Yarragon, Victoria

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Yarragon
Victoria
Yarragon streetscape.jpg
Part of Yarragon's main streetscape looking south
Yarragon is located in Baw Baw Shire
Yarragon
Yarragon
Coordinates 38°12′0″S 146°04′0″E / 38.20000°S 146.06667°E / -38.20000; 146.06667Coordinates: 38°12′0″S 146°04′0″E / 38.20000°S 146.06667°E / -38.20000; 146.06667
Population 1,131 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3823
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Baw Baw
County Buln Buln
State electorate(s) Narracan
Federal Division(s) McMillan

Yarragon is a small town in Latrobe Valley in the West Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. The town lies on the Princes Highway and the main Gippsland Railway line approximately halfway between the major towns of Warragul and Moe. Hills of the Strzelecki Ranges rise over 500 meters immediately to the south of the town providing a spectacular backdrop, while the Moe River and the lowlands lie to the north and east. Mount Worth at 515m above sea level is the highest near peak to the south in the Mount Worth State Park 16 kilometers SSW of Yarragon. Mount Baw Baw at 1563m in the Baw Baw Ranges as part of the Great Dividing Range to the north is approximately 85 kilometers NNE of Yarragon. The township sits at approximately 88 metres above sea level. At the 2006 census, Yarragon had a population of 1131.

History[edit]

The town was a centre for dairy farms in the vicinity (a former dairy factory lies to the north of the railway line), as well as logging activities in the heavily forested hills to the south. The Post Office opened around October 1878 as Waterloo, Gippsland and was renamed Yarragon in 1883.[2]

Today[edit]

Significant expansion of facilities and businesses along Yarragon's main Princes Highway streetscape since the 1990s aimed at capitalising on the tourist potential of passing traffic has resulted in the town being informally dubbed 'Yarragon Village'.

The town has its own railway station on the Bairnsdale railway line. The station is unstaffed and its buildings are 100 years old as of April 2012. the two platform station used to also be home to rail yards and storage for track gangs.

Yarragon has an Australian rules football team, known as the Power (formerley the Panthers), competing in the Mid Gippsland Football League which won the Under 18's Premiership in 2013 and the Under 16's in 2012. Yarragon is also home to the Yarragon Netball Club.[citation needed]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Yarragon has two weekly local newspapers, "The Warragul and Drouin Gazette" and a free publication, "The West Gippsland Trader". According to the Warragul Regional Newspapers website,[3] The Gazette and The Trader are distributed to locations from as far as Pakenham to Moe and from Poowong to Noojee covering over 40,000 readers.

Yarragon is also serviced by free online newspaper The Warragul Citizen. The Warragul Citizen was established in 2011 as a quarterly print paper before becoming bimonthly in 2012, covering Warragul, Drouin and Yarragon. The paper's online news offering started in late 2011 and covers all of Baw Baw. The paper moved to being online-only in 2013, printing its last physical edition in February.[4]

Radio[edit]

Warragul Radio stations Star FM and 3GG service this region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yarragon (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Warragul Regional Newspapers (2007), Warragul and Drouin Gazette Circulation, viewed 4 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Announcement: Print edition hiatus - The Warragul Citizen". Retrieved 2013-04-03. 

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