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Rural North East - Koondrook

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural North East - Koondrook is 2,126, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural North East - Koondrook is bounded by the Saline Discharge Channel, the Murray Valley Highway, Benjeroop-Tresco Road, the Loddon River and the Little Murray River in the north, the Murray River and the New South Wales border in the east, the locality of Cohuna, Gunbower Creek, Brays Road, the localities of Mead and Milnes Bridge, Pyramid Creek and the localities of Kerang, Fairley and Bael Bael in the south, and Bael Bael-Boga Road in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing and farming. Gradual growth took place in the late 1800s, aided by the construction of a tramline to Kerang. Growth continued during the 1920s. The population declined gradually from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural North East - Koondrook is a predominantly rural area which includes the small township of Koondrook. Land is used largely for farming, particularly dairy, beef, lamb, citrus, grain, olives and walnuts, with some timber production.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Kerang Wetlands (Duck Lake, Kangaroo Lake, Lake Charm, Lake Cullen, Lake Kelly, Lake Tutchewop, Lake William, Little Lake Charm, Little Lake Kelly, Middle Lake, Racecourse Lake, Reedy Lake and Third Lake), Middle Lake Ibis Rookery, the Murray River, the Loddon River, Koondrook Recreation Reserve, Koondrook Swimming Pool, Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard and a number of schools.

Included areas

Rural North East - Koondrook includes the localities of Benjeroop, Capels Crossing, Gannawarra, Gonn Crossing, Koondrook, Koroop, Lake Charm, Murrabit, Murrabit West, Myall, Mystic Park, Reedy Lake, Teal Point and Westby.