Modella is a bounded rural locality in Victoria, Australia, 77 kilometres south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Baw Baw and Cardinia local government areas. Modella recorded a population of 148 at the 2016 Census. Modella Post Office opened on 2 December 1904 and closed in 1962
Erica is a town in Victoria, Australia, on Rawson Road, in the Shire of Baw Baw. The area was known as Upper Moondarra in the early 1900s, the township of Erica beginning to grow after construction of the railway line from Moe to Walhalla, which passed through the area; when the station opened in 1910 it was named Harris, but had been renamed Erica after a nearby mountain by 1914. As a consequence, the Post Office opened on 14 July 1910 as Upper Moondarra and was renamed Erica in 1914; the township of Erica lived from forestry and agriculture, owing to Walhalla's decline by the 1920s was the largest town on the Moe-Walhalla railway. The section of line past Erica closed to traffic in 1944, save for occasional goods services to Platina station, the line from Moe to Erica closed in 1954. Erica still maintains agricultural and timber industry connections, as well as being a service town for local tourist destinations such as the Thomson Dam, the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, Mount Baw Baw and Mount St Gwinear.
The history of the town and surrounding area is the focus of the Erica and District Historical Society, located in the old Rawson Police Station. At the 2011 census and the surrounding area had a population of 324; the newer town of Rawson is located a few kilometres away
Australia the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area; the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north. The population of 25 million is urbanised and concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, its largest city is Sydney; the country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for about 60,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, it is documented. After the European exploration of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, who named it New Holland, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day; the population grew in subsequent decades, by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, comprising six states and ten territories. Being the oldest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils, Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres. A megadiverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east. A gold rush began in Australia in the early 1850s, its population density, 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre, remains among the lowest in the world. Australia generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications and manufacturing. Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites. Australia is a developed country, with the world's 14th-largest economy.
It has a high-income economy, with the world's tenth-highest per capita income. It is a regional power, has the world's 13th-highest military expenditure. Australia has the world's ninth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population. Having the third-highest human development index and the eighth-highest ranked democracy globally, the country ranks in quality of life, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights, with all its major cities faring well in global comparative livability surveys. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Pacific Islands Forum and the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism; the name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was applied to the new territories.
Until the early 19th century, Australia was best known as "New Holland", a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and subsequently anglicised. Terra Australis still saw occasional usage, such as in scientific texts; the name Australia was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders, who said it was "more agreeable to the ear, an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth". The first time that Australia appears to have been used was in April 1817, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie acknowledged the receipt of Flinders' charts of Australia from Lord Bathurst. In December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office. In 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known by that name; the first official published use of the new name came with the publication in 1830 of The Australia Directory by the Hydrographic Office. Colloquial names for Australia include "Oz" and "the Land Down Under". Other epithets include "the Great Southern Land", "the Lucky Country", "the Sunburnt Country", "the Wide Brown Land".
The latter two both derive from Dorothea Mackellar's 1908 poem "My Country". Human habitation of the Australian continent is estimated to have begun around 65,000 to 70,000 years ago, with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia; these first inhabitants were the ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal Australian culture is one of the oldest continual civilisations on earth. At the time of first European contact, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers with complex economies and societies. Recent archaeological finds suggest. Indigenous Australians have an oral culture with spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime; the Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, obtained their livelihood from seasonal horticulture and the resources of their reefs and seas. The northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited s
Warragul is a town in Victoria, Australia, 102 kilometres east-southeast of Melbourne. Warragul lies between the Strzelecki Ranges to the south and the Mount Baw Baw Plateau of the Great Dividing Range to the north; the town is named after an Aboriginal word meaning "wild dog". As at the 2016 census, the town had a population of 14,276 people. Warragul forms part of a larger urban area that includes nearby Drouin that had an estimated population of 35,353 at June 2016. Warragul is the main population and service centre of the West Gippsland region and the Shire of Baw Baw; the surrounding area is noted for dairy farming and other niche agriculture and has long been producing gourmet foods. Warragul was settled after the construction of the Traralgon railway line in 1877, the post office opening on 16 March 1877. Existing roads were renamed Princes Highway after the visit to Australia in 1920 of the Prince of Wales; the highway was opened on 10 August 1920 at a ceremony in Warragul. Warragul's Petersville Milk Products Factory in Queen Street supplied the famous Peters Ice Cream brand's factory in Mulgrave with all the dairy raw material for 35 years.
The plant manufactured skim milk powder under the famous Dutch Jug brand and butter under the Iceberg brand. It exported butter oil and milk powders to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Warragul was voted Premier Town in Victoria, 1970-1973. Warragul is located on a lobe of hills that extend north from the Strzelecki Ranges near Ellinbank, joining the foothills of the Baw Baws in the Neerim District; this range is referred to as the Warragul Hills. The range separates the flatlands of the Koo Wee Rup swamp in the west and the Moe Swamp on the eastern side. Warragul contains the Linear Park Arts Discovery Trail, a trail covering several adjacent parks in the town, it features painted bollards and murals. The trail joins up with the Drouin to Warragul Two Towns Trail. Warragul is the major township closest to the home of the Gippsland Field Days. Three major events are held at Lardner Park each year—the Farm World agricultural show, Trucks In Action, Harvest of Gippsland; the Farm World agricultural show is a major drawcard for the Warragul area.
Every year in late March, Warragul plays host to these Field Days at Lardner Park. The Field Days are Australia's premier mixed farming Field Days and they include one of Australia's most diverse ranges of beef cattle and horticulture exhibits. Warragul is home to the annual Warragul Show, held on the first Friday of March each year, it is traditionally a farming and livestock show, but includes rides, games and showbags. It is held at the Warragul showgrounds. For a town of its size, Warragul has a large education industry with four primary schools, three secondary schools and two tertiary institutions. Both Warragul Primary and Warragul North Primary are state primary schools, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary is a Catholic school, St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is an Anglican Church of Australia primary school. Warragul & District Specialist School is a junior school that focuses on educating children aged 5 to 10 years of age; the school uses a series of teaching tools such as PECS and AUSLAN.
There are three secondary schools in Warragul, these include Warragul Regional College, Marist-Sion College and St Paul's Anglican Grammar School. Warragul Regional College was formed in 1994 from the merger of Warragul High School and Warragul Secondary College. Marist-Sion College was formed in 1975 as a result of the merger between the Marist Brothers Boys College and the Our Lady of Sion Girls College. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School was formed in 1982 with just nineteen year 7 students and has grown quite in recent years. St. Paul's Anglican Grammar School is divided into two campuses, with the year 9 campus located in the former James Miller Rope Factory next to the golf course; the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE has a campus located to the south of the CBD adjacent to the railway station. The Education Centre Gippsland has taken over the courses provided by the McMillan Institute of Land and Food Resources, a former campus of the University of Melbourne; the courses offered encompass the areas of agriculture, equine management, harness racing and conservation and land management.
Warragul railway station is a staffed V/Line station located to the south of the Warragul CBD. The railway station is situated on the Bairnsdale V/Line rail service, which services the towns between Bairnsdale and Southern Cross station in Melbourne. Warragul has a modest bus network consisting of four routes within the town's boundaries; each route has a frequency of three services a day. There are bus services to neighbouring towns; the Warragul bus network was upgraded with the Myki technology, fitted to all town buses. This ticketing system has been implemented on the V/Line Train services during 2014–15. Warragul United Soccer Club was founded in 1963 and represent the town in Association Football, playing in the Victorian State League Division 1 South East; the Warragul Warriors are the representative teams of the Warragul and District Amateur Basketball Association. They have a long history of success, most winning the Gippsland and State titles in the Country Basketball League; the town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the major Gippsland Football League, the Warragul Football Club and another, t
Neerim South is a town in West Gippsland, Australia, located in the Shire of Baw Baw, 109 kilometres east of Melbourne and 19 kilometres north of Warragul. At the 2016 census, Neerim South had a population of 1,305; the Post Office opened on 1 February 1883. The town was connected to the Victorian Railways network with the opening of a branch line from the main Gippsland line at Warragul on 18 March 1892 connecting to Noojee in 1919; the line closed in 1958. Elementary education is provided by Neerim South Primary School Secondary education is provided at Neerim District Secondary College The town's main industry is service to the local farming community, it contains art galleries, a working Alpaca farm with an Alpaca product shop, cafés, restaurants, a pub and bed and breakfasts. Until 2008, the bakery still cooked bread in the wood-fired oven built in 1880; the area has numerous wineries, is known for its blue cheese. The town in conjunction with neighbouring township Neerim has an Australian Rules football and netball team competing in the Ellinbank & District Football League.
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Electoral district of Narracan
The electoral district of Narracan is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It was first proclaimed in 1967 and has been held by the Liberal Party; the electorate covers the provincial centres of Warragul and Moe as well as many smaller rural towns in north west Gippsland. Electorate profile: Narracan District, Victorian Electoral Commission
Longwarry is a town in Victoria, Australia, 83 kilometres south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Baw Baw and Cardinia local government areas. Longwarry recorded a population of 2,004 at the 2016 Census. Longwarry has Longwarry Primary School. Longwarry is bypassed by the Princes Freeway; the Post Office opened on 20 June 1881 some time after the railway arrived in 1879. It was renamed Longwarry South on 1 September 1882 the same day a new office named Longwarry opened near the railway station. Longwarry railway station provides rail services to Melbourne as well as Bairnsdale; the town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Ellinbank & District Football League