Waubra

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Waubra
Victoria
WaubraTheSpringsHotel.JPG
The Springs Hotel at Waubra.
Waubra is located in City of Ballarat
Waubra
Waubra
Coordinates 37°22′0″S 143°39′0″E / 37.36667°S 143.65000°E / -37.36667; 143.65000Coordinates: 37°22′0″S 143°39′0″E / 37.36667°S 143.65000°E / -37.36667; 143.65000
Population 494 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3352
Location
LGA(s) City of Ballarat
State electorate(s) Ripon
Federal Division(s) Wannon

Waubra (formerly known as The Springs) is a town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Sunraysia Highway, 33 kilometres (21 mi) north west of Ballarat and split between the Pyrenees Shire and City of Ballarat local government areas. At the 2006 census, Waubra and the surrounding area had a population of 494.[1]

The town is known for the Waubra Wind Farm, one of the largest windfarms in Australia. It was the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere on completion.[2]

The town was named after the local Wathaurong tribe "Waubra" that populated the area prior to European settlement.[3]

History[edit]

The original inhabitants were the "Waubra" a Wathaurong indigenous Australian tribe.[3]

Thomas Mitchell was the first European to visit the area, and during his 1839 journey, planted a flag on nearby Mount Mitchell.[3]

The first settler was Mr John Warne who established a pastoral run in 1857.[3] The settlement was originally known as "The Springs". The Post Office opened on 20 April 1860.[4]

The railway came to in October 1888 with the opening of a Victorian Railways 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) gauge branchline.[5] It was renamed Waubra in 1889.[4] In 1931, passenger services were withdrawn and the line continued as a "goods only" line through to its closure in January 1968.

The centenary of the town was celebrated in 1939 marking 100 years since Major Mitchell's sighting of the area.[3]

Culture[edit]

Recreation reserve (wind farm is visible in background)

The Waubra Kangaroos football team competes in the Central Highlands Football League.

Since 2010, the town has celebrated an annual Community Festival. It began as the Waubra Windfarm Festival and was sponsored by Acciona Energy, the name changed to the Waubra Windfarm Community Festival in 2011 and in 2012 became the Waubra Community Festival & Farmers Market. It has attracted large crowds and is held at the recreation reserve.

Economy[edit]

Waubra's economy is based on agriculture and associated services, more than 38% of residents are farmers.[6] The farming is mostly livestock although a number of wineries operate in the district. Due to the proximity to Ballarat and struggling local industry, many people commute to the city by motor vehicle for work.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Waubra (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/133881/waubra-wind-farm-community-divided/
  3. ^ a b c d e pg. 9. The Argus. Friday 25 November 1938
  4. ^ a b Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  5. ^ The Waubra Branch Line Turton, Keith W. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, December, 1969 pp287-293
  6. ^ 2006 Census

External links[edit]

Media related to Waubra, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons