Tatura is an Aboriginal word meaning "small lagoon."
One of the defining historical features of Tatura is the Dethridge water-wheel which can be seen beside the roadside as you enter the town. It was established to regulate the flow of water along irrigation channels and consequently the district's prosperity is a result of an extensive irrigation project which, combined with the rich soil, has resulted in excellent dairy farming, cereal crops, fruit and vegetable cultivation, sheep and cattle. That, in turn, led to the establishment of a tomato-processing factory, a dairy products plant and an abattoir. The intensive agriculture of the area is evident in its importance as Victoria's major centre for research into irrigation management related issues and its place as the head office of Goulburn-Murray Water - the regional water management authority.
atura is a town in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria, Australia, and is situated within the City of Greater Shepparton local government area, 167 kilometres north of Melbourne and 18 kilometres west of the regional centre of Shepparton.
The main attractions of the town are the Tatura German Military Cemetery and the unusual combination that is the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum. Other attractions include the Cussen Park wetlands, the Wartime Camps, and Irrigation Museum. The township also hosts the International Dairy Week, a huge dairy show.
With a large corporate and manufacturing presence within the town, Tatura is a major employer within the Goulburn Valley. Organisations include Tatura Milk Industries, Goulburn-Murray Water's corporate headquarters, Sinclair Knight Merz, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Victoria), as well as major regional processing plants for multinational corporations such as Unilever and Snow Brand Milk Products.
Tatura has two primary schools serving both the town and surrounding areas: Tatura Primary School is a public school located South of the town centre, whilst Sacred Heart School is a private school located on the town's main street. Tatura is 20 minutes from La Trobe University Shepparton Campus as well as the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE which both offer a range of tertiary and TAFE courses for the Goulburn Valley.
- Toolamba West
- Tatura East
- Waranga Shores
- Mooroopna North West
References: Wikipedia and Aussie Towns