Place:Walgett, New South Wales, Australia


Coordinates30.05°S 148.167°E
Located inNew South Wales, Australia
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Walgett is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Walgett Shire. It is near the junctions of the Barwon and Namoi rivers and the Kamilaroi and Castlereagh Highways. In 2011, it had a population of 2,267 including 1,004 Indigenous persons and 1,073 Australian-born persons.[1] The balance of the population was born overseas. In 2013 it had a population of 2,300.

Walgett takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'the meeting of two rivers'.

The current signage at the outskirts of the town indicates a population of 2,300 (December 2008) and an elevation of 130 metres.

It is a regional hub for wool, wheat and cotton industries. It is the gateway to the New South Wales opal fields at Lightning Ridge to the north and The Grawin to the west. The main crop farmed in the district is wheat, however the drought has caused an increase in the farming of lucerne and other good hay crops.

The town, like many other remote communities, has problems with crime linked to the abuse of drugs and alcohol.[2][3] As a result, many businesses have metal shutters to protect their premises from street crime.

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