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Holgate - Matcham - Erina Heights

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Holgate - Matcham - Erina Heights is 2,438, with a population density of 1.25 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Holgate - Matcham - Erina Heights is bounded by The Ridgeway in the north, Booralie Road and the suburb of Wamberal in the east, the suburbs of Terrigal, Erina and Springfield in the south, and Toomeys Road and the localities of Mount Elliot and Lisarow in the west.

Name origin

Holgate was named after Holgate in North Yorkshire, England. Matcham was named after Charles Horatio Nelson Matcham, an absentee landowner. Erina Heights shares its name origin with 'Erina', which is believed to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "object of fear", but applied to a place of initiation.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1824 in Erina Heights, and 1840 in Matcham when the first land grants were made, with land used mainly for timber getting. Many sawyers camps dotted the hills and valleys, and the concentration of children at "Mosquito Town" led to the establishment of one of the district's first schools. Later the school relocated, and became today's Erina Heights Public School. Bean farms and citrus orchards provided the main crops grown in the area for much of its history. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1980s. Population growth continued between 1991 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Holgate - Matcham - Erina Heights is a predominantly rural area, with expanding rural-residential areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Katandra Reserve, Wambina Nature Reserve, Paul Oval, Matcham Valley Pony Club, Fires Creek Winery, Ken Duncan Gallery, Matcham Public Hall, Central Coast Grammar School, Erina Heights Public School and Holgate Public School.