- Wodonga, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = city
name = Wodonga
state = vic
caption = Aerial view from the south-east, Murray River at top and Hume Freeway in the centre
City of Wodonga
postcode = 3690
area = 400
est = 1852
pop = 29,710 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = 24505 | name = Albury-Wodonga (Wodonga Part) (Urban Centre/Locality) | accessdate = 2007-10-25 | quick = on]
stategov = Benambra
fedgov = Indi
region = Northeast Victoria
postcode = 3690
elevation = 152
maxtemp = 22.2
mintemp = 8.9
rainfall = 714.9
dist1 = 557.7
location2 = Melbourne
location4= Wagga Wagga
dist5 = 70.4
Wodonga is a small city on the Victorian side of the border with
New South Wales, 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Australia. It is covered by the municipality Wodonga City Council. Its population is approximately 40,500 people, and with Albury forms an urban area with more than 82,000 people.
Founded as a customs post with its twin city Albury on the other side of the
Murray River, the town grew subsequent to the opening of the first bridge across the Murray in 1860.Originally named Wodonga its name was changed to Belvoir then later back to Wodonga.The Post Office opened June 1, 1856although known as Belvoir until July 26, 1869.Citation
last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocd.w?
access-date = 2008-04-11 ] It has been regarded as the smaller, less prosperous cousin of the two (once commonly referred to by locals as 'Struggle Town'). Whilst still somewhat smaller than Albury, economic growth in both areas has ameliorated such distinctions.
Major secondary industries based in Wodonga include 'LOGIC' a logistics distributions hub, a large cattle market , a pet food factory (Mars Corporation), a cardboard box factory (VISY) and an abattoir and a foundry (
Bradken Limited) as well as a variety of other, smaller enterprises. It also serves as a central point for the delivery of government services to the surrounding region.
It houses the Australian corporate headquarters for Mars Corp. Wodonga is the site of an
Australian Armylogistics base and a training centre for army technical apprentices, Latchford Barracks. It is also the home of a campus of La Trobe Universityand Wodonga Institute of TAFE.
Several experiments in cross-border governance in an attempt to bring the cities of Albury and Wodonga together have been tried - see
port and culture
There are three
Australian rules footballclubs in Wodonga, the Wodonga Football Club, the Wodonga Raiders Football Cluband the Wodonga Saints Football Club. Wodonga and Wodonga Raiders compete in the Ovens & Murray Football League, while the Wodonga Saints compete in the Tallangatta & District Football League. There are many other sporting clubs in the region. Brisbane Lionsdual-premiership player Daniel Bradshawand celebrated Saint Kilda Saints forward Fraser Gehrigare originally from Wodonga.
Much of the arts and theatrical activity in the region is conducted in a cross-border fashion; for instance HotHouse Theatre is located almost equidistant from the Wodonga and Albury city centres. [cite web
Archie Thompsonand Joshua Kennedyplayed for soccer team Twin City Wanderers as a child. Wodonga Diamonds Football Club and Wodonga Panthers Soccer Club are two other soccer clubs based in Wodonga.
The World's Biggest Rolling Pin (listed in the Guinness Book of World Records) is located in Wodonga, atop "Henri's Bakery".cite web |url= http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/stories/s1013335.htm|title= Biggest Rolling Pin - Wodonga, Victoria|accessdate=2007-10-07 |format= html|work= ]
Wodonga railway station lies on the
Melbourne-Albury and Melbourne- Sydneylines. There are plans underway for the station to be moved from its present central location to a position on a new line on the northern edge of the town. [cite web
title=North East Rail Upgrade - Project overview
work=Department of Transport
Wodonga is on the junction of the
Hume Highway(the main route from Melbourne to Sydney) and the Murray Valley Highway(which follows the southern bank of the Murray River).
Local public transport is provided by Mylon Motorways, who run buses on a number of routes both within Wodonga and to Albury. [cite web
title=Mylon Motorways - Temporary Timetable List
accessdate=2008-06-22] Bus services are generally quite infrequent and public transport use in Wodonga is very low.Fact|date=June 2008 There are also long-distance bus services to the capitals.
There are a number of bicycle paths in Wodonga, including one to Albury.
Albury Airport, which provides scheduled commuter flights to Melbourne and Sydney, is a short drive from Wodonga.
Wodonga is in the federal
Division of Indi. The current representative for the Division of Indiis Liberal Party of Australiamember Sophie Mirabella.
Wodonga is in the Victorian
Electoral district of Benambra. Bill Tilleyof the Liberal Party was elected member for the electoral district of Benambrain the 2006 Victorian State Election in November 2006.
From 2006, the three government high schools have merged to form a specialist senior college for Years 10, 11 and 12, known as
Wodonga Senior Secondary College, and a specialist school for Years 7, 8 and 9, known as Wodonga Middle Years College, on two campuses; Felltimber and Huon Campus. [cite web
title=WODONGA SENIOR SCHOOLS SET TO IMPROVE
work=Media Release: MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
date=October 3, 2005
accessdate=2008-06-22] The former 3 public high schools in Wodonga were
Wodonga High School, Mitchell Secondary Collegeand Wodonga West Secondary College. Wodonga High School celebrated its 50th birthday in 2005.
Six private schools in Wodonga are
Catholic College Wodonga, Trinity Anglican College, Victory Lutheran College, Mount Carmel Christian School, St Augustines Primary Schooland St Monicas Primary School.
Higher education served by the
Wodonga Institute Of TAFE.
Wodonga is also home to the
Flying Fruit Fly Circus School, the educational arm of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, that provides educational services with an emphasis on the performing artsand contemporary circustraining. In 2003, a devastating fire destroyed the school's facilities at then Wodonga High School, [cite web
title=Flying Fruit Fly Circus's school destroyed
date=February 3, 2003
accessdate=2008-06-22] and the school relocated to
Wodonga West Secondary College(now Wodonga Middle Years CollegeFelltimber Campus). [cite web
title=FRUIT FLIES TO FLOCK AT WODONGA WEST
work=Media Release: MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
date=April 28, 2004
* [http://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/ City of Wodonga Council]
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