Taree, New South Wales
New South Wales
The Martin Bridge, which carries traffic over the Manning River
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|State electorate(s)||Myall Lakes|
Taree is a town on the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter. Since then Taree has grown to a population of around 26,400 and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the Tasman Sea coast, and 317 km north of Sydney. Taree can be reached by train via the North Coast Railway, and by the Pacific Highway. Taree is within the local government area of Mid-Coast Council, the state electorate of Myall Lakes and the Federal electorate of Lyne.
Taree was laid out as a private town in 1854 by Henry Flett, the son-in-law of William Wynter who had originally settled the area in 1831. 100 acres (40 ha) had been set aside for the private township and 40 lots were initially sold. Taree was declared a municipality on 26 March 1885 and the first municipal council was elected by the residents. In 1844, the government of New South Wales had established Wingham at the head of navigation of the Manning River as its administrative centre which hindered Taree becoming the major centre of the region.
This changed, however, when the North Coast railway line was connected to Taree in 1913. Although connected to the railway, sea transport continued to dominate along the North Coast until the 1930s. This changed when the Martin Bridge replaced the ferry across the Manning River in 1940.
|Climate data for Taree (Robertson Street)|
|Record high °C (°F)||42.5
|Average high °C (°F)||29.0
|Average low °C (°F)||17.6
|Record low °C (°F)||9.3
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||118.9
|Average rainy days||10.7||11.2||12.4||10.5||9.4||8.9||7.4||7.8||7.6||9.4||9.8||10.5||115.6|
|Average afternoon relative humidity (%)||61||62||63||60||60||59||54||51||51||58||57||59||57.9|
Of the 17,820 people resident in Taree; 3,319 worked full-time and 2,169 worked part-time. The unemployment rate is approximately double the national average. The most common industries of employment is retail, government and aged care. The median weekly household income is $719. This compares with a national average of $1,234. A plurality (35.4%) of children live in families with no one in employment. 41.3% of households have a gross weekly income of less than $600; this is approximately double the national average.
The median age in Taree is 44. 8.0% of the population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with the average age amongst this group being 19. Taree has a significantly higher proportion of people aged 65+; with 23.2% of people over 65. This compares with a national average of 14%. 4.2% of residents are aged 85%, more than double the national average of 1.9%.
86.9% of residents report being born in Australia; this is significantly higher than the national average of 69.8%. Other than Australia the most common countries of birth are England, New Zealand and the Netherlands. 82.9% also report both parents being born in Australia, notably higher than the national average of 53.7%.
The top religious groups in Taree are Anglican 32.7%, Catholic 19.1%, No Religion 16.2%, Uniting Church 7.3% and Presbyterian and Reformed 4.2%.
There are several public schools in the Taree area including Taree Public School, Taree High School, Taree West Public School, Manning Gardens Public School, Chatham Public School, Chatham High School, and Cundletown Public School.
Private schools in and around Taree include Manning District Adventist School, Tinonee, Manning Valley Anglican College, Cundletown, Taree Christian College, Kolodong, St Joseph's Primary School, and St Clare's High School.
Several post-secondary education and training facilities have a presence in Taree: the North Coast Institute of TAFE, Taree Community College, the Australian Technical College - Manning Valley Campus.
The Manning River Times is based in Taree.
All major digital-only television channels are available in Taree. The networks and the channels they broadcast are listed as follows:
- Prime7/Channel Seven, 7Two and 7Mate, (Seven Network owned-and-affiliated channels).
- NBN, GO! and GEM, (Nine Network Australia).
- Southern Cross Ten, ONE and ELEVEN, (Network Ten, owned by Southern Cross Austereo).
- ABC1, ABC2/ABC4Kids, ABC3 and ABC News 24, part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
- SBS ONE, SBS2 and NITV, part of the Special Broadcasting Service.
A local tourist attraction is a building called "The World's Largest Oyster", also called "The Big Oyster". Big Things are a common form of tourist attraction in Australia. Like the Big Merino and Big Banana, the 'Oyster' is an artifact based on local produce; the Manning River produced 1,752,000 oysters during 2013. The Big Oyster was an unsuccessful business venture, known to the locals as a 'Big Mistake', and is now home to a motor dealership.
