Paddock To Plate

The Tamworth Region - Matt's Homecoming

Here are some interesting facts about The Tamworth Region.

The region stretches from the New England Highway to the edge of the Outback, and includes the Great Dividing Range between Tamworth and Tenterfield, the Namoi and Gwydir River towns of Inverell, Moree and Narrabri, and the wild west frontier towns of Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

The region’s total population is 181,667. But that number is expected to decline to 178,596 by June 2016. The country is losing loads of people to the big smoke.

Agriculture is one of the largest industries in this area due to the land’s rich black soil.
The biggest crops are: cotton, wheat, sorghum, chickpeas, canola, pecan nuts, olives/oil, cattle, sheep and pigs.

Three shires make up the “Golden DURUM Triangle” – Moree Plains Shire, Narrabri Shire and Walgett Shire. (TAMWORTH IS NOT PART OF GOLDEN TRIANGLE) The Golden Triangle was named after the region’s extensive wheat crop.

Matt Moran’s father Jim lived in the area & ran dairy farms along the Peel River before Matt was born. They then moved to a place called Currabubula.

Currabubula is a village on the North West Slopes of the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Werris Creek Road 30 kilometres south-west of Tamworth and 15 km north-east of Werris Creek. Currabubula is in the Liverpool Plains Shire local government area.

The Indigenous Kamilaroi people lived in the area for many thousands of years. The name Currabubula comes from the Gamilaraay language, possibly meaning 'two-forked tree', or a meeting of ranges at differing angles. Thomas Mitchell first recorded it as the local creek name in 1831.

Before 1848 there was an 'accommodation house' at Currububla and by 1854 (or even possibly earlier) there was an inn located at Carabobbela. The village was laid out before 1860 and in 1862 Currabubula was shown on the county map.  A railway station on the Main North railway line was located there between 1878 and 1985.

Currabubula has a public school and a hotel. The annual Currabubula Red Cross Art Exhibition takes place there. Agriculture is the major industry in the area. Important agricultural activities include the production of beef cattle, sheep and grain.

Matt lived at a property called Glenbrook on Glenbrook Road. His family owned & ran a 1200 acre sheep and cattle farm here until he was five years old.

The property changed hands several times before it was bought by a lady called Karen Arnott.

Karen Arnott was the Moran’s neighbour. She is descendant from the Arnott’s biscuit family synonymous with Australian history & culture. But in the 1960s she moved to the area to live in the country.



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