Baralaba, Queensland

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Baralaba
Queensland
BaralabaHotel QLD.jpg
The Baralaba Hotel
Baralaba is located in Queensland
Baralaba
Baralaba
Coordinates 24°10′55″S 149°48′47″E / 24.18194°S 149.81306°E / -24.18194; 149.81306Coordinates: 24°10′55″S 149°48′47″E / 24.18194°S 149.81306°E / -24.18194; 149.81306
Population 479 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4702
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Banana
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Baralaba:
Barnard Kokotungo Kokotungo
Alberta Baralaba Banana
Alberta Moura Banana

Baralaba is a small town and rural locality in the Shire of Banana in central Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Dawson River forms the western boundary of the locality. The town is located in the north-west corner of the locality beside the river. The Neville Hewitt weir on the river at the town creates a wide river for irrigation and recreation.[4]

The town is located 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of the Leichhardt Highway.

Economy[edit]

The local economy revolves around beef production.

History[edit]

The town's name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning "high mountain" referring to nearby Mount Ramsay.

Baralaba Provisional School opened on 19 August 1918. It became a state school on 1 March 1922. In 1964, a secondary department was added.[5][6][7]

Baralaba Post Office opened by April 1924 (a receiving office had been open since about 1919).[8]

In May 1941, an Honour Board commemorating those who served in World War II was unveiled at the Returned and Services League of Australia Memorial Hall in Stopford Street (24°10′54″S 149°48′40″E / 24.181750°S 149.811143°E / -24.181750; 149.811143 (Baralaba Memorial Hall & War Memorial)).[9] Outside of the Memorial Hall is a white cross commemorating those who served in all wars and conflicts.[10]

Two coal mines once operated in the Baralaba region. Both closed, but mining operations recommenced at one mine in 2005.

Education[edit]

Baralaba State School is a government co-educational primary and partial secondary (P-10) school located at 1 Power Street (24°10′52″S 149°48′33″E / 24.181038°S 149.809072°E / -24.181038; 149.809072 (Baralaba State School)). In 2012, the school had an enrolment of 98 students with 14 teachers (10.7 full-time equivalent). As Baralaba State School only provides secondary education to Year 10, the nearest secondary schools offering Years 11 and 12 are located in Moura and Biloela.[11][12]

Amenities[edit]

Baralaba Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course and is located on Alberta Road.[13]

Events[edit]

Every March, there is a campdrafting competition at Baralaba.[14]

The annual Baralaba agricultural show is held in May.[14]

The Saratoga Fishing Competition is held each September.[14]

Heritage listings[edit]

Baralaba has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Population data[edit]

In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people.[1] This was in increase from the 2006 census, when Baralaba had a population of 290.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Baralaba (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Baralaba (entry 1568)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baralaba (entry 40421)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Baralaba". Dawson River Towns. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  7. ^ "Agency ID4818, Baralaba State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Baralaba & District Honour Board". Monument Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Baralaba & District War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Baralaba State School. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Baralaba Golf Club". World Golf. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Simple Pleasures: Banana Shire" (PDF). The Gladstone Region. Tourism Queensland. p. 3. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dawson Valley Colliery (former) (entry 602723)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Baralaba (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

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