Kyogle /kˈɡəl/[2] is a town in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales, Australia. It falls within the local government area of Kyogle Council. At the 2016 census, Kyogle had a population of 2,751 people.[1] Kyogle is known as a "gateway" to many national parks including Border Ranges National Park and Toonumbar National Park.

History

It was founded in the 1830s as a lumber camp, and is located 758 kilometres (471 mi) north of Sydney, 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Casino on the Summerland Way close to the Queensland border. It also lies on the banks of the Richmond River. It is the seat of its own shire. Kyogle comes from the Aboriginal Australian 'Bundjalung' word Gayugul, meaning 'Brolga',[3] a reference to the Australian Brolga which is indigenous to the region.

Cattle grazing, dairy farming and forestry are the primary industries. In times past, timber getting was the main reason for settlement in the area, with red cedar and hoop pine the main timber trees.

Railway

Kyogle station is served by the main North Coast railway line between Sydney and Brisbane. A train from Sydney to Brisbane stops at 2.46am and a train from Brisbane to Sydney stops at 7.53am (only stops if there are booked passengers getting on or off at Kyogle).[4] A short crossing loop used to be located at the passenger station, but when the loop was extended for 1,500-metre (4,900 ft)-long trains, the crossing loop was relocated to a more suitable — straighter — site outside town.

Further north along the railway line towards Brisbane, located at Cougal, is the Border Loop spiral, where the track loops 360 degrees and eventually passes over itself. This loop was constructed for trains to climb from the low side (NSW) to the high side (QLD) of the McPherson Range.

In 2012, Kyogle Council made a submission for a twice-daily train service, between Kyogle and Brisbane, which would benefit both the South East Queensland and the Kyogle regions, especially in tourism. [5] The proposal would, however, require cooperation from both the Queensland and NSW governments, and these governments have yet to act on the proposal.

Population

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 2,751 people in Kyogle.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.0% of the population.
  • 82.4% of people were born in Australia and 87.4% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 24.1%, Catholic 22.3% and Anglican 19.1%.[1]

NSW Tidy Towns winner

Kyogle won the "Young Legends" category award at the 2012 Australian Tidy Town Awards. One of the judges, Dick Olesinski, described how Kyogle's community encompasses a diverse range of projects that demonstrate the community's commitment to Tidy Towns and other related environmental and beautification programs, saying "Kyogle's Tidy Towns Committee continues to deliver active and enthusiastic promotion of the town, providing infrastructure and support of community activities."[6]

Sporting heroes

Sporting clubs

Kyogle Golf Club House
  • Kyogle Bowling Club
  • Kyogle Golf Club
  • Kyogle Cockies Rugby Union Club
  • Kyogle Netball Association
  • Kyogle Pony Club
  • Kyogle Turkeys Rugby League Club (Junior & Senior teams)
  • Kyogle Little Athletics
  • Kyogle Turkeys Touch Football Club
  • Kyogle Soccer Club
  • Kyogle Swimming club
  • Kyogle Tennis Club
  • Kyogle District Cricket Association.


World Rally Championship

The 2009 World Rally Championship, also known as the 2009 Rally Australia, passed through the Kyogle area in 2009.[9]

Flooding

In early January 2008, parts of Kyogle were subject to major flooding, when the Richmond River burst its banks after heavy rainfall around Kyogle and upstream, reaching heights of 18.1 metres (59 ft). This was the second worst flood in Kyogle on record, after the flood of 1954.

References

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kyogle (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "Log into Facebook". Cite uses generic title (help)
  4. ^ "North Coast timetable". NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.
  5. ^ Kyogle Council Submission: https://web.archive.org/web/20210608101930/https://undertheclocksblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/kyogle-council.pdf
  6. ^ "Kyogle wins Australian Tidy Town award". Northern Star. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  7. ^ "DAVID KENNEDY – 4 TIMES PBR AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION". 1 December 2015. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ Butt, Phillippa (25 September 2016). "NRLNT manager Nigel Roy helping grow rugby league in Top End". NT News. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  9. ^ AGENDA17DEC07.pdf Archived 2008-07-28 at the Wayback Machine — Kyogle Council meeting for 17-Dec-2007

External links

Media related to Kyogle at Wikimedia Commons