Coonamble, New South Wales

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Coonamble
New South Wales
Coonamble.JPG
The main street of Coonamble
Coonamble is located in New South Wales
Coonamble
Coonamble
Coordinates 30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000Coordinates: 30°57′0″S 148°24′0″E / 30.95000°S 148.40000°E / -30.95000; 148.40000
Population 2,998 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2829
Elevation 180 m (591 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Coonamble
County Leichhardt
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.6 °C
80 °F
11.6 °C
53 °F
500.4 mm
19.7 in

Coonamble is a town on the central-western plains of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the Castlereagh Highway north-west of Gilgandra. At the 2011 census, Coonamble had a population of 2,998.[1] It is the regional hub for wheat growing and sheep and wool. The name for the town is taken from the Gamilaraay word guna (faeces) and -bil (having a lot of).[2]

The architecturally distinguished convent of the Brigidine nuns in Coonamble was dismantled and transported 600 km (373 mi) to Pokolbin, where it now houses Peppers Convent resort.[3]

Although Coonamble had been a major sheep industry region in the 1980s to 2000, there has recently been an increasing interest in cattle rearing. The summers can have temperatures reaching up to 40 °C (104 °F) and in winter, there are nights as cold as 0 °C (32 °F). Most recently Coonamble has gained media coverage due to their mass floods over Christmas 2009.

Bushrangers[edit]

Johnny Dunn the bushranger and last of the Ben Hall gang was captured near Coonamble after a gunbattle with police at Christmas 1865.

Schools[edit]

Coonamble has three schools: Coonamble Public School, St Brigids Catholic School and Coonamble High School.

Rodeo[edit]

Coonamble hosts an annual rodeo that is the largest campdraft/rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere around 1,000 people annually come to compete in the rodeo with an average of about 4,000 spectators.[4]

Radio station[edit]

Coonamble has its own local radio station, 2MTM 91.9FM, which has a wide variety of music from country to modern.

Sports[edit]

The Coonamble Bears play in the Castlereagh Cup rugby league competition. The Coonamble Rams play in the Western Plains Competition.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coonamble (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Giacon, John (26 March 2011). "Etymology of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay Bird Names". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Peppers Convent Hunter Valley Retrieved on 2 January 2009
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009. 

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