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Ocean Shores - New Brighton - South Golden Beach

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Ocean Shores - New Brighton - South Golden Beach is 6,538, with a population density of 2.92 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ocean Shores - New Brighton - South Golden Beach is bounded by Tweed Shire in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, the Brunswick River and Synotts Lane in the south, and the localities of Mullumbimby and Billinudgel, the Pacific Highway and Tweed Valley Way in the west.

Name origin

Ocean Shores is named after the city of the same name in Washington, USA.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1840s, with land used mainly for timber getting, dairy farming and banana growing. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, although population was minimal until the 1950s. Population growth occurred in South Golden Beach from the late 1950s, and in Ocean Shores from the late 1960s, as residential estates were developed. The population increased substantially during the early 1990s, with growth continuing at a slower rate between 1996 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Ocean Shores - New Brighton - South Golden Beach is a rural and growing residential area. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, with fishing, oyster growing and tourism also being important industries.

Major features

Major features of the area include Billinudgel Nature Reserve, Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve, New Brighton Sports Oval, Richardson Lions Lookout, Tom Kendall Park, Waterlily Park, Ocean Shores Country Club, Ocean Village Shopping Centre, Crabbe’s Creek Beach, New Brighton Beach, the Brunswick River and one school.

Included areas

This area encompasses the localities of New Brighton, Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach, and the Byron Shire part of the locality of Wooyung.