Badgingarra, Western Australia
Badgingarra Community Centre, 2013.
|LGA(s)||Shire of Dandaragan|
Badgingarra is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 205 kilometres (127 mi) north of Perth in the Shire of Dandaragan. It lies on the Brand Highway adjacent to the Badgingarra National Park.
The district was originally surveyed in the 1880s; however due to the widespread presence of poison plants in the area and the soil types, the land was not developed for agriculture. Little settlement occurred until the 1950s, when the use of trace elements such as zinc and copper in fertilisers allowed for farming to occur on the sandy soils around Badgingarra. In 1955 sufficient population growth had occurred for the gazettal of a townsite to support the settlers. In 1959 the state government established the Badgingarra Research Station, to assist farmers in the development of their enterprises. In 1965 a primary school was established, initially operated in the community hall before a new school was built and opened in 1968.
The planned development of the Brand Highway 7 kilometres (4 mi) west of the Badgingarra townsite spurred the people of Badgingarra to resolve to shift the townsite so as to lie on the Brand Highway.
A large bushfire swept through the area in 2010 burning out 19 farms and over 10,000 hectares (24,711 acres) of farm land. At least 1,700 head of cattle were lost along with sheep, crops, a sandalwood plantation and fences.
The town was lashed by storms in 2012 receiving 50 millimetres (2.0 in) of rain in less than an hour accompanied by driving winds and a large amount of hail which served to destroy crops and transform the area into a "winter wonderland".
Today Badgingarra boasts a primary school, tavern, general store and post office, roadhouse and other businesses. It has several recreational facilities at its Community Centre including tennis courts, a bowling green, a football oval, a golf course, parks and playgrounds.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Badgingarra (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 25 March 2007.
- "Badgingarra Fires". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Arthur Muhl (2 November 2012). "Hail transforms the Midwest into a winter wonderland". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- McConnell, Margaret; McGuire, John; Moore, Garrick (1993). Plateau, plain and coast : a history of Dandaragan. Shire of Dandaragan. ISBN 1875205020.
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