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Greater Hume

GREATER HUME

Greater Hume offers families a high quality lifestyle, a lifestyle ‘rural’ in character with space

Greater Hume is growing its population with new residential subdivisions, including the larger rural residential blocks. There are numerous stunning views across the rolling hills landscape. Greater Hume enjoys four distinct seasons.

New residents are welcomed.  In all 11 towns and villages there is a strong sense of community and pride.  Families have many choices for children’s schooling and a wide range of sporting opportunities.

Greater Hume residents enjoy the benefits of a rural lifestyle, space, fresh air  and liveability – with the reassurance of higher levels services, airports, health, medical and professional services just a short commute away in Albury/Wodonga and Wagga Wagga.

Living & housing

Median house price

Houses – $220,000

Rent average

$270 per week

Population

10509

(2016 Census)

Climate

Greater Hume Shire experiences four distinct seasons with warm to hot dry summers, mild autumns and springs and cool to cold and frosty winters.

Rainfall in the western part of the Shire is generally less than that in the east and average temperatures slightly higher because of the different topographical characteristics. The average annual rainfall is 700mm.

Transport

Distance from cities

Holbrook to Melb 389 km, Holbrook to Sydney 492 km

Southern edge of the shire to Melbourne 300 km

Northern edge of the shire to Sydney 450km

Public transport options

Train services available in Henty and Culcairn. V Line Bus services to Canberra and Sydney.

Community transport options available across the shire.

Health & Medical

Health and medical services

  • Greater Hume has a range of health and medical services are available
  • GPs, community health services and Hospitals

Education

Education options

  • The Shire is well serviced by all stages of education
  • From early childhood services to TAFE/university

Recreation

Recreation activities

  • The Greater Hume Shire has many beautiful parks and recreational grounds
  • Clubs, swimming pools, skate parks and bike/exercise tracks

Careers

Career opportunities

  • Greater Hume is a thriving agricultural region due to reliable rainfall, topography and fertile productive soils
  • Manufacturing is a significant industry for the area

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Health & medical

Medical practitioners

  • Dr R Al-Musawy (Henty)
  • Dr C J Reddy (Culcairn)
  • Dr Delakshe Sentheeran and Dr Adebayo Adeyelu (Holbrook)
  • Dr G Mobilia (Jindera)

Hospitals

  • Culcairn Health Service
  • Henty Health Service
  • Holbrook Health Service

Nearby provincial hospitals

Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a name familiar to Australians and is at the heart of many communities. It represents helping hands, teamwork and looking out for each other. It is all about people in the community joining forces to help others.

In Greater Hume Shire Meals on Wheels services are available at Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook, Jindera and Walla Walla.

Rural Care Link

Rural Care Link offers counselling for stress, depression, relationships, trauma, loss and grief, spiritual issues, family, children and adolescents and families affected with a disability. Counselling sessions are held at Jindera Rural Carelink rooms, and on location at Brocklesby, Culcairn, Holbrook, Walla Walla and Wodonga.

Social support for older residents

  • Henty Mens Shed
  • OMNI (Older Men New Ideas) meet 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at
  • RS Club Holbrook.
  • Holbrook Meals On Wheels
  • Holbrook Mens Shed
  • Culcairn Mens Shed
Education

Family Day Care

Greater Hume Children Services offers family day care, out of school hours care, in home care and playgroup sessions. The service caters for children from six weeks to pre-teens and offers care and education in a safe, secure and stimulating home environment with very flexible hours.

Community Early-Years Childcare

Community Early-years Childcare supports Greater Hume Shire communities by offering quality child education and care sessions for children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years at Henty and Walla Walla.

Preschools

  • Burrumbuttock Preschool Inc.
  • Culcairn Early Childhood Centre
  • Henty  Early Childhood Assoc.
  • Holbrook Early Learning Centre
  • Jindera Preschool

Schooling and Further Education

There are ‘simply greater’ opportunities for families living in Greater Hume Shire with a choice of high quality primary, secondary and private schools available to suit the needs of families.

Primary Public Schools

  • Brocklesby Public School
  • Burrumbuttock Public School
  • Culcairn Public School
  • Gerogery Public School
  • Henty Public School
  • Holbrook Public School
  • Jindera Public School
  • Mullengandra Public School
  • Walbundrie Public School
  • Walla Walla Public School

Primary Private Schools

  • Saint Mary Mackillop College – Jindera (Kinder to Year 10)
  • St. Joseph’s Primary School – Culcairn
  • St. John’s Primary School – Jindera
  • St. Patrick’s Primary School – Holbrook
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Primary School – Henty

Secondary Public Schools

  • Billabong High School

Secondary Private Schools

  • Saint Mary Mackillop College – Jindera
  • St. Paul’s College – Walla Walla

TAFE/University

  • TAFE NSW Riverina Institute  – Albury Campus
  • TAFE NSW Riverina Institute – Wagga Wagga Campus
  • Wodonga TAFE
  • Charles Sturt University – Albury
  • Charles Sturt University – Wagga Wagga
  • La Trobe University – Albury/Wodonga Campus
Recreation
  • Natural attractions – Morgan’s Lookout, Walla Walla; Woomargama National Park, Woomargama; Doodle Cooma Swamp, Henty; Gum Swamp, Walla Walla;  Murray River – Lake Hume (hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and water sports)
  • Clubs golf, football (AFL), netball, tennis, bowling clubs across the shire.
  • Mens Shed’s in Henty, Culcairn and Holbrook
  • Many equine clubs e.g. pony club, adult riding clubs, polocrosse
  • Five public swimming pools (Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook, Jindera and Walla Walla)
  • Three skate parks (Henty, Holbrook and Jindera)
  • Bike and Exercise Track at Culcairn
  • Many beautiful parks and recreational grounds.

