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1Myall Lakes has the tallest tree known in NSW,
The Grandis, a flooded gum located about 100
metres east of Stoney Creek Road. The tree is 84.3
metres high and measures 2.7 metres through at
breast height. It is estimated to be about 400 years
old and would have been a large tree when Captain
Cook sailed past.
2The bridge connecting Hawks Nest to Tea
Gardens, opened in 1974, is called the ''singing
bridge'' because when a strong south-west wind blows
it makes singing sounds.
3The smallest age group in Gloucester is 20 to 24,
with only three per cent of the population in that
bracket. The smallest age group in Great Lakes is 85
and over (950).
4Silo Hill in Stroud is named after eight
subterranean silos, convict-built in 1841 to store
grain and protect it (successfully) from weevils. The
bell-shaped silos are still there (although locked up)
and are six metres deep and five metres wide, lined
with locally-made bricks.
5The Barrington Tops National Park is home to
about 52 mammal varieties, 278 birds, 42 reptiles
and 18 frogs, plus some insects found only in the
park, including a butterfly, three spiders and three
velvet worms. A small swamp crustacean has been
found nowhere else in the world.
6Only 2.9 per cent of people speak a language
other than English in Gloucester homes. In Great
Lakes the most common language outside English
spoken in homes is German (.3 per cent) followed by
Italian and Cantonese.
7A total of 6.6 per cent of Gloucester's residents
were born outside Australia. In Great Lakes 3224
people were born outside Australia, mostly in the
United Kingdown (1559), New Zealand (348) and
8North Arm Cove's original plan was laid out by
Walter Burley Griffin, and sub-divided in 1918
when the area was considered for the national
capital, only to lose to Canberra. It was also once a
planned site for a Club Med resort.
9 A total of 9.9 per cent of Gloucester households
earn a high income ($1700 a week or more),
compared with 17.7 per cent for the entire Hunter
10 In 1847 Dr C Buchanan used ether as an
anaesthetic at Stroud Hospital, believed to be
the first such use in Australia and only the year after
it was first demonstrated in the United States.
11 In the early 1920s there was talk of a
racecourse, golf course, and hydro-electric
development on Barrington Tops and an area for
skiing and skating. In 1934, Newcastle City Council
drew up a plan for a tourist resort on the plateau but
road access proved too difficult and all the planning
came to nothing.
12 The largest employment sector in the
Gloucester region is agriculture, forestry and
fishing, which employs 365 people, from health and
social (191) and retail trade (185).
13 The most popular religion in Great Lakes is
Anglican (11,705), followed by Catholic (7521).
14 Six great lakes make up the great lakes of the
Great Lakes -- Wallis Lake, Smith Lake and
Myall Lakes, which is actually made up of four lakes,
Myall, Boolambyte, Two Mile and The Broadwater.
15 Great Lakes has 145 km of coastline
containing 27 beaches, while one third of its
area is national parks and state forests.
GREATLAKESIS. . .
Mainly rural with expanding urban and some industrial and
commercial land uses. The main industries are tourism,
timber, oyster farming, fishing and grazing, with settlement
based around the larger towns of Forster and Tuncurry.
NAME: Created in 1906 as Stroud Shire Council, the area
was renamed Great Lakes in 1971.
Great lakes, great service, great lifestyle.
3373 sq km
BIGGEST AGE GROUP:
35 to 49 (5869)
ORIGINAL INHABITANTS: Worimi and Biripi people
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE:
MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE:
MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE:
MEAN ANNUAL RAINFALL:
FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS: Renowned
Australian poet and named by the National Trust as one
of Australia's living treasures, Les Murray was born in
Nabiac in 1938. Rugby league star Jamal Idris was born
in Forster. Warren Burley was 19 when he won his first
Stroud brick-throwing competition, and he held the title for
27 years before injuring his shoulder. Sir William Edward
Parry (1790 - 1855) was an English Rear-Admiral and
Arctic explorer who in 1827 attempted one of the earliest
expeditions to the North Pole. From 1829 to 1834 he served
as Commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company
based at Tahlee.
LOCALITIES: Alderley, Alderley Creek, Allworth,
Bennetts Head, Blueys Beach, Bombah Point, Boolambayte,
Boomerang Beach, Booral, Booti Booti, Bulahdelah, Bulby
Brush*, Bundabah, Bungwahl, Bunyah*, Bunyah Upper*,
Burgess Beach, Burraduc, Cape Hawke, Carrington,
Charlottes Bay, Clareval, Coolongolook, Coomba, Coomba
Bay, Coomba Park, Craven*, Crawford River, Cureeki
Creek, Darawank, Dewrang, Dirty Creek, Dungog* Elizabeth
Beach, Failford, Fernhill, Forster, Forster Keys, Forster
Waters, Friendship Key, Gereeba Island, Girvan, Green
Point, Hawks Nest, Johnsons Creek, Karuah*, Legges
Camp, Lime Kiln, Limeburners Creek*, Markwell, Mayers
Flat, Milbrook, Mill Creek Upper, Minimbah, Monkerai,
Mungo Brush, Myall Lakes, Myall Upper, Nabiac*, Nerong,
New Forster, Newells Creek, Nooroo, North Arm Cove,
North Pindimar, Nugra, Nugramudgee, Pacific Palms,
Pindimar, Pioneer Park, Pipers Bay, Rosenthal, Sandbar,
Seal Rocks, Smiths Lake, South Pindimar, Stroud, Stroud
Road, Sugarloaf Point, Tahlee, Tamboy, Tarbuck Bay, Tea
Gardens, Telegherry, Terreel, The Branch, Tiona, Topi Topi,
Tuncurry, Upper Karuah River, Upper Monkerai, Violet Hill,
Wallamba Island, Wallingat, Wallingat River, Wallis Island,
Wallis Lake, Wards River, Warranulla, Washpool, Wattley
Hill, Weismantels, Whoota, Willina, Winda Woppa, Wootton,
Yagon, Yagon Beach.
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