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Rural North West

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural North West is 2,569, with a population density of 0.00 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural North West is bounded by the Styx River and the South Pacific Ocean in the north, the localities of Stockyard, Weerriba, Byfield, Maryvale and Bungundarra and Lake Mary Road in the east, the localities of Sandringham, Rockyview and Glendale, the Fitzroy River, Marlborough Creek, the Rockhampton Regional Council area and the Central Highlands Regional Council area in the south, and the Mackenzie River and the Isaac Regional Council area in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for cattle grazing. Some growth took place in the 1860s, spurred by gold discoveries in Canoona. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years. The Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area was established in 1965. The population fluctuated slightly during the 1990s, and then increased marginally between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Rural North West is a predominantly rural area, with some military land use, magnesite mining at Kunwarara, and small villages at Marlborough, Ogmore, Stanage Bay, The Caves and Yaamba.

Major features

Major features of the area include Broad Sound Islands National Park, Mount Etna Caves National Park, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Charon Point Regional Park, Shoalwater Bay Regional Park, Capricorn Caves, Mount Etna Caves, Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area, Marlborough Historical Museum, Alligator Bay Beach, Arthur Point Beach, Stanage Bay Beach, DOC Peace Memorial Park, Joan Tierney Park, Marlborough & Districts Rodeo Grounds, Ogmore Lions Park, The Caves Lions Bicentennial Park, Marlborough Swimming Pool, Henderson Park Farm Retreat, numerous small islands, various state forests and a number of schools.

Included areas

Rural North West encompasses the localities of Barmoya, Canal Creek, Canoona, Etna Creek, Greenlake, Jardine, Kunwarara, Marlborough, Milman, Mount Gardiner, Ogmore, Rossmoya, Shoalwater, Stanage, The Caves, Wattlebank and Yaamba.

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