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Moora, Western Australia
Moora, Western Australia.
|Population||1,773 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||203 m (666 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Moora|
Moora is a townsite located 177 km north of Perth in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Moora was one of the original stations on the Midland railway line to Walkaway, and the townsite was gazetted in 1895. At the 2016 census, Moora had a population of 1,773.
The town is the most substantial wheat belt town between Geraldton and Perth. The town provides facilities and services such as commercial banks, schools, commerce and retail sectors, community recreational facilities; plus a Pharmacy, Dentist, Doctors and District Hospital.
The town was left underwater in 1932 when heavy rainfall inundated the town causing severe flooding. The town was left isolated as both rail lines and roads had portions washed away. Over half the town was submerged to a depth of 3 feet (90 cm) and once the waters receded was left under a thick coating of mud. Crops and stock in the surrounding area were also lost.
In March 1999, the town suffered a major flood when ex-Tropical Cyclone Elaine caused the Moore River to break its banks with the evacuation of 1000 people. Just as the community was recovering, another major rainfall event on the already saturated land in May the same year caused yet another flood in the town.
The Moora Agricultural Show is held every year in September and includes a full Equestrian Program, Fire Works, Fashion Parade, entertainment and some exciting exhibits. The Moora Cup Race Day is one of the biggest events on Moora's social calendar and is held every year in October.
Many tourist attractions can be found around the Moora District, ranging from the Western Wildflower Farm to the abundance of hand-painted murals and the Moora Town Clock. As such, Moora is often a popular stopover for tourist’s en route to holiday destinations and those following the wildflower trail.
Moora lies within the Moora Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because it supports up to 60 breeding pairs of the endangered Short-billed Black Cockatoo. Surrounding the town are several rural activities (such as the growing of wheat, barley, canola, oaten hay and lupins, as well as the raising of sheep, cattle and pigs) and a silica mine located 15 km north of the townsite.
Musician Paul Harding from electronic music group Pendulum attended Moora Primary School.
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- "Introduction St Joseph's School, Moora". Cateight. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
- "IBA: Moora". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- "Climate statistics for Moora". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
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