There are numerous definitions of the Wimmera. From early electoral divisions, through to weather regions and perhaps most importantly, football league regions, each definition differs slightly.
We want this new Wimmera – Everything you need brand to be inclusive, so we have deliberately configured a map of the region that will allow people living near the boundaries to have the choice to join in and be included.
Pastoral runs in the Stawell area were selected in the 1840s, but it was the gold found by a shepherd in the district in May 1853 that provided the real reason for the foundation of a township.By the 1860s the alluvial fields were fading and the big business of reef mining took over, heralding an era of great private and civic prosperity during the 1870s. Mining of the quartz reefs in the Big Hill area yielded 58,000 tonnes of gold during 60 years.
The Stawell Athletic Club ran the first Stawell Gift in April 1878, which is still one of the world's richest professional foot races. A rising water table, insufficient investment funds and poor returns closed the big reef mines down in the 1920s. New prosperity for the town was forthcoming through the North West Woollen Mills which began processing in 1922. Mining recommenced in 1984 and the town is now Victoria's largest producer of gold.
Modern Stawell now has a vibrant and lively main street with a Grampians outlook. Stawell has a proud, friendly and authentic country feel.
While the distances between Wimmera towns and major cities seem large, the road system is good and in regional areas, traffic is never a problem. People who live in the Wimmera travel to other towns and cities regularly. While the distance to Melbourne, for example, may seem long, the drive is very easy and less stressful than driving through city traffic every day.
Distance is in kilometers