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Northern Lakes District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Northern Lakes District is 16,828, with a population density of 3.78 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Northern Lakes District is bounded by Lake Macquarie and Lake Macquarie City in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the locality of Budgewoi Peninsula, Lake Munmorah, Saliena Avenue and the localities of Colongra and Doyalson in the south, and Lake Macquarie City and the Mannering Inlet in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1960s. The Vales Point Power Station (coal fired) and Chain Valley Colliery began operations in the 1960s. Rapid residential development took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population continued to increase substantially during the 1990s as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased. Population growth continued between 2001 and 2011, but at a slower rate, as fewer new dwellings were constructed.

Land use

Northern Lakes District is a rural, rural-residential, residential and holiday area, with some industrial land use. Rural land is used largely for farming, coal mining and electricity generation.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Macquarie, Lake Munmorah, the Lake Macquarie foreshore, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area, Munmorah State Conservation Area, Lake Munmorah Shopping Centre, Bongon Beach, Coral Farm Beach, Frazer Beach, Gravelly Beach, Red Ochre Beach, Sandy Beach, Timber Beach, Waterfall Beach, Frazer Blowhole, Birdie Lagoon, Point Wolstoncroft Sport & Recreation Centre, Vales Point Power Station, Chain Valley Colliery, Mannering Colliery, Chain Valley Bay Reserve, Gumbyan Oval, Gwandalan Lions Park, James Vale Reserve, Joey Reserve, Joshua Porter Reserve, Kingfisher Reserve, Lake Munmorah Reserve, Maddison Reserve, Mannering Park Oval, McCulloch Reserve, Munmorah Summerland Point Lions Park, Old B’s Park, Patrick Kelly Reserve, Rayment Park, RFS Park, Sandy Beach Reserve, Summerland Park, Summerland Point Reserve, Tom Barney Oval, Tom Burke Reserve, Tunkuwallin Park, Vales Point Park, Junior Trials Mini Cycle Club, several lookouts, Point Wolstoncroft, Salvation Army School for Youth Leadership, Lake Munmorah High School, St Brigid’s Catholic College and numerous other schools.

Included areas

Northern Lakes District encompasses the localities of Chain Valley Bay, Doyalson North, Frazer Park, Freemans, Gwandalan, Kingfisher Shores, Lake Munmorah, Mannering Park, Point Wolstoncroft, Summerland Point and Wybung, and the Central Coast Council area parts of the localities of Crangan Bay and Moonee.