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Casino
New South Wales
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Walker Street shopping precinct in Casino
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Population 9,982 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2470
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Richmond Valley Council
State electorate(s) Clarence
Federal Division(s) Page
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.8 °C
80 °F
13.1 °C
56 °F
1,097.5 mm
43.2 in
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Barker St., Casino

Casino is a town in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia, with a population of 10,914 people at the 2016 census. It lies on the banks of the Richmond River and is situated at the junction of the Bruxner Highway and the Summerland Way.

It is located 726 km (451 mi) north of Sydney and 228 km (142 mi) south of Brisbane.

Overview

Casino is the seat of the Richmond Valley Council, a local government area.

The town is named after the Casino Station, owned by Clarke Irving, which was named after Cassino (near Monte Cassino) in Italy, with which it has a sister city agreement.

Casino is among Australia's largest beef centres. It is the regional hub of a very large cattle industry and positions itself as the "Beef Capital" of Australia, although the city of Rockhampton also claims this title. In addition it is the service centre for a rich agricultural area.

Each year the town celebrates Beef Week. It was not held in 2007 but since that year, has continued to be held and celebrated.

Transport

Casino railway station is situated on the main North Coast railway line between Sydney and Brisbane, north of Grafton. A branch line ran via Lismore to Murwillumbah; that line has since been closed, although lobbying is taking place to re-open it. Casino railway station is the terminus of the daily Casino XPT from Sydney and there is a daily service to and from Brisbane via the Brisbane XPT.

In the 1920s, a never completed railway branch line to Bonalbo was started. A line was also proposed from Casino via Tabulam and even a line all the way to Tenterfield,

A Miniature Railway is situated next to the Casino Golf Club. The railway operates on Sundays between 10am and 4pm on a 2.5km stretch of track, with a museum at the end. A round trip is usually 25 minutes however on busier days it can vary.

Casino is serviced by Lismore Airport with several daily flights to Sydney.

Northern Rivers Buslines operates rural services to Lismore (670) and Kyogle (675) each weekday, with one return service to Tenterfield available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Casino Bus Service operates local town loops, including a loop service to Gays Hill.

Among its many schools are the main ones: Casino High School, Casino Public School, Casino West Public School, St. Mary's Primary School, St. Mary's Catholic College School and Casino Christian Community School.

Notable people

  • Ian Callinan (born 1937), High Court judge
  • Pat Darling (1913–2007), nurse and author
  • John Elford (born 1946), rugby league player
  • Jeff Fatt (born 1953), musician and actor, one of The Wiggles
  • Thomas George (born 1949), politician
  • Clark Irving (born 1808), early settler (pastoralist) and politician
  • Ben Kennedy (born 1974), rugby league player
  • Matt King (born 1980), rugby league player
  • Tess Mallos (1933–2012), food journalist and author
  • Chris Munce (born 1969), horse racing jockey
  • Brian Smith (born 1954), rugby league player and coach (attended Casino High School)
  • Tony Smith (born 1967), rugby league coach, brother of Brian Smith, grew up in Casino attending Casino High School
  • Albert Torrens (born 1976), rugby league player
  • Cody Walker (born 1990), rugby league player
  • Henry Wallace Browning O.A.M. (born Casino 1928), lawn bowler, IBD World Champion 2007 Guinness World Record 2008 Hall of Fame Bankstown Casino High School 1940 to 1943
  • Damien Wright (born 1975), cricket player
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