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Taree
New South Wales
Pacific Hwy bridge Taree.jpg
The Martin Bridge, which carries traffic over the Manning River
Taree is located in New South Wales
Taree
Taree
Location in New South Wales
Population 26,381 (2018)
Established 1831
Postcode(s) 2430
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
24.3 °C
76 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
1,174.9 mm
46.3 in

Taree is a town on the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter. Since then Taree has grown to a population of 26,381, and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the Tasman Sea coast, and 317 km north of Sydney. Taree can be reached by train via the North Coast Railway, and by the Pacific Highway. Taree railway station is on the North Coast line of the NSW TrainLink network. It is serviced by six NSW TrainLink trains daily: three heading to Sydney, another three heading North to Grafton, Casino or Brisbane. Taree is within the local government area of Mid-Coast Council, the state electorate of Myall Lakes and the Federal electorate of Lyne.

Economy

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Taree Courthouse.
Cundletown Post Office 2009
Cundletown Post Office.
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The old St Paul's Presbyterian Church.

Of the 17,820 people resident in Taree; 3,319 worked full-time and 2,169 worked part-time. The unemployment rate is approximately double the national average. The most common industries of employment in retail, government and aged care. The median weekly household income is $719. This compares with a national average of $1,234. A plurality (35.4%) of children live in families with no one in employment. 41.3% of households have a gross weekly income of less than $600; this is approximately half the national average.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census, there were 25,852 people in Taree. The median age in Taree is 46. 9.1% of the population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with the average age amongst this group being 20. Taree has a significantly higher proportion of people aged 65+; with 25.5% of people over 65. This compares with a national average of 15.8%. 4.1% of residents are aged 85+, more than double the national average of 2.1%.

84.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 2.3%, New Zealand 0.8% and Philippines 0.4%. 90.0% of people spoke only English at home.

The most common responses for religion were Anglican 28.5%, No Religion 23.4% and Catholic 17.5%.

Education

There are several public schools in the Taree area including Taree Public School, Taree High School, Taree West Public School, Manning Gardens Public School, Chatham Public School, Chatham High School, and Cundletown Public School.

Private schools in and around Taree include Manning District Adventist School, Tinonee, Manning Valley Anglican College, Cundletown, Taree Christian College, Kolodong, St Joseph's Primary School, and St Clare's High School.

Several post-secondary education and training facilities have a presence in Taree: the North Coast Institute of TAFE, Taree Community College, the Australian Technical College - Manning Valley Campus.

Notable people

Torch bearer
Fred Atkins carrying the Olympic Torch through Taree for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000.
Academic
  • Murray Batchelor – Mathematical physicist
  • John H. Coates – Mathematician
  • Clem Tisdell – Economist
Arts, entertainment and media
  • Sir Dick Boyer KBE – Former Chairman of the ABC
  • Liz Hayes – Television reporter
  • Ian Moffitt – Journalist and author
  • Leslie Allan Murray AO – Poet
  • Amanda Thane – Operatic soprano
Politics and public service
Sport
  • Matt Adamson – Rugby league footballer
  • Troy Bayliss – Professional motorcycle racer
  • Aaron Bird – Cricketer
  • David Boyd – Rugby league footballer
  • Kasey Brown – Professional squash player
  • Danny Buderus – Rugby league footballer
  • Coral Buttsworth – Tennis player
  • Boyd Cordner – Rugby league footballer
  • Damian Cudlin – Professional motorcycle racer
  • Daniel Dumas – Rugby league footballer
  • Scott Dureau – Rugby league footballer
  • Peter Gallagher – Rugby league footballer
  • Josh Graham – Rugby union and rugby league footballer
  • Ben Harris – Rugby league footballer
  • Leigh Marning – Rhythmic gymnast and contortionist
  • Latrell Mitchell – Rugby league footballer
  • Jarrod Mullen – Rugby league footballer
  • Jade North – Soccer player
  • Erin Osborne – Cricketer
  • Stewart Pike OAMParalympic swimmer
  • Ian Ruff – Olympic medallist sailor
  • Michael Sullivan – Rugby league footballer
  • Adam Woolnough – Rugby league footballer
  • Luke McKenzie – Professional Triathlete

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