Canowindra is in the Cabonne Shire
Cabonne Shire (pronounced Ka-bon), ‘Australia’s Food Basket’, is home to Australia’s first gold rush and is well known for ballooning, food and wine, agriculture and mining and its bucolic farming country.
Cabonne Shire includes the classic country towns and villages of Baldry, Borenore, Cargo, Cudal, Cumnock, Eugowra, Manildra, Mullion Creek, Nashdale, Spring Terrace and Yeoval. Molong and Canowindra are Cabonne Shire’s largest towns. Cabonne is strategically located just 3 1/2 hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra.
Cabonne’s economy was founded on agriculture (mostly grains), which still accounts for a large proportion of economic activity. Recently, agricultural activities have become more diverse and mining has played an increasing role, helping to drive economic growth. Manufacturing has also become another important economic sector specifically for food and wine products.
Cabonne Shire is home to a wide range of health and medical services. There are currently 2 hospitals, 5 pharmacies, 8 community/multi-purpose health services, 1 dentist and 7 independent medical practitioners in the shire. Cabonne village communities are very active and supportive of their health practitioners and programs that support healthy living.
Incentives for health professionals
The towns and villages of Cabonne Shire are classified as MMM5 under the Department of Health’s new “Modified Monash Model” classification system that categorises areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Cabonne Shire may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
Click here for more information on the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
Culture and Lifestyle
As a shire consisting of 11 small towns and villages, the people of Cabonne work hard to maintain, and have a strong appreciation for, their cultural, sporting and lifestyle facilities, clubs and services. Smaller communities such as those in Cabonne offer a rich array of festivals and events which bring communities together.
Sports and leisure activities are also popular in the villages of Cabonne, from cricket, rugby and swimming clubs to Men’s Sheds, Country Women’s Associations, Rotary and Lions Clubs and Garden Clubs.
As Cabonne is predominately an agricultural region, each town showcases its produce, animals and community at its own annual Agricultural Show. See the table below for months of each Agricultural Show.
Cabonne is also home to one of the world’s most important fossil discoveries. A chance discovery in 1955 revealed an extensive fossil bed dating from the Devonian Period. This 360-370 million year old fossil deposit contains the remains of thousands of freshwater fish. Many were new to science. The best of the fossils so far recovered are now on public display at Canowindra, at the Age of Fishes Museum. www.ageoffishes.org.au
One of the fossils found at Canowindra, Mandageria Fairfaxi, was recently named at the NSW State Fossil emblem.
Events in the Villages of Cabonne Shire
|January||Australia Day Celebrations|
|February||Banjo Paterson More than a Poet Festival|
|March||NSW Sheep Dog Championship Trials @ Molong
Cumnock Agricultural Show
|April||FOOD Week @ Orange and surrounds
ADHS Golden Plough Draught Horse @ Eugowra
National Hot Air Balloon Championships @ Canowindra
Eugowra Murals Weekend
Village ANZAC Day Services
100 Mile Dinner
|May||Yeoval Agricultural Show
Orange Region Apple Festival
Eugowra’s Mural Weekend
|July||Yeoval- Quick Shear Competition|
|August||Molong Players Annual Production|
|September||Orange Region Wine Festival
Canowindra Agricultural Show
Meet U in Molong
Molong Agricultural Show
Cudal Agricultural Show
Eugowra Agricultural Show
Manildra Agricultural Show
|October||Canola Cup Harness Racing @ Eugowra
Australian National Field Days @ Borenore
Orange Wine Week
Flix in the Stixs – Canowindra
Canowindra Baroquefest Fine Music Festival
|December||Village Christmas Festive New Years Celebrations
Garlic Harvest Festival
Amusu Theatre – Screening Manildra
Moorbel Markets Canowindra
Produce & Craft Markets – Cumnock
Village Markets Molong –Quarterly
Orange Farmer Markets
The Health Community
Cabonne Shire is home to a wide range of health and medical services.
