Modernisation of farming and improved transport links have brought changes to many small rural towns like Boolarra, with vehicle travel to the larger commercial centres in the Latrobe Valley increasing to make commuting to employment possible.
Boolarra has settled down to become an attractive residential town with a friendly rural atmosphere whose population hovers around 600. There has been a recent influx of new residents, retirees and young families from the city, all seeking a more relaxed, tranquil lifestyle.
Farming is still important, as is timber, which is harvested from plantation forests in the hills. Today, a large fish farm exports goldfish to the international market.
There is a Post Office, a general store and a Pub. A modern primary school and kindergarten provide excellent facilities in Boolarra, with numerous secondary schools in close proximity and the Monash University - Gippsland Campus at nearby Churchill.
Boolarra Historical Society has converted the old Boolarra School building into a museum used to preserve and house items of local heritage. The Multi-purpose building is kept busy with the Doctor’s surgery, service group meetings, playgroups, craft groups and private functions.
The recently refurbished Memorial Hall is available for community meetings, private functions and has a raised stage for small theatre productions and concerts.
The Boolarra Bowls Club formed on 17th December 1957 and has been a busy meeting place ever since.
Following World War II Boolarra residents banded together to erect a Memorial Park with the names of the town’s fallen soldiers inscribed on the entrance gates. Today, the football, netball, cricket and pony clubs all use these facilities in season and local residents walk, jog and exercise their dogs on the oval.
The Boolarra to Mirboo North Rail Trail is used by horse riders, bike riders and walkers with their dogs.
Boolarra - It really is a place of abundance!