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Greta is a small town in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia in Cessnock City Council. It has a population of around 1000 people. It is largely a commuter town located midway between Cessnock, Singleton and Maitland. The town is linked to nearby Branxton especially during community events.
Greta is heavily associated with Branxton with many combined sporting ventures, the most notable being a well-respected Soccer Club "The Greta-Branxton Wildcats" and Rugby League Club "Greta-Branxton Colts".
The Greta Army Camp, located on the town's outskirts, was opened in 1939 as a training ground for World War II soldier training, and in 1949 was transferred to the Department of Immigration who transformed it into one of Australia's largest migrant reception centres between June 1949 to January 1960 as part of the post-war immigration to Australia. Over 100,000 new migrants seeking a new life in Australia passed through Greta Camp throughout its 11-years in operation.
Greta's Tidy Towns Project's have also been nationally recognised and even achieved multiple awards and prestige for its beautification of what was once considered an unfashionable place to live. Greta Tidy Towns Committee meets regularly to discuss changes to the town and to manage its continuing beautification.
After much local lobbying, a Skate Park was erected by Cessnock City Council in 2000. This gave the Youth of Greta a place to meet and hone their skateboarding skills.
Greta is located on the New England Highway 167 kilometres north of Sydney, on a section of the highway that will be bypassed by most through traffic when the Hunter Expressway is completed. It has a railway station, which opened in 1869 on CityRail's Hunter line. It is close to major grape-growing areas.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Greta (State Suburb)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/ProductSelect?newproducttype=Community+Profiles&collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SSC17395&breadcrumb=LP¤taction=201&action=401. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- ^ Snapshots of Greta Migrant Camp 1949-1960
- ^ "Main North Line". www.nswrail.net. http://www.nswrail.net/lines/show.php?name=NSW:main_north. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
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