Coonamble, New South Wales
New South Wales
The main street of Coonamble
|Population||2,998 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||180 m (591 ft)|
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. 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).
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.
Coonamble has three schools: Coonamble Public School, St Brigids Catholic School and Coonamble High School.
Coonamble has its own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.
The Coonamble Bears play in the Castlereagh Cup rugby league competition. The Coonamble Rams play in the Western Plains Competition.
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