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About Stawell

Stawell, Victoria


is an Australian town in the Wimmera region of Victoria 237 kilometres (147 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Located within the Shire of Northern Grampians local government area it is a seat of local government for the shire and its main administrative centre. At the 2011 census, Stawell had a population of 6,150. It was founded in 1853 during the Victorian gold rush and is one of few towns in Victoria retaining an active gold mining industry. Stawell is famed for the Stawell Gift, a professional foot race. It is also known as the gateway to the Grampians National Park. It is named after Sir William Foster Stawell (1815–89), the Chief Justice of Victoria..



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View south over Stawell toward the Grampians National Park from Big Hill lookout





William McLachlan discovered alluvial gold at Pleasant Creek in May 1853, but the yield was not in sufficient volumes to attract much interest, as the Ballarat and Bendigo fields were known to be giving better results, and had already established the infrastructure to support the miners. There was however sufficient numbers for the area to support the beginnings of a settlement. The town site was first settled during 1853 and was named Pleasant Creek. The mining population of the Stawell field remained relatively small (averaging 200 or less) until 1857 when a series of new alluvial gold discoveries were made. Two Post Offices were opened, Pleasant Creek on 19 October 1857 and Quartz Reef, Pleasant Creek on 1 June 1859. In 1858 diggers opened the Great Western goldfield, which was worked by some 9,000 prospecters. The prospecting spread to nearby Deep Lead, about 6 kilometres to northwest, and it was reported that at the height of the rush there were over 25,000 people in the area. At the same time, shafts were being sunk around Big Hill, becoming known as the Quartz Reefs. Much alluvial gold was found in the area but the 'fossicking' petered out by 1859.





Stawell Town Hall, Main Street, the council's customer service centre


Stawell is a seat of local government for the Northern Grampians Shire (the other being St Arnaud). The council meets regularly at Council Chambers at the Shire's offices on the Western Highway. Stawell is also the main administrative centre for the council, with its customer service administration facility located at the Stawell Town Hall. The LGA was created in 1994 as an amalgamation of a number of other municipalities in the region and currently consists of 4 wards, each represented by three councillors elected once every four years by postal voting. In state politics, Stawell is located in the Legislative Assembly electoral district of Ripon, currently held by the Australian Labor Party. Stawell is located within the Victorian Legislative Council's Western Victoria Region.




Tertiary education facilities include the University of Ballarat's Stawell campus and Australian Regional Education, both of which offer Vocational educationSecondary education is serviced by Stawell Secondary CollegePrimary education facilities include Stawell Primary School, Stawell West Primary School, and St Patrick's Catholic Primary. Early childhood education facilities include Marrang and Cooinda Kindergartens. Special education is provided by Skene Street School.





Road transport is the main form of transport in Stawell. The town is at the junction of several major roads, the most significant being the Western Hwy which bypasses the centre of town along Longfield St linking it to the cities of Ararat, Ballarat and Melbourne in the east and the cities ofc and Adelaide to the west. The bypass has resulted in a new commercial centre spread along its length to the south of the town centre. Other significant roads include the Grampians Road (C216) used by many tourists on their journey to and from Halls Gap in the south west; Pomonal Rd (C221) connecting it with the town of Pomonal to the south; Donald-Stawell Rd (C238); and Navarre Rd (C221) connecting it to the town of Navarre to the north. All major roads but the Western Highway converge in the town centre. Bus services operate to nearby towns including Halls Gap.

Stawell Railway Station is the town's only operating rail station, having been reopened for The Overland passenger services between Melbourne and Adelaide in 2011. V/Line and The Overland offer up to 60 seats on every Overland service for V/Line passengers travelling in Victoria. Overland services pass through Stawell 6 days per week. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays services are destined for Melbourne. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays services are destined for Adelaide.

Stawell Airport(IATASWCICAOYSWL) is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) southwest on Grampians Rd provides for general aviation.





Central Park, Stawell's premier sporting ground, site of the Stawell Gift and home of several other sporting clubs



Along with the Stawell Gift, run each Easter long weekend by the Stawell Athletic Club (Stawell Athletic Club Office), Stawell also has many other sporting outlets and teams.

The town has a main Australian rules football club, the Stawell Warriors, competing in the Wimmera Football League, and another team, the Stawell Swifts, competing in the Horsham & District Football League.

The horse racing club, the Wimmera Racing Club, schedules around four race meetings a year at Stawell including the Stawell Cup meeting on Easter Sunday.




Golfers play at the course of the Grange Golf Club on the Western Highway, Stawell,or at the course of the Stawell Golf Club on Marnoo Road.



 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stawell,_Victoria

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