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Gunnedah (South)

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gunnedah (South) is 7,897, with a population density of 0.26 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gunnedah (South) is bounded by the locality of Emerald Hill and the railway line in the north, the Oxley Highway and the Kamilaroi Highway in the east, the locality of Curlewis, Wandobah Road and Goscombes Road in the south, and the locality of Milroy, Beissons Road, the Oxley Highway and the locality of Marys Mount in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the 1850s when the townsite of Gunnedah was established to the north. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, spurred by coal mining and the improved access brought about by the opening of the railway line. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Gunnedah (South) includes residential areas in the north, an industrial area around Borthistle Road, and rural-residential and rural areas. Rural land is used largely for grain growing and grazing, with some coal mining.

Major features

Major features of the area include Gunnedah Rural Museum, Gunnedah Water Tower Museum, Gunnedah Golf Club, Waterways Wildlife Park, Gunnedah District Hospital, Wondoba State Conservation Area, Black Jack State Forest, Anzac Park, Athol Gallon Park, Gunnedah Showground, Gunnedah Skate Park, Heath Park, John Dodd Park, Lions Park, McAndrew Park, McDonagh Park, Mornington Playground, Pensioners Hill Reserve, Porcupine Reserve, Ron Pople Park, Rotary Park, Wandobah Reserve, Memorial Park Cemetery, Bindea Walking Track, Porcupine Lookout, Gunnedah Memorial Swimming Pool, various coal mines, TAFE New England (Gunnedah Campus), Gunnedah High School, G S Kidd Memorial School and Gunnedah South Public School.

Included areas

Gunnedah (South) encompasses the southern part of the locality of Gunnedah. The northern part of the locality of Gunnedah is located in the Gunnedah (North) small area.