The Manning Entertainment Centre was built in the 1980s as the cultural centre of the district. It seats 505 people and has previously presented artists such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Ballet and Dame Joan Sutherland. Local performers, including the district eisteddfod and local amateur dramatic societies, utilise it to provide cultural opportunities for the local community.
Located next to the Entertainment Centre and the Visitor Information Centre at the northern entrance to Taree is the Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre. This facility includes a 25-metre indoor heated pool with slippery dip and a 50-metre outdoor pool and soon after the time of opening had the second most expensive pool entrance fee in Australia, the most expensive being a pool in Western Australia. The Aquatic Centre was built in the late 1990s – early 2000s to replace the Taree Pool, which has been redeveloped into a public park with outdoor stage.,
The Manning Regional Art Gallery is located in a cottage style building next to Taree Public School. The art gallery hosts a changing selection of works by local artists and visiting exhibitions.
Events in the NSW Rowing Association Annual Pointscore Rowing Regatta are held at Endeavour Place in Taree during the third week of January. This Regatta runs over three days (Friday to Sunday) and consists of over 200 races with more than 500 competitors travelling from many parts of New South Wales to compete.  
The Manning River Summer Festival runs throughout the month of January, incorporating the town's New Year's celebrations, a "Family Fun Day" in Queen Elizabeth Park on Australia Day, and also vide variety of cultural events.
The Easter Powerboat Classic is held on the Manning River near Queen Elizabeth Park during the Easter Long Weekend. Events start on Friday morning and feature the Stuart Doyle Cup on Saturday and the Ken Warby time trials midday Saturday and Sunday.
The Taree Gold Cup is a prestigious horse racing event held at the Bushland Drive Racecourse.
The Taree Annual Show is held the second weekend in October. It consists of a sideshow, precision driving team, rodeo events, and cattle and livestock judging.
Taree railway station is on the North Coast line of the NSW TrainLink network. It is serviced by six NSW TrainLink trains daily. Three heading to Sydney, another three heading North to Grafton, Casino or Brisbane.
Notable residents that were born in or have a connection with Taree include:
- Matt Adamson, former professional rugby league football player
- Murray Batchelor, mathematical physicist
- Troy Bayliss, professional motorcycle racer
- Aaron Bird, cricketer
- Sir Leslie Boyce KStJ, British Conservative Party politician
- David Boyd former professional rugby league player
- Sir Dick Boyer KBE, former grazier and former Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The Boyer Lectures are named in his honour.
- Kasey Brown, professional squash player
- Coral Buttsworth, former tennis player
- Danny Buderus, former Kangaroos captain
- John H. Coates, mathematician
- Boyd Cordner, professional rugby league player
- Damian Cudlin, professional motorcycle racer
- Daniel Dumas, former professional rugby league football player
- Scott Dureau, professional rugby league player
- Peter Gallagher, former professional rugby league football player
- Josh Graham, former rugby union and current professional rugby league football player
- Ben Harris, former professional rugby league football player
- Liz Hayes, television reporter
- Dr Ken Henry AC, a former Secretary to The Treasury
- Henry Kendall, poet
- Leigh Marning, rhythmic gymnast and contortionist
- Lewis Martin, politician
- Latrell Mitchell, professional rugby league player
- Ian Moffitt, former journalist and author
- Jarrod Mullen, professional rugby league football player
- Les Murray AO, poet
- Jade North, professional football (soccer) player
- Erin Osborne, cricketer who plays for the Southern Stars and NSW Breakers
- Stewart Pike OAM, paralympic swimmer
- Riley Phillips, country musician
- Ian Ruff bronze medal in the Sailing 470 class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, along with his partner Ian Brown
- Michael Sullivan, former professional rugby league football player
- Amanda Thane, operatic soprano
- Clem Tisdell, economist
- Mark Vaile , former Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader
- Oenone Wood, cyclist
- Adam Woolnough, professional rugby league football player
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