Moora, Western Australia

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Moora
Western Australia
Moora, Western Australia.jpg
Moora, Western Australia.
Population 1,822 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6510
Elevation 203 m (666 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Moora
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Durack
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
459.2 mm
18.1 in

Coordinates: 30°38′17″S 116°00′36″E / 30.638°S 116.01°E / -30.638; 116.01

Moora is a townsite located 177 km north of Perth in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Moora was one of the original stations on the Midland railway line to Walkaway, and the townsite was gazetted in 1895. At the 2006 census, Moora had a population of 1,822.[1]

Commercial area[edit]

The town is the most substantial wheat belt town between Geraldton and Perth. The town provides facilities and services such as commercial banks, schools, commerce and retail sectors, community recreational facilities; plus a Pharmacy, Dentist, Doctors and District Hospital.

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[2]

Natural disasters[edit]

The town was left underwater in 1932 when heavy rainfall inundated the town causing severe flooding. The town was left isolated as both rail lines and roads had protions washed away. Over half the town was submerged to a depth of 3 feet (0.9 m) and once the waters receded were left under a thick coating of mud. Crops and stock in the surrounding area were also lost.[3]

In March 1999, the town suffered a major flood when ex-Tropical Cyclone Elaine caused the Moore River to break its banks with the evacuation of 1000 people.[4] Just as the community was recovering, another major rainfall event on the already saturated land in May the same year caused yet another flood in the town.

Recreation[edit]

The Moora Agricultural Show is held every year in September and includes a full Equestrian Program, Fire Works, Fashion Parade, entertainment and some exciting exhibits. The Moora Cup Race Day is one of the biggest events on Moora's social calendar and is held every year in October.

Many tourist attractions can be found around the Moora District, ranging from the Western Wildflower Farm to the abundance of hand-painted murals and the Moora Town Clock. As such, Moora is often a popular stopover for tourist’s en route to holiday destinations and those following the wildflower trail.

Nature[edit]

Moora lies within the Moora Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it supports up to 60 breeding pairs of the endangered Short-billed Black Cockatoo.[5] Surrounding the town are several rural activities (such as the growing of wheat, barley, canola, oaten hay and lupins, as well as the raising of sheep, cattle and pigs) and a silica mine located 15 km north of the townsite.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Moora
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.0
(113)
45.5
(113.9)
42.3
(108.1)
39.6
(103.3)
34.5
(94.1)
26.4
(79.5)
24.7
(76.5)
27.7
(81.9)
32.8
(91)
37.5
(99.5)
42.3
(108.1)
44.0
(111.2)
45.5
(113.9)
Average high °C (°F) 34.4
(93.9)
34.1
(93.4)
31.0
(87.8)
26.4
(79.5)
21.9
(71.4)
18.7
(65.7)
17.3
(63.1)
17.9
(64.2)
20.6
(69.1)
24.5
(76.1)
28.5
(83.3)
32.0
(89.6)
25.6
(78.1)
Average low °C (°F) 17.7
(63.9)
18.1
(64.6)
16.3
(61.3)
13.6
(56.5)
9.9
(49.8)
8.1
(46.6)
6.8
(44.2)
6.7
(44.1)
7.6
(45.7)
9.5
(49.1)
13.0
(55.4)
15.5
(59.9)
11.9
(53.4)
Record low °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
9.1
(48.4)
5.0
(41)
3.2
(37.8)
0.6
(33.1)
−1.4
(29.5)
−1.0
(30.2)
−1.1
(30)
0.0
(32)
0.0
(32)
3.9
(39)
7.4
(45.3)
−1.4
(29.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 11.0
(0.433)
14.3
(0.563)
19.8
(0.78)
25.4
(1)
60.9
(2.398)
90.0
(3.543)
88.6
(3.488)
63.8
(2.512)
38.6
(1.52)
24.9
(0.98)
12.8
(0.504)
9.6
(0.378)
459.1
(18.075)
Avg. precipitation days 2.2 2.4 3.2 5.8 10.3 14.3 15.6 13.5 10.3 7.4 4.1 2.4 91.5
 % humidity 28 30 34 42 53 63 65 60 53 41 35 30 44
Source: [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Moora (WA) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "CBH receival sites". 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Country Floods. Midland towns suffer". Western Mail (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 11 August 1932. p. 25. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ BoM - WA Tropical Cyclone Season Summary 1998-99
  5. ^ "IBA: Moora". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Climate statistics for Moora". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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