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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.  

AGENCY / GROUP

CONTACT

NUMBER

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

 5033-1899

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

Nurseoncall 

Lifeline

Mensline

BeyondBlue

Parentline Victoria

Kids Helpline

Headspace 

 

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

headspace.org.au

1800 050 321

132 316