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North Wonthaggi

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for North Wonthaggi is 2,824, with a population density of 2.79 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

North Wonthaggi is bounded by the Powlett River in the north, the locality of St Clair, Heslop Road, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Korumburra Road and Benetti Road in the east, White Road and the Bass Highway in the south, and Loch-Wonthaggi Road in the west.

Name origin

North Wonthaggi is named for the area north of Wonthaggi, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "home" or "to pull along".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1850s when the township of Wonthaggi developed as a result of coal mining. Coal was mined from the Powlett River fields from 1859 to 1864. Population was minimal until the early 1900s, spurred by the growth of the Wonthaggi township. The most significant development took place from the post-war years. The population increased from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

North Wonthaggi is a residential and rural area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Powlett River and one school.