Valla, New South Wales

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Valla
New South Wales
Valla is located in New South Wales
Valla
Valla
Coordinates 30°36′S 152°59′E / 30.600°S 152.983°E / -30.600; 152.983Coordinates: 30°36′S 152°59′E / 30.600°S 152.983°E / -30.600; 152.983
Population 1,054 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2448
Location
LGA(s) Nambucca Shire
State electorate(s) Oxley
Federal Division(s) Cowper

Valla is a village in the Nambucca Valley, on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia. The name was chosen to match that of the British residence of nineteenth century diplomat Andrew Buchanan.[2]

History[edit]

Deep Creek Post Office opened on 16 November 1905, was renamed Valla in 1906 and closed in 1942.[3]

Demographics[edit]

The population of Valla are predominantly Australian born (78 per cent) and English-speaking (90 per cent). Places of birth other than Australia include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and New Zealand.[1] Valla residents are significantly older than the state average, with more than a quarter of the population over 65 years. The average age is 50 years compared to a state average of 37.[1]

Industries and services[edit]

The village was formerly a logging town, surrounded by red cedar forest. A remnant logging industry remains as part of the adjacent state forests administered by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.[4] More recent industries include macadamia plantations and tourism.

Village services include a pub, hairdresser, butchery, real estate agent, cafe/general store, community preschool and a caravan park. The nearby Valla Beach is well known for surfing.

A railway station was located in the village on the North Coast railway between 1939 and 1974.[5]

Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Border Loop
North Coast Line
towards Maitland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Valla (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Valla". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "About the Nambucca Valley & our towns". Nambucca Valley Tourism Association. November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  5. ^ Valla station. NSWrail.net, accessed 28 August 2009.