Urunga, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||3,000 (2016 census)|
Urunga is a small town located within the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in Bellingen Shire. It is famous for its surf spots (reefs, beaches and mouth of two rivers). At the 2011 census, Urunga had a population of 3,020. The town is south of Coffs Harbour and Sawtell and north of Nambucca Heads. The place name, Urunga (pronounced Yoo-run-ga), is derived from the Gumbaynggir word Yurūnga (pronounced Yu-roon-ga), which is derived from the word for long yurūn  in reference to "long white sands".
There are two main streets, and both a bowling club and a golf club. A weekly 6-a-side soccer competition is held on Thursdays at the Oval on Morgo Street, colloquially known as the Cabbage Patch or simply 'The Patch'.
Urunga is a fishing ground, with bream being the main sport fish. The Urunga boardwalk, leading over the tidal Urunga Lagoon then out to the beach, was rebuilt in 1988 and extended in 1991. The full boardwalk was completed in 2007. In November 2010, a further section of boardwalk was completed. This extension finishes at the mouth of the river and has taken the length of the boardwalk to almost 1 kilometre. Hungry Head, 4 km to the south is the only patrolled beach in Urunga.
Urunga celebrates Father’s Day with a “Picnic in the Park” in September and a Flathead fishing comp in November.
In May 2017 the Urunga Wetlands were opened to the public. It features a wheelchair accessible 150 metre boardwalk and a 450 metre walking track surrounding the park. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the area was the site of a processing plant used for extracting the heavymetal antimony from its ore, stibnite. Antimony and other heavy metals leached into the surrounding melaleuca wetlands creating what was claimed to be "one of the most polluted natural environments in New South Wales." In 2015 a $10 million reclamation project began that involved treating over 36,000 tonnes of contaminated soils at the site and its storage in an onsite containment cell. Water quality of the wetlands has returned to acceptable levels and birds and other wildlife have started to return since completion of the project.
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- Department of Industry, NSW Government (2017). "Fact sheet: Urunga Wetlands" (PDF). Retrieved 19 October 2019.
- Cornish, Ruby (2 May 2017). "Poisoned wetlands transformed into eco-friendly attraction in northern NSW". ABC News. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
- Bellingen Shire Council (8 May 2017). "Urunga Wetlands Walk Now Open". www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
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