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Sarina // is a town in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) south of the city of Mackay, and approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of the city of Rockhampton. At the 2006 census, Sarina had a population of 3,285.
Sarina lies just inland of the coast on the Bruce Highway.
Industries include sugar cane growing and milling, cattle grazing and agriculture. It is a major supplier of ethanol through the CSR Limited distillery attached to CSR's Plane Creek sugar mill. Approximately 15 kilometres (9 mi) north is the biggest coal distribution terminal in the world.
A Big Cane Toad statue is situated in the town centre in honour of Sarina's cane farming history.
Proximity to the coast and mountains attracts tourists through this area. Recently[when?] tourism has grown in Sarina with Mackay being relatively close.
There is a state primary school as well as Sarina State High School.
Sarina has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Sarina is home of the Sarina Crocodiles, a Rugby League club, producing Queensland players like Martin Bella, Dale Shearer, Kevin Campion and most recently dual international Wendell Sailor. There is also a rugby league ground.
Notable people from Sarina
- Wendell Sailor — Professional Rugby league and Rugby union player
- Martin Bella — Former professional Rugby league player, represented Australia and Queensland
- Dale Shearer — Former professional Rugby league player, represented Australia and Queensland
- Kevin Campion — Former professional Rugby league represented Queensland
- Paul Campion — Queenslands number 1 Radio host
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Sarina (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
- Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
- "Sarina War Memorial (entry 16054)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
Media related to Sarina, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons