Wodonga, Victoria

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
lga = 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

location1 = Sydney
dist1 = 557.7
location2 = Melbourne
dist2= 307.4
location3 = Canberra
dist3= 351.7
location4= Wagga Wagga
dist4= 152.9
location5= Wangaratta
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, 1856 although 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 Army logistics base and a training centre for army technical apprentices, Latchford Barracks. It is also the home of a campus of La Trobe University and 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 Albury-Wodonga for details.

port and culture

There are three Australian rules football clubs in Wodonga, the Wodonga Football Club, the Wodonga Raiders Football Club and 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 Lions dual-premiership player Daniel Bradshaw and celebrated Saint Kilda Saints forward Fraser Gehrig are 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
title=HotHouse Theatre

Australian Socceroos Archie Thompson and Joshua Kennedy played 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-Sydney lines. 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
] 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.


Federal Government

Wodonga is in the federal Division of Indi. The current representative for the Division of Indi is Liberal Party of Australia member Sophie Mirabella.

State Government

Wodonga is in the Victorian Electoral district of Benambra. Bill Tilley of the Liberal Party was elected member for the electoral district of Benambra in 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
date=October 3, 2005
] The former 3 public high schools in Wodonga were Wodonga High School, Mitchell Secondary College and 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 School and 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 arts and contemporary circus training. 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
work=The Age
date=February 3, 2003
] and the school relocated to Wodonga West Secondary College (now Wodonga Middle Years College Felltimber Campus). [cite web
date=April 28, 2004


External links

* [http://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/ City of Wodonga Council]

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