Coonamble, New South Wales

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Coonamble
New South Wales
Coonamble.JPG
The main street of Coonamble
Coonamble is located in New South Wales
Coonamble
Coonamble
Coordinates 30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000Coordinates: 30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000
Population 2,998 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2829
Elevation 180 m (591 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Coonamble
County Leichhardt
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.6 °C
80 °F
11.6 °C
53 °F
500.4 mm
19.7 in

Coonamble is a town on the central-western plains of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the Castlereagh Highway north-west of Gilgandra. At the 2011 census, Coonamble had a population of 2,998.[1] It is the regional hub for wheat growing and sheep and wool. The name for the town is taken from the Gamilaraay word guna (faeces) and -bil (having a lot of).[2]

The architecturally distinguished convent of the Brigidine nuns in Coonamble was dismantled and transported 600 km (373 mi) to Pokolbin, where it now houses Peppers Convent resort.[3]

Although Coonamble had been a major sheep industry region in the 1980s to 2000, there has recently been an increasing interest in cattle rearing. The summers can have temperatures reaching up 40 degrees Celsius and in winter, there are days as cold as 0-1 degrees Celsius. Most recently Coonamble has gained media coverage due to their mass floods over Christmas 2009.

Bushrangers[edit]

Johnny Dunn the bushranger and last of the Ben Hall gang was captured near Coonamble after a gunbattle with Police at Christmas 1865.

Schools[edit]

Coonamble has three schools: Coonamble Public School, St Brigids Catholic School and Coonamble High School.

Rodeo[edit]

Coonamble hosts an annual rodeo that is the largest campdraft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere around 1,000 people annually come to compete in the rodeo with an average of about 4,000 spectators.[4]

Radio station[edit]

Coonamble has its own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.

Sports[edit]

The Coonamble Bears play in the Castlereagh Cup rugby league competition. The Coonamble Rams play in the Western Plains Competition.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coonamble (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Giacon, John (26 March 2011). "Etymology of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay Bird Names". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Peppers Convent Hunter Valley Retrieved on 2 January 2009
  4. ^ http://www.coonamblerodeoandcampdraft.com.au/CoonambleRodeoandCampdraft/rodeo.html

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