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Werrimull is a small Millewa town west of Mildura
The railway line from Red Cliffs reached Werrimull in 1923.
The township has always been the centre of the Millewa, and in the early years had all the facilities. Bush Nursing Hospital, resident Doctor, Government Office's, S.R & W.S.C. and Lands Department Offices, Police Station, Public Hall, Baby Health Centre, Catholic, Methodist and Anglican churches, C.B.A. Bank and by the late 1930s a Hotel.
Off all these facilities only few remain today. The Public Hall, the Hotel, two Churches and the School, which is now a P12 School, with many new buildings and a swimming pool.
At the eastern entrance of the Werrimull township, on Millewa Road, there is a Pioneer Plantation with individual trees marked with the names of the early settlers and their descendants.
There is a new Police Station, and a Parks Office. A convenience store serves groceries, drinks, take-away food, petrol and diesel, and a garage.
On the Werrimull South Road, at the edge of the farmed land is a most unusual building. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. It is built of local limestone to a design that copies the Romanesque Churches in Italy, and is registered as a Heritage building by the National Trust. From its opening in 1934, it has well served the Millewa Catholics who have carefully maintained this building. At present it is administered from Merbein.
Services are also held at the Uniting Church.
The Werrimull Hotel offers accommodation and meals, and the town is still served by the Post Office.
The recreation oval, where Agricultural Shows and sports were held, has been developed by the school students into a Mandala: Trail of Discovery, recording the achievements of the past and natural features of this area through artwork and poetry.
A Werrimull P-12 School Project
Visit the Mandala of Discovery Nature and Cultural Trail.
Entry to the trail at the Mosiac Pillars north of Werrimull Hotel. Enjoy a walk through the scenic nature basin, formerly the Werrimull Recreational Reserve - the centennary cultural activity from the early years of settlement in the Millewa.
This Mandala symbolises the bringing together of community. Appreciated the unique natural, historic and cultural features of this area which are highlighted by the students art work and poetry and the impressive signage.
Don't forget to pick up a pamphlet from the Werrimull P.O., Hotel or Werrimull Store, to help you navigate your way.
Contact Trish Priest (03) 5028 1251
Millewa "A" Steam Pumping Station
Millewa "A" Pumping Station is the last operational wood fired steam driven pump on the Murray River in its original state. It is situated at Lock 9, approximately 70km west of Mildura towards the South Australian border.
The Pumping Station was constructed by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission in 1927 and formed part of an Irrigation scheme, providing a once a year supply of stock and domestic water to farm storages, in the Millewa area, between the Murray River and the Sunset country, west of Mildura.
The scheme comprised a large water storage at Lake Cullulleraine, re-lift pumping stations at Lake Cullulleraine, and Yarrara, of 620km of commission owned earth channels, and a further 400km of private earthen channel. Not surprisingly little of the water pumped from the river actually got through to the famers, in fact more than 98% was lost due to evaporation and seepage. Pumping was carried out during the winter months to minimise these losses.
Millewa "A" was decommissioned in 1974 and replaced by an electric pumping installation and open channels were replaced by a pipeline scheme, relasing the substantial saving both financially and environmentally in terms of energy saved and water lost.
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