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About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Riverwood is 5,621, with a population density of 22.88 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Riverwood is bounded by Wiggs Road, Belmore Road, the suburb of Punchbowl and Eva Street in the north, Leigh Avenue, the suburb of Roselands, Karne Street and Yardley Avenue in the east, Broad Arrow Road, Bonds Road, Josephine Street, Killara Avenue and Hurstville City in the south, and Salt Pan Creek in the west.

Name origin

Riverwood is thought to be named after a small arm of the Salt Pan Creek. It was previously called Herne Bay.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1810 when the first land grant was made. The US Army had a hospital in the area from 1942 to 1945, which was taken over by the Royal Australian Navy. After the Second World War the site passed to the NSW Housing Commission and the army’s timber huts were used to ease the post-war housing shortage. Significant development occurred during the 1950s when the Housing Commission began to build medium and high density housing complexes. The population declined slightly from the early 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Riverwood is an established residential area, with some industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Salt Pan Creek Reserve, Bennett Park, Bland Oval, Kentucky Road Reserve, Lance Hutchinson Oval, McLaughlin Oval, Rotary Park, Whitmarsh Park, Wise Reserve, Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, Riverwood Skate Park and two schools.

Included areas

Part of the suburb of Riverwood is located in Hurstville City.