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Wyong Ward

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Wyong Ward is 71,058, with a population density of 1.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Wyong Ward is bounded by Cessnock City and Lake Macquarie City in the north, the railway line, Sparks Road, Virginia Road, Warnervale Road, the Princes Highway, Wallarah Road, Tuggerah Lake, Lake Road, Tonkiss Street, the railway line, Peach Orchard Road, Brush Road, Cutrock Road, The Ridgeway and Toomeys Road in the east, the locality of Springfield, Grass Tree Hill Reserve, Rumbalara Reserve, Etna Street, Showground Road, Narara Creek and the locality of West Gosford in the south, and generally by the locality of Somersby, Jilliby State Conservation Area and George Downes Drive in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth spurred by the opening of the railway line. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s, aided by the construction of the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Wyong Ward includes rural, rural-residential and residential areas, with some industrial and commercial land use. Rural land is used mainly for grazing, general farming, poultry farming and citrus fruit growing, with timber production also being an important industry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Jilliby State Conservation Area, Ourimbah State Forest, Mangrove Creek Dam, Mardi Dam, Australian Rainforest Sanctuary (Forest of Tranquility), McPherson State Forest, Olney State Forest, Wyong State Forest, the Wyong CBD, Citigate Shopping Centre, Kanwal Shopping Village, Lisarow Plaza, Niagara Park Shopping Centre, Village Central Wyong (shopping centre), Wadalba Shopping Village, Wyoming Shopping Centre, the retail area along Wallarah Road (Gorokan), The University of Newcastle (Central Coast Campus), TAFE NSW Hunter Institute (Ourimbah and Wyong Campuses), Wyong Hospital, Kanwal Medical Complex, Gosford Private Hospital, Wyong Central Community Health Centre, Narara Miniature Railway, Laycock Street Theatre, Wyong District Museum, Alison Homestead, The Art House, Hamlyn Terrace Sporting Complex, Niagara Park Stadium, Warnervale Athletics Track, Wyong Baseball Park, Wyong Racecourse, Wyong Olympic Pool, North Wyong Aqua Centre, numerous parks and reserves, Warnervale Airport, the Tuggerah Lake foreshore, Wyong Golf Club, Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort, Wyong Golf Practice Range, The Paintball Place, The Salvation Army Oasis Centre, Dooralong Transformation Centre, The Great North Walk, Gosford Horticultural Research & Advisory Station (Narara Section), Tuggerah Business Park, Tuggerah Industrial Area, Buttonderry Waste Management Facility, Mardi Water Treatment Plant, Wyong South Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Wyong River, Central Coast Community College and numerous schools.

Included areas

Wyong Ward encompasses the suburbs and localities of Alison, Bushells Ridge, Cedar Brush Creek, Dooralong, Durren Durren, Halloran, Jilliby, Kangy Angy, Kiar, Lemon Tree, Little Jilliby, Mardi, Mount Elliot, Narara, Niagara Park, Palm Grove, Palmdale, Ravensdale, Rocky Point, Tacoma, Tacoma South, Tuggerawong, Wadalba, Wallarah, Warnervale, Watanobbi, Wyoming, Wyong, Wyong Creek, Wyongah and Yarramalong, and parts of the localities of Central Mangrove, Gorokan, Hamlyn Terrace, Kanwal, Kulnura, Lisarow, North Gosford, Ourimbah, Somersby and Tuggerah.