Goombungee is a small town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]

Geography

It is 35 km north-west of Toowoomba in the Darling Downs.[4]

Attractions

The town boasts a unique ironman at the southern entrance to the town which is reminiscent of the Rural Ironman and Ironwoman competition which was once held annually on Australia Day.[5] There is also a historic museum, an art gallery, a primary school and a police station.

History

Goombungee Co-op Dairy Company, circa 1905

The first meeting of the former local government area of Shire of Rosalie was held on 17 February 1879.[6] The town is now part of the Toowoomba Region local government area. Goombungee Post Office opened by 1895 (a receiving office had been open from 1878, first known as Gomoran).[7]

In 2003, the town was connected to a mains water supply.[8]

The Goombungee Library opened in 2005.[9]

At the 2011 census, Goombungee had a population of 1,032.[1]

Heritage listings

Goombungee War Memorial

Goombungee has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Amenities

Goombungee police station, 2014

The Goombungee Library is operated by the Toowoomba Regional Council. The library is located at 89 Mocatta Street and is open three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).[12]

The Goombungee branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the CWA Rest Rooms at 56 Mocatta Street.[13]

Awards

Goombungee has won four Queensland Tidy Towns awards, in 1975/76, 1976/77, 1980/81 and 1981/82.[14]

Events

Each November, Goombungee hosts a Jacaranda Day festival in the main street, celebrating the history of the town and the blooming jacarandas and silky oaks. The annual Goombungee-Haden Show is held each autumn at the picturesque showgrounds in the town. The Goombungee Rodeo is also held there on the first Saturday in November.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Goombungee (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Goombungee - town (entry 14265)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Goombungee - locality (entry 47952)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Goombungee". Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Goombungee". queenslandholidays.com.au. Tourism Queensland. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ Jenny Swan and Jess Daly. "Goombungee goes period for 125th anniversary". ABC Southern Queensland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Minister turns on taps for Rosalie Shire residents". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 November 2003. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 16. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Goombungee War Memorial (entry 600826)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ "The Week at a Glance". The Queenslander. 18 December 1920. p. 25. Retrieved 7 November 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Toowoomba Regional Council". Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ Winners Gallery - Tidy Towns - Queensland Archived 1 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Keep Queensland Beautiful. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

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