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Tasmania

Midlands Glamorgan Patrol

Based in Oatlands, the northern boundary no further than Powranna on the Midland Highway; the eastern boundary includes Bicheno. The southern boundary follows the Lake Highway up to Bothwell and southeast and southwest to include Hamilton, Gretna, Bushy Park, Westerway. The western boundary follows the Lyell Highway up to Derwent Bridge, and then around to pick up Bronte Park, Miena, The Lakes area, following the Lake Leake highway to the Glamorgan municipality.

The patrol area includes many small communities and hamlets. Towns and communities in the area have been depopulated, placing a severe financial, emotional and a social strain upon people living there. One of the main industries in the area is agriculture, which supports the growing of fine wool, cereal crops, potatoes, forest logging, cattle and some poppies for medical purposes. The other main industry is tourism in appropriate seasons. The area is often subjected to prolonged periods of drought.

St Luke's in Bothwell was established in 1831 and is believed to be one of the oldest churches in Australia. It was initially used by Presbyterian and Church of England denominations until 1891. Oatlands Uniting Church, formerly Presbyterian, was established around the same period and has been an active congregation although it is smaller these days.

The Oatlands congregation has a strong ecumenical focus sharing many activities during the year. World Day of Prayer, Carols by Candlelight, Anzac Day Services are all shared across the combined Churches.

Midlands Glamorgan Patrol