Macksville, New South Wales

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Macksville
New South Wales
Macksville is located in New South Wales
Macksville
Macksville
Coordinates 30°43′0″S 152°55′0″E / 30.71667°S 152.91667°E / -30.71667; 152.91667Coordinates: 30°43′0″S 152°55′0″E / 30.71667°S 152.91667°E / -30.71667; 152.91667
Population 2,658 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2447
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Location 502 km (312 mi) from Sydney
LGA(s) Nambucca Shire
State electorate(s) Oxley
Federal Division(s) Cowper
"Macksville" redirects here. For the town in the midwestern United States, see Macksville, Kansas.

Macksville is a small town on the Nambucca River in Nambucca Shire, New South Wales, Australia. It is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.

Town information[edit]

In 2006 Australian Census Macksville had a population of 2,658,[1] despite the sign at the entrance to the town claiming a population of 7000. This included 144 (6.7%) indigenous persons and 1,854 (86%) others born in Australia.

It is home to the famous Macksville Bridge and Star Hotel, located on River Street and overlooking the Nambucca River. The Nambucca Shire Council chambers are located in Macksville.

History[edit]

Macksville was named after Angus Mackay and Hugh McNally, who built the Star Hotel in 1885.[2] The town became Macks Village before changing to Macksville.

Nambucca Post Office opened on 1 August 1868 and was renamed Macksville in 1889.[3]

Media and communications[edit]

Radio stations accessible in Mackville include 2CS-FM (106.3), Star FM (105.5 & 105.1), 2MC-FM (106.7) and Triple J (91.5 & 96.3). There is also a Nambucca Valley community radio station (Website 2NVR 105.9FM) 2nvr.org.au which focuses on the Macksville, Bowraville, Nambucca Heads and surrounding communities.[4] Local papers include the Midcoast Observer, Hibiscus Happynings, and Guardian News. There is no local television stations but all major free-to-air networks broadcast to the town. 2nvr.org.au www.2nvr.org.au

Sport and recreation[edit]

Macksville has a strong sporting history. Each November it holds NSW's oldest professional foot race, the 120m Macksville Gift. The 2012 winner was 15 year old Christian Foster (from Mt St Thomas, Wollongong) running off a handicap of 10.75 metres - Christian is the youngest ever winner of the Gift. The 2012 Gift Carnival also included the 2nd World Banana Hurl Championship which was won by Tim Eschebach from Thornton with a throw of 54.43 metres (2011 record 65.99m). Macksville is known for its passion for rugby league and has been home of the Macksville Sea Eagles since 1912. Between 2002 and 2007, Macksville won five Group 2 titles.

Notable people[edit]

Schools[edit]

Culture, events and festivals[edit]

Macksville holds an annual show. The Macksville Show is held on the last weekend in April. The showground also hosts a range of other events throughout the year including cattle sales, the "Rusty Iron Rally" and "Pro-Ag".

Transportation[edit]

It is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line.

Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Border Loop
North Coast Line
towards Maitland
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
Casino XPT and Brisbane XPT
towards Sydney
towards Grafton
NSW TrainLink North Coast
Grafton XPT
towards Sydney

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Macksville (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  2. ^ "PLACE NAMES.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982) (1932-1982: National Library of Australia). 13 May 1964. p. 61. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Nambucca Valley community radio station 2NVR Website