Located on the intersection of the Newell and Mid Western Highways the Bland Shire offers fantastic and exciting opportunities for families and individuals alike. As at the 2006 census the Shire population was 6102 including the villages of Ungarie, Barmedman, Weethalle, Tallimba and Mirrool.
Our history dates back to the times early explorers, such as John Oxley in 1817. Since then the Shire has experienced a gold rush in the late 1800's and significant growth in agriculture, mining and the retail industry in more recent years.
West Wyalong, the central hub of the Bland Shire, is home to over 3000 residents. West Wyalong and surrounding townships boast a safe, friendly and relaxed environment. West Wyalong's community and economy combine all the virtues of country living with the outstanding advantages of a highly central location and access to major population centres.
West Wyalong is an enthusiastic sporting community which prides itself on its social well-being and community spirit. A number of sporting competitions operate within the community and against other shires year round. West Wyalong has a wide range of sporting facilities catering to a variety of ages and interests, including football, swimming, tennis, bowls, cricket, netball, basketball, golf at the 18 hole grass green facility and many more.
For those new to town there are a variety of beautiful homes and comfortable units to choose from. Families can be assisted to settle in by utilising one of six primary schools, two high schools and one private (Catholic) school, all spread throughout the Bland Shire. There are also several pre-schools and long day care facilities, which make our community perfect for families.
Bland Shire offers modern health services and amenities with a district hospital that offers radiology services, an emergency unit and regular visiting specialists. A Community Health Centre, Aged Care facilities and Neighbour Aid services are also available in the Shire.
Airlines including Qantas and REX have services approximately 1½ hours away from West Wyalong, in Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Parkes. These airports have regular flights to Sydney and Melbourne every week. There is also a daily combined coach and train service out of West Wyalong to Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne.
For a relatively small town, West Wyalong has an exciting social life. You can choose from a variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants for your source of entertainment for the evening. Council supports many groups within the community which hold different social events, including the annual West Wyalong Show, Christmas Street Carnivals and New Years Eve Festivities. We also have a growing Cultural and Arts sector in West Wyalong with many community groups and arts galleries. Local artists have something for everyone with glass making, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and many crafts available.
Bland Shire region is supported by a blossoming rural economy that is built around sheep, cattle, wheat and other crop varieties. It is currently expanding through a number of new agribusiness and mining opportunities. Barrick Gold has established the development of the $220 million Cowal Gold Mine, which is less than an hour outside of West Wyalong. The Bland Shire and surrounding communities have been provided with a much needed boost in employment levels, due to the Cowal Gold Mine. Pace Farm's development is the largest egg producing facility in the southern hemisphere, also providing employment for the community. Another large company, AWB, also has a large facility outside West Wyalong which has improved levels of efficiency for local grain growers and provided employment to the town.
One of the most appealing aspects the Bland Shire would have to be the laid back lifestyle that comes with living in the country which is spread throughout community members, both old and new, to generate a welcoming and friendly community spirit.