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Moora : Directory 2010-11
Moora Community Directory -- 5 Shire Information STATISTICS Shire of Moora Townships • Bindi Bindi • Coomberdale • Miling • Moora • Watheroo Area of the Shire 3788 square kilometres Population 2591 Rate Assessments 1425 Number of Dwellings 1380 Length of Roads (Council responsibility) -Sealed 320 kms -Unsealed 666 kms SHIRE OF MOORA HISTORY The township of Moora was gazetted on 12 April 1895. Moora became a separate Road Board on 11 December 1908 and later became the Shire of Moora on 1 July 1961.The foral emblem of the Shire of Moora is the wildfower ‘Verticordia Grandis’ commonly known as the Scarlet Feather Flower and grows mainly in the western most area of the shire. Early History An election was held in January 1909 and the following gentlemen constituted the frst Moora Road Board under the Chairmanship of the Hon HB Lefroy, KCMG, Messrs MT Padbury, P Dix, JR Hooper, JS Huggin, S Sheridan and PD Ferguson who was also Hon Secretary. At the time the Road Board Offce was in a shop adjoining the Moora Hotel. Total revenue in 1909 was £730, made up of rates £506 and wheel tax £224. In 1911 the number of members was increased to 9 and during 1912 a Road Board Hall with offces and library was built. The membership was further increased in 1930 to 11 members. When the Wongan - Mullewa Railway line was built in 1916, a portion of the board was transferred to the Dalwallinu Road Board, but was later returned to the Moora Road Board when the railway line to Miling was completed in 1925. The years 1930 to 1936 saw considerable progress in the district in the bitumenisation of some streets in Moora, installation of a water supply and endeavours to control food waters generally. From 1936 to 1939 efforts were directed to the remaking of roads to carry heavy traffc. World War II naturally caused curtailment of works through lack of manpower and plant. Numerous army units were stationed in and around Moora and with material provided by the Talkie Trust and Moora Camp Comforts Fund, army units built the Amenities Hall in 1943 (this is now demolished). During the same year, the Moora Road Board saw ft to link with the Country Free Lending Library Authority and thus a free library was inaugurated in this district. The last 5 years of the Road Board (up to 1961) saw many improvements in the district's facilities including - erection of the Administration Offce, Council Chambers and Library, erection of the Miling Hall and Watheroo Hall, erection of the Moora Kindergarten. Bitumenisation of many rural roads and town streets continued. The Shire of Moora was constituted in July 1961. The period since 1961 has seen many improvements of the Shire's facilities including the construction of a modern Olympic Swimming Pool, Caravan Park, Grandstand and Pavilion at the Moora Oval and also the Watheroo and Miling Pavilions. In the townsite of Moora there are several areas of public open space and several parks or reserves, including; • Apex Park • Centenary Park • Federation Park • Pioneer Park • Rotary Clock Park • Moora Sportsground Miling and Watheroo also have a sports oval. SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES The Moora townsite has excellent sport and recreational facilities. The Recreation Centre was opened in 1983. This complex houses 2 squash courts, and can cater for netball, basketball and badminton. The complex also includes bar and kitchen facilities and is suitable for catered functions, meetings, training seminars etc. Other sports facilities available in Moora are; • Golf course • Bowling greens • Swimming pool • Grassed and hard tennis courts • Hockey oval • Netball courts • Rife, pistol shooting, clay target ranges • Football • Cricket • Athletics • Equestrian Centre • Moora Health & Fitness (24/7 Access Gym) • Race Track TOURISM Moora attracts many tourists, passing through enroute to holiday destinations and attractions further north and on the coast. Moora is a popular stopover for tourists also heading north, following the wildfower trail. The shire is central to a number of attractions in the Midlands including coastal towns such as Jurien, Lancelin and Cervantes. The Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park at Cervantes is also a major drawcard. The Moora townsite is only 55kms from the Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia which also attracts many tourists. The Moora Shire Caravan Park provides excellent facilities in pleasant surroundings at reasonable rates. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS • Army Campsites • Berkshire Valley Museum (By appointment only) • Moora Arts & Crafts & Tin Shed Pottery • Moora Fine Arts Gallery • Moora Town Clock • Moora Town Walk • Moora Wildfower Drive • Murals • Watheroo National Park & Jingamia Cave • Watheroo Station Tavern • Western Wildfower Farm • Clinch House (Historical Display) (By appointment only)