Thurgoona, New South Wales

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Thurgoona
Albury,  New South Wales
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Thurgoona northern entrantce
Population8,656 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2640
LGA(s) City of Albury
State electorate(s) Albury
Federal Division(s) Farrer
Suburbs around Thurgoona:
Springdale Heights Table Top/Ettamogah Bowna
Lavington Thurgoona Wirlinga
East Albury Lake Hume

Thurgoona is an outer suburb of the regional city of Albury in southern New South Wales, Australia. The suburb is located in the City of Albury local government area.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In March 2019, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

City of Albury Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Albury is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The area covers 305.9 square kilometres (118.1 sq mi) to the north of the Murray River. The area extends around 10 to 12 kilometres east and west along the river from the centre of Albury and up to 20 kilometres (12 mi) north.

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History

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Thurgoona Plaza

Thurgoona Post Office opened on 1 January 1874, closing in 1961. [2]

The first land release in Thurgoona was St Johns Hill in 1978, followed by St Jones Green in 1980, Corrys Wood in 1981, St Hilaire in 1985 and THurgoona Park in 1986. The 1980s were a time of massive growth and development in Thurgoona. Thurgoona Drive and Elizabeth Mitchell Driver were completed by 1982, connecting Thurgoona to Albury via the Hume and Riverina Highways. Soon after the Thurgoona Golf Club opened its first 9 holes in 1983, followed by a further 9 holes in 1985. In 1986 the Albury-Wodonga Corporation moved its headquarters to Thurgoona. By 1989, a hotel had opened at the golf course, a new shopping centre was under construction, Thurgoona Public School opened and the Thurgoona Industrial Park opened near the Albury Airport. [3]

Albury Airport airport serving Albury, Australia

Albury Airport is a regional airport located 2 nautical miles northeast Albury, New South Wales, Australia. The airport, which also serves Albury's adjacent twin city of Wodonga, Victoria was the fifth busiest in New South Wales as of 2016. The airport also hosts the official weather station for Albury-Wodonga.

In March 2010 Thurgoona saw the opening of a new Thurgoona Plaza, with Woolworths, a Hume Bank branch and many other new shops. New shops include a tandoori restaurant, hairdressing salon, pizza shop, pharmacy, butcher, bakery, two cafés and a Thai takeaway restaurant.

Hume Bank is an Australian bank. Headquartered in Albury, New South Wales, it is a customer-owned bank that started as a building society in 1955. Its business focus is on retail banking and assisting local economic development.

In late 2015, a local resident took a photograph of a giant goanna scaling the wall of his house. The photograph was featured in national media [4]

Education

Thurgoona's schools include Thurgoona Public School (est.1862), Border Christian College and Trinity Anglican College.

The NSW TAFE Environmental Centre (NEC) is located in Thurgoona. It is one of TAFE's headquarters for specialist training in Civil Construction, Natural Resource Management, Spatial Information (GIS), Water Operations, Permaculture, Organic Farming, environmentally related studies and sustainable agriculture. [5]

Permaculture agriculture practices using few energy resources and human intervention

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. It uses these principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, rewilding, and community resilience.

Charles Sturt University purchased land at Thurgoona in 1993 from the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation to the value of $6 million. Then in April 1997 construction began on the new Thurgoona campus. Originally, it was established as a secondary campus to the Albury campus, however by 2010 that campus closed and the Thurgoona campus had been developed into their sole Albury campus. During late 2010, a new dentistry and oral health campus were completed behind the Thurgoona Plaza. [6]

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Thurgoona Public School

Sport

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Tallangatta & District Football League, a league based mainly in Victoria.

Geography

Thurgoona is located to the east of the Hume Freeway and to the north-east of the Albury CBD.

Thurgoona is known for a relatively large network of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands that used to cover most of the New South Wales Southern Slopes. The nature corridors within Thurgoona maintained and developed by the local community and the former Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation in the 1980s and 1990s, has allowed habitats to sustain local wildlife.

While the area is home to over 100 species of birds, it is also home to many threatened species. These include Sloane’s Froglet, Regent Honeyeater, and the Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis). Squirrel Gliders are listed as threatened in NSW and Thurgoona is home to a significant population of the arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammal. [7]

Residents

At the 2016 Census, the population of Thurgoona was 8,656. The most common religion was Catholic, followed by no religion, and the average weekly household income was $1,618, above the Australian average of $1,438. The median age was 32 below the national average of 38. [8]

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References

  1. 2011 Census QuickStats - Thurgoona
  2. Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. Pennay, Bruce (2005). "Making a City in the Country: The Albury-Wodonga National Growth Centre Project" (Book). University of New South Wales Press Ltd. pp. 229–232. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. Giant lizard gives Australian man a fright – then a photo op,
  5. Administrator, TAFE Riverina, Information Technology Services, Web (28 November 2014). "TAFE Riverina - Riverina, NSW, Australia". www.rit.tafensw.edu.au. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. "Albury-Wodonga - Charles Sturt University". www.csu.edu.au. Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. "Biodiversity in Thurgoona | Albury Conservation Company". www.alburyconservationco.org.au. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  8. 2016 Census QuickStats: Thurgoona,

Coordinates: 36°03′00″S146°59′00″E / 36.05000°S 146.98333°E / -36.05000; 146.98333