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Gosford East Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gosford East Ward is 65,779, with a population density of 6.30 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gosford East Ward is bounded by The Ridgeway and Booralie Road in the north, the locality of Wamberal and the Tasman Sea in the east, Brisbane Water in the south and south-west, and Hylton Moore Park, Newcastle Street, Coburg Street, Lynette Crescent, Grass Tree Hill Reserve and Toomeys Road in the north-west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, farming and orcharding. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, aided by improved access, ship building industries, and the popularity of coastal and waterway areas for tourism. Significant 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, with the greatest growth between 1991 and 2001.

Land use

Gosford East Ward includes residential and holiday areas, rural and rural-residential areas, national park, an army reserve depot, and some commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bouddi National Park, Kincumba Mountain Reserve, Cockle Bay Nature Reserve, Brisbane Water, Kincumber Broadwater, Cockle Bay, Avoca Lake, Cockrone Lagoon, Terrigal Lagoon, Mourawaring Moor, Davistown Wetlands, Empire Bay Wetland, Saratoga Wetland, numerous beaches (Avoca, Bullimah, Copacabana, Iron Ladder, Little, Little Tallow, Lobster, MacMasters, North Avoca, Pretty, Putty, Tallow and Terrigal), Avoca Beach Rock Pool, MacMasters Beach Rock Pool, Terrigal Beach Ocean Rock Pool, Davistown Tidal Pool, Pretty Beach Tidal Pool, Yattalunga Tidal Pool, Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Fountain Plaza Shopping Centre, Green Point Shopping Centre, Kincumber Village Shopping Centre, Erina Creek Golf Course, Kincumber Golf and Sports Club, Erina Ice Arena, Des Johns Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium, The Erina Centre, Distillery Botanica, Fires Creek Winery, Ken Duncan Gallery, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Erina Army Reserve Depot, Katandra Reserve, Wambina Nature Reserve, numerous parks and reserves, Bouddi Coastal Walk, various lookouts, The Great Aussie Bush Camp, St Joseph's Spirituality and Education Centre and numerous schools.

Included areas

Gosford East Ward encompasses the suburbs and localities of Avoca Beach, Bensville, Bouddi, Box Head, Copacabana, Daleys Point, Davistown, Empire Bay, Erina, Erina Heights, Green Point, Hardys Bay, Holgate, Killcare, Killcare Heights, Kincumber, Kincumber South, MacMasters Beach, Matcham, North Avoca, Picketts Valley, Pretty Beach, Saratoga, St Huberts Island, Terrigal, Wagstaffe and Yattalunga, and parts of the localities of Lisarow, Springfield and Wamberal.