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Published June 24th 2018
History of a farming community
Penong is a small town approximately 75 kilometres west of Ceduna on the Eyre Highway. The town is made famous by its many windmills pumping water from the Anjutabie water basin. Lake McDonnell, home to a massive deposit of salt, and Cactus Beach, a paradise for surfers, are just south of the town. Together with the availability of fuel, food and accommodation, Penong has become a popular rest stop for those driving across the Nullarbor Plain.
In the past few years, town volunteers have created a windmill museum to preserve the history of its farming community. Windmills require high maintenance and are increasingly being replaced by solar pumps. The museum showcases a variety of windmills, from old timbers to massive 10-metres. The centrepiece is Australia's biggest windmill called the Comet which has previously been used to pump water for steam trains. Kudos to all the town volunteers for their enthusiasm and impressive restoration work.