Bland, but not boring - an unmissable corner of NSW
The Bland Shire can be found on the northern fringes of the Riverina region of New South Wales.
The Shire is a vibrant and progressive community that offers a safe and family friendly country lifestyle. It contains outstanding parks and gardens, sporting and community facilities, fantastic schools, key medical and business facilities, and boasts a terrific community spirit.
Bland Shire provides an authentic rural lifestyle with the conveniences of the city well within reach.
The Shire’s major centre of West Wyalong is located at the junction of the Newell and Mid-Western Highways, within a 160 km radius of Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Forbes, Parkes and Cowra. Canberra is less than 300 km away.
Agriculture and industry in the Bland Shire
The Bland Shire is a blossoming rural economy built largely around agriculture, with production of sheep, cattle, wheat and other crop varieties comprising much of the region’s revenue.
Pace Farm operate the largest egg producing facility in the Southern Hemisphere in West Wyalong while the AWB have invested heavily in the region through its modern grain handling facility in West Wyalong.
In recent times, however, West Wyalong has also experienced significant developments in sectors other than agriculture. Evolution Mining operates a successful gold mine at Lake Cowal, 32 km from West Wyalong. The mine currently has State Government approval to operate until at least 2032.
Evolution Cowal Gold Mine
Culture and activities
The annual West Wyalong show is held in September and is a popular event with both children and adults. Ungarie and Weethalle also hold annual shows.
Construction of a new multi-purpose community theatre is due for completion in January 2021.
The Bland but not Boring Public Art Trail was announced as the statewide winner of the LG Professionals award in 2020 and features a series of stunning interactive art installations including the Weethalle Silo Art Project, the Big Football, chainsaw art and much more.
McCann Park chainsaw art
Also be sure to check out the ‘Bland, Dull and Boring Sign’, which commemorates the formation of the ‘League of Extraordinary Cities’ comprising Bland, the town of Boring in the USA, and Dull in Scotland.
Bland Shire also has a rich sporting heritage with numerous events spread across the year and local teams and competitions across most sports.
The Ron Crowe Oval
The Wetlands are the Bland Shire's best-kept secret, a spectacular and peaceful environmental area where you can enjoy birdwatching, canoeing or just having a picnic with friends.
A rainbow over the Wetlands
If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors on foot, consider walking one of Bland Shire’s two Gold Trails: the South-Western Gold Trail or the Newell Gold Trail. These give you the opportunity to stretch your legs whilst simultaneously learning about the gold mining origins of the Bland Shire region.
Major townships: Communities located within the Bland Shire include Barmedman, Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle, Kikoira, Naradhan and Mirrool.
Population: 5917 (ABS, estimated resident population 2017)
Area: The Bland subregion covers 8557.7 square kilometres
Average annual rainfall: 482 mm
For further information:
If you’re considering a move to the region or just want to learn more about this corner of NSW, the Bland Shire website is a great place to start.
Make sure to check below to see some of the best properties from the region advertised on GoRegional, too!
Author: Craig Sutton is the Community Relations Officer for Bland Shire Council
Located approx 10km north of Weethalle, and 55km west of West Wyalong, Mont Kemmel is an approx 1,336 acre (541ha) property currently being run as a mixed farming operation with an emphasis on cropping.
The Weethalle area is well known for it's large paddocks allowing for efficient farming, and in recent years, with the introduction of break crops and stubble retention, this district has become a mecca for farmers seeking scale and value.
After recent good rains, the farm has a full mositure profile and is ready to be planted to crop from fence to fence.
To request a copy of the IM, or to arrange an inspection, contact the agents.
Angus McLaren - 0428 496 289
Located approx halfway in between Ariah Park and Barmedman, 'Mount View' would be a perfect property for someone looking for a few additional acres to either run sheep, increase cropping acres, or a combination of both.
With the farm market been extremely tight (no supply) at the moment, 'Mount View' offers farmers looking to expand, an opportunity to buy in a very reliable district, close enough to be serviced by an operation to the east or south.
Generally consisting of sloping red loam soils, this 736 acre property is approx 75% arable and is predominatley timbered by Kurrajong and Gum trees. There are several large dams across the property ensuring water for stock will not be an issue.
There is a good body of feed across the property after a very good 2020 season. There is approx 400 acres of standing cereal stubble which could be sprayed and cropped in 2021.
The property has one shed which doubles up as a one stand shearing shed, with a 20,000 litre poly tank, and a 55 tonne fully sealed Kotzur silo.
The property is being sold by EOI closing at 10.00am Tuesday 2nd of March 2021
For further information contact the agents:
Angus McLaren - 0428 496 289
'Glengariff' is located 45 km north west from West Wyalong via Girral and 10 km north east of Ungarie.
Topography: Flat to slightly undulating.
Soil: Red loam soil running to clay soils.
Timber: Kurrajong, Pine and Box.
Water: Approx 425 mm of annual rainfall, watered by 6 dams and the Humbug creek.
Fencing: Fenced into 4 main paddocks with predominately steel hinge-joint and wire netting fencing.
Infrastructure: 5 cone bottom silos, 1 flat bottom silo, crutching shed, sheep yards, cattle yards and machinery shed.
Clearing permit: 'Glengariff' holds a 15 year clearing licence.
Access for spraying after harvest, 1st Feb 2021 settlement.
Agents comment: 'Glengariff' is a mixed farm, located approximately 107 km from the Forbes Livestock Exchange and 21 km from the newly built Calleen GrainCorp site. Inspections by appointment only.
For further information contact
Oscar Freeman 0427 760 696