Murrabit is a town in northern Victoria. It is on the Murray River, 305 kilometres from Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Murrabit and the surrounding area had a population of 330.
The township was established in 1925 as a railway station on the Kerang-Stony Crossing Border Railway. In accordance to legislation the town must be no closer than two miles from the state border.
Murrabit is a major citrus producing area, with many orchards and packing sheds. Dairy is the other major industry with water provided through the Torrumbarry Irrigation System and milk being sold to processing plants at Leitchville and Rochester.
Murrabit is known for its regular country market. The market, held the first Saturday of each month, was established in 1977 and is reputed to be the biggest in regional Victoria.
Kerang is a rural town on the Loddon River in northern Victoria. It is the commercial centre to an irrigation district based on livestock, horticulture, lucerne and grain. It is located 279 kilometres north-west of Melbourne on the Murray Valley Highway, a few kilometres north of its intersection with the Loddon Valley Highway, At the 2011 census, Kerang had a population of 3,872.
History: In 1857 Woodford Patchell built a bridge upriver from a nearby settlement which drew traffic from the settlement. He built a store, house and hotel that became the centre of what was to become Kerang. Patchell was the first farmer in the state to use irrigation and experimented with oats, barley, maize, millet, tobacco, beet, cotton and sugarcane. By 1891 the population had increased to over a thousand. The spread of Patchell’s irrigation ideas improved local productivity and the town continued to expand.
Swan Hill is a city in the northwest of Victoria, on the Murray Valley Highway and on the south bank of the Murray River, downstream from the junction of the Loddon River. At the 2011 census, Swan Hill had a population of 9,894. Swan Hill is a regional service centre for some 40,000 people across the catchment.
Influenced by irrigation from the Murray River, agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and tourism are important industries in the region. The river is also central to the region’s lifestyle.
- the youth in the area as the town battles high levels of teen pregnancy, and teen suicide;
- unity amongst the churches;
- the indigenous community;
- healing and a breaking free from poverty mindset.