Toormina, New South Wales

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Toormina
Coffs HarbourNew South Wales
Toormina is located in New South Wales
Toormina
Toormina
Coordinates 30°21′S 153°05′E / 30.350°S 153.083°E / -30.350; 153.083Coordinates: 30°21′S 153°05′E / 30.350°S 153.083°E / -30.350; 153.083
Population 6,551 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2452
Location
LGA(s) City of Coffs Harbour
State electorate(s) Coffs Harbour
Federal Division(s) Cowper

Toormina is a suburb in the City of Coffs Harbour, on the east coast of New South Wales, Australia. Located in the city's south, Toormina is near the seaside suburb of Sawtell.

History[edit]

The suburb was developed in the 1980s by Mr Patrick Hargraves, a local landowner who owned a large amount of land within the Coffs Harbour and Sawtell area. Hargraves holidayed in Sawtell with his family annually for Christmas during the 1960s and says that he ″saw the opportunity for expansion in new subdivisions to the west of the existing centre and slowly bought the land that now is Toormina″.[2]

The suburb’s name ′Toormina′ was inspired by local residents. Some of Hargraves′ clients, who were Italian residents living in the area, suggested the name Taormina based on the famous resort area in Sicily, Italy. Hargraves decided that the name sounded better without the ′a′ and changed the name to Toormina.[3]

The suburb is connected to Coffs Harbour by Hogbin Drive, commonly referred to as the Link Road, and is serviced by Sawtell Coaches and Busways. During the subdivision of the land along Hogbin Drive, which was involved in the development of Toormina, Hargraves agreed to a land swap with the Coffs Harbour and District RSL for the Coffs Harbour Education Campus[4] and also donated land for the Coffs Harbour Catholic High School, St. John Paul College.[5]

Schools[edit]

The area's education is covered by Toormina High School, Toormina Primary School and (Bayldon) Primary School, and a number of independent schools including the Catholic Primary School Mary Help of Christians.

Toormina Gardens[edit]

A local shopping centre, Toormina Gardens, was built in the 1980s to service the growing population in south Coffs Harbour. Situated off Toormina road, the centre was bought in 2001 by Centro Properties Group and renamed Centro Toormina. In April 2007 the Coffs Harbour City Council approved a A$20 million redevelopment of the centre that would incorporate a Kmart Australia discount department store, in with the existing supermarkets run by Coles and Woolworths, and specialty stores including Man to Man Menswear, Michael Hill Jewellers, & Sanity Music.[6] Major work on the redevelopment, which included the suburb's first set of traffic lights, was completed by November 2008 by Mainbrace Constructions, with the grand re-opening for Centro Toormina on the 27th.[7] Centro was sold in 2013 and renamed back to its original name Toormina Gardens. Supermarket chain Aldi built its stand alone shopping complex next to Toormina Gardens and began its operations in late 2013.

Other[edit]

Clint Greenshields, a former player for St George Illawarra Dragons, in the NRL, came from Toormina. He previously played in France for the Catalans Dragons from 2007 until 2012 where he switched to the NRL for the QLD Cowboys.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Toormina (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ "A Village to Make Us Proud", The Coffs Coast Advocate, retrieved 14 May 2015
  3. ^ "A Village to Make Us Proud", The Coffs Coast Advocate, retrieved 14 May 2015
  4. ^ "A Village to Make Us Proud", The Coffs Coast Advocate, retrieved 14 May 2015
  5. ^ ″John Paul College - History″, St. John Paul College Website, retrieved 14 May 2015
  6. ^ "Centro set for $20 million expansion", The Coffs Coast Advocate, retrieved 21 April 2007
  7. ^ "Seeing the light at Toormina", Coffs Coast Independent, retrieved 18 November 2008