Tamworth Regional CouncilCommunity profile

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Tamworth Urban Area

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Tamworth Urban Area is 46,516, with a population density of 0.98 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Tamworth Urban Area is bounded by the localities of Attunga and Moonbi in the north, the localities of Kootingal and Piallamore in the east, the localities of Loomberah, Timbumburi and Duri in the south, and the localities of Bithramere, Winton, Wallamore, Gidley and Appleby in the west.

Name origin

Tamworth is named after a town in Staffordshire, England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s when squatters began to settle along the Peel River and the Australian Agricultural Company was granted over 300,000 acres. Land was used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing and wheat farming. Growth was minimal until the 1850s and 1860s, spurred by the discovery of gold in nearby areas and the opening up of land. Expansion continued in the 1870s and 1880s, extending to both sides of the river, aided by the construction of the railway line. Significant residential development occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s, accompanied by industrial growth. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Tamworth Urban Area comprises urban and rural-residential areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Tamworth CBD, Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre, Tamworth Powerstation Museum, ADF Basic Flying Training School, Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, Tamworth Regional Airport, The Big Golden Guitar, Roll of Renown, Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, Tamworth Regional Botanical Gardens, Oxley Lookout, Kamilaroi Walking Track, Anzac Park, Bicentennial Park, Oakburn Park Raceway, Tamworth Racecourse, Tamworth Regional Sporting Complex, Tamworth Showground, Tamworth Sports Dome, Tamworth Velodrome, Longyard Golf Course, Tamworth Golf Club, Tamworth Hospital, TAFE NSW New England Institute (Tamworth Campus) and numerous schools.

Included areas

Tamworth Urban Area includes the localities of Calala, Daruka, East Tamworth, Hallsville, Hillvue, Kingswood, Moore Creek, Nemingha, North Tamworth, Oxley Vale, South Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth, Tintinhull, Warral, Westdale and West Tamworth.