Croppa Creek

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Croppa Creek
New South Wales
Coordinates 29°07′32″S 150°18′20″E / 29.12556°S 150.30556°E / -29.12556; 150.30556
Population 188 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2411
Elevation 278 m (912 ft)
Location
  • 698 km (434 mi) NNW of Sydney
  • 66 km (41 mi) NE of Moree
LGA(s) Gwydir Shire
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes

Croppa Creek is a very small village and railway location in the Gwydir Shire, New South Wales, Australia. It was the site of a railway station on the Boggabilla branch between Moree and North Star from 1932 until 1976[2] and is still a seasonal loading point for freight trains carrying bulk grain. At the 2006 census, the area surrounding Croppa Creek, including the nearby village of Crooble had a population of 188.

The village was settled following the opening of the railway line, and grew through the 1930s and 40s with new industry, agricultural areas and housing subdivisions established. Today, the main economic activity is mixed farming, with crops produced including wheat, barley, sorghum and cotton. Sheep and cattle grazing is also common in the area. Graincorp operate a wheat silo at Croppa Creek and the nearby Myola feedlot, a facility capable of handling 20,000 head of cattle further supports the local agriculture industry.[3]

Despite Croppa Creek's size and isolation, recreational facilities and organisations are well represented in the village, including the local bowls club, a 9 hole golf course and tennis courts, all built and upgraded with donations from the community. There is a small public school, catering from K-6 with an enrollment of just 14 students.[4] Other amenities include the Croppa Creek General Store, the community hall and a Catholic church. The community relies on larger nearby towns such as North Star (28 km), Goondiwindi (95 km) and Moree (68 km) to access services not available locally.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Croppa Creek (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Bozier, R. "Boggabilla Branch". NSWrail.net website. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Grow Croppa Creek Program - Draft Community Strategic Plan 2005". Gwydir Shire. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Croppa Creek Public School". Department of Education and Communities (New South Wales). Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

Coordinates: 29°08′S 150°18′E / 29.13°S 150.30°E / -29.13; 150.30