Grong Grong

Grong Grong /ˈɡrɒŋ ˈɡrɒŋ/ is a small town that is located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is situated on the Newell Highway, 23 kilometres (14 mi) east of Narrandera in the Shire of Narrandera.

Grong Grong
New South Wales
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The town of Grong Grong
Grong Grong is located in New South Wales
Grong Grong
Grong Grong
Coordinates34°43′0″S 146°47′0″E / 34.71667°S 146.78333°E / -34.71667; 146.78333Coordinates: 34°43′0″S 146°47′0″E / 34.71667°S 146.78333°E / -34.71667; 146.78333
Population250 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)2652
Elevation162 m (531 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Narrandera Shire
CountyBourke
State electorate(s)Cootamundra
Federal Division(s)Riverina

The name Grong Grong is an Aboriginal term meaning "bad camping ground" or "very bad camping ground".[2][3]

BypassEdit

Grong Grong was bypassed in February 2018, to straighten the Newell Highway or A39 by about 2 kilometres and also to eliminate a notorious 25 km/h bend that had caused many accidents, especially trucks overturning.[4]

DemographyEdit

Like many rural localities in the area, the population has progressively declined over a number of years, evidenced as follows:

Selected historical census data for Grong Grong state suburb
Census year 2001 2006[5] 2011[6] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night unavailable 537 391 250

FacilitiesEdit

The Grong Grong post office was opened on 1 November 1881.[7]

The town has a railway station on the Hay branch off the Main South Line. However, the line has closed so with it has the station. Only part of the line is used by a weekly passenger train to Griffith which does not stop at the station. Grong Grong can be accessed by coaches that stop at the town on the way to Hay and Mildura.

Berembed Weir is located 20 km south of the town.[8] The weir diverts water from the Murrumbidgee River into the main canal which flows onto the Murrimbidgee Irrigation Area to serve irrigation farmers in the Leeton and Griffith area. The weir and nearby reserve is popular among local anglers, as well as the various riverside locations situated just 5 km to Grong Grong's south.

SportEdit

Australian rules football is the most popular sport with the local team, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong playing in the Riverina Football League.[9]

Regular sporting events include golf, tennis and softball, all hosted at the Grong Grong Sports Club.

Grong Grong also hosts annual sporting events such as the Grong Grong Rodeo, Team Penning and Gymkhana.

Heritage listingsEdit

Grong Grong has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 February 2018.  
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. Place Names of Australia. Forestville, NSW: Reed Books. p. 110. ISBN 0-589-07115-7.
  3. ^ "Search: Grong Grong". Geoscience Australia. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007.
  4. ^ Improvements to the Newell Highway at Grong Grong Roads & Meritime
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 January 2015.  
  7. ^ "Post office list". Phoenix Auctions history. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Berembed weir, between Wagga and Narrandera closed by WaterNSW". Fairfax. The Daily Advertiser. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Arthur J Gallagher Riverina FNL Seniors". SportsTG. Sports TG. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Wooden Wicket - Berembed Weir Site". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00968. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Grong Grong at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station Former Services Following station
Narrandera
towards Hay
Hay Line Matong
towards Junee