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Rural North West

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural North West is 3,015, with a population density of 0.19 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural North West is bounded by Tweed Shire in the north and west, Tweed Valley Way, the Pacific Highway and the localities of Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby in the east, and the localities of Montecollum, Goonengerry, Upper Coopers Creek, Whian Whian and Nightcap in the south.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth through to the early 1900s, particularly in Billinudgel. The population gradually increased during the 1970s and 1980s. The population fluctuated slightly between 1991 and 2011, a result of small changes in dwelling stock, dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural North West is a rural and national park area, with a small village at Billinudgel (residential, commercial and industrial land use). Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly fruit growing and dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mount Jerusalem National Park, Inner Pocket Nature Reserve, Wanganui Gorge and two schools.

Included areas

Rural North West encompasses the localities of Billinudgel, Huonbrook, Koonyum Range, Main Arm, Middle Pocket, Mullumbimby Creek, Palmwoods, The Pocket, Upper Main Arm, Upper Wilsons Creek, Wanganui, Wilsons Creek and Yelgun.