Attunga, New South Wales

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Attunga
New South Wales
Attunga is located in New South Wales
Attunga
Attunga
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°55′46″S 150°50′42″E / 30.92944°S 150.84500°E / -30.92944; 150.84500Coordinates: 30°55′46″S 150°50′42″E / 30.92944°S 150.84500°E / -30.92944; 150.84500
Population 633 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2345
Elevation 374 m (1,227 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Tamworth Regional Council
State electorate(s) Tamworth
Federal Division(s) New England

Attunga is a small farming community in the New England region of New South Wales Australia.

History[edit]

The name is an Aboriginal word for "a high place", and was originally the name for a nearby farm operated by pastoralist John Brown in the 1840s.[2] The land had previously been part of a 313,000-acre (1,270 km2) grant to the Australian Agricultural Company in 1834 and had been used to graze 6,000 sheep.[3]

The village of Attunga was gazetted in 1847[4] but early settlement appears to have been slow. The first recorded burials at the Attunga Cemetery date from 1872 with the earliest inscriptions dated 1881.[5]

Population growth remained slow until the mid-twentieth century. The current population of 633 includes families of commuters to Tamworth. Services in Attunga currently include a primary school, supermarket, hotel and sports ground, and rural fire service headquarters.

The late English singer-songwriter Max Bygraves owned "Attunga Park", an 84 hectare farm near the village.

Industries[edit]

The main industries are sheep and cattle farming, and limestone mining from a mine to the east of the town. The town abuts the Attunga State Forest, a popular walking and camping destination.[6]

The town was served by the Barraba branch railway line until the local station was closed in 1985.

Environmental issues[edit]

Recent drought conditions have caused bank erosion along Attunga Creek, as a result of stock movements across and along the creek bed. In 2006 the town of Attunga received funding for a major program of bank stabilisation and revegetation to restrict stock movements to defined corridors near the waterway.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Attunga (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Attunga". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 
  3. ^ "Tamworth's History: The Beginning of European Settlement - 1800-1850". Tamworth Regional Council. November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Attunga". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Attunga General Cemetery". Australian Cemeteries Index. August 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Information Guide to Attunga". The Northern NSW Regional Internet Site. November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Question on Notice: Envirofund funding". Hansard, Parliament of Australia. February 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-09.