Murtoa Business and Industry

Murtoa Grain Receival Industry

Murtoa lies within the vast Wimmera farming district of Victoria, with mainly grain grown in the immediate vicinity, and was early recognised as being well-located for centralisation of the wheat industry.

The largest inland collection facility in Victoria, currently operated by GrainCorp, was established here from early days, due largely to the fact that Murtoa has main North-South and East-West highways nearby, with the main Adelaide to Melbourne rail link passing right through town from 1878.

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The current massive receival centre – known as ‘Marmalake’ – was begun in the late 1930s, but accelerated rapidly as bulk handling overtook bagged crops during WW2 and the original “Stick Sheds” were built to house the grain at that site.

Previously, wheat was stacked in massive piles of bags at the stations, and later in the tall, well-known silos, built everywhere in Australia. As Murtoa was located at the junction of the Northern branch line to Patchewollock, with many large centres along it, all that wheat eventually ended up in the town too. GrainCorp is a major employer at Murtoa and covers some 20 hectares. It currently holds about 400,000 tonnes of grain when filled to capacity, and is a genuine hive of activity in the harvest season, as countless massive trucks bring in the crops for storage on site.

Major Employers

Solomit Strawboard and Brush Fencing company exports their unique product both overseas and within Australia, where it is often seen in decorative ceilings or around houses. Solomit is located at the old 5 storey brick Flour Mill site off Thomas Road.

Schier’s Cabinet Makers, located in the old Wimmera Inland Freezing Works building on the Wimmera highway manufactures entire kitchens for both domestic and commercial use.

Dunmunkle Health has several large centres in Murtoa and nearby towns, where they employ large numbers of trained staff in the aged care and general health areas, including permanent doctors, visiting practitioners and specialists.

Other Businesses

Those found in the Industrial Estate include a large earthmoving and soil carrier, an engineering workshop and a seed cleaner.

All normal supplies and services are available in Murtoa from the businesses in town and many offer a personalised service not available elsewhere. These include a Chemist, Hardware store, Supermarket, furniture restoration and upholstery, licensed secondhand dealers, clothing suppliers, newsagency, Licensed Post Office, fuel supplies, butcher, gift stores and many others.

Murtoa is also the location of the World-wide Bashukway Travel business. It is run by a local Mr Aaron Davis and family, who offer alternative tours in many countries throughout the world.

Wimmera Auctions, specialising in Collectables & Antiques, run auctions every 2 months in the Murtoa Mechanics Hall. Locally owned and operated by Mr Leigh Hammerton of Marma Gully Antiques Murtoa.

Murtoa’s newspaper, the Murtoa & District Advertiser, was first established in 1878 as the Dunmunkle Standard. This is operated by the Murtoa Progress Association and produces a fortnightly issue – a great way to keep up with events in the immediate district.

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