Family Life

You need:

  • more time with your kids
  • a community that supports and values families
  • to build your kid’s self-confidence and independence

Your kids need:

  • to learn to do things for themselves
  • to play outdoors, to dance and sing
  • to go fishing, yabbying, collecting tadpoles

The Wimmera.  Everything you need.

Living in the Wimmera offers the opportunity to put your family life first. with more time available, and a lifestyle that supports family activities, you and your family will thrive.

People who have moved to the Wimmera from the city have noticed remarkable differences in their family – in particular the confidence and social skills of their children. The Wimmera is a safe place – children can play with neighbours or in the park and be safe. We have a lifestyle geared towards spending time with family and friends and numerous services that support families.


Leaving Sydney for the Wimmera


IT only took a return trip to Sydney after spending Easter 2011 in Warracknabeal for the Gebert family to make the decision to move permanently.
Sally and Kevin Gebert, and son Cody, decided to leave behind their home, business and lives at Balmain, Sydney, to move the Wimmera.
“Kevin grew up in Warracknabeal but left in 1987, when he was in his 20s,’’ Sally said.
“But I’m a city girl through and through.’’
However it was Sally that was most taken with the regional town of Warracknabeal, and the lifestyle it offered.
“In the space of one weekend, we went camping in the bush, skiing on the Yarriambiack Creek, the horse races and dinner with family and friends – it was just really easy,’’ she said.

blank While on his morning stroll, Kevin noticed the Commercial Hotel was for sale, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“By the time we got back to Sydney we had decided to move to Warracknabeal – we wanted to be able to do what we did at Easter every weekend and we couldn’t do that in Sydney.’’
With their Sydney life sold up, the Geberts were on their way to Warracknabeal within three months, leaving behind the traffic congestion, expensive living costs and city lifestyle.
The Geberts rolled up their sleeves and got to work on the Commercial Hotel.
“The whole town got involved and helped us with the renovations, it took a community to rebuild it and we did it in 10 and half weeks,’’ Sally said.
“The community has really, really embraced us.’’
But the Geberts have also embraced the Warracknabeal community, joining the swimming club and Y-fest committees, while Cody, 10, has joined hockey, basketball and swim clubs and scouts.
Sally said the move to Warracknabeal had benefited her son.
“Cody hasn’t looked back – he believes the community is friendlier than the city,’’ she said.
“And I can be home with him every night after school.
“He also gets to drive dirt buggies around tracks at Lah which he loves and certainly would never be able to do in the city.’’
Sally said living and operating a business in Warracknabeal was less stressful and less costly.
“There is always something to do in the Wimmera and there’s so much opportunity for local businesses,’’ she said.
And Sally said just because it was a regional area, doesn’t mean the service standards were less.
Kevin and Sally have increased the amount of staff since taking over the hotel, including training two apprentices and providing hospitality training for other staff.
Sally listed affordable housing, clear skies perfect for star-gazing, watching the ducks swim down the Yarriambiack Creek and a great lifestyle for the whole family as her favourite things about the Wimmera.
“People in the country actually care more,’’ she said.
 “There’s nothing that I miss. There’s nothing that I would go back to live in the city for that I can’t get here.’’
Sally said she had been concerned with the limited amount of education providers but her son was thriving at Warracknabeal Primary School.
“He’s had more specialised education here, and they’ve propelled his education even further. The teachers are much more approachable,’’ she said.
 “A lot of people wait their whole lives for this.’’