Attractions

  • HMAS Otway Submarine
  • Bring our unique history and heritage stories to life on the Diversity Trail
  • Culcairn Station House Museum, Culcairn (Culcairn’s Development as a Railway Town)
  • Headlie Taylor Header Museum, Henty (Headlie Taylor Header, Agricultural Innovation)
  • Holbrook Submarine Museum, Holbrook (HMAS AE2 and Submarine and the Jolly Roger)
  • Jindera Pioneer Museum, Jindera (Funk Family Wagon and Boxed Myrtle Wedding Veil, German Heritage)
  • Woolpack Inn Museum, Holbrook (Pabst Wedding Dress and Bushwackers Lagerphone)
  • Wymah Museum, Wymah (Paterson’s Curse and Wymah Ferry)

Explore our Environment

  • Visit Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, Burrumbuttock to learn about the natural environment, ecology of the local woodlands and beauty of native plants.
  • Enjoy water sports or fishing on the Murray River or Lake Hume.
  • Birdwatch at the many sites throughout the shire.
  • Take a stroll or canoe around our wetlands at Doodle Cooma Swamp, Henty or Gum Swamp, Walla Walla.
  • Pack a picnic to Morgans Lookout, Walla Walla.
  • Walk in the steps of Hume and Hovell from Lankey’s Creek to Bowna.
  • Hike or bike and snap the perfect wildlife or wildflower picture or just sit on the rocks at Hanel’s Lookout to enjoy the sunset in Woomargama National Park.

Events for Everyone

With regular events on throughout Greater Hume, there is always something to entertain you. From fun family events like the Holbrook Miniature Train to regular markets where you can find fresh produce and local goods.

Greater Hume is home to Henty Machinery Field Days in September alongwith family fun agricultural shows and festivals, show ‘n shines & swap meets and even autumn horse racing.

Our pubs and clubs have a great range of regular bands and local muso’s playing and exciting weekend entertainment. Keep an eye out for what’s on while you’re about and enjoy a meal and drink and mix with the locals.

Cafes, Pubs, Wineries and Local Produce

In the heartland of Australian agriculture, it’s no surprise that this area is famous for its fresh produce, with an emerging industry which includes olives, organic lamb, beef, wine, eggs and fresh vegetables. And while much of the local faire eventually finds its way to tables around Australia (and the world!), it’s easy to cut out the middleman and enjoy farm-fresh food and locally-produced wines right here.

With pubs in almost every town and village – including many dating from the 1880s and 90s – and cafes dotting the main streets, it’s easy to find fresh local food throughout the region. Ask the friendly staff about local ingredients and enjoy the best of the best. From dining in grand surrounds at the Culcairn Hotel and Henty’s Doodle Cooma Arms, to classic pub food and café meals across the shire, you certainly won’t go hungry!

But it’s not all food! Spend some time at Flyfaire Winery and be tempted by the handcrafted cool-climate riesling, chardonnay and full-bodied merlot. Set alongside the idyllic Woomargama National Park, Flyfaire is a family owned business that produces high altitude wines utilising low carbon methods.

Visitor Information Contact:

Greater Hume Accredited Visitor Information Centre

Submarine Precinct, Wallace Street, HOLBROOK 2644

P:                 +61 (02) 6036 2422

E:                  tourism@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au

W:                 www.visitgreaterhume.com.au

Careers

Agriculture

Greater Hume is a thriving agricultural region due to reliable rainfall, topography and fertile productive soils.

Agriculture is the biggest industry and largest sector for employment.  Most farming businesses involve traditional family ownership. Corporate farming is emerging.  Dryland agricultural enterprises include grain production, beef cattle production (commercial and stud and seedstock), sheep enterprises (wool and meat).  Forestry resources include softwood plantations in the eastern sector on rising ground and steep slopes. Boutique wine and small scale olive production also feature.

Job opportunities – farm workers, production ET and AI specialists, vets, business analysts, farm contract services – weedspraying, harvesting, cropping,  livestock transport drivers, bookkeepers.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a significant industry for the area.  Kotzur is a leading domestic and export manufacturer of bulk handling and storage facilities for the agricultural, mining and manufacturing sectors and employs over 100 specialist and general construction staff.  Geelong Leather operates a tannery utilizing a premium wet blue process to produce Aniline full grain leather hides which are exported to produce high quality handbags and footwear.  The Culcairn Tannery employs over 60 staff.

There are opportunities for smaller boutique processing and packaging operations to service specific markets such as stockfeed and or agricultural processing.

Greater Hume Contact

Marg Killalea - - Executive Assistant Governance & Economic Development Officer - p 02 6036 0103 | mailto:mkillalea@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au | 39 Young Street, Holbrook | - 40 Balfour Street, Culcairn | 83 Urana Street, Jindera