Moyston

Overview

Making a Strong Community Stronger. Moyston is a strongly independent community with a well-earned reputation for “getting things done” via a solid core of committed individuals. Due to the absence of secondary or tertiary industry in Moyston, those who are not engaged in primary industry are employed mainly in Ararat (17 kms), Stawell (35kms) or Halls Gap (25kms).

Moyston is becoming increasingly popular with small numbers of new residents each year due to the attraction of the rural lifestyle, proximity to the Grampians and the low cost of living. Significant number of people have chosen Moyston as a suitable place to retire. Moyston also boasts a high proportion of artists and creative individuals e.g. poets.

Local identities

Moyston has its fair share of colourful and interesting characters both past and present:

  • “Killer” Crawford – consistent winner of the world rabbit skinning championship
  • “Barry from the Bush” Fred Homburg– famous bush poet was regularly heard on national radio and profiled in rural newspapers
  • Tom Wills – formulated the original rules for the Australian Rules Football

History

Moyston Progress Association – a proud history.

1864 Moyston Progress Association (“Progress”) was formed and in the future the activities of this Association reflected the Town's growing community consciousness. Had the country between Moyston and Ararat been less hazardous (two ranges of steep hills), the residents of Moyston could have travelled to Ararat for some of the activities they found so necessary to initiate at Moyston.

1866  Progress held a meeting to raise funds to build a Mechanics Institute, and expresses a desire for a bank for the town. Progress also demands more accommodation for the Post Office and Court House and a consistent water supply form Mount William. During this year Progress was also responsible for forcing Government to fence the town water supply. Progress was very active politically during this time. This was also the year that we got our first doctor (Thomas O’Grady, MD) and Justice of the Peace (William Taylor) in Moyston.

1868  The Mechanics Institute is built by Progress.

1920  The Moyston Progress Association is reformed and active until 1967, lobbying the Shire for better roads and maintenance, water and power issues, fundraising and community service including maintaining the Avenue of Honour erected after the War. Progress also had responsibility for managing the Boxing Day Sports. Apparently the demise of Progress at this time (no recorded minutes after July 1967) can be credited to events that caused bitter divisions amongst the townsfolk.

1988 – 2006 Moyston Progress Association was re-formed and incorporated and during this time achieved an enormous amount for the community, including development, tourism, streetscape and tree planting, speed limitation and signage, lobbying for childcare, Neighborhood Watch and importantly – the financial support of other local community efforts such as festivals, sporting events and CFA vehicle. Progress has always been willing and able to help other organizations and groups.

2006  Progress is still active today and recent achievements include, the unveiling of the Wills Monument, State Government funding to build a rotunda near the monument and a recent commitment by Council  to fund the redevelopment of the Moyston Club Rooms as a community centre. Progress has always been very active in “community building” – recent efforts include conducting a survey in the community to find out what skills and assets are present in the community and developing a community action plan. Moyston has always had the capacity to get things done and we have set ourselves the goal of continuing to build our community’s capacity to manage - and support change.