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Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is 6,058, with a population density of 1.00 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is located on the western part of Phillip Island. Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north, Settlement Road, Coghlan Road, Phillip Island Road and the localities of Sunset Strip and Smiths Beach in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and the locality of Summerlands in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1842, with land used mainly for sheep grazing. Population was minimal until the 1860s, when the first land sales were made. Substantial growth did not occur until the 1920s, spurred by tourism, when Cowes began to develop as the principal township on Phillip Island. The most significant development occurred from the 1940s, after the first bridge to the island was built. Growth took place from the 1970s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is a township, resort and rural area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Cowes township, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery, Swan Lake, Cowes Golf Club, Aussie Golf Ranch, Phillip Island Leisure Centre, Cowes Heritage Centre, Amaze N Things, Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Phillip Island Adventure Resort, Cowes Outdoor Pool, Amys Park, Blue Gum Reserve, Dunsmore Park, Swan Lake Reserve, Ventnor Common, Ventnor Koala Reserve, Ventnor Recreation Reserve, various beaches and one school.

Included areas

This area excludes the locality of Wimbledon Heights.