Meningie, South Australia
|Population||940 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||34 m (112 ft)|
|Location||143 km (89 mi) SE of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||The Coorong District Council|
Meningie is a town on the south-east side of Lake Albert in South Australia. It is on the Princes Highway near The Coorong and was surveyed in 1866. At the 2006 census, Meningie had a population of 940.
Meningie was the first town in Australia to have ADSL broadband installed without using a Telstra DSLAM. Agile Communications installed their own DSLAM in Meningie in October 2003, following on from having established a microwave network connecting to Adelaide in May 2001. Agile's associated internet service provider, Internode Systems offered services through this DSLAM.
Meningie is located on the shore of Lake Albert, which is a part of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Meningie has attractions and amenities for travelers. The Lake provides visitors with many scenic locations place to fish, swim, kayak, jet ski and water ski / wake-board, and is the closest township to the Coorong National Park. Bird watchers also enjoy coming to see the range of rare and vulnerable wildlife that the Lake and wetlands support. There are local 4WD tracks, bush walking trails, and indigenous cultural journeys at Camp Coorong. The Meningie Cheese Factory Museum Inc. is wholly owned and operated by volunteers, and is both educational and a tourist attraction for the town. It is alongside the Cheese Factory Restaurant.
Meningie has a strong sporting culture, and has a well maintained oval, a fully watered PAR 3, 18-hole golf course, bike tracks/ motocross jumps, sailing club, and also an airstrip for gliders, light aircraft and balloons.
Meningie has a local Australian rules football club, founded around 1890, known as the Meningie Bears. The Meningie Bears fully support jetty-jumping as it is 'the most fun thing to do in Meningie'. On 12 December 2007, Meningie player Brodie Martin was rookie listed to Australian Football League (AFL) club Adelaide, becoming the first player from Meningie to be play for an AFL club.
Other sporting clubs in Meningie include the Meningie Motorcycle Club, Lake Albert Golf Club, Meningie Sailing Club, Meningie Bowling Club, Meningie Pony Club, Meningie Netball Club, Meningie Aero Club and Lake Albert Gun Club. There is also a Meningie Garden Club, Meningie & Districts Lions Club, and several church groups that meet regularly.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Meningie, South Australia.|
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