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Bittern - Crib Point

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bittern - Crib Point is 7,106, with a population density of 3.09 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bittern - Crib Point is bounded by Hunts Road, Hendersons Road and Warringine Creek in the north, Western Port in the east, the Stony Point railway line, Disney Street, South Beach Road and Davies Road in the south, and Coolart Road in the west.

Name origin

Bittern is named after the wetland bird, the Australian Bittern. Crib Point is named after a hut built on the point which settlers called "their crib".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, although population was minimal until the 1850s. Growth took place in the 1880s and 1890s, spurred by the construction of the railway line. Expansion continued during the early 1900s, aided by the establishment of the HMAS Cerberus. The BP Westernport Refinery boosted growth when it operated from 1963 until 1984. Substantial development occurred during the late 1980s. The population increased between 1991 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in Crib Point. Growth slowed between 2006 and 2011 as fewer new dwellings were added and dwelling occupancy rates declined.

Land use

Bittern - Crib Point is residential and rural area, with residential areas generally located in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Crib Point and Stony Point Jetties, Bittern Coastal Wetlands, Crib Point Recreation Reserve, Cyril Fox Reserve, Graham Myers Reserve, Jacks Beach Reserve, Lorna's Triangle Bushland Reserve, Municipal Reserve, Warrangine Park (Woodland and Creek Area), Woolleys Beach Reserve, Woolleys Road Equestrian Reserve, Crib Point Pool, Jacks