Ballidu, Western Australia

Ballidu is a town in the Central Midlands division of the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 217 kilometres (135 mi) north of Perth. Ballidu is also 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of the town of Wongan Hills which, along with a few other small towns such as Cadoux and Bindi Bindi make up the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu.

Ballidu
Western Australia
Ballidu Trading Post, 2014.JPG
Ballidu Trading Post, 2014
Ballidu is located in Western Australia
Ballidu
Ballidu
Coordinates30°35′46″S 116°46′19″E / 30.596°S 116.772°E / -30.596; 116.772Coordinates: 30°35′46″S 116°46′19″E / 30.596°S 116.772°E / -30.596; 116.772
Population66 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)6606
Elevation312 m (1,024 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Wongan-Ballidu
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack

HistoryEdit

The name Ballidu is a hybrid name, coming from "balli", a Noongar word meaning "on this side" or "in this direction", and "Duli" after a nearby rockhole. The townsite was gazetted in 1914, with street names of the original settlers.[2] A primary school opened in the town on 4 September 1922, moving into permanent premises in 1924. The streets in Ballidu are named after varieties of wheat.[3]

The bulk wheat bins in town opened in 1940.[4]

PopulationEdit

Located in the Central Midlands division of the Wheatbelt, the town relies upon agriculture, mainly wheat production. Increasing automation in agriculture has seen the size of surrounding holdings increase and the population of the town steadily decrease. At the 2016 census, Ballidu had a population of 66,[1] down from 82[5] in 2006. The town retains a primary school, an art gallery, a hall and a general store. 2016 saw a school enrolment of four.

Community eventsEdit

Each year, the Ballidu School Parents and Citizens Association hosts the annual "Bike-it to Ballidu", which consists of teams from the primary school along with adults cycling from Wongan Hills in turn to Ballidu. The whole ride is approximately 34 km and starts from the Wongan Hills visitor centre ending in Alpha Street, Ballidu. After the ride there is a celebration in Alpha Park in which awards are presented. The last competition was held on 14 March 2008. The Contemporary Arts Society regularly hold exhibitions of local artists and well known Australian artists.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ballidu (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 March 2007.  
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 12 March 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Ryan, Christian (2009). Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket. Allen and Unwin. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-74175-067-6.
  4. ^ "Seasonal conditions". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 10 December 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ballidu (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 March 2007.

External linksEdit

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