There are currently 2 hospitals, 5 pharmacies, 8 community/multi-purpose health services, 1 dentist and 7 independent medical practitioners in the shire. Cabonne Shire is also very well serviced by surrounding major hospitals and specialist services in Orange, Cowra and the Lachlan Health Service in Parkes and Forbes.
Canowindra Soldiers Memorial Hospital predominantly acts as an emergency treatment and recovery satellite of Orange Base Hospital. The staff are dedicated and provide excellent care. Services also include a small X-ray facility and an excellent physiotherapy department. The hospital is serviced by both the local GPs.
The Waluwin Centre/Molong Health One
The Waluwin Centre in Molong broke new ground as an innovative $3.6 million funding partnership between all three tiers of government, health service providers, community organisations and local residents. The facility houses 5 general practitioners, community health workers and allied professionals, such as a speech therapist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, and child and family health nurses, as well as pathology services. It is also the headquarters of the council’s Family Day Care and Family Links services and is the venue for community playgroups, mothers’ groups, community meetings and training sessions.
The Waluwin Community Centre has been described as “the pinnacle of best practice in Australia”. This new model of care has a focus on preventative care, involving early detection of illnesses, early diagnosis, intervention and treatment.
Molong Hospital in King Street is a public hospital with an emergency department, which also offers a domiciliary care unit and nursing home care unit.
Eugowra, Manildra, Cargo, Cudal, Cumnock, Yeoval
For further information about health professionals and services in all the villages of Cabonne Shire, please refer to the Health & Wellbeing section of the Cabonne Community & Business Directory.
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Cabonne Shire has a well-established and high quality education network. There are a total of 7 pre-school/childcare facilities, 17 primary schools and 3 public high schools (Canowindra, Yeoval and Molong).
Students living in the villages of Canowindra, Cudal, Cargo & Molong who attend private school in Orange are able to access a daily bus service. Students living in Eugowra access high schools on Forbes or Canowindra.
Sporting clubs are very popular with children in country towns, from the social Swim Club get togethers at the local pool on lazy summer Friday evenings, to the rugby union, rugby league and cricket teams for all ages. Pony Clubs are also found in most towns.
Please refer to Education and Family & Children’s Services section of the Cabonne Community & Business Directory
More private schools with boarding facilities are located in Bathurst and Orange.
Where you live and work is just as important to your spouse or partner as it is to you. We are here to help you and your spouse feel welcomed into our community. We will do all we can to help your spouse or partner settle in to the community, to find employment, to find new friends and to find the right information about schools, training, clubs, activities to suit their lifestyle.
The ideal location of Cabonne Shire allows its residents to choose their employment destination without having to travel too far. Residents can work within the Shire or in one of the many surrounding regional centres, such as Orange, Cowra, Wellington, Forbes or Parkes.
Around 25% of the population of Cabonne Shire is employed in the agricultural sector. Other main sectors of employment include mining, manufacturing, construction and health care. In recent years, towns like Molong and Canowindra have seen population increases as tree-changers move to into the communities and establish businesses in tourism, the arts, organic agriculture and communications/knowledge based industries.
Residents of Cabonne are serviced by several employment agencies looking to connect you with the right job opportunity. A full list of providers can be found in the Recruitment & Training section of the Cabonne Community & Business Directory.
Cabonne Council is a large employer in the Shire with two office locations; Molong and Cudal. Employment opportunities are listed on Council’s website.
Please speak to Cabonne’s Beyond the Range contact, Community Services Manager, Gary Brown, or Council’s Economic Development Manager regarding employment opportunities and contacts to assist your spouse to find the perfect job and lifestyle in Cabonne.
A Place to Live
These photos show examples of properties that have been for sale in the past.
The average house price in Cabonne Shire is currently $266,750 – so affordable! Classic, large, double brick bungalows, for example, are easy to find in the region, within the villages or out on your own piece of land.
Please follow the links below to view properties currently on the market in the villages of Cabonne Shire.
Your Questions Answered
If you have any further questions about relocating to Canowindra please speak to Canowindra Beyond the Range contact
Community Services Manager
02 6392 3230