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Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay is 5,915, with a population density of 5.38 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay is bounded by the suburb of Kincumber in the north, the suburb of MacMasters Beach and The Scenic Road in the east, the locality of Bouddi, Maitland Bay Drive and the localities of Killcare and Daleys Point in the south and St Huberts Island and the suburb of Davistown in the west.

Name origin

Bensville is named after Benjamin Davis, a member of the locally famous shipbuilding clan. Empire Bay was originally known as Sorrento, with the name being changed in 1908 to avoid confusion with Sorrento in Victoria. Kincumber South shares its name origin with Kincumber, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'old man' or 'towards the rising sun'.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although growth was minimal until the 1880s. Shell-gathering for the making of lime was an early economic mainstay for local families. Bensville was a shipbuilding centre in the late 1800s, and later became a popular tourism area, with several guesthouses operating. Ferry transport was a feature of the area up until the opening of The Rip Bridge. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population has increased since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area.

Land use

Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay is a rural and residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kincumber Broadwater, Cockle Bay, Cockle Bay Wetlands, Cockle Bay Nature Reserve, Historic Holy Cross Church, Hastings Wharf, Ben Davis Reserve, MacKillop Oval - De La Salle Recreation Area, Waterfront Reserve, Yarram Road Playground, St Joseph's Spirituality and Education Centre and two schools.