Coominya, Queensland

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Coominya
Queensland
Coominya Shops.JPG
Cafe and post office at Coominya
Coominya is located in Queensland
Coominya
Coominya
Coordinates 27°23′31″S 152°30′07″E / 27.39194°S 152.50194°E / -27.39194; 152.50194Coordinates: 27°23′31″S 152°30′07″E / 27.39194°S 152.50194°E / -27.39194; 152.50194
Population 1,174 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4311
Location
LGA(s) Somerset Region
County Cavendish
Parish England
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Coominya:
Mount Hallen Esk Wivenhoe Hill
Mount Hallen Coominya Patrick Estate
Atkinsons Dam Mount Tarampa Clarendon
Rifle Range

Coominya is a town and locality in the Somerset Region in South East Queensland, Australia.[2][3] The town is located 83 kilometres (52 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane and approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Wivenhoe Dam. In the 2011 census, Coominya had a population of 1,174 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Coominya is bounded by Logan Creek to the north and Buaraba Creek to the south. Although located closely between Atkinsons Dam to the south-west and Lake Wivenhoe to the north-east, it does not bound either of these two reservoirs. The Brisbane Valley Highway approximately follows its north-east border. The Brisbane Valley railway line passes through Coominya from the north-west to the south-east with the Coominya railway station serving the town.[4] However, the railway line was closed in 1993.

History[edit]

Coominya War Memorial, 2010

From 1886 to 1906, the area was known as Bellevue (the local pastoral property). The name Coominya is believed to be derived from the Yuggera language where kung means water and nya means to see referring to its lagoons.[2][3]

Coominya Post Office opened by December 1907 (a receiving office had been open from 1887, known earlier as Bellevue).[5]

Comminya State School opened on 17 September 1912.[6][7][8]

The Coominya War Memorial is located on Railway Street and was dedicated on 25 April 1997.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

Bellevue Homestead

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

Economy[edit]

Coominya is known for its fresh produce.[citation needed]

The major employer is an abattoir.[11] There is a steady increase in olive growing and Comvita have set up an olive leaf extract plant in the town.[12][13]

Amenities[edit]

Facilities in Coominya include a post office, a general store, a cafe and a pub.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Coominya has its own primary school, but the nearest high school is in Lowood.

Attractions[edit]

Attractions in the Coominya area include the historic Bellevue Homestead, moved from Wivenhoe Dam to Coominya. Coominya is known for its scenery and wildlife including lorikeet parrots, koalas, kangaroos.[citation needed]

Q150 Mural at Coominya Railway Station by Deb Edwards

As part of Q150 (Queensland's 150th anniversay) the local heritage society commissioned a series of murals depicting early life at the town.[14]

Past population[edit]

At the 2006 census, Coominya had a population of 467.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coominya (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 August 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Coominya (entry 8190)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Coominya (entry 44859)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  8. ^ "Agency ID5122, Coominya State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Coominya War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bellevue Homestead (entry 600492)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Global Investors Continue to Flock to Queensland". australiatradecoast.com.au. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  12. ^ "Comvita Acquires Queensland Olive Estate". [New Zealand Exchange]]. 23 Jan 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Synergy 12". Comvita Limited. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Maeseele, Melanie (29 September 2009). "History on display in new mural". Queensland Times. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Coominya (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 

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