Mundubbera

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Mundubbera
Queensland
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Lyons St in Mundubbera
Mundubbera is located in Queensland
Mundubbera
Mundubbera
Location in Queensland
Coordinates 25°35′19″S 151°17′57″E / 25.58861°S 151.29917°E / -25.58861; 151.29917Coordinates: 25°35′19″S 151°17′57″E / 25.58861°S 151.29917°E / -25.58861; 151.29917
Population 1,253 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4626
Location
LGA(s) North Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Mundubbera (/mʌnˈdʌbərə/ mun-DUB-ər-ə)[2] is a town in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located on the Burnett Highway, 405 kilometres (252 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane and 200 kilometres (120 mi) west of the regional centre, Bundaberg. Mundubbera is built on the bank on the Burnett River. At the 2001 census, the town had a population of 1,053.[1]

Mundubbera is the self-proclaimed "Citrus Capital of Queensland", although this is disputed by the neighbouring (and rival) town of Gayndah.[3]

History[edit]

Mundubbera means either Footsteps in the trees or Meeting Place of the waters in the local Aboriginal language.[4] The latter name refers to the confluence of the Burnett, Auburn and Boyne rivers just upstream from Mundubbera.

European settlement took place in the late 1840s. Closer settlement, involving migrants from Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, did not take place until the early 1900s and the town was established in its existing site prior to World War I. The railway arrived in 1914. Mundubbera Post Office opened by 1 July 1912 (a receiving office had been open from 1911).[5]

Mundubbera War Memorial, 2008

The Mundubbera War Memorial commemorating those from the district who served in World War 1 was unveiled by the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Brisbane and Minister for Works, Mick Kirwan, on 27 May 1928.[6] [7]

Henry Zipf planted the first citrus orchards in 1933 and established Mundubbera as a major producer of export citrus.[8] The recent (2006) drought and the after effects of the 2004 Citrus canker outbreak in Emerald[9] has had a dampening effect of the citrus industry in the area.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Mundubbera, 2010

The Mundubbera Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorates those who served in the Vietnam War. It is located beside the RSL Memorial Hall.[10]


Lone Pine memorial at Mundubbera, 2008

On 11 November 1995, members of the RSL planted a Lone Pine war memorial from a seedling whose lineage links back to Gallipoli.[11]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2001 national census there were 1,053 persons resident in Mundubbera, 6.1 per cent of those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander ancestry. 8.2 per cent of Mundubbera residents were born overseas.[12]

Industry[edit]

Industry in Mundubbera is entirely based around agriculture and forestry. The major agricultural activities in Mundubbera are cattle grazing and, in the irrigated areas, fruit growing. Fruit grown in the Mundubbera area includes citrus, mangoes, avocadoes and stone fruit. In addition, Mundubbera is Queensland's largest producer of table grapes.

During the fruit picking seasons Mundubbera can double in size as many itinerant workers and backpackers from around the world come to the town looking for work on the orchards. Seasonal workers are accommodated in two large caravan parks in Mundubbera itself or in many on-site parks. Since 2010, workers from Tonga and Papua New Guinea have been supported through the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme. The success of this endeavour has meant that the Seasonal Worker Program will be fully operational from 1 July 2012.

Supporting the fruit industry are businesses such as a fruit juice processor and several packing sheds. *Bugs for Bugs, an integrated pest management business, raises insects that act as a biological control for common fruit pests, allowing less chemical insecticide use.[13]

With large areas of State forest in the shire, Mundubbera also has a large timber industry with a mill in Mundubbera town. Other industries include piggeries and dairying.[14] Commercial activity is limited, and consists mainly of small businesses supporting local residents and farmers. The town has two hotels, two motels and an IGA supermarket, plus the usual small town services such as a butcher, baker, newsagency, post office and a public library open to the general public.

Transport[edit]

The town is about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of the intersection of the Burnett Highway and the Mundubbera-Durong road. The Burnett Highway links Mundubbera with Gaydah and Goomeri to the east; and Eidsvold, Monto and Biloela to the north. The Mundubbera-Durong links Mundubbera to Dalby and Toowoomba in the Darling Downs. This road is single lane bitumen in places. Public transport is limited. In 2005 the only public transport servicing Mundubbera had was a bus service operating once a week on Thursdays to Bundaberg and on Wednesdays and Fridays to Maryborough. An active rail link from Mundubbera to Maryborough and the coast was maintained with the line no longer having a passenger service, however in 2012 Campbell Newman, the Queensland Premier, announced that the line would no longer be looked after.

