Dunoon, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Dunoon is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 28°41′S 153°19′E / 28.683°S 153.317°E / -28.683; 153.317Coordinates: 28°41′S 153°19′E / 28.683°S 153.317°E / -28.683; 153.317
LGA(s) City of Lismore
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Page

Dunoon is a small village within the City of Lismore LGA in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Dunoon had a population of 372 people.[2] In the 2011 census the population was 824.[3] It is known as the Macadamia nut capital of Australia. News about the village can be found in the local newspaper, The Dunoon and District Gazette, with past copies available at the Lismore Library and the Richmond River Historical Society.


Like the other small villages dotted along the ridges in the hills heading north out of Lismore, it is a quiet town, but the community and sports facilities available give it a strong community spirit. There is a post office, a primary school, a mechanic, a general store and bottle shop and a second-hand/handmade clothing and toys store. Dunoon has a community hall with a variety of activities including the Dunoon Film Club, exercise classes, social events and church services. Many community gatherings occur at the Sports Club. The popular sports are cricket and soccer, although there are other sports such as little athletics and tennis. The Dunoon sports club also has a restaurant, a playground, a tennis court and soccer fields with lights.

Dunoon also has two actively used church buildings; one Catholic and the other the Anglican church building. The Anglican church building was destroyed during the 2007 tornado and has since been rebuilt. The other two former church buildings have been / are being converted to residential use, with both retaining many of the original features.


Dunoon is currently predominantly a unilinear development, but a major land release has expanded off the main ridge. Community concerns over the social impact on the town of a second development were allayed in February 2009 when developers withdrew their application to develop a new subdivision from Lismore City Council.[4]

Rous Water has plans to construct a new dam between Dunoon and The Channon to provide drinking water to the region to meet future projected demands.

2007 Tornado[edit]

On 26 October 2007, a tornado struck Dunoon (mainly the southern part of the village), and it was captured on video as it struck a direct hit on an electrical transformer station.[5] The tornado also completely destroyed one house, severely damaged a church and two classrooms at a school, with other houses in the village also having rooves torn off and windows smashed.[6] The rebuilding of the school classrooms and church has been an opportunity to modernise and revitalise.

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