Relocate to the Murrumbidgee
Consider a Country Change to the Murrumbidgee Council area.
Hear the Walsh family reflect on their move to Coleambally. They discovered the lifestyle and business advantages of making Murrumbidgee their home.
Murrumbidgee Council is located within a rich and diverse agricultural area bordered by the Riverina and Murray regions, home of NSW’s food bowl. The mix of temperate climate, rural location, food and fibre production, and the natural assets of the Murrumbidgee River and Billabong Creek make the area ideally suited to agricultural production. The area is proud of its deep connection to the land that includes recognition of Indigenous heritage.
The Council area is located between the fertile irrigation and river systems of the Riverina and the dryland agricultural area of the Hay Plains. It covers a geographical area of 6,880 square kilometres (688,302 ha). The Council plays a strong role in providing services and facilities to support those agricultural activities and the families and businesses within the respective communities of the region.
The Murrumbidgee Council area is linked to major markets including Melbourne (approximately 420 kilometres south) and Sydney (approximately 640 kilometres north east). These links have the potential to drive major economic opportunities.
Our three towns
Business opportunity is plentiful. Value-add in agriculture, solar farm and biomass investment is advancing prospects for further development.
The industrial areas provide the town with automotive and tyre services, transport, hardware and building supplies, engineering and agricultural industries.
The extensive operations of the Coprice Mill (formerly Sunrice's Coleambally Rice Mill) are a short drive from the centre of town. As are Freedom Foods, Australia’s premier processors of popping corn. Along with poultry production, a range of seasonal and steady employment can be found. This includes rice, cotton and general agricultural work.
Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited (CICL) is located in the centre of town. The organisation is a member owned co-operative which supplies irrigation and corporate services to its members and customers. Its irrigation delivery is via gravity through open earthen channels. CICL’s modernisation journey has focussed on improving our water supply service, measurement and efficiency.
Small business opportunities leveraged off the 100% occupancy in the retail heart include bakery, micro-brewing, take-away food, and add-on services suited to a vibrant local economy fuelled by a relatively young demographic.
Business, accounting and legal advice can be sourced locally.
Coleambally has excellent schools. Coleambally Central School offers K to 12 education; St Peter’s Primary School provides choice in the early years. Tirkandi Innaburra located outside the town perimeters on the Kidman Way, provides an innovative culturally based residential program for aboriginal boys aged 12-15 from across NSW and northern Victoria. Coleambally Pre-school also provides a great service for children. All adding to a town engaged with learning.
Coleambally residents are sports mad! Tennis, netball, basketball, football, bowls, cricket and squash are catered for in the new sports precinct in the heart of town. The sports precinct has undergone extensive improvements recently and is a fantastic asset for the community. The outdoor swimming pool is heated over summer to extend the season; it has shaded grassed areas to relax. A short drive from the town centre takes you to the clay target shooting, pistol club or the sand greens golf course. Visitors are welcome to join in any sporting activity.
Coleambally is serviced by a medical practice, a fully manned ambulance station, an aged care hostel and community health centre.
A medical practice and pharmacy ensure your health needs are met.
A preschool and playgroup is available. Children attend the Darlington Point Primary School and travel to neighbouring towns for their high school education.
A police station is located in the town.
An NRMA garage, newsagent-hardware, supermarket, butcher, post-office and town pool means you can comfortably access all you need in the relaxed and welcoming style of an authentic country town.
Jerilderie has much to entice the ‘tree-changer’. Services include pre and primary schools, medical facilities, pharmacy, supermarket and sporting precincts offering football, netball, tennis through to bowls. A lower cost of living and laid-back lifestyle in an unspoiled country location are just some of the Jerilderie advantages. Wunnamurra Estate offers a ‘treechange for small change’ in a majestic creek-side location. The earlier learnings from the Ned Kelly experience still resonate. With Outback adventure on the doorstep, the security of the small community keeps homes and assets safe when wanderlust strikes.
There is an excellent range of accommodation available in Jerilderie, ranging from budget to the understated luxe of Fairways, providing options and price-points for the seasonal worker, traveller or visitor.
Jerilderie Hospital (Jerilderie Multipurpose Service) is a 15 bed facility with 3 acute care beds and 12 residential aged care beds. Jerilderie MPS provides a 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department which is equipped with telehealth cameras to connect the team in Jerilderie with specialists through the Critical Care Advisory Service and doctors in nearby towns during the on call weekends. The Emergency Department is also connected to the Remote Medical Consultation Service for medical assistance.
Jerilderie MPS provides numerous clinical services to the community, including emergency care, palliative care, respite care and a range of community care and allied health services, supported by telehealth and specialty services on referral. Medical services are provided by Visiting Medical Officers by local General Practitioners.
Jerilderie also has an ambulance station and also Jerilderie Medical Centre, which provides GP services as well as a dietics service, mental health service, phsyiotherapy service, diabetic education service and podiatry service.
A pre-school/community centre, Balmeringa units for the aged, two primary schools, police station give regional amenity in a rural setting.
Distance from Melbourne: 324 kms