Kyogle

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Kyogle
New South Wales
Kyogle Main Street.jpg
Main street of Kyogle
Kyogle is located in New South Wales
Kyogle
Kyogle
Coordinates 28°37′S 153°0′E / 28.617°S 153.000°E / -28.617; 153.000Coordinates: 28°37′S 153°0′E / 28.617°S 153.000°E / -28.617; 153.000
Population 2,739 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1830s
Postcode(s) 2474
Location
LGA(s) Kyogle Council
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Page

Kyogle /kˈɡəl/[2] is a town in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales, Australia. It falls within the local government area of Kyogle Council. At the 2011 census, Kyogle had a population of 2,739 people. It was founded in the 1830s as a lumber camp, and is located 758 kilometres (471 mi) north of Sydney, 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Casino on the Summerland Way close to the Queensland border. It also lies on the banks of the Richmond River. It is the seat of its own shire. Kyogle is an Aboriginal Australian word meaning "plains turkey's (bustard) egg",[3] a reference to the Scrub Turkey which is indigenous to the region.

Cattle grazing, dairy farming and Forestry are the primary industries. In times past, timber getting was the main reason for settlement in the area, with red cedar and hoop pine the main timber trees. Kyogle is known as a "gateway" to many National Parks including Border Ranges National Park and Toonumbar National Park.

NSW Tidy Towns winner[edit]

Kyogle won the "Young Legends" category award at the 2012 Australian Tidy Town Awards. One of the judges, Dick Olesinski, described how Kyogle's community encompasses a diverse range of projects that demonstrate the community's commitment to Tidy Towns and other related environmental and beautification programs, saying "Kyogle's Tidy Towns Committee continues to deliver active and enthusiastic promotion of the town, providing infrastructure and support of community activities."[4]

Sporting clubs[edit]

  • Kyogle Bowling Club
  • Kyogle Golf Club
  • Kyogle Cockies Rugby Union Club
  • Kyogle Netball Association
  • Kyogle Pony Club
  • Kyogle Rugby League Club
  • Kyogle Soccer Club
  • Kyogle Swimming club
  • Kyogle Tennis Club
Kyogle Golf Club House

Railway[edit]

Kyogle is served by the main North Coast railway line between Sydney and Brisbane. A train from Sydney to Brisbane stops at 4:22am and a train from Brisbane to Sydney stops at 9:28am. A short crossing loop used to be located at the passenger station, but when the loop was extended for 1,500-metre (4,900 ft)-long trains, the crossing loop was relocated to a more suitable — straighter — site outside town.

Further north along the railway line towards Brisbane, located at Cougal, is the Border Loop spiral, where the track loops 360 degrees and eventually passes over itself. This loop was constructed for trains to climb from the low side (NSW) to the high side (QLD) of the McPherson Range.

Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Border Loop
North Coast Line
towards Maitland
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
Terminus
NSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney

World Rally Championship[edit]

The 2009 World Rally Championship, also known as the 2009 Rally Australia, passed through the Kyogle area in 2009.[5]

Flooding[edit]

In early January 2008 parts of Kyogle were subject to major flooding when the Richmond River burst its banks after heavy rainfall around Kyogle and upstream. Reaching heights of 18.1 metres (59 ft). This was the second worst flood in Kyogle on record, after the flood of 1954.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kyogle (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "Kyogle". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kyogle wins Australian Tidy Town award". Northern Star. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  5. ^ AGENDA17DEC07.pdf — Kyogle Council meeting for 17-Dec-2007

External links[edit]

Media related to Kyogle at Wikimedia Commons