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Suffolk Park - Broken Head

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Suffolk Park - Broken Head is 4,095, with a population density of 1.98 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Suffolk Park - Broken Head is bounded by Tallow Creek and Arakwal National Park in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, Ballina Shire in the south, and the localities of Newrybar and Coopers Shoot in the west.

Name origin

Suffolk Park is named after George Suffolk, who purchased land in the area in the 1920s.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used largely for agriculture. Population was minimal until the 1950s when land was subdivided in Suffolk Park. Substantial population growth occurred from the late 1980s. Rapid development took place during the 1990s, with the population more than doubling between 1991 and 2001 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth continued between 2001 and 2011, but at a slower rate, as fewer new dwellings were added and dwelling occupancy rates declined.

Land use

Suffolk Park - Broken Head is a township and rural area. Rural land is used largely for agriculture.

Major features

Major features of the area include Broken Head Nature Reserve (including Cocked Hat Rocks/Three Sisters Rock), Broken Head Beach, Kings Beach, Suffolk Park Shopping Centre, Gaggin Park, Suffolk Park Sports Fields, Midgen Environment Park and Ti Tree (Taylors) Lake.

Included areas

This area encompasses the locality of Suffolk Park and the Byron Shire part of the locality of Broken Head. Part of the locality of Broken Head is located in Ballina Shire.