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Rural Remainder

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural Remainder is 2,382, with a population density of 0.03 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural Remainder is bounded by the localities of Heybridge, Howth, Sulphur Creek, Penguin, West Ulverstone, Gawler, Ulverstone and Forth in the north, the Forth River and the Wilmot River in the east, the Kentish Council area and the Waratah-Wynyard Council area in the south, and Burnie City and the Blythe River in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for crop farming and grazing. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, and again during the post-war years. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural Remainder is a largely rural area. Land is used largely for crop growing (potatoes, vegetables, poppies, pyrethrum and swedes) and dairy farming, with some beef, pig, sheep and goat farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Gunns Plains Cave, Gunns Plains State Reserve, Leven Canyon, Dial Range, Black Bluff, Preston Falls, Winterbrook Falls, Wing’s Wildlife Park, Leven Valley Vineyard, Ellis Lookout, Lee Memorial Park, Leven Park, Pioneer Park, Sprent Oval, Warringa Oval, various state forests and two schools.

Included areas

Rural Remainder encompasses the localities of Abbotsham, Camena, Castra, Cuprona, Gunns Plains, Kindred, Loongana, Loyetea, Middlesex (part), Nietta, North Motton, Preston, Riana, South Nietta (part), South Preston, South Riana, Spalford, Sprent, Upper Castra and West Pine. Parts of the localities of Middlesex and South Nietta are located in the Kentish Council area.