Tarpeena, South Australia

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Tarpeena
South Australia
Tarpeena is located in South Australia
Tarpeena
Tarpeena
Coordinates 37°37′0″S 140°47′0″E / 37.61667°S 140.78333°E / -37.61667; 140.78333Coordinates: 37°37′0″S 140°47′0″E / 37.61667°S 140.78333°E / -37.61667; 140.78333
Population 406 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1860
Postcode(s) 5277
Elevation 112 m (367 ft)
LGA(s) District Council of Grant
Region Limestone Coast
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Mount Gambier
Federal Division(s) Division of Barker
Localities around Tarpeena:
Kalangadoo Nangwarry
Wepar Tarpeena Pleasant Park
Dismal Swamp Mingbool

Tarpeena is a town on the Riddoch Highway between Penola and Mount Gambier in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. At the 2006 census, Tarpeena had a population of 406.[1]

The town was named by Governor MacDonnell, after the aboriginal words tart pena which means red gum tree. The town was surveyed in October 1860.

Industry[edit]

Pastoralists entered the area in the 1840s and soon established sheep stations for wool.[2] With the improvement in transport and the road system Tarpeena has become largely a dormitory suburb of the provincial centre of Mount Gambier but the timber mill is still a valuable part of the infrastructure and helps the post office remain viable with the trade generated from over 700 employees.[3]

Governance[edit]

Tarpeena is in the District Council of Grant local government area, the state electoral district of Mount Gambier and at the federal level, the Division of Barker..

Education[edit]

After 106 years, the primary school in Tarpeena closed in 2011 due to diminished enrolment.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tarpeena (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ District Council of Grant - Tarpeena
  3. ^ Auspine Limited - About
  4. ^ Kennett, Heather (11 December 2011). "School's sad farewell to the final 11". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

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