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Lapoinya is located in Tasmania
Coordinates41°02′S 145°34′E / 41.033°S 145.567°E / -41.033; 145.567Coordinates: 41°02′S 145°34′E / 41.033°S 145.567°E / -41.033; 145.567
LGA(s)Waratah-Wynyard Council
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon
Localities around Lapoinya:
Myalla Sisters Creek Moorleah
Milabena Lapoinya Moorleah
Meunna Preolenna Preolenna

Lapoinya (pronounced La-poin-ya) is a small agricultural centre on the north-west coast of Tasmania west of Wynyard. The name is Tasmanian aboriginal word for "fern tree", a plant that abounds in those surviving untouched parts of the original temperate rainforest. At the 2006 census, Lapoinya had a population of 368.[1]


First developed commercially around 1900 it has been a centre for forestry, mixed agriculture (especially potato-growing and grazing (mostly dairy cattle).

In November 2014 it was announced the town was fighting Forestry Tasmania to attempt to stop the company logging the towns surrounding forest.[2] Following this, in January 2016 Bob Brown and three others were arrested during a protest of logging on a 49-hectare Forestry Tasmaia coupe at Lopoinya. [3]

Lapoinya Post Office opened on 1 November 1912 and closed in 1970.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lapoinya (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Town fights bid to harvest much-loved trees". The Mercury. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Bob Brown charged over Tasmania logging protest". ABC News. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.