Lang Lang, Victoria

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Lang Lang
Victoria
Lang Lang Aerial.jpg
Lang Lang is located in Victoria
Lang Lang
Lang Lang
Coordinates38°16′S 145°34′E / 38.267°S 145.567°E / -38.267; 145.567Coordinates: 38°16′S 145°34′E / 38.267°S 145.567°E / -38.267; 145.567
Population1,585 (2016)[1]
Postcode(s)3984
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
Location
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal Division(s)Flinders

Lang Lang is a town in Victoria, Australia, 73 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Bass Coast, Cardinia and South Gippsland local government areas. Lang Lang recorded a population of 1,585 at the 2016 Census.

The village is just off the South Gippsland Highway near its intersection with the Bass Highway, on the Lang Lang River and is the centre of the largest asparagus growing region in the southern hemisphere,[citation needed] and also caters to beef and dairy farming.

Etymology[edit]

Lang Lang was formerly known as Carrington, after Lord Carrington.[2]

The origin of the name Lang Lang is debated. In the Australian Aboriginal Woiwurrung language, the name Lang Lang,[3] also spelled Laang Laang, meant "stones" or "stony".[4]

An alternate explanation is that the town is named in honour of an early settler in the region, called Lang.[5]

Location and features[edit]

A Lang Lang post office opened on 20 May 1878. In 1891, after the arrival of the railway, it was renamed Lang Lang West and a new Lang Lang office was opened near the station. A post office known as Lang Lang East opened in 1885 but was replaced by Nyora in 1890, again near the station.[6]

General Motors Holden operates the Lang Lang Vehicle Proving Ground,[7] a vehicle development, durability testing, safety test centre and exhaust emission facility, located on the South Gippsland Highway near Lang Lang.[8]

A rodeo has been held regularly at Lang Lang on Easter Monday since the 1940s. The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Ellinbank & District Football League as well as an netball team.[9] Golfers play at the course of the Lang Lang Golf Club on the South Gippsland Highway, Nyora.[10]

Transport[edit]

Lang Lang was formerly situated along the South Gippsland railway corridor that operated to its terminus at Yarram in the early 1980s and Leongatha in the mid 1990s. A V/Line road coach service replaced the rail service to Leongatha on 24 July 1993, running between Melbourne and Yarram. However, since the closure of the South Gippsland rail line with the exception of the locally run tourist railway between Nyora and Leongatha by the Kennett Victorian government on 14 December 1994, the South and West Gippsland Transport Group represented by the local council are campaigning for the rail services to be reinstated beyond the current terminus at Cranbourne by the 2020s.[11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lang Lang (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Brief History of Lang Lang". Lang Lang & District Historical Society. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Lang Lang: 101776: Traditional Name: Lang Lang". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Lang Lang: 101776: Traditional Name: Laang Laang". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  5. ^ Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (1st ed.). Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. p. 135. ISBN 0-589-50128-3.
  6. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  7. ^ http://www.holden.com.au/corporate/about-holden/environmentfacilities/facility-profiles/proving-groundholden-service-parts-operations Lang Lang Vehicle Proving Ground
  8. ^ https://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=-38.347109,145.572009&hl=en&ll=-38.352898,145.58404&spn=0.038837,0.069437&num=1&t=h&z=14 Lang Lang Vehicle Proving Ground location
  9. ^ Full Points Footy, Lang Lang, archived from the original on 20 August 2008, retrieved 2008-07-25
  10. ^ Golf Select, Lang Lang, retrieved 2009-05-11
  11. ^ Cranbourne Transit website, accessed 23 November 2006
  12. ^ http://www.sgst.com.au/rail-return-an-election-issue/

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