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Things to do: historic sites, nature
Wynyard is a rural town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia 16km west of Burnie on the Bass Highway at the mouth of the Inglis River.At the Wynyard had an urban population of 5,061 and a total greater population of 5,990. It is part of the Waratah-Wynyard Council local government area and is a regional hub, servicing the surrounding rural districts. The largest employer in the town is the dairy processing plant, owned by the New Zealand company, Fonterra.HistoryThe Tommeginner were a tribe of Indigenous Australians who lived in the region along the coastline until soon after the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century. As hunter-gatherers, the Tommeginner hunted for game on the plains inland, but they also built tidal fish traps with rocks close to the shore at Fossil Bluff which are still evident today.Wynyard was probably named after Major-General Edward Buckley Wynyard in the early 1850s.CommunityCommunity RadioCoast FM is a volunteer community radio station servicing the North-West coast of Tasmania, with the studio based in Wynyard.Notable residents F. M. Alexander the creator of the Alexander technique was born on the northern bank of the Inglis River at a settlement called Alexandria, situated about three km upstream from the river mouth. He later moved to Waratah, Melbourne, London and New York to pursue acting and teaching. Carla Boyd is a retired Australian women's basketball player who was born in Wynyard. Boyd Competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, and the 1998 World Championship, winning medals at all three events (1 silver and 2 bronze).
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