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About Seymour

Seymour is situated on the leafy banks of the winding Goulburn River, at the foot of the beautiful Tallarook Ranges. Set on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, this area is known for its abundant wildlife and farmlands. The local Aboriginal Rich in heritage and history, life in the charming township offers the best of both worlds. You’ll have all the beauty and tranquility of mountains, lakes and wineries at your fingertips, while all the hustle and bustle of Melbourne is just an hour and a half away by car.

Population

6,327

 

Distance to Melbourne

120km. Approximately a 1.5-hour drive.

 

Surrounding towns

Bonnie Doon

Tallarook

Avenel

Kilmore

Puckapunyal

Wallan

 

Housing

Median house price: $286,500

Median house rent: $280 p/w

Median unit price: $170,166

Median unit rent: $225 p/w

 

Arts, Culture and Events 

Seymour may not be big, but its events calendar is never short on exciting experiences. Every year, the town attracts visitors from near and far to experience Tastes of the Goulburn. You can enjoy live theatre thanks to The Seymour Performers’ Workshop and have the chance to meet like-minded lovers of culture through the town’s art society and historical society. Seymour even has its own Racing Club, which schedules 20 race meetings every year, including the not-to-be-missed Seymour Cup.

Food and wine scene 

Located in the historic Station Street precinct, the Brewer’s Table is loved for its distinctive, seasonal menu, using locally sourced produce, which are matched with local wines, beers and ciders. Just up the road is the award-winning Gaffney’s Bakery and Pie Kitchen, where you’ll find a mouthwatering selection of pies and cakes baked on site. Winery Kitchen is the place to go for a hearty Italian meal and wood-fired pizzas, while Burger Me, a Seymour institution, has been serving up the town’s best burgers for more than 60 years.

Family Fun 

The Seymour River Trail is perfect for picnicking and picturesque spots for camping. Spend the day on the riverbanks at Goulburn Park and go swimming, fishing, boating or canoeing, then fire up a barbecue for dinner. Avenel Maze’s mind-boggling mazes and mini-golf make it perfect for a fun day out. Visit Kerrisdale Mountain Rail Museum and take the steam train to the Summit Station, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Tallarook Ranges.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Victoria’s longest river, the Goulburn, has countless cycling and walking tracks to explore. Pioneer Park has a fascinating walking trail, where you can meander through gardens of established trees and roses, and walk past headstones that pay tribute to Seymour’s pioneering families. The Vietnam Veterans’ Walk is a moving, commemorative path that pays respect to the servicemen and women who’ve lost their lives serving the country. The region also offers a range of sports at local clubs with first-rate facilities:

• Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre

• Seymour Football and Netball Club

• Seymour Black Powder Club – shooting club

Shopping 

The area is home to many colourful and unique independent stores, as well as a shopping centre with two supermarket chains to cater for your grocery needs. And you’ll never want to miss Tallarook or Avenel Farmers’ Markets for the fresh, seasonal produce, gourmet delights and one-off goods on offer every month.

Transport

Served by several major highways, Seymour has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

 

Health and community services 

Seymour has a comprehensive range of premium health services, including Seymour Medical Clinic and Seymour District Memorial Hospital. Seymour Club and Community and Neighbourhood House both offer many forms of support as well as providing the vibrant community with opportunities for people to connect with each other.

Education 

The region offers early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of three schools to choose from: Highlands Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Seymour College (Co-ed P-12), St Mary’s Seymour College (Co-ed P-10 Catholic).

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.