Winchelsea, where rabbits were first introduced to Australia launches new site

25/Sep/2009

2009 not only marks the launch of the Winchelsea community website but also will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of when rabbits were introduced to Australia in Barwon Park just outside the Winchelsea town centre.

www.winchelsea.vic.au

 

2009 not only marks the launch of the Winchelsea community website but also will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of when rabbits were introduced to Australia in Barwon Park just outside the Winchelsea town centre.

The Winchelsea website gives detail of early settler Thomas Austin who arranged for his English family to send 12 pairs of rabbits from England so that he could breed them for hunting. The breeding succeeded beyond Thomas' wildest dreams, attracting wide praise that today has turned to blame. Rabbits now cover the whole southern part of Australia, from northern New South Wales through Alice Springs across to the West Coast.

Situated just 20 minutes from Geelong and now (thanks to the Geelong bypass) an easy hour-and-a-half from Melbourne, Winchelsea is a growing rural town. With a strong community spirit based on generations of farming and country families, the town retains a sense of belonging and a high degree of involvement in local issues. While technology does not yet play a major part in the community fabric, the launch of the new Winchelsea Community Website has been widely welcomed and paves the way to the future.

According to website manager Tony Phelps, “The Surf Coast Shire mayor, Libby Mears, appreciates another communication channel. Community organisations such as the Lions Club, Business & Tourism Association, Art group, adult education and more can now readily publish achievements, programs and events for residents and visitors alike to access. A free business directory provides quick reference. Local news items keep people near and far in touch.”

Sponsored by the Winchelsea Business & Tourism Association, www.winchelsea.vic.au aim to be a 'one-stop shop' for all things Winchelsea. It will include contact info for community groups, listings of local businesses, news articles on events and happenings, events calendar, photo gallery, and town background. In due course, the website will also include historical pages and photos.

For more information on the Winchelsea community and how Rabbits came to Australia visit The Winchelsea Community Website

 

.au Community Domains, ACN 118 505 196, Phone: (03) 9863 8577, www.aucd.org.au