Kununurra, Western Australia

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Kununurra is a town in north Western Australia located at the eastern side of the Kimberley Region close to the border with the Northern Territory. It is 3247km North of Perth and 834 km from Darwin. The population is 6,100, about half of whom are Aboriginal people.

"Kununurra" comes from the Aboriginal language of the region and means "big waters". Lake Argyle, Australia's largest lake, over 100 sq/km in size, is only 72 kilometres from the town. The town is relatively new and was gazetted in the late 1950s, at the time that the Ord River Irrigation scheme was set up.

The scheme involved damming the Ord River and building a diversion dam 50km downstream so that the waters can be directed to irrigate about 750 km² of land. By 1966 there were 31 farms on the Ord River plains. By 1972 the second stage of the scheme was completed with the opening of the Lake Argyle Dam.

The town also has a 'Celebrity Tree Park' with many trees planted by famous people including Rolf Harris.

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Kununurra (http://www.west-oz.com/Regions/Kimberley/Kununurra/kununurra.asp)

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