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Tyagarah - Ewingsdale and District

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Tyagarah - Ewingsdale and District is 1,691, with a population density of 0.24 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Tyagarah - Ewingsdale and District is bounded by the locality of Brunswick Heads and the Coral Sea in the north, the localities of Byron Bay and Suffolk Park in the east, the locality of Broken Head and Midgen Flat Road in the south, and the locality of Bangalow, the Pacific Highway and the localities of Coorabell and Myocum in the west.

Name origin

Tyagarah is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “tussocks of sharp, bladey grass” or “open grass country”. Ewingsdale is named after Sir Thomas Thomson Ewing, a former surveyor in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for timber getting and farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, when land became used mainly for sugar cane growing. The population increased between 1991 and 2011, particularly during the 1990s, as new dwellings were added to the area, largely from the residential subdivision of former farmland in Ewingsdale.

Land use

Tyagarah - Ewingsdale and District is a rural and rural-residential area. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly cattle grazing, and sugar cane, coffee and nut growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Hayters Hill Nature Reserve, Tyagarah Nature Reserve, Tyagarah Airfield and one school.

Included areas

This area encompasses the localities of Coopers Shoot, Ewingsdale, Hayters Hill, McLeods Shoot, Skinners Shoot, Talofa and Tyagarah, and some of the Byron Shire part of the locality of Newrybar.