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Kingaroy is an agricultural town and locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 210 kilometres or about 2½ hours drive north-west of the state capital Brisbane. The town is situated on the junction of the D'Aguilar and the Bunya Highways. At the 2016 census, Kingaroy had a population of 10,020 with a median age of 37.
It is known as the "Peanut Capital of Australia" because Australia's largest peanut processing plant is located in the town and peanut silos dominate the skyline. Kingaroy is also well known as the home town of former Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
Kingaroy itself is the largest town in the South Burnett and the region's commercial centre, offering all the services, shopping facilities and many of the industries generally expected in much larger centres. The town has its own hotels, motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts and cabins; and a range of restaurants, fast food outlets and petrol stations (including 24-hour petrol stations). Unlike many towns of its size, Kingaroy has its own shopping mall that includes Woolworths, Big W, and other retailers. Kingaroy also has an aerodrome a few kilometres from the centre of town and is regularly served by major bus lines.
Kingaroy has the most cosmopolitan feel of any South Burnett township but it's still a relaxed, friendly and informal country town at heart. It has the typical low-humidity climate of all South Burnett townships and is surrounded by extensive (and very picturesque) farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills. The Booie Range, home to several wineries and cellar doors, lies immediately north-east of the town and the Bunya Mountains about 55 kilometres to the south-west. The township is situated in the middle of some spectacular scenery, and is popular for bushwalking.
The Central Business District of the township is dominated by the Peanut Company of Australia's peanut silos (a local landmark). The Information, Art, and Heritage Precinct is located directly opposite the peanut silos. The complex includes the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery, Visitor Information Centre, Heritage Museum, and an interpretative arena which highlights local industries. The Heritage Precinct also includes a number of historic buildings ranging from Carroll's Cottage (the first building constructed in Kingaroy) through to the Carrollee Hotel and the Shire's earliest Council Chambers (built in 1913).
Kingaroy is also the new home for the Kingaroy Observatory (formerly Maidenwell Observatory) which was moved to its new site in Geoff Raph Drive, at the airport in early March 2015 and opened for business on June 29. Kingaroy Observatory is now a major tourist attraction for those wanting to eyeball the Universe up close, in large powerful telescopes, under a canopy of stars not affected by light pollution.
Kingaroy State School opened its doors in 1902 and Kingaroy State High School was established in 1958.
Kingaroy has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters. Daily maximum temperatures range from 30 °C (86 °F) in January to 18 °C (64 °F) in July. On 12 February 2017. Due to its elevation, the town often records some of the coldest temperatures in Queensland during winter, dropping below freezing an average of 14.3 times per year. The annual average rainfall in Kingaroy is 779.1 mm (30.7 in), with the majority of it falling during the summer months. Frost is common from June to August, whilst sleet occurs occasionally, and light snow fell in July 1959. Winters are generally sunny with occasional periods of rain during the passage of frontal systems, whilst summers feature sunny days with frequent evening thunderstorms. Heavy rain events can occasionally occur at any time of year although are most frequent in late summer and can last from a few hours to as long as a week.
Traditionally, Kingaroy has always been the centre of Australia's peanut and navy bean industries but since the early 1990s it has also developed into one of the twin hubs of the South Burnett's rapidly expanding wine industry (the other hub is at Murgon, Redgate and Moffatdale, 55 kilometres to the north). Several wineries are located either in or very close to the town, along with the Booie Range Distillery which opened in 2001 - only the third distillery in Queensland.
Droughts and uncertainty surrounding the region's annual peanut crop led some farmers to diversify and grow grapes. Rich volcanic soil, hot dry summers and cold winters proved to be ideal conditions for wine growing. Quite a number of vineyards were established in the region, and the success of their wine enables the South Burnett region, which includes Kingaroy, to promote the area as a tourist destination. The success of these enterprises has been largely attributed to the scenery of the location, and has benefited the local economy.
Other than grapes, peanuts and navy beans, other crops commonly grown in the Kingaroy area are sorghum, wheat, corn, sunflowers, citrus fruits and duboisia, a kind of plant often used for pharmaceutical products.
Kingaroy has a vibrant sporting life. The town is home to a number of leading sports people including NRL players Chris Sandow and Chris McQueen Wallabies centre/fly-half Berrick Barnes, as well as former Australian cricket test and one day opening batter Matthew Hayden and Southern Stars women's cricket Australian representative bowler Holly Ferling. Kingaroy also has its own golf club, cricket club. Kingaroy Bowls Club has 2 Grass greens and plays on Thursdays and Sundays. Kingaroy & District Tennis Association has 8 synthetic grass courts, and a practice wall. The tennis club holds Thursday night fixtures and other social day matches during the week. It is also has a notable speedway track.
The Kingaroy Showgrounds is also home to the Lucas Oil Kingaroy Speedway, 400 metres (440 yards) clay oval. The speedway, which opened in 1968, is run by the South Burnett Speedway Club.
Kingaroy has a vibrant cultural and social life and is home to an art gallery and several local craft outlets as well as a range of well-maintained and attractive parklands. The South Burnett Regional Council operates a public library in Kingaroy at Glendon Street.
The town has two lookouts (at nearby Mt Wooroolin and Apex Park in Fisher Street) which provide striking panoramic views across the area.
Live entertainment is held regularly at the Returned Services League club as well as several central hotels and in Kingaroy Town Hall. A half-dozen cellardoors are located either in town of very close to it.
The practice has: 3 consultation rooms, a reception area with capacity for 2 staff, 1 large treatment room, separate staff room, onsite staff parking and full server setup. . It is an Ideal clinic for a small multi-disciplinary service or a new Practitioner beginning work in their own General Practice with room for expansion and future development.
The practice has traditionally provided Monday to Friday services plus Saturday morning clinics however it can offer extended hours with a new medical team. This is an ideal training practice for a team of 3 or 4 doctors. Appointments are booked 15 minutely. All computer systems and medical records are provided within the existing infrastructure.
The Medical Centre has one treatment room with all the equipment in place, including many of the consumables, required to begin practice. The Treatment room is setup for general clinical support services as well as skin specialties. All of the standard treatment room equipment is ready for use, along with specific dermatology equipment.
Rural Health Management Services currently administer the practice and will ensure that the required administrative support and appropriate staff are in place to maintain the smooth operation of the practice. The reception desk has capacity for 2 staff, the practice is fully accredited and computerised using Best Practice. Management of recalls & reminders are also in place.
The practice has provided practice nursing services with separate facilities and systems in place to support on site procedures and chronic disease management programs.
There are facilities for Allied Health Services to be co-located within this practice. The allied health services in Kingaroy are currently limited providing the opportunity to build up these services in the practice to meet unmet demand.
Specialist services are provided through tele-health from within the practice. A full range of specialist services are available in Gympie (136km), Toowoomba (154km) or Caboolture (165km).
QML, S&N pathology, X-ray and ultrasound services are located nearby in Kingaroy.
The practice is fully equipped to provide: Skin Cancer Screening, , Excisions and other minor procedures.
With a strong local patient base the practice services patients of a wide demographic from a rural lower social economic community. Indigenous and immigrant patients are also part of the practice cohort as well as individuals with complex or chronic medical conditions.
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