Kootingal, New South Wales
Kootingal is a town in New South Wales, Australia in the Tamworth Regional Council area. It is commonly called a satellite suburb of Tamworth because of its closeness and the fact that its residents use Tamworth's services. Founded as an Aboriginal mission, Kootingal traces its name roots to the local Aboriginal Kamilaroi language. At the 2016 census, Kootingal had a population of 2,126 people.
New South Wales
|Population||2,126 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||452 m (1,483 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Tamworth Regional Council|
|Federal Division(s)||New England|
It is an agricultural based town, with lucerne, fruit, vegetable, chicken and egg farms. It is nestled in a small rich alluvial valley in the Moonbi Range, part of the Great Dividing Range. Kootingal is located on the northern bank of a bend in the Cockburn River. Kootingal is located between the villages of Moonbi to the north and Nemingha to the south. It is located 474 km north west of Sydney and 20 km north east of Tamworth on the New England Highway. Kootingal has its garbage collected on a Wednesday, with recycling collection occurring on alternate weeks, an informal survey rated the garbage collection service as 'acceptable' on a likert scale.
Kootingal holds an annual Pumpkin Festival and Outdoor Leisure Show in April at the Kootingal sports ground. There are a variety of stalls and the show is suitable for all ages.
Kootingal has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- New England Highway: Moonby House
- Bowling Club
- Comprehensive IGA Supermarket, Liquor Store & Newsagent (same family since 1912)
- Caravan Park
- Catholic and Anglican Churches
- Kootingal Public School
- Moonbi House Retirement Village
- Police Station
- Post Office
- Railway Station
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Courts
- War Memorial Hall, Library and Pre-School
- Fuel Station & Cafe
- North Store - Kootingal
Kootingal station is situated on the Main North railway line. Trains no longer continue all the way to the Queensland border, but the town is still served twice daily by the NSW TrainLink Xplorer service between Sydney and Armidale in both directions. This station is less than 20 minutes drive from Tamworth.
Kootingal has a Scout group in combination with the village of Moonbi. The Kootingal-Moonbi Scout group consists of Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts. It is a thriving Group and enjoys many activities.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kootingal (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
- Kootingal Community Development Committee, "Kootingal", n.d.
- "Moonby House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00061. Retrieved 18 May 2018.