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Waterline (Westernport Townships)

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Waterline (Westernport Townships) is 3,993, with a population density of 0.22 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Waterline (Westernport Townships) is bounded by Jetty Road, the Bass Highway and the South Gippsland Highway in the north, Scout Drive, the locality of Woodleigh, Gurdies-St Helier Road, Stewart Road, the Bass River, the locality of Glen Forbes, the Bass Highway, McKenzie Road, the Bass River, McGrath Road, Eden Road, Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road, McDowell Road and Mill Road in the east, the localities of Kilcunda and San Remo and Phillip Island Road in the south, and Western Port Bay in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1826 when a military outpost was set up at Corinella. However, permanent settlement did not occur until 1835, with land used mainly for grazing and timber-getting. Population was minimal until the 1860s when the township of Bass was established. 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

Waterline (Westernport Townships) is a mainly rural area, which includes the township of Grantville and other small townships. Rural land is used largely for farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include The Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve, Lang Lang Proving Ground, George Bass Park and one school.

Included areas

Waterline (Westernport Townships) encompasses the localities of Adams Estate, Anderson, Bass, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Jam Jerrup, Lang Lang (part), Pioneer Bay, Queensferry, Tenby Point, The Gurdies and Woolamai.