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West Brisbane Water District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for West Brisbane Water District is 14,307, with a population density of 3.47 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

West Brisbane Water District is bounded by the Pacific Highway, Kangoo Road, the locality of Somersby, the suburb of West Gosford and Coorumbine Creek in the north, Brisbane Water in the east, Woy Woy Bay, Woy Woy Creek, the locality of Woy Woy, Woy Woy Road and the locality of Wondabyne in the south, and the locality of Mooney Mooney Creek and Mooney Mooney Creek in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for cattle grazing and timber-getting. Growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line and tourism. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s, aided by improved access. Rapid growth took place in the 1980s in Kariong as a Landcom residential development area. Substantial development continued during the early 1990s, with growth slowing during the late 1990s. The population and dwelling stock declined slightly between 2001 and 2006. The population increased again between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

West Brisbane Water District is a rural and residential area, with residential areas in the north and east. Most of the rural area is national park.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Woy Woy Bay, Mooney Mooney Dam, Kariong Regional Shooting Complex, Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site, Scout Camp Kariong, Mount Penang Gardens Event Park and Parklands, Central Coast Riding for the Disabled Centre, Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, Bardo Park, Couche Park, Fagan Park, Foster Family Park, Goodaywang Reserve, Gurdon Reserve, Hart Close Playground, Jarrah Park, Kariong Sport and Recreational Area, Koolewong Foreshore Reserve, Lotter Street Playground, Murrumbooee Place Playground, Nullawa Park, Parry Park, Peppermint Park, Seabrook Reserve, Wendy Drive Playground, Point Clare Cemetery, several lookouts, The Great North Walk, the Koolewong, Point Clare and Tascott railway stations, Kariong Mountains High School and several other schools.

Included areas

West Brisbane Water District encompasses the localities of Horsfield Bay, Kariong, Koolewong, Phegans Bay, Point Clare, Tascott and Woy Woy Bay.