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Rural Balance

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural Balance is 2,684, with a population density of 0.07 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural Balance is bounded by the locality of Lang Lang and the South Gippsland Highway in the north, South Gippsland Shire in the east, the localities of Inverloch and Wonthaggi, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Heslop Road, the Powlett River, Loch-Wonthaggi Road, White Road, Lower Powlett Road and Bass Strait in the south, and the localities of San Remo, Anderson and Woolamai, McGrath Road, the Bass River, McKenzie Road, the Bass Highway, Stanley Road and the localities of Grantville and The Gurdies in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing, with some coal mining. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly from the 1970s. The population increased from the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Rural Balance is a predominantly rural area which includes the small township of Kilcunda. Land is used largely for agriculture and tourism.

Major features

Major features of the area include Grantville Nature Conservation Reserve, Bunurong Marine National Park, Bass Coast Rail Trail, various beaches and one school.

Included areas

Rural Balance encompasses the localities of Almurta, Archies Creek, Dalyston, Glen Alvie, Glen Forbes, Kernot, Kilcunda, Kongwak (part), Krowera (part), Lance Creek, Loch (part), Outtrim (part), Ryanston, St Clair, Wattle Bank, West Creek and Woodleigh.