Once subject to the scourge of prolonged drought, the land round the border town of Finley now produces wool, wheat, fat lambs, rice, milk, vegetables, cereals, cattle and pigs thanks to the Murray River system and irrigation.
Certainly, this Newell Highway town of 2,200 people is living testament to the benefits of irrigation. The Wheels of Prosperity display on the northern approach to Finley stresses the importance of water to the district.
The man-made Finley Lake provides water sport recreation. The shoreline features a wharf, boat ramp, a pool, gardens and a well-equipped picnic area. The children's playground centres on a scaled sailing ship.
The main stream of the Berriquin Irrigation Area, the Mulwala Canal, which, at 155km, is Australia’s longest channel, flows under Finley’s main street. The town, which lies 20km north of the Victorian-NSW border, takes its name from F.G.Finley, the original Riverina surveyor.