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Urandangi Health Clinic
The community of Urandangi is in the local government area of Boulia Shire. Located on the banks of the Georgina River, the community has a population of around 20 permanent residents. It was founded in 1885 by Charlie Webster and James Hutton who started a general store as it was an important centre for travellers and drovers using the Georgina and other stock routes.
Urandangi is home to the Bularnu, Waluwarra and Wangkayujuru people who are the Traditional Custodians of the area. In total, 85 per cent of the local population identify as Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The North West Remote Health and Royal Flying Doctors Service have regular clinics in Urandangi. The North West Hospital and Health Service Community and Primary Health Care Chronic Disease Team have adjusted their program to visit twice yearly in conjunction with the Healthy Skin team, and on request as the community requires.
The Community and Primary Health Care Maternal, Child and Youth Health team perform hearing health screening at Urandangi School three times a year. The Community and Primary Health Care Women’s Health team hold clinics in Urandangi several times a year.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service visit fortnightly and advise the Community Health team of concerns that may need followed up in between visits and if there are patients that require other assistance.
Boulia Shire Council
Urandangi was the ideal place for the drovers to stop as there was usually water in the Georgina River and if not, there was always the stock water trough. Urandangi became the drovers’ stop between Camooweal and Dajarra and quickly expanded into a township where mail and supplies could be accessed. It was not an uncommon sight to see at least three mobs of drovers with up to 2000 head of cattle on the stock route around Urandangi.
In its heyday, the Dangi, as it’s commonly referred to, had three hotels, two stores and a post office. There was also a dance hall which was a welcome site for many a drover.
If you are thinking of heading further north or west, contact the Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre for up-to-date road conditions. Also a must before leaving Urandangi is a visit to the iconic Dangi Bush Resort (Urandangi Pub) for a well earned “coldie” and a chance to meet the locals.
When visiting Urandangi, head down to the Georgina River which runs near town. The tranquillity of the majestic river gives an insight into its past. You can see why it has had songs and poems written about it. Definitely worth throwing in a line if there is water in the river at the time of your visit.
Also in Urandangi is the cemetery which has several Chinese graves. In the early part of the 1900’s, there were Chinese market gardeners living in Urandangi and growing an impressive array of fruit and vegies.
Boulia Shire Council Website: www.boulia.qld.gov.au