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Budgewoi Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Budgewoi Ward is 67,560, with a population density of 6.57 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Budgewoi Ward is bounded by Lake Macquarie and Lake Macquarie City in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Pelican Beach Road, Wilfred Barrett Drive, Wyrrabalong National Park, Budgewoi Lake and generally by Wallarah Road, the Pacific Highway, Hamlyn Road and Warnervale Road in the south, and Virginia Road, Sparks Road, the railway line, Gosford Road, Wyee Road and Lake Macquarie City in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, farming and grazing. Fishing was also an important industry. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Some growth took place during the 1930s when the coastal areas became popular holiday destinations. The Vales Point Power Station (coal fired) and Chain Valley Colliery began operations in the 1960s. The Munmorah Power Station commenced operations in 1967, generating electricity from coal, and was decommissioned in 2012. The Colongra Power Station commenced operations in 2009, operating as a gas fired power station. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1960s, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Budgewoi Ward includes residential and holiday areas, rural and rural-residential areas, conservation areas, and some commercial and industrial areas. Rural land is used largely for coal mining and power generation.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Macquarie, Lake Munmorah, Colongra Swamp, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area, Munmorah State Conservation Area, Colongra Swamp Nature Reserve, part of Wyrrabalong National Park, numerous beaches (Birdie, Bongon, Budgewoi, Canton, Coral Farm, Frazer, Gravelly, Hargraves, Jenny Dixon, Lakes, Lighthouse, Pebbly, Red Ochre, Sandy, Soldiers, Timber and Waterfall), Frazer Blowhole, Birdie Lagoon, the Budgewoi Lake foreshore, the Lake Macquarie foreshore, the Lake Munmorah foreshore, Budgewoi Shopping Centre, Lake Haven Centre (shopping centre), Lake Munmorah Shopping Centre, Northlakes Shopping Centre, San Remo shops, San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, Toukley Shopping Centre, Homemaker Lake Haven, Norah Head Lighthouse, Doyalson Springs Golf Range, Toukley Golf Club, Toukley Aquatic Centre, Lake Haven Recreation Centre, Point Wolstoncroft Sport & Recreation Centre, Lake Haven Community Health Centre, Darren Smith Memorial Cycleway, Ted Rafferty Cycleway, the Toukley Bridge, numerous parks and reserves, Colongra Power Station, Vales Point Power Station, Chain Valley Colliery, Mannering Colliery, several lookouts, Camp Breakaway, Lutanda Toukley (camp), Salvation Army School for Youth Leadership and numerous schools.

Included areas

Budgewoi Ward encompasses the suburbs and localities of Blue Haven, Budgewoi, Budgewoi Peninsula, Buff Point, Canton Beach, Chain Valley Bay, Charmhaven, Colongra, Doyalson, Doyalson North, Frazer Park, Freemans, Gwandalan, Halekulani, Kingfisher Shores, Lake Haven, Lake Munmorah, Mannering Park, Norah Head, Noraville, Point Wolstoncroft, San Remo, Summerland Point, Toukley, Woongarrah and Wybung, the Central Coast Council area parts of the localities of Crangan Bay and Moonee, and parts of the localities of Gorokan, Hamlyn Terrace, Kanwal and Magenta.