Town Category: New South Wales
Kotara, New South WalesSuburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
The Australasia Coal Company operated a mine near Kotara, in the valley below the present-day northern entrance to Tickhole Tunnel. A private railway connected the screens with the Government line near the present-day triangle junctions north of Broadmeadow. Surveying for the line commenced in 1875 and the line was completed in April 1877. However, only a total of 9,052 tons was ever produced and the company went into liquidation in June 1879.
In the 2016 Census, there were 3,929 people in Kotara. 87.4% of people were born in Australia and 90.9% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.2%, Catholic 23.7%, Anglican 18.0% and Uniting Church 5.8%.
Westfield Kotara, formerly known as Garden City and "Gardo" and prior to that known as Kotara Fair, is a major shopping centre which features a department store, two discount department stores, two supermarkets and a variety of other clothing, toy, homeware and newsagency stores and many cafes and a foodcourt in addition Westfield Kotara is also home to a cinema and restaurants on the ‘Rooftop’.
Kotara is home to Kotara South Public School on Rodway Parade and the local Catholic School St James Primary School, located on Vista Parade.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kotara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- "Search By Letter - ABC PRONOUNCE". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September 1964 pp161-165
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