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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 Quarterhorse Race Meeting to Field days and expos. 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 215 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 pre-school.

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.  




General Practices in Buloke Shire

Birchip Medical Centre


Charlton Medical


Donald Family Clinic


Sea lake Medical Practice


Wycheproof Medical Centre

5477 7105


5477 6888


5497 1100


5070 2118


5493 7672

Rural Financial Counsellors.



Rural Financial Counselling Team-Murray Mallee

1300 769 489

Department of Primary Industry-

Farm Debt Mediation Officer

136 186

Personal Counselling

East Wimmera Health Service


The Baudinet Centre, -Swan Hill


Mallee Track Social Work & Family Services


MFC-  Generalist Financial Counselling


Jean Bray


Paula Stevens


Grant Doxy


Lisa-Maree Stevens



5477 2222


5032 1199

0438 950 202

1800 63 22 63

Mallee Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Unit

24hour Rostered response Service


Buloke Shire Council -Information & assistance

Mark Remnant



0439 611 148



Neighbourhood Houses

Birchip - Simone Christie


Donald- Peter Vallance


Wycheproof - Whitney Boyle


Sea Lake - Kellie Matthews

5492 2735


5497 1707


5493 7455


5070 1448



Australian Red Cross


Emergency Services


1800 232 969


Salvation Army



Rural  Support-John Cartwright


0438 553 829


Granite Church


Jono Ingram


0428 092 630


Donald Uniting Church


Donald Friends and Neighbourhood Society  [HUB]


Harold Flett


For Food, Petrol, Emergency Accommodation


5497 1033


5497 2037


Sea Lake Welfare Group

Emergency assistance, food vouchers, fuel vouchers


Faye Pearce


Jenny Daniel 



5070 1453


0427 702 071

 St Vincent de Paul


 Birchip - Chris Hogan


Donald - Jack Burke


St Arnaud - Sister Angela Caine and David Hayes

 5492 2773

 0428 586 056

 5497 1472


0438 371 215


Telephone Counselling and Health Support Lines





Parentline Victoria

Kids Helpline



Family Relationship Service Rural Call  Farmer Assistance hotline

1300 60 60 24

131 114

1300 78 99 78

1300 224 636

13 22 89

1800 551 800

1800 050 321

132 316