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Western Rural

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Western Rural is 3,074, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Western Rural is located in the west of the Tamworth Regional Council area. Western Rural is bounded by the Peel River and the localities of Rushes Creek, Klori, Garthowen, Moonbi and Moore Creek in the north, the Peel River, Bowlers Lane, Duri Wallamore Road, the localities of Warral and Calala, the Peel River and the locality of Dungowan in the east, the localities of Woolomin, Nundle and Garoo in the south, and Liverpool Plains Shire and Gunnedah Shire in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for sheep farming by the Australian Agricultural Company. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. In the late 1880s, the introduction of the Crown Lands Act gave squatters (pastoralists) better security to the crown lands and their runs, and with higher profitability, it is from this time that large pastoral mansions such as Bective and Goonoo Goonoo began to appear. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population was relatively stable between 1991 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Western Rural is a rural area, with villages at Attunga, Duri and Somerton. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly sheep and cattle grazing, with some crop farming and limestone mining.

Major features

Major features of the area include Attunga State Forest, War Memorial Park and several schools.

Included areas

Western Rural includes the localities of Appleby, Attunga, Bective, Bithramere, Duri, Gidley, Goonoo Goonoo, Gowrie, Loomberah, Somerton, Timbumburi, Wallamore and Winton.