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Barraba - Rural North

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Barraba - Rural North is 1,729, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Barraba - Rural North is located in the far north of the Tamworth Regional Council area. Barraba - Rural North is bounded by Gwydir Shire in the north, Uralla Shire in the east, the localities of Warrabah, Namoi River, Upper Manilla and Borah Creek in the south, and Narrabri Shire in the west.

Name origin

Barraba is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "camping place on the bank of a river".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1837, with land used largely for agriculture. The gold rushes of the 1850s brought an influx of miners to the area, with the township of Barraba established in 1852. Significant development took place from the 1870s, spurred by gold and copper mining. Barraba was proclaimed a town in 1885, with a population of about 500. Growth continued in the early 1900s, aided by the construction of the railway line and operation of the asbestos mine at Woodsreef, which closed in 1923. The Woodsreef Mine was re-opened in the 1960s, corresponding with the Australian building boom, prompting growth in Barraba. At this time a new housing estate was created, with the population of Barraba reaching a peak of nearly 2,000 people in 1976. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Barraba - Rural North is a rural area, with a township at Barraba. Land is used largely for agriculture, particularly sheep and cattle grazing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Ironbark Nature Reserve, Linton Nature Reserve, part of Mount Kaputar National Park, Horton Falls, part of Split Rock Dam, Barraba Golf Club, Barraba Recreation Reserve, Barraba Showgrounds, Barraba Sportsgrounds, Barraba Memorial Swimming Pool, Barraba Health Service, Regent Honeyeater Habitat, Adams' Lookout and several schools.

Included areas

Barraba - Rural North includes the localities of Banoon (part), Barraba, Bundarra (part), Gulf Creek (part), Ironbark, Lindesay, Longarm, Mayvale, Red Hill, Thirloene, Upper Horton (part) and Woodsreef.