Education[edit]

Mundubbera is host to a limited range of primary and secondary school facilities. Primary schools in the area include the small school cluster of the rural schools of Boynewood SS, Binjour Plateau SS, Monogorilby SS and Riverleigh SS; Riversleigh SS was closed at the end of 2009 due to lack of enrolment.[15]

The main school in Mundubbera is the Mundubbera P-10 school, offering education from Prep to year 10. Mundubbera originally had a Pre-school but following the introduction of prep this has been converted into a music room. High school students wishing to complete Years 11-12 must either attend Burnett State College (formerly Gayndah State High School), 45 kilometres (28 mi) to the east in Gayndah or attend boarding schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba or Rockhampton.[16]

Events and attractions[edit]

The 360-degree mural showing the joining of the three rivers at Mundubbera.

While Mundubbera attracts seasonal workers from around the world, tourism remains relatively undeveloped. Some attractions include:

  • The nearby Auburn River National Park is a good location to find Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri), known locally as Ceratodus, a rare living fossil found only in the Burnett and Mary Rivers. This park is popular with bush walkers and rock climbers. It features cascades, great swimming spots, caves, balancing rocks and superb scenery.[17]
  • Mundubbera is the home of the Big Mandarin, a larger than life fibreglass model of an Ellendale Mandarin that doubles as a kiosk for a local caravan park. It is one of many "Big" tourist attractions that dot the Australian landscape.
  • The Meeting Place of the Waters 360-degree mural painted on the sewerage pumping station is a visual tribute to the rivers that provide Mundubbera with its prosperity.

Events[edit]

The Big Mandarin
  • Mundubbera hosts a popular seven-a-side cricket tournament in February each year.[18]
  • The Mundubbera Fish stocking association hosts a popular fishing competition.
  • The Ellendale Open, a pro-am golf tournament is held each year, on the Queens Birthday weekend, at the Mundubbera Golf Club[19]
  • The towns annual agricultural show occurs on the second Friday and Saturday of May each year, at the towns Show Grounds, amongst other events, it features a rodeo, cattle judging, chicken judging, and art and food judging, campdraft events, as well as a side show alley.
  • Until recently the Rugby League teams of Mundubbera and Gayndah would play off in the State of Oranges, a pun on the State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland that recognised the strong but friendly rivalry between the two towns. This match has been reinstated and will be played on the Queen's Birthday Weekend in June.
  • The Mundubbera Bullarama committee runs an annual Rodeo in September, which attracts bull riders from around Queensland. Usually held at the towns show grounds, but in 2007 the event was held at the Scampers Grounds, an area also containing the towns Motocross Track, and 6 cricket ovals that hold a large portion of the seven-a-side cricket tournament.
  • Mundubbera has a motocross track regarded by some as the best natural terrain track in Queensland, it holds several meets each year, in series such as the Thundercross Series.
  • Mundubbera celebrated their centenary on the weekend of the 24th and 25 March.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Notable residents[edit]

Some notable people from Mundubbera include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "{{{name}}}". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Google search for "Citrus Capital of Queensland". Accessed 14 October 2006.
  4. ^ Mundubbera Shire Council Official Website. Accessed 1 October 2006
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mundubbera War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "BOYNE RIVER.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 28 May 1928. p. 16. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Walkabout site. Retrieved 1 October 2006
  9. ^ Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. Retrieved 1 October 2006.
  10. ^ "Vietnam Veterans Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lone Pine Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Mundubbera (S) (Local Government Area)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  13. ^ Bugs for Bugs website. Accessed 1 October 2006
  14. ^ Queensland Department of State Development. Accessed 2 October 2006.
  15. ^ Mundubbera Small Schools Cluster Website. Retrieved 1 October 2006
  16. ^ Mundubbera deserves better A campaign for Year 11 and 12 at the Mundubbera School. Accessed 1 October 2006.
  17. ^ Auburn River National Park Retrieved 15 October 2006
  18. ^ ABC Wide Bay Website. Retrieved 1 October 2006.
  19. ^ PGA Australia website Retrieved 2 October 2006

External links[edit]

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