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Cootamundra

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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

The welcoming regional community of Cootamundra is located within the Riverina – one of the most productive and agriculturally diverse areas of Australia.

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Location

Cootamundra is 390 km (4 hr drive) from Sydney, 160 km (2 hr drive) from Canberra and just over an hour drive from the regional centre of Wagga Wagga.

Cootamundra is famous as the birthplace of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, the beautiful Cootamundra wattle that blooms in July and August, and the high-quality wheat grown in the district.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Wagga Wagga Airport, an hour drive from Cootamundra. Regional Express (Rex), JetGo and QantasLink offer flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Cootamundra's railway station is on the Main Southern railway line, serviced by NSW TrainLink XPT railway services between Sydney and Melbourne.

Population

Nearly 7000 people live in Cootamundra – the median age of residents is 49 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.

Cootamundra is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

Cootamundra Hospital is a 30-bed public hospital providing emergency, medical, surgical and maternity. Community health services including mental health, social work and drug and alcohol services are co-located on the hospital grounds.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Cootamundra.

Accredited GP practices

  • Cootamundra Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Cootamundra are: meat processing, aged care residential services, retail, local government administration and hospitals.
  • Education

Cootamundra has both public and private schools: Cootamundra also has a Riverina Institute of TAFE campus.
  • Childcare

Cootamundra offers young families childcare options including long day care, out of school hours care, family day care and preschool services.
  • Shopping

Cootamundra has a Woolworths and IGA supermarkets, large chain stores including Country Target and Mitre 10, as well as small boutique and specialty stores. The regional centre of Wagga Wagga, offers extensive shopping opportunities.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship located in Cootamundra including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches. The closest mosque is in Wagga Wagga.
  • Points of interest

Cootamundra provides an extensive range of community programs, sports clubs, arts and culture clubs, drama and dance groups. Annual events include the Coota Beach Volleyball Carnival, Picnic Races, Cootamundra Annual Classic (cycling handicap race) and the Wattle Time festival.
  • Sporting activities

There are numerous sporting facilities and sporting clubs in Cootamundra including: Australian rules football, basketball, bowling, cricket, croquet, cycling, golf, netball, horse riding, soccer, swimming and tennis. Many of the sporting clubs have their own webpages or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

Cootamundra is home to a variety of community and service groups including The Arts Centre Cootamundra, Rotary Club and Lions Club.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Cootamundra, including Cootamundra Herald, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, and Cootamundra Community Hub.