The rapid development of the then State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SEC) and other major institutions throughout the valley during the 1960s and 1970s affected the development of smaller towns such as Boolarra and Yinnar. The decline in Boolarra’s population reversed during this period when workers coming to Latrobe Valley began to appreciate its rural lifestyle.
This has been reflected in new layers of housing in the town and acreages in the hills. Sections of farming properties have been subdivided to provide large blocks for people who work in Latrobe Valley but are attracted to a rural lifestyle, where they can have a substantial garden and a few livestock.
This embracing of a rural lifestyle has meant a revitalisation for small rural towns like Boolarra where new residents also chose to relocate and refurbish Yallourn houses to house blocks in Boolarra and the community also relocated a Yallourn building to house its infant welfare centre and playgroup.