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Gosford West Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gosford West Ward is 66,814, with a population density of 0.84 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gosford West Ward is bounded by George Downes Drive and Cessnock City in the north, George Downes Drive, Jilliby State Conservation Area, the localities of Palm Grove and Ourimbah, Dog Trap Road, Mangrove Road, the locality of Narara, Narara Creek, Showground Road, Etna Street, Callemondah Avenue, Grass Tree Hill Reserve, Lynette Crescent, Coburg Street, Newcastle Street and Brisbane Water in the east, the Hawkesbury River in the south, and Hawkesbury City in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, grazing, general farming and oyster farming. The township of Gosford was established in the 1830s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line in the 1880s and tourism. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s, aided by improved access. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing in and around Gosford.

Land use

Gosford West Ward includes rural, rural-residential, residential and holiday areas, national parks and some commercial and industrial land use. Rural land is used largely for farming, with fishing, oyster farming and quarrying also being important industries.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Dharug National Park, Popran National Park, Blackwall Mountain Reserve, Palm Grove Nature Reserve, Pelican Island Nature Reserve, Spectacle Island Nature Reserve, Somersby Falls Picnic Area, Strickland Falls, McPherson State Forest, Ourimbah State Forest, Strickland State Forest, Mooney Mooney Dam, Woy Woy Bay, the Hawkesbury River, Mooney Mooney Creek, Erina Creek Wetlands, several beaches (Ettalong, Little Wobby, Ocean, Patonga, Pearl and Umina), Pearl Beach Ocean Rock Pool, Spencer Tidal Pool, Howe Aboriginal Area, Mooney Mooney Aboriginal Area, Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site, the Gosford CBD (including Gosford Central Plaza, Gosford Town Centre, Park Plaza, Gateway Centre and Imperial Centre), Deepwater Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, West Gosford Shopping Centre, Ettalong Markets, West Gosford Hometown, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Australian Reptile Park, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute (Gosford Campus), Gosford Hospital, Woy Woy Hospital, Brisbane Waters Private Hospital, Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, Central Coast Stadium (Grahame Park), The Entertainment Grounds, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, Everglades Country Club, Gosford Golf Club, Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club and Golf Course, The Springs Golf Club, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Outdoor Education Centre Gosford, Gosford Velodrome (Adcock Park), Gosford Athletics Track, Gosford Showground, Allen Park Raceway, Woy Woy Environment Centre, Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, Kariong Regional Shooting Complex, Central Coast Leagues Club, The Great North Walk, Mount Penang Gardens Event Park and Parklands, Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Scout Camp Kariong, various lookouts, Gosford Wharf, numerous parks and reserves, Gosford Horticultural Research & Advisory Station (Somersby Section), Somersby Water Treatment Plant, Central Coast Conservatorium and numerous schools.

Included areas

Gosford West Ward encompasses the suburbs and localities of Bar Point, Blackwall, Booker Bay, Calga, Cheero Point, Cogra Bay, East Gosford, Ettalong Beach, Glenworth Valley, Gosford, Greengrove, Gunderman, Horsfield Bay, Kariong, Koolewong, Little Wobby, Lower Mangrove, Mangrove Creek, Mangrove Mountain, Marlow, Mooney Mooney, Mooney Mooney Creek, Mount White, Patonga, Pearl Beach, Peats Ridge, Phegans Bay, Point Clare, Point Frederick, Spencer, Tascott, Umina Beach, Upper Mangrove, Wendoree Park, West Gosford, Wondabyne, Woy Woy and Woy Woy Bay, the Central Coast Council area parts of the localities of Ten Mile Hollow and Wisemans Ferry, and parts of the localities of Central Mangrove, Kulnura, North Gosford, Somersby and Springfield.