Administratively it is part of the Ballina Shire Council. It is located about 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) or 9 minutes car drive north-west from Ballina along the Pacific Highway. Sydney, the state capital, is located approximately 750 kilometres (465 miles) or 8.5 hours car drive south from Tintenbar.
Over the past two decades the population of Tintenbar has increased dramatically. This has principally been the result of three large estates being constructed (Norfolk Park Estate, Oatley Park Estate, and Phoenix Park Estate). It has grown to 587 usual residents in an area of 21.7 kilometres2 - giving an average population density of 27 people per square kilometre.
In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, Tintenbar is represented as a State suburb (SSC 19067).
In 2006 there were approximately 587 usual residents living in Tintenbar. Of this count, 292 were males and 295 were females.
By age, 23% of the population was under 15 years old, 65% were between 15 and 65, and 12% were over 65 years old.
Most people living in Tintenbar were born in Australia (87%). The median age for persons living in Tintenbar was 39 years.
According to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median invididual income was $454 per week (equal to approximately $23,673 per year). The median family income in 2006 was $1,114 per week (equal to approximately $58,087 per year); and, the median household income in 2006 was $1,096 per week (equal to approximately $57,148 per year).
There were 301 people employed in 2006 (to give an employment to working age population ratio of 0.79), and 17 people unemployed. The most common occupations were Managers (26%), Professionals (16%), and Technicians and Trades Workers (15%). The top 5 industries for employment were Fruit and Tree Nut Growing (5.0%), School Education (4.7%), Hospitals (4.0%), Residential Care Services (3.7%) and Residential Building Construction (2.7%).
In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median houseing loan repayment was $1,413 per month. This equated to marginally under 30% of median household income.
The median rent in 2006 was $160 per week. This equated to just under 15% of median household income.
The average household size was 3.0 persons.
Tintenbar has one general store (Tintenbar store), a restaurant (The Church restaurant), a pharmacy (Tintenbar pharmacy), an art studio (David Lane's Studio),
Tintenbar Store - George street, Telephone: (02) 6687 8588
Church Restaurant - 5 Fernleigh Rd, Telephone: (02) 6687 8221
Tintenbar Pharmacy - 12 George Street, Telephone: (02) 6687 9144
Tintenbar Medical Centre (Dr Lynne Davies)-12 George Street, Telephone (02) 6687 8299
David Lane's Studio - 31 Fernleigh Rd, Telephone: (02) 6687 8139
Tintenbar is a rural area that has many environmental features. It is surrounded by the localities of Knockrow to the north, Fernleigh and Brooklet to the north-west, Teven to the South-West, Cumbalum to the South, and Lennox Head to the East.
There are several creeks that flow through Tintenbar. The major one is called Emigrant creek. This flows into Killen Falls which is a waterfall that is a popular tourist destination.
Tintenbar has a multi-purpose hall located just off the Pacific Highway.
On the second Sunday of every month a market is held at the Tintenbar Oval.
Tintenbar has a major highway that crosses through it, called the Pacific Highway. This is a major road that links Sydney to Brisbane. It has a large volume of traffic, especially over Easter.
Currently the Pacific Highway is undergoing major improvements, particularly the introduction of dual-carriageway throughout most of the highway. In Tintenbar the Highway is only single-carriageway. This in addition to some difficult corners and turns has led to several traffic accidents. The state government is presently investigating options for improving the road and the route.
There is no public transport in Tintenbar. There are some bus routes that are run to transport children to primary and high schools. Older people may use these services.
Tintenbar has an oval and tennis courts. These are for hire from the General Store.
There is one primary school in Tintenbar. It is named the Teven-Tintenbar public school. The school is located in Fredricks lane near the boundary with the village of Teven.
Teven-Tintenbar public school was created in 1988 and is the result of an amalgamation of the Tintenbar and the Teven public schools.
There are no high schools or higher education facilities in Tintenbar. The nearest high school is Ballina High School, and the closest university is the Southern Cross University.
Tintenbar has a relatively good communications system. Almost every dwelling has access to the copper wire land-line network. Recently Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) was made available to the area by the upgrade of the Titnenbar exchange (located on the Pacific Highway). DSL plans are offered by Telstra.
Tintenbar has a long history. It stretches back to
History of Tintenbar Public School
The Tintenbar public school had a long history stretching back over 100 years. Initially the school was located near the centre of the village. In February 1884 that the school was opened, Miss Ellen Duffy being the first teacher. It was in the vicinity of a Church of England, a cooper's store, a hotel (Royal Hotel), and a blacksmith's shop.
Head teachers of the school were (from 1884):
Ellen Duffy, 26/2/1884; John Cameron, 8/7/1885; Lemuel Snow, 15/4/1887; James O’Sullivan, 14/3/1899; Thomas Murray, 18/5/1909; Frederick Dibley, 29/5/1925; Hubert Towner, 14/6/1926; Albert Folkard, 25/1/1927; John Wright, 23/7/1931; Aubrey Towner, 12/1/1943; Roger Christie, 29/6/1944; Colin Petrie, 4/12/46
In 1901 Opals were first discovered at Tintenbar (Opals down under).
A cemetery at Tintenbar is the resting place of many people. If you are unable to visit the cemetery, records can be accessed at the Richmond River Historical society for a fee.
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