Dunoon, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Dunoon is located in New South Wales
Coordinates28°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
RegionNorthern 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[by whom?] as the Macadamia capital of Australia.

The village's local newspaper is 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, primary school, mechanic, herbalist and general store/ bottle shop. 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 football, 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 football fields with lights.

Dunoon also has two actively used church buildings; one Catholic and the other Anglican. 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 roofs torn off and windows smashed.[6] The rebuilding of the school classrooms and church has been an opportunity to modernise and revitalise.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dunoon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Dunoon (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  3. ^ Dunoon census statistics
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Australian Tornadoes tornado DVD DVDs footage photos photographs pictures video videos movie movies Australian tornado pictures storm chasing waterspouts funnels supercells su...
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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