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Kyogle
New South Wales
Kyogle Main Street.jpg
Main street
Population: 2739
Established: 1830s
Postcode: 2474İ
Location:
LGA: Kyogle Council
State District: Lismore
Federal Division: Page

Kyogle /kˈɡəl/ 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 2011 census, Kyogle had a population of 2,739 people. 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 is an Aboriginal Australian word meaning "plains turkey's (bustard) egg", a reference to the scrub turkey 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. Kyogle is known as a "gateway" to many national parks including Border Ranges National Park and Toonumbar National Park.

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."

Sporting heroes

  • Dean Ferris - MXGP World Motocross Championship Competitor
  • Will Matthews - NRL player who has played for the St George Illawarra Dragons & Gold Coast Titans.
  • Ken Nagas - Former NRL player that played for the Canberra Raiders, he also represent New South Wales & Australia.
  • David Kennedy - Famous bull rider.
  • Shannon Walker - Former Australian rugby sevens and NRL player and currently playing Queensland Cup.

World Rally Championship

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

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.

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