Licola, Victoria

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Licola
Victoria
Licola Macalister River bridge.jpg
Bridge over the Macalister River
Licola is located in Shire of Wellington
Licola
Licola
Coordinates 37°38′S 146°37′E / 37.633°S 146.617°E / -37.633; 146.617Coordinates: 37°38′S 146°37′E / 37.633°S 146.617°E / -37.633; 146.617
Population 21 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3858
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Wellington
State electorate(s) Gippsland East
Federal Division(s) Gippsland

Licola is a town in Victoria, Australia, located on Licola Road, in the Shire of Wellington, 254 kilometres east of Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Licola and the surrounding area had a population of 21.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Lions Club owns a large section of land in Licola and operates a youth camp on site, the Licola Wilderness Village, which is immediately surrounded by farm land. The town is the southern gateway to the Alpine National Park. Its main industries are tourism, logging and farming. It has one general store including post office and petrol station and a small number of houses. It is also the only Victorian town not connected to the mains electricity grid, generating its own power.[2][3] The town is frequented by motorbike riders, campers and hikers alike.

History[edit]

The first Licola Post Office opened on 14 September 1908 and was renamed Glenfalloch in 1912. A Licola Post Office was again open 1914–1919, 1920–1923 and 1954–1993.[4]

In July 2007, Licola suffered serious floods which caused a great deal of damage to roads, farms and national park areas. The main road from Heyfield was closed for two months following the destruction of the heritage-listed Cheynes Bridge, which was subsequently rebuilt.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Licola (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Licola Wilderness Village". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lions Village Licola Inc application for individual exemption". Australian Energy Regulator. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  5. ^ Clean-up begins as Vic flood crisis eases, Posted Mon Nov 5, 2007, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

External links[edit]

Media related to Licola, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons