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Rural Remainder

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural Remainder is 2,538, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural Remainder is bounded by Narrabri Shire in the north, the Tamworth Regional Council area in the east, Liverpool Plains Shire in the south, Warrumbungle Shire in the west, and the locality of Gunnedah in the centre.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, spurred by coal mining and the opening of the railway line. Expansion continued during the 1950s and 1960s. The population declined gradually between 1991 and 2011, due to little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural Remainder is a predominantly rural area, with villages at Breeza, Carroll, Curlewis, Mullaley and Tambar Springs. Land is used largely for agriculture, particularly crop growing and grazing, with some coal mining.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Keepit, Lake Goran, Lake Keepit Holiday and Recreation Park, numerous state forests, various coal mines, Carroll Public School, Curlewis Public School, Mullaley Public School, Tambar Springs Public School and Walhollow Public School.

Included areas

Rural Remainder encompasses the localities of Blue Vale, Breeza, Carroll, Emerald Hill, Ghoolendaadi, Gunnedah, Keepit, Kelvin, Marys Mount, Milroy, Mullaley, Orange Grove and Rangari, and the Gunnedah Shire parts of the localities of Boggabri, Caroona, Curlewis, Goolhi, Piallaway, Premer, Spring Ridge, Tambar Springs, The Pilliga, Wean, Werris Creek and Willala.