Monaro High School
is Cooma's only public high school, it serves the town and seven of the neighbouring rural towns and villages such as Berridale
Berridale is a small town of 844 people in New South Wales, and is the administrative centre of the Snowy River Shire, one of Australia's major inland tourism destinations...
Jindabyne is a town in south-east New South Wales, Australia that overlooks Lake Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains, in Snowy River Shire. It is a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, due to its proximity to several ski resorts throughout the Kosciuszko National Park, including...
Nimmitabel is a small town in the Monaro region in southeast New South Wales, Australia, in the Cooma-Monaro Shire Local government area. At the 2006 census, Nimmitabel had a population of 237 people....
Bredbo is a village on the Monaro plains of New South Wales, Australia. The village is on the Monaro Highway 33 kilometers north of Cooma. The village is in the Cooma-Monaro Shire shire and had a population of 169 people in 2006....
Dalgety is a small town in New South Wales Australia, on the banks of the Snowy River between Melbourne and Sydney.The town is located at what was once an important river crossing along the Travelling Stock route from Gippsland to the Snowy Mountains High Country dating from the 1840s.- History...
Cooma has two public primary schools Cooma Public School
and Cooma North Public School
both providing education for students in kindergarten to year 6.
There is a Roman Catholic school in Cooma called St Patrick's Parish School
providing education from kindergarten to year 10.
Cooma also has a private Christian school known as Snowy Mountains Christian School
which provides education from kindergarten to year 10.
TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Cooma Campus
is located in Cooma and provides further education.
Two newspapers operate in Cooma, The Cooma Monaro Express
owned by Fairfax Media
Fairfax Media Limited is one of Australia's largest diversified media companies. The group's operations include newspapers, magazines, radios and digital media operating in Australia and New Zealand. Fairfax Media was founded by the Fairfax family as John Fairfax and Sons, later to become John...
, and the independently owned The Monaro Post
, which began in 2006, owned by Oliver Mohr.
- 2XL 918 AM (commercial)
- Snow FM
97.7 Snow FM is a commercial radio station in New South Wales, covering the areas of Cooma, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Perisher Blue and Charlotte Pass....
97.7 FM (commercial)
- Triple J 100.1 FM
- ABC South-East 810 AM/1602 AM
- Radio National 95.3 FM/100.9 FM
- Classic FM 99.3
- Monaro FM 90.5 (community)
- Racing Radio 96.9 FM
Note: transmitters for 2XL and Snow FM, as well as some ABC services, are in place throughout the Snowy Mountains.
Cooma is serviced by Cooma - Snowy Mountains Airport
Cooma – Snowy Mountains Airport is an airport in Cooma, New South Wales, Australia.-Airlines and destinations:-Getting to and From:* offers scheduled bus services direct to Perisher and Thredbo from Snowy Mountains Airport. They will meet all Aeropelican arrival times. They also offer private...
which is 15 kilometres from the CBD. Cooma has a bus service connecting various areas of town three times a day run by Cooma Coaches. Cooma is serviced by CountryLink buses which make daily journeys to both Canberra and the Bega Valley. Cooma has a taxi service run by Cooma Radio Taxis. Passenger trains operated to Cooma (the Cooma Mail
) until 1986.
The Cooma Monaro Railway is a heritage railway
thumb|right|the Historical [[Khyber train safari|Khyber Railway]] goes through the [[Khyber Pass]], [[Pakistan]]A heritage railway , preserved railway , tourist railway , or tourist railroad is a railway that is run as a tourist attraction, in some cases by volunteers, and...
using historic NSW Railmotor
Railmotor is a term which was used by several British railway companies for a steam railcar.-Overview:William Bridges Adams started building railmotors as early as 1848, but only in small numbers...
s built in the 1920s. The railway operates a weekend and Public Holiday service to Bunyan and Chakola on a portion of track used by the Bombala railway line.
People associated with Cooma
People born in Cooma include:
- John (Bērziņš)
Bishop John is bishop of Caracas and South America for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia .-Life:Pēteris Bērziņš was born on 16 March 1957 in Cooma, Australia, of Latvian Orthodox refugees, Leonid and Margarita Bērziņš, who were forced to leave their homeland during the Second World War...
, bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, bishop of Caracas
- Carmen Duncan
Carmen Joan Duncan is an Australian actress.-Biography:Carmen Duncan is known to Australian audiences as a character actress in films and on television...
- Paula Duncan
Paula Margaret Duncan is an Australian actress. She is prominent mainly in the genre of soap opera. Her sister is fellow soap actress Carmen Duncan....
- Torah Bright
Torah Jane Bright is an Australian snowboarder. She turned pro at age 14 and finished fifth in snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. She lives and trains in the area of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA...
, Olympic Snowboarder
- Jamie Burns
James "Jamie" Burns is an English professional footballer who played in midfield for Morecambe, whom he joined from Blackpool on 1 July 2007. He had been on loan from his hometown club since November 2006....
, N.S.W Cricketer, 1927
- A. D. Hope
Alec Derwent Hope AC OBE was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, teacher and academic.-Life:...
, poet and essayist
- Flt Lt Pat Hughes DFC
Flight Lieutenant Paterson Clarence Hughes DFC was a Royal Australian Air Force fighter pilot, assigned to the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain in World War II....
, RAAF pilot. One of The Few
The Few is a term used to describe the Allied airmen of the Royal Air Force who fought the Battle of Britain in the Second World War. It comes from Winston Churchill's phrase "Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few"....
, Hughes was the highest scoring Australian in the Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain is the name given to the World War II air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940...
- John Tierney
Dr John Tierney , Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate 1991 - 2005, representing the state of New South Wales....
- John Tranter
John Ernest Tranter is an Australian poet, publisher and editor. He has a long list of achievements in writing, publishing and broadcasting...
- Steve Liebmann
Steve Liebmann is an Australian television anchor and radio broadcaster, best known for co-hosting the Today news and current affairs show on the Nine Network between 1982 and 1986, and again from 1990 to 2005....
- Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Penrith Panthers of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking winger he has played his whole career to date with the Panthers...
, rugby league player
- Brett White
Brett White is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders, and formally of the Melbourne Storm of the NRL...
, rugby league player
- Sam Willams
Sam Williams is a professional Australian rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the NRL who plays the position of halfback.-National Youth Competition:...
, rugby league player
- Charlotte Wood
Charlotte Wood is an Australian novelist.Wood was born in Cooma, New South Wales. She has a background in journalism and has also taught writing at a variety of levels. She currently lives in Sydney. She has a Master of Creative Arts from UTS and a BA from Charles Sturt University. Her new novel,...
The name Cooma is used as a name for a crater on the planet Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. It is often described as the "Red Planet", as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance...
, without specifically commemorating the town.
- Cooma Correctional Centre
Cooma Correctional Centre is an Australian prison facility located in Vale St, Cooma, New South Wales, Australia.Construction of the Cooma Correctional Centre commenced in 1870 from local granite which was quarried from the hill where the Centre now stands. The Centre commenced operations on 1...
- Snowy Mountains Scheme
The Snowy Mountains scheme is a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex in south-east Australia. It consists of sixteen major dams; seven power stations; a pumping station; and 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts and was constructed between 1949 and 1974. The Chief engineer was Sir...
- Railway line through Cooma