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Cohuna - Leitchville and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Cohuna - Leitchville and District is 3,210, with a population density of 0.08 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cohuna - Leitchville and District is bounded by the locality of Koondrook in the north, the Murray River and the New South Wales border in the east, Deep Creek, Gunbower Creek, Shelleys Road, the Murray Valley Highway, Hancocks Road, Kow Swamp and Box Creek in the south, and Pyramid Creek, Flannerys Road, the locality of McMillans, Cohuna-McMillans Road, Kervins Road, Farrells Road, the locality of Gannawarra and Gunbower Creek in the west.

Name origin

Cohuna is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "native companion". Leitchville is named after Duncan Leitch, manager of Gunbower Station in 1888.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and grazing. The township of Cohuna was established in the 1870s, with gradual growth in the late 1800s. Expansion continued during the early 1900s. The population declined gradually from the early 1990s, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Cohuna - Leitchville and District includes the township of Cohuna, the smaller township of Leitchville, and surrounding rural areas. Land is used mainly for dairy farming, with some grazing and timber production.

Major features

Major features of the area include Gunbower Island, Gunbower Creek, Gunbower State Forest, Cohuna District Hospital, Gunbower (historic) Estate Homestead, Cohuna and District Historical Society Museum, Cohuna Golf Club, Cohuna Apex Park, Cohuna Recreation Reserve, Leitchville Recreation Reserve, Cohuna Swimming Pool, Leitchville War Memorial Swimming Pool and a number of schools.

Included areas

Cohuna - Leitchville and District includes the localities of Burkes Bridge, Cohuna, Daltons Bridge, Keely and Wee Wee Rup, and the Gannawarra Shire parts of the localities of Horfield and Leitchville.