Casino, New South Wales

Casino, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Casino
state = nsw

caption = Walker Street shopping precinct in Casino
lga = Richmond Valley Council
postcode = 2470
pop = 10,057
pop_footnotes=cite web
publisher = Richmond Valley Council
title= Richmond Valley Council
work= 2003 Community Profile
url =
accessdate = 2006-12-18
est =
elevation= 26
elevation_footnotes=cite web
publisher = Bureau of Meteorology
work=Climate Averages for Australian Sites
url =
accessdate = 2006-11-24
maxtemp = 26.8
mintemp = 13.1
rainfall = 1097.5
stategov = Lismore
fedgov = Page
dist1 = 726
location1= Sydney
dist2 =228
location2= Brisbane

Casino is a town of approximately 10,000 people in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. It lies on the banks of the Richmond River and is situated at the junction of the Bruxner Highway and the Summerland Way.

It is located convert|726|km|mi|0|abbr=on north of Sydney and convert|228|km|mi|0|abbr=on south of Brisbane.


Casino is the seat of the Richmond Valley Council, a Local Government Area.

It was named after Cassino (near Monte Cassino) in Italy, [ [ Geographical Names Board of New South Wales] ] with which it has a sister city agreement. [cite web
url =
title = Minutes Ordinary Meeting
accessdate = 2008-08-07
date = Date|2002-07-16
format = PDF
publisher = Richmond Valley Council
pages = p.32
] [cite web
url =
title = Minutes Ordinary Meeting
accessdate = 2008-08-07
date = Date|2003-03-18
format = PDF
publisher = Richmond Valley Council
pages = p.42

Casino is among Australia's largest beef centres. It is the regional hub of a very large cattle industry and positions itself as the "Beef Capital" of Australia, [cite web
url =
title = "Northern Star" Casino Beef Week 2000
accessdate = 2008-08-10
last = George
first = Thomas
authorlink = Thomas George
date = Date|2000-05-30
publisher = Parliament of New South Wales
work = Hansard
quote = I speak about Casino, the true beef capital of Australia
] [cite web
url =
title = Casino tourism
accessdate = 2008-08-10
publisher = Casino Tourist Information Centre
] although the city of Rockhampton also claims this title. In addition it is the service centre for a rich agricultural area.

Each year the town celebrates Beef Week. It was cancelled in 2007 due to the drought. [cite press|url =| title = Beef Week Draws Good Crowds| date = Date|2006-02-06 | publisher = Stock and Land Beef Week| quote = Some beef industry events such as the Casino Beef Week in New South Wales have been forced to cancel because of the drought] In 2008, Casino hosted Beef Week from 27 May to the 3 June. [cite web|url = | title = Casino Beef Week| accessdate = 2008-05-29]


Casino is situated on the main North Coast railway line between Sydney and Brisbane, north of Grafton. A branch line runs via Lismore to Murwillumbah. The line is currently closed, although lobbying is taking place to re-open it.

Among its many schools are the main ones: Casino High School, Casino Public School, Casino West Public School, St. Mary's Primary School, St. Mary's High School and Casino Christian Community School.

Notable people

*Ian Callinan (1937–), High Court judge
*Pat Darling (1913–2007), nurse and author
*John Elford, rugby league player
*Jeff Fatt (1953–), musician and actor, one of The Wiggles
*Thomas George (1949–), politician
*Ben Kennedy (1974–), rugby league player
*Matt King (1980–), rugby league player
*Tess Mallos, food journalist and author
*Chris Munce (1969–), horse racing jockey
*Albert Torrens (1976–), rugby league player
*Damien Wright (1975–), cricket player


*Arthur Percy Sullivan (1896–1937), Victoria Cross recipient, worked at a bank in Casino during the 1930s.
*The song I've Been Everywhere references Casino in its second verse.


* [ FallingRain Map — elevation = Convert|135|m|ft]

External links

* [ General information on Casino]

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