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About Birchip

We are a small rural town with a strong sense of community. We are committed to ensuring that all residents and visitors are treated with respect and tolerance and have access to first class facilities and opportunities to be able to participate in a diverse range of employment and quality educational, sporting and cultural activities.

Local community groups, sporting clubs, the Birchip P-12 school and the BCG host an interesting selection of events and functions throughout the year. They range from a B & S ball and a Harness Race Meeting to FReeZA events and BCG field days. These events attract visitors from all over Australia as does Tchum Lake which is located 8 km east of Birchip.

The Birchip P-12 school is renowned as a dynamic school with approximately 190 students and 40 staff. It has extensive facilities and a joint use school-community library and gymnasium. The Birchip P-12 school offers a diverse range of programs to ensure students achieve academic, personal and vocational success.

Birchip has a range of Clubs and Groups including a Lions Club, Men's Shed, Neighbourhood House, RSL, Senior Citizens, Probus, Drama Group, Bingo, Choir, CWA, Craft Group, Youth Group, Playgroup, Maternal & Child Health and a Early Learning Centre.

The town has an Anglican Church, St Mary's Catholic Church, a Uniting Church, Birchip Christian Fellowship and St Vincent de Paul.

East Wimmera Health Service provides quality health care at the local Birchip campus where a range of Acute, Aged Care and Primary Care services are delivered. A local Doctor provides ongoing care as required and a 24-hour Accident and Emergency service provides resuscitation and stabilisation.

Birchip is also home to the BCG (Birchip Cropping Group) - a national leader in farmer-driven, agronomic research and extension organisation conducting applied research and extension on all the major crops grown in the Wimmera and Mallee.

The Birchip Community Leisure Centre facilities are first class and are the home to a range of sports, including tennis, cricket, golf, squash, netball, hockey and football. The centre is also available to the sporting clubs and the community to host functions and events.

The Birchip-Watchem Bulls compete in the North Central football league, a family friendly competition incorporating junior and senior football, netball and hockey all at the one venue. There are also facilities and clubs in the towns for bowls, aero sports, harness racing, water sports, swimming, archery, hang gliding and a range of social competitions and exercise classes.

The Birchip History Museum is located at the corner of the five way intersection in the old court house, built in 1914. It provides local history research, a large selection of catalogued photos, displays and collections.

Birchip has a number of local retail businesses, businesses that service the agriculture sector and a range of tradesmen that work in the local and surrounding areas.  

The Year that Was 2020 has been compiled by John Richmond with input from the Birchip


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