North Wagga Wagga

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North Wagga Wagga
Wagga WaggaNew South Wales
Aerial view of North Wagga.jpg
Aerial view of North Wagga
North Wagga Wagga is located in New South Wales
North Wagga Wagga
North Wagga Wagga
Coordinates 35°5′44.48″S 147°22′40.01″E / 35.0956889°S 147.3777806°E / -35.0956889; 147.3777806Coordinates: 35°5′44.48″S 147°22′40.01″E / 35.0956889°S 147.3777806°E / -35.0956889; 147.3777806
Population 720 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2650
LGA(s) City of Wagga Wagga
County Clarendon
Parish North Wagga Wagga
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Suburbs around North Wagga Wagga:
Estella Cartwrights Hill Bomen
North Wagga Wagga Eunanoreenya
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga

North Wagga Wagga (informally called North Wagga) is an inner northern suburb of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, located on the floodplain of the Murrumbidgee River, directly across from the city's Central Business District. North Wagga is one of Wagga's oldest suburbs, being settled at approximately the same time as Wagga. Two pubs are located within North Wagga - The Black Swan Hotel and the Palm and Pawn Hotel, as well as a public school, a public hall, a football/cricket ground and a scattering of business and churches.

North Wagga "We Shall Not Be Moved" sign

Due to its flood prone nature, Wagga Wagga City Council long sought to deter development in North Wagga and aimed for its residents to relocate. For many years the level of services provided in North Wagga were inferior to the rest of Wagga, and most alterations and additions to dwellings were prohibited. In 1960, a levee bank was built around Wagga to protect it from flood inundation, however North Wagga was not included in this protection. It was during this time that North Wagga's slogan "We Shall Not Be Moved" first appeared.[2]

North Wagga Levee plaque

It was not until the late 1970s that the Council relented on its restrictions on development and built a levee around the suburb, however to this day it is lower than the main city levee and only affords protection to flood events up to 9.9 metres (32 ft), approximately 1 in 20 year in size. In March 2012, the suburb was inundated after the levee was over-topped after the Murrumbidgee River reached 10.56 metres (34.6 ft), 0.18 metres (0.59 ft) below the 1974 flood, after record rainfall fell over a large area of the Riverina and the Murrumbidgee River catchment.[3][4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Wagga Wagga (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Morris, S (1999). Wagga Wagga, a history. Bobby Graham Publishers, Wagga Wagga. ISBN 1-875247-12-2
  3. ^ Kwek, Glenda (7 March 2012). "Wagga 'dodges a bullet' as severe weather warning issued for Sydney". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Murrumbidgee peak falls short". The Daily Advertiser. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Morris, S 1980, We Shall Not Be Moved: A History of North Wagga and its School 1880 – 1980.

External links[edit]

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