About Wellstead CRC
The Wellstead Community Resource Centre is a not-for-profit, community managed organisation servicing the rural community of Wellstead for over 15 years. The Wellstead Community Resource Centre is part of a network of over 103 Community Resource Centres located in small rural communities in Western Australia.
The Wellstead Community Resource Centre was established in 1996 as an Associate Telecentre in a small, transportable building in the grounds of the local primary school. It relocated, for a short time, to an area within the general store which provided greater public access.
Since 2003, a modern, stabilised earth building has collocated the Community Resource Centre, Community Library, Natural Resource Management office, Wellstead Historical & Heritage Committee and their displays.
In its thirteen years of operation, the Wellstead Community Resource Centre has secured over $300,000 in funding which has been used to develop and implement community projects; assist with Telecentre operations and upgrade facilities and equipment.
The Wellstead Community Resource Centre aims to become more proactive in meeting the needs of the community. We aim to offer more workshop and training opportunities to the community, continue to provide professional customer service and embrace the opportunities, afforded by Royalties for Regions, to expand our services.
The Wellstead Community Resource Centre currently delivers a range of services and programs ranging from accredited training courses, fee for service activities such as book keeping, secretarial, photocopying, internet access and a photo lab for digital photo prints.
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Wellstead Progress Association
Wellstead CRC operates in association with the Wellstead Progress Association.
The constitutional objectives of the Wellstead Progress Association Inc. (WPA) is to further the progress of the community and social activities of the residents of the Wellstead district and to administer, control and manage the Wellstead Hall and Oval.
WPA primarily strives to serve its members (all persons who reside in the Wellstead district).
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Noongar people have historically fished and hunted along the southern coastal region and it was not until the mid-19th century that the district was first settled by Europeans, at Cape Riche. Descendants of these settlers continue to farm at the Cape today.
Edward John Eyre passed through this district when he was traversing the country from South Australia to Albany in 1841 and a cairn that marks his route can be seen at the junction of Sandalwood and Mettler’s Lake roads.
In from the coast the land was considered to be too poor to sustain agriculture, but this changed when scientists found that with the application of trace elements, good pastures could be produced and the area was opened up in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Conditional purchase blocks were allocated to people from all around Australia who had applied to the W.A. Land Board in the hope of acquiring a block.
Together with the earlier settlers, these newcomers brought a feeling of community to the area. They established and built the original school, tennis courts, community hall and church, forming the foundations on which we continue today. The region supports agriculture, forestry, floriculture and other agricultural related industry. Today conservation and farming work hand in hand for a sustainable future.
Farmland in this area was opened up in the 1960’s, and as the population of the area increased there was demand for the government to set aside land for a town site. The town site was gazetted in 1965 shortly after establishing a telephone exchange.
The name commemorates the Wellstead family who settled in the district around 1860 and held extensive lands between Cape Riche and Bremer Bay.
The Wellstead Historical & Heritage Society is a very active group preserving local and district history and displaying it at the Community Resource Centre.
The Wellstead area has a rich and diverse native flora, which adds splashes of colour to the roadside in changing shades throughout much of the year. Native fauna is plentiful and the colourful birdlife is particularly noticeable during harvest when spilled grain provides an easy meal along the roadsides.
Whales visit our coastline on their migration journey and can at times be seen comfortably from the shoreline at Cape Riche and Boat Harbour.
The coastal scenery provides a beautiful backdrop for walking, swimming, fishing and diving, and provides inspiration for artists and photographers. The Stirling Ranges to the north are an easy drive and are rich in a variety of flora and fauna. There are many well marked trails for those in search of a more strenuous activity.
A 12 km magnetite deposit has long been known to be present just west of the townsite, and Grange Resources Limited have conducted drilling in the exploration area to map the extent of the deposit. An extensive Environmental Survey has also been conducted. Named the Southdown Magnetite project, this is expected to have a positive impact on the area when it finally goes ahead.
Location and Population
Wellstead is located on the Great Southern Highway 476km south-east of Perth and 100km north-east of Albany in the Great Southern of Western Australia.
Situated in the City of Albany, Wellstead is a small rural community is 19km from the picturesque Cape Riche with the Stirling Ranges forming a majestic backdrop to the agricultural and natural landscape.
The community of Wellstead is home to around 157 people, with the major industry being agriculture, forestry & fishing.