Shire of MooraCommunity profile

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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Moora is 1,802, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Moora is bounded by the locality of Coomberdale, Midlands Road and Kiaka Road in the north, Cattady Road, Miling-Moora Road, Riley Road and the localities of Berkshire Valley and Walebing in the east, the locality of Barberton, Crystal Brook Road and Bindoon-Moora Road in the south, and the Shire of Dandaragan in the west.

Name origin

Moora is named from the Aboriginal word “moora-moora”, meaning “good spirit”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1846, although it was first explored in 1836 by George Fletcher Moore. Land was used mainly for grazing and crop growing. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s as the township developed, aided by the opening of the railway line in 1894. Moora developed as a major commercial and retail centre for the wider region. The population increased during the post-war years, then was relatively stable from the 1970s. The population fluctuated slightly between 1991 and 2011, due to small changes in dwelling stock, dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Moora includes a township (residential, commercial and industrial land use) and surrounding rural areas. Rural land is used largely for wheat and cereal growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Moora Health Service, Moora Performing Arts Centre, Moora Recreation Centre, Moora Racecourse, Moora Speedway, Moora Lake View Golf Club, Moora Swimming Pool, Apex Park, Centenary Park, Federation Park, Pioneer Park, Rotary Park, Candy’s Bush Reserve, Stack Cooper Reserve, Moora Equestrian Park, Moora Town Walk, Carnaby Cockatoo Interpretive Walk Trail, Moora Town Clock, Lake Dalaroo, the Moore River, C.Y. O’Connor Institute (Moora Campus) and several schools.