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Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do for passive recreation or to entertain the family.   

There are many exciting events around the district in the spring Festival.

Check out the Loddon Shire calendar.

 

It matters not whether you are visiting for the day, a long term resident or new to the area.

Here is a sample......  have some fun!

  • Take the historic Blue Plaque walking trail, now a feature on a self drive CD tour of Inglewood.
  • Find a treasure in one of the several "Collectibles and Antiques" shops in the street, or visit Ned's Shed. 
  • Visit the historic Jones's distillery and the new Eucalyptus Distillery Museum.
  • Sit down, relax and have a coffee, bite to eat or a "cold frothy" at Enzo's Empire Hotel.
  • Have a picnic under the trees at the Botanical Gardens followed by a stroll around the picturesque old reservoir, the trotting track and "Dusty Town".
  • Visit the marvellous Melville's Caves in the Kooyoora State Park, an area of 3455 hectares of granite, with the peak capped by a mass of huge boulders some forming cave-like shelters. The use of these by the bushranger Captain Melville and his gang gave the name Melville's Caves. Bike or hike along the many trails, or just stroll around the boulders. Evidence of the Koori habitation in the area may be seen in the form of "wells" and canoe trees A stunning panoramic view is from the lookout at the top of the caves.
  • Drop in for a chat, a read or participate in a craft session at the Inglewood Community Neighbourhood House.
  • Drive up and look at the poppet head of the working Greater Bendigo Maxwell Mine, and then a little further out and up the track to the top of Rose Hill, the views are superb.
  • Join a session at the Inglewood Bowls Club, or during the cooler months, a round of 18 at the Golf Club or watch the footy or netball at the Football Oval. On hot days, head for the Swimming Pool or the Tennis courts for action.
  • Visit the cemetery, as well as the Old Inglewood Cemetery , and explore the past stories from the gold and mining days.   You can get a listing of the graves from the Historical Society, the Museum or several of the Collectable shops may have them available. 
  • Take the kids on a fishing trip along the Loddon River, even better if you have a fishing boat. The new skateboard park is also at the sports precinct.
  • Book in to see a performance by the Historical Society and friends doing our famous Courthouse re-enactments up at the historic Courthouse.
  • Wander the town and just marvel at the historic architecture of the solid buildings, a legacy from the gold rush, including the Town Hall and study the plaques on the War memorial, for some interesting aspects of our services history.
  • Visit some of the churches, and marvel at the glazed windows, and the historic Fincham pipe organ in St Augustine's Anglican church, built by master organ-builder George Fincham in 1878, which was installed in the church in the same year.
  • Spend a day visiting some of the local wineries and villages ranging from Bridgewater, Kingower and Kangderaar winery on the edge of the Kooyoora State Park.
  • Grab a fossicking map from David Oakley's (Brooke Street) and head out for an hour or two gold detecting, fossicking or panning around the diggings surrounding the town. Gold is still being found today for those who are prepared to search e.g. Thompsons Gully and "old" Inglewood.
  • While you're in the bush, look for the birds, wild flowers and be overawed by the wattle in late winter and early spring.  
  • Of course, provisions for your stay are available from the award winning Butchery (just ask them about the sausages), the IGA supermarket, bank, chemist, post office, fuel outlets and other retailers.
  • And the first Sunday  in November, is the INGLEWOOD ALIVE, Look at us Now!! Brooke street event.  So much fun, activities and a monster garage sale around the town. 
  • Checkout the Nixon Grocery museum,  located at Fusspots of Inglewood collectables store.  This is the private collection of Mr Alan Nixon.  

Enjoy yourselves !!

 

Loddon - Victoria's backyard!!

 Click on the image to watch the video on the Loddon Shire site.

Visi Loddon

http://www.loddon.vic.gov.au/Visit  

Welcome to Inglewood- there's more than you think!

Gold, blue eucy, history and architecture, exercise or just some time to relax!

 

                       

 

Eucy Museum - Re Opening

Plans are progressing  for the anticipated opening from  August 12th.   The Committee is delighted to be concluding negotiations for the re opening in August.   The business will open from the 12th August, with an official “re-launch” and short ceremony on the Sunday 15th at 2:00pm, which will also recognise the 10 years since opening in 2011.

Nicole Upton will operate the facility, with some fresh ideas and new products planned.

After such an extended closure, it will be great to have the museum open for  visitors , tours and a great coffee.

Of course, these plans and dates are subject to the various health restrictions and pandemic.

 

2021 - 2031 Inglewood Community Plan   (draft) 

The Inglewood Development & Tourism Committee (IDTC) has been working on the revised Inglewood Community Plan for some time.  Council restructured the processes and supported communities developing new plans. 

The new plan has drafted after the community survey was collated.  The Council has invited the IDTC to present the plan to Council's Technical Forum on 10th August. 

The Community is invited to review the planbelow prior and provide any further feedback to the IDTC president Carey or Secretary Pauline  [ email to  IDTCsecretary@hotmail.com ].  The annual funding allocations will only be directed towards projects currently identified and scoped in the Plan.   

 Download the plan  >> here       pdf   1.64MB

The identified goals are in notional priority order, but smaller projects of a lower priority may be funded if "shovel ready" and adequate funding.

  • Goal 1: Built environment and town beautification
  • Goal 2: Improving where we live.
  • Goal 3: Tourism and marketing
  • Goal 4: Community health and wellbeing
  • Goal 5: Traffic Management
  • Goal 6: Sport and recreation
  • Goal 7: Social opportunities
  • Goal 8: Heritage, arts and culture
  • Goal 9: Natural environment
  • Goal 10: Improving our local economy
  • Goal 11: Connectivity: Internet and individual capacity

 Some concept images from the Streetscape Masterplan, the top priority goal 1.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did the 2010 plan achieve?   

History of community planning
This is the fifth stage in the development of the Inglewood Community Plan. The first was the Inglewood Urban Design Framework, which was begun in 2002 and completed in April 2003. The second stage took place in January and February 2004. The third stage took place in 2004 when further public discussion focused on the progress to date and for further development and consolidation. Stage four was a public meeting held in 2008 which led to the development of the Inglewood Community Plan 2010.

The Inglewood community is proud of the many achievements made, an outcome of collaborative and combined efforts of many, benefiting the community in a number of ways.

Some of the successful initiatives include:
    • Eucalyptus Distillery Museum. Formally opened in 2011. A Loddon Shire appointed Section 65 committee manages the site and ongoing development and provides for tours and the establishment of the retail area operation.
    • Arts park development (right)
    • Public drinking fountain - 2013 (right)
    • Community Hub - participation with the community hub feasibility development activities and the Community Planning submission (below right)
    • Inglewood Railway Station Redevelopment
    • Adventure park at sports precinct
    • Industrial Park development
Tourism & Marketing
    • Inglewood geographic domain community website – www.inglewood.vic.au
    • Brooke Street flags, highlighting businesses open for business in a consistent manner for the town.
    • Brooke St. Brochure.
    • Blue Plaque Heritage trail, in conjunction with the Inglewood & District Historical Society (below right)
    • Tourism Information Board 2012/3. This project replaced the community directory sign which was seriously outdated.
    • Input to Streetscape project
Community Celebrations
    • Blue Eucy Festivals
    • 150 Years of Gold, 1859 -2009
    • Inglewood Alive Festival
Community Planning engagement
    • Numerous community planning meetings to register, scope, and prioritise identified community projects. This has been an important function of the IDTC which has assisted many community projects to development. In conjunction with the Loddon Shire Community Planning team.
    • Participation with the planning for the Railway Station redevelopment.

 

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INGLEWOOD ALIVE Festival    

  • Unfortunately the 2021 Alive Festival has been cancelled due to ongoing Covid pandemic issues.

  • Looking forward to the next 2022 November festival       

                

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Volunteering

Volunteers play a vital and valuable role in the community of Inglewood. 

Our volunteers are a diverse range of people who work tirelessly with organisations with the common interest of  enhancing the Inglewood and district communities. 
Volunteering can be a fun way of meeting new people, helping others and developing new skills.   
It is also about sharing and developing personal skills and strengthening links between people in the community.
 
If you would like to be a valued volunteer, we would like to hear from you. 
Please call the Inglewood Community Neighborhood House (ICNH) on 5438 3562
or call in and  have a chat with the team.

We greatly appreciate and value your contribution.

  

Youth Support

Some kids can be under a lot of pressure!  Decisions about the future, school stuff you may not know about,             holiday boredom or struggling to find that perfect job!   

A fantastic new site is up and running for the 16-25 year olds. 

Tune In Not Out  is 24hr TV for life's challenges, such as alcohol, drugs, mental health, exams and relationships.

Check it out!  Pass it on!  Spread the word!

 

It may help someone you know, and you may never know how. 

 

TINO and thanks to the team that put it together!!

 

About Inglewood

Situated 199 km from Melbourne on the Calder Highway, this historic gold mining town presents a vision of the past. Inglewood forms part of the famous ‘Golden Triangle' which encompasses some of the richest alluvial goldfields in the world. The last great Victorian gold rush occurred here in the 1860's, bringing prosperity and a burgeoning new life to a rural community, clearing the land of mallee scrub and producing wool for the young colony and for export to England. 
 
Gold was like a magnet and miners flocked to Inglewood from all corners of the globe. A few miners' tents rapidly became a tent town of thousands. Inglewood became known as ‘the city in the scrub'.  In the third year of its existence Inglewood became a municipality, the Borough of Inglewood. Such was the wealth taken from the earth and rock, that the tent town became a community of substance, buildings of timber and brick; imposing structures, several of which stand today.
 
The gold was eventually extracted to economic limits and the miners departed. A new, though less profitable industry helped the town survive. Eucalyptus oil, first recognised for its wide ranging qualities from the earliest years of colonial occupation, was produced in quantity in the district. The Blue Mallee, locally known as 'Blue Eucy ', which produced an oil of exceptional quality, grows in abundance in the area.  These days Inglewood is a service town for the surrounding rural districts and smaller communities.
 
Stay a while and you will be able to explore the town with he range of activities listed on the link below.
These can bring the history to life .

Collectibles, gold, blue eucy, history and architecture, ...  or just relax!

Have an enjoyable time and come back to visit Inglewood again.

Things to see and do!

 

One of the reasons it's called the "city in the scrub"