressionable buildings with such a strong Lutheran heritage that the street signs feature in both English and German. The flora of the Esplanade in the center of the village is very pretty, and the public hall built in 1912 features a remarkable mural, however the focal point of the village is the Pleasant Hills Hotel, NSW’s first community owned hotel.
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