Tingha, with an Aboriginal name said to mean 'flat or open land'
The population of Tingha is 1,174 of which 49.6% are females and 50.4% are males. It has a population of 242 (20.6%) Indigenous people and the median age is 38.
Tingha is located in the Hunter, New England, Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the HNECCPHN.
Tingha is a small town on the Northern Tablelands in the Guyra Shire. It is 35 minutes south of Inverell and just over an hour north east of Guyra.
The main industry nowadays is agriculture with some fossicking in the area, although tin dredging and mining has continued on a scale that varies according to international price fluctuations.
The closest airport to Tingha, is Armidale, which is a 75min drive from Tingha. Armidale airport is serviced by two airlines. Qantaslink and Regional Airlines (REX) delivers daily return flights to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Tingha are:
- Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Education and Training
- Accommodation and Food Services
Tingha Multi-Purpose Hospital has fewer than 50 beds and is serviced by an emergency department, domiciliary care unit and nursing home care unit
Inverell District Hospital which is a 35 minute drive from Tingha, is a 49 bed district hospital which is serviced by a comprehensive range of medical services, with a number of GP’s supported by a range of specialist medical services and visiting specialists.
Inverell Hospital is connected to Tamworth Base Hospital with Tele-health videoconferencing.
Tingha has one general practice facility and one Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS)
In Tingha there is one public school.
Tingha Public School
Further schooling options are available in the nearby town of Inverell.
Tingha offers occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school services.
Tingha has a supermarket and Wing Hing Long & Co rural general store.
In Inverell, which is a 30 minute drive from Tingha, there is a Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets, Big W, Best and Less, Target Country, Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman as well a wide range of boutique retail stores.
In Tingha, there is St Andrew’s Anglican Parish. Many other options are available half an hour away in Inverell.
As a very small regional town Tingha’s has a sports and recreation club, hotels plus other shops and services to supply daily needs. Tingha’s ‘Swimming Hole’ is a large man made pool which was once a mining excavation.
Inverell, which is a 30 minute drive from Tingha, offers sporting and recreation clubs, music and art events and much more. Inverell hosts annual events, such as the Sapphire City Festival and the Grafton to Inverell – an internationally recognised road cycling race.