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Visit, Live & Invest in Kyogle::

Kyogle Council services an area of 3,589 square kilometres and adjoins the Scenic Rim Council in Queensland and the Northern Rivers Shires of Tweed, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Tenterfield in New South Wales. Kyogle Council comprises a large and diverse region with spectacular natural (including the renowned Border Ranges National Park and other world heritage listed areas) and cultural attributes, within two hours drive from Brisbane and one hour from the Gold Coast and NSW coastal communities of Byron Bay, Ballina and Tweed Heads. This, combined with a superb climate and a close proximity to all services, education and recreation, makes the Kyogle area an ideal place to live and work.

 

Attractions

 

General information on Kyogle LGA attractions.

Kyogle Council Local Government Area is a lifestyle region.

 

Visitors are attracted  to Kyogle and the surrounding villages  by the spectacular natural beauty of the area that includes World Heritage-listed National Parks, fertile farmland, and friendly country towns and villages.

You can cross clear rippling creeks and enjoy real coffee in tranquil surrounds, dine on French Cuisine with altitude on top of Mallanganee Range, grab a picnic lunch and head out for a day of exploration  in the area’s World Heritage Rainforests, or leisurely recreation at Toonumbar Dam.

 

Begin a journey of discovery along the scenic Lions Road and visit the historically significant Border Loop Railway Spiral and Tunnels, or you may chose the Touch the Country Drive visiting the villages of Woodenbong and their now famous Yowie Country Markets, historic Urbenville, uniquely Australian Bonalbo and sample bush tucker surrounded by authentic indigenous artwork, or the home of the Australian Light Horse at Tabulam where you can marvel at the longest single span wooden bridge in Australia.

 

Kyogle has maintained the character of its main street and hidden behind these beautiful façades are a plethora of shops; café’s, Gallery’s, coffee shops and hotels offered the visitor a uniquely Australian experience.

 

For more information on the area’s many attractions and events go to the Visit Kyogle website at visitkyogle.com.au

 

Kyogle: A Brief History

 

The area of Kyogle, a name derived from Kaiou gal (the place of the plain turkey), was settled by the Bundjalung people, whose territory was wide and who had adapted to the environment over countless generations.

 

Much of this history is indeed a chant, a song of slow change documented only by the rocks, the trees and the legends of the first Aborigines. So wrote an early historian of Kyogle.

 

The area of Kyogle, a name derived from Kaiou gal (the place of the plain turkey), was settled by the Bundjalung people, whose territory was wide and who had adapted to the environment over countless generations.

Their exact numbers are uncertain, but the estimates of white settlers in the early 19th century placed the indigenous population of the present Kyogle area at up to 600.

Natural foods were abundant and physically the Bundjalung were impressive. "They were muscular, sinewy and of good athletic build", according to one authority.

At one with their surroundings, they had an extensive body of legends and culture heroes to explain their origins and the natural features of their region.

European discovery of the region took place in the late 1820s, but it was not until the early 1840s that white settlement began with some enthusiasm. By 1843 seven stations had leased the entire Upper Richmond, including the area around Kyogle, then known as Fairymount.

Timber getters made serious inroads into the region's resources from the 1860s. Stands of red cedar, which had attracted them at first, were all but stripped bare by the 1890s.

An economic downturn in 1893 resulted in a fall in the value of the timber and vast quantities of the cut logs were abandoned Hoop pine was the next forest resource to be vigorously exploited.

The Free Selection Bill introduced by the NSW government in the 1860s resulted in the subdivision of the large stations into farm selections. Before long there were 551 farms in the district, the great majority of them dairy farms. An organised dairying industry began with the building of a creamery and, in 1905, Kyogle's first butter factory.


All this activity gave the small but thriving community a new status. In 1901 the name Kyogle appeared on official maps for the first time. In the same year a census recorded a population of 51.

Ten years later the population had increased to 1226 and the Kyogle district had become the North Coast's most rapidly growing community.

Advances in transport and infrastructure, spurred by the demands of dairy farmers for better market access for their products, included the construction of roads and bridges. In 1910 the railway came to Kyogle, providing a greater boost for the district's commercial potential.

Private transport was also changing. A vehicle described as a "horseless buggy" made a local appearance in 1900. The citizens of Kyogle saw their first motor car in 1915, although cars remained something of a novelty for many years.

A highlight of local transportation history was the construction of a high level bridge over the Richmond River, to overcome many of the problems caused by the lack of all-weather roads. "With stars in their eyes but unable to see the future, the dreamers, the planners, envisaged communication links extending to the Tablelands and the western slopes of the New England Ranges", wrote a local historian.

Construction of the bridge involved the efforts of about 100 men, the unskilled working for one shilling an hour, during what was fortunately a relatively dry year with below average rainfall.

Indeed, conditions towards the year's end became intolerably hot, contributing to an outbreak of violence immediately outside the Exchange Hotel. In the incident the publican was stabbed by a disgruntled labourer who later received a two year sentence in Bathurst jail. The bridge itself opened without incident in early 1912.

Kyogle's fortunes as a centre for the timber and pastoral industries were maintained during the period between the two world wars. Widespread social and economic changes during the post-war decades, however, had their impact on this region. The earlier symbols of rural wealth, butter factories and timber mills, gradually closed as the reasons for their existence dwindled.

In 1950, when dairying was said to be at its peak, more than 520 dairies were functioning in the Kyogle district. By the late 1970s only 118 remained. Today there are fewer still.

Despite this decline, dairying and timber products are still regarded as the economic mainstays.
For today's visitor, Kyogle's appeal is in its superb valley setting, its charming nearby villages and its proximity to the rainforests and national parks.

At least two of the parks should be mentioned here. Richmond Range National Park, 40 km west of Kyogle, contains a remnant of the vast Focal Peak volcano, active about 24 million years ago.

About 40 per cent of the park is covered by subtropical and dry rainforest, and more than 400 species of plants may be found. The park's mammal fauna are said to be the most diverse of any comparably sized area in Australia, and include spottedtailed quolls and squirrel gliders. Bird species number more than 100.

The World Heritage listed Border Ranges Park, shared by NSW and Queensland, has its southern entrance at Barkers Vale, some 25 km from Kyogle.

The park contains several picnic areas, lookouts and camping sites. The 60 km drive from entry to exit takes a leisurely 4-5 hours, allowing for a number of stops along the route. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to spend some time here.

 

Tourism in the Kyogle Council area

 

The Kyogle Local Government Area with its spectacular scenery, charming villages and friendly county towns is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for local, interstate and international tourists.

 

The area has an array of attractions and accommodation choices and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

 

Visitors and travellers wanting further tourist information are urged to go to Kyogle Council's dedicated tourist information website  www.visitkyogle.com.au or contact the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre on telephone 02 66 322 700.

 

 

Economic Development

Information regarding economic development.

Council aims to encourage the development of a range of industries, giving preference to high employment generators and to provide a wide economic base for the Council Area by promoting and providing appropriate zonings.

For additional information please contact Kyogle Council 02 66321611.

Kyogle Council Economic Profile

 

Kyogle Council aims to encourage the development of a range of industries, giving preference to high employment generators and to provide a wide economic base for the area by promoting and providing appropriate zonings and is committed to working with industry to optimise economic and environmental benefits for the Kyogle LGA.

 

Kyogle Council aims to encourage the development of a range of industries to provide a wide economic base for the area.

 

Council has undertaken community and industry consultations over the past few years as part of the “Sense of Place” Economic Development Planning process and is committed to working with industry to optimise economic and environmental benefits for the Kyogle LGA.

 

The following points are highlighted within the 2013 Kyogle Council Economic Brief:

  • Figures and graphs which compare Kyogle results with NSW, Qld and the Australian average;
  • Kyogle LGA's strength across industry sectors;
  • Changing economic trends.

 

Kyogle local government area (LGA) is located within the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales.

 

The town of Kyogle is about two hours south of Brisbane and 760 kilometres north of Sydney and is on the Summerland Way.

 

Founded in the 1830s as a lumber camp, Kyogle lies on the banks of the Richmond River.

 

Cattle grazing, dairy farming and forestry are the primary industries in the region. 

 

Kyogle is known as a “gateway to the rainforests" and is surrounded by World Heritage-listed National Parks including the Border Ranges and Toonumbar national parks.

 

To download Kyogle's Economic Profile, click here.

Kyogle LGA new residents and investors guide

 

This publication was produced to encourage new investors, business, industry and residents to invest in the Kyogle Council Local Government Area and details the benefits and issues of living, working and investing in a rural area.

 

This publication was produced to encourage new investors, business, industry and residents to invest in the Kyogle Council Local Government Area.

 

The booklet informs investors of what the Kyogle LGA has to offer and the benefits and issues of ‘living and working in a rural area’.

 

It includes economic profiles and information to walk potential investors through the Development Application process.

 

This booklet is designed to improve Kyogle Council's customer service, reduce the confusion and angst surrounding the Development Application process and promote questions and pre-DA lodgement meetings to guarantee best results.

 

It is also an introduction for new investors to explore the benefits and issues of living and working in a rural area and to help them make their decision with their head and not their heart.

 

The booklet shows that Kyogle Council is welcoming and well and truly open for business.

 

This booklet aligns with industry priorities and economic development strategies and is the bi-product of workshops conducted through a partnership of Trade & Investment NSW, Kyogle Council, Growing Kyogle and extensive community and industry consultation.

 

To download the booklet, click here.