Tuncurry, New South Wales

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Tuncurry
New South Wales
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Tuncurry
Coordinates 32°10′30″S152°29′56″E / 32.17500°S 152.49889°E / -32.17500; 152.49889 Coordinates: 32°10′30″S152°29′56″E / 32.17500°S 152.49889°E / -32.17500; 152.49889
Population6,186 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2428
Elevation6 m (20 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Localities around Tuncurry:
Tasman Sea
Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Forster

Tuncurry is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north north east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin town of Forster, which is the larger of the two towns.

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 December 2018, 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.

Mid-Coast Council Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

Mid–Coast Council is a local government area (LGA) located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The council was formed on 12 May 2016 through a merger of the Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and City of Greater Taree councils.

Local government in Australia

Local government in Australia is the third tier of government in Australia administered by the states and territories, which in turn are beneath the federal tier. Local government is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and two referenda in the 1970s and 1980s to alter the Constitution relating to local government were unsuccessful. Every state government recognises local government in their respective constitutions. Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of local government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.

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At the 2016 census, the Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 19,918 people. [2] This number grows considerably in the tourist season. The population of Tuncurry alone was 6,186. [1]

History

In 1875, John Wright was the first white settler in Tuncurry. [3] [4] The first land grant in this area was in 1875. The settlement was originally called North Shore and then North Forster and was renamed Tuncurry meaning "plenty of fish" in 1891 and then proclaimed a village in 1893. [5]

John Wright (shipbuilder-sawmiller)

John Wright was a 19th-century Australian shipbuilder, sawmiller and businessman.

European Australians or White Australians are citizens or residents of Australia whose ancestry originates from the peoples of Europe.

The area was well known in the early days for its timber cutting and sawmills. Timber was collected from the lakes and rivers by the logpunts (droghers).

A bridge over the Coolongolook River that marks the entrance to Wallis Lake was built in 1959 linking Forster and Tuncurry and replacing the punt service that had operated since 1890.

Coolongolook River, a watercourse of the Mid-Coast Council system, is located in the Mid North Coast district of New South Wales, Australia.

Wallis Lake, an open and trained wave dominated barrier estuary, is located within the Mid-Coast Council local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Wallis Lake is located adjacent to the towns of Forster and Tuncurry, and adjacent to the east coast, about 308 kilometres (191 mi) north of Sydney.

Tourism

Because of its close driving proximity to Sydney, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination, where in the hotter months, the population swells considerably. The school holidays in the colder months also bring large numbers of holidaymakers.

Tuncurry's Nine Mile Beach is a popular swimming, surfing and fishing spot. Tuncurry Rockpool is a shark netted swimming enclosure, formed by breakwalls which mark the entrance to Wallis Lake. Tuncurry's lakefront areas are characterised by wharves and jetties which provide mooring for fishing boats and pleasure craft.

The region's local cinema, Great Lakes Cinema 3, is based on the Tuncurry side of the bridge.

See also

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Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that make up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans. The bills, pouches, and bare facial skin of all species become brightly coloured before the breeding season. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America and from polar regions and the open ocean.

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tuncurry (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 February 2018. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Forster - Tuncurry (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2013. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  3. Great Lakes Historical and Maritime Museum. "TUNCURRY'S WORKING WATERFRONT – Wright's mill and shipyard" . Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. North Coast Run: Men and Ships of the New South Wales North Coast M. Richards P94 - 95 ISBN   978-0908031108
  5. "Heritage & Culture". Great Lakes Tourism. Retrieved 3 May 2009.