Wakool

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Wakool
New South Wales
Wakool Hotel and Main Street 2010.JPG
The main street of Wakool, looking south towards the general store. The Wakool Hotel is in the foreground.
Wakool is located in New South Wales
Wakool
Wakool
Coordinates 35°28′0″S 144°23′0″E / 35.46667°S 144.38333°E / -35.46667; 144.38333Coordinates: 35°28′0″S 144°23′0″E / 35.46667°S 144.38333°E / -35.46667; 144.38333
Population 213 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2710
Elevation 80 m (262 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Murray River Council
County Wakool
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer

Wakool /wɔːˈkl/[2] is a town in the western Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Wakool is in the Murray River Council local government area, 791 kilometres (492 mi) south west of the state capital, Sydney and 336 kilometres (209 mi) north-west of Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Wakool had a population of 213.[1]

Wakool Post Office opened on 1 January 1870 and closed in 1874. It reopened in 1926.[3]

Closer settlement of the Wakool area commenced in the 1890s and the town grew around a railway station established on the line between Echuca and Balranald. In 1942, rice growing was established in the area. Other industries include wool and cattle.[4]

The town includes a cafe/post office, hotel and services club. Education is available to primary level;[5] High School students must travel to Barham or Deniliquin.[6]

The town used to have an Australian rules football club in the Golden Rivers Football League until folding in 2015 due lack of players. The football club has rejoined the league and will compete in the 2017 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wakool (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2009-06-11 
  4. ^ SMH Travel - Wakool page. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  5. ^ Wakool Primary School Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  6. ^ Wakool Shire Council - Official website, Wakool page. Retrieved 16 January 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wakool at Wikimedia Commons