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Giru
Queensland
Giru sugar mill.jpg
Sugar mill at Giru
Population 354 (2016 census)
 • Density 4.550/km2 (11.78/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4809
Area 77.8 km2 (30.0 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Burdekin
State electorate(s) Burderkin
Federal Division(s) Dawson
Localities around Giru:
Cape Cleveland Coral Sea Jerona
Cromarty Giru Jerona
Mount Surround Shirbourne Horseshoe Lagoon

Giru is a town and coastal locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia, situated on the Haughton River, 54 kilometres (34 mi) south-east of Townsville. In the 2016 census, Giru had a population of 354 people.

History

The Invicta Sugar Mill was relocated from Bundaberg to Giru in 1888. The Giru Post Office opened by 1922. According to the 2011 census, the Giru area had a population of 627.

Culture

The Palm Creek Folk Festival is an annual event held in Giru on the Queen's Birthday public holiday, and stretches over four days. It commonly features known and up-and-coming bands from several genres, ranging from folk to alternative.

Economy

Giru is noted for the Invicta Sugar Mill, which is owned by Wilmar Sugar. The company crushes 3.67 million tonnes of sugar cane annually, the second largest amount in the Southern Hemisphere after Victoria Mill in Ingham.

Education

Giru State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Luxton Street (19°30′46″S 147°06′35″E / 19.5129°S 147.1096°E / -19.5129; 147.1096 (Giru State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 46 students with 4 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 4 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

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