The town of Boggabilla
Boggabilla has a Population of 647.
Boggabilla is a small rural community just a few kilometres below the Queensland Border. It lies on the junction of the Newell and Bruxner Highways, 13km from Goondiwindi (Qld) and 95km north of Moree. It is 769km north west of Sydney.
The village has a population of 639, with many people employed in agriculture, it's major industry. Sheep, beef cattle, cotton and wheat are major agricultural properties and a large wheat silo is located in the village which draws wheat from a large catchment area where it can then be transported by rail to either Newcastle or Sydney. Moves are in progress to take the rail link across the border and join with the Queensland rail system to allow access to Brisbane.
The name Boggabilla is an Aboriginal word that means 'Great Chief Born Here'. The village has a large Aboriginal community and some of their art work can be seen on the premises of one of the commercial buildings of the village. There is also an education campus with a difference, where the primary, secondary, and TAFE education buildings are located on the one campus.
Boggabilla is also the home of the Euraba Paper Company.
Euraba Paper Company is the first Aboriginal business to make elite, hand made paper in Australia at production level. It is an initiative of nine Goomeroi women, from the communitites of Toomelah and Boggabilla. The dream of establishing an Aboriginal Community Paper Mill began in 1996 when these nine senior Goomeroi women commenced art classes at the Boggabilla TAFE.
In May 1999 these women graduated with a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Art & Cultural Practices. Two weeks later the graduates established the Euraba Paper Company. This meant for some of the women their first full time job since they were domestic servants on local station homesteads in the 1950's.
Today there are different age groups of women and men working together to achieve the goals of the Euraba Paper Company and to make a difference in the communities.
Euraba Paper Company produces handmade paper from 100% Cotton Rag. All products and art images are produced on the 100% Cotton Rag paper that incorporates Aboriginal designs that have cultural significance to the local area.