St George, Queensland facts for kids
Main street of St George
|Elevation:||200.8 m (659 ft)|
|LGA:||Shire of Balonne|
St George is a town and locality in the Shire of Balonne, Queensland, Australia. It is the administrative centre for the Shire of Balonne. In the 2011 census, St George had a population of 2,647 people.
St George is on the Balonne River which is reputedly an excellent fishing site for fish such as Yellowbelly and Murray Cod.
It sits at the junction of several highways including the Castlereagh Highway, the Moonie Highway, the Carnarvon Highway and the Balonne Highway. The only crossing of the Balonne River is the Andrew Nixon Bridge on the Balonne Highway.
The town was named by Major Thomas Mitchell who crossed the Balonne River on St George's Day, 23 April 1846.
At the 2011 census, St George had a population of 2,647.
The town was severely affected by flooding in March 2010, which peaked at 13.5 metres, and again in December 2010 - January 2011.
Flooding once again occurred in February 2012. When there was a possibility of the river reaching 15 metres, about 2000 residents were mandatorily evacuated on 4 and 5 February to evacuation centres in Dalby and Brisbane. A temporary levee was built in St George on the morning of 5 February (Sunday). The Balonne River reached a height of 13.85 metres on Tuesday 7 February.
St George has the following heritage-listed sites:
- Wagoo Road: The Anchorage
St George has a public library, visitor information centre, cultural centre, swimming pool, showground, bowling and the St George Golf Club.The address of the golf club is Wagoo Road. It was opened in 1948. The town also has an airport, St George Airport.
The St George show is celebrated every year over the Labour Day long weekend (weekend of the first Monday in May), Everyone is encouraged to go and locals have a great time sharing stories at the bar and watching the rodeo.
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