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Manilla and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Manilla and District is 3,302, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Manilla and District is located in the central north of the Tamworth Regional Council area. Manilla and District is bounded by the localities of Banoon, Longarm, Red Hill, Woodsreef and Thirloene in the north, Uralla Shire and the localities of Retreat and Bendemeer in the east, the localities of Moonbi, Garthowen, Attunga and Somerton and the Peel River in the south, and Gunnedah Shire in the west.

Name origin

Manilla is named after the river in the area, which is thought to be named after an Aboriginal tribe or from an Aboriginal word meaning "winding river".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing and crop growing. The township of Manilla was established in the 1860s. Considerable growth took place during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line, the construction of a bridge over the Namoi River and land selections. The population was relatively stable from the mid 1990s, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Manilla and District is a rural area, with a township at Manilla. Rural land is used largely for wheat growing, sheep and cattle grazing and mixed farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Warrabah National Park, Watsons Creek Nature Reserve, Mount Borah (hang gliding and paragliding area), part of Lake Keepit, part of Split Rock Dam, Manilla District Hospital, Chaffey Park, Coronation Park, Manilla Showgrounds, Manilla Memorial Swimming Pool, Manilla Heritage Museum, VJ Byrnes Lookout, the Manilla River, the Namoi River and two schools.

Included areas

Manilla and District includes the localities of Borah Creek, Halls Creek, Klori, Manilla, Namoi River, New Mexico, Rushes Creek, Upper Manilla, Warrabah, Watsons Creek, Wimborne and Wongo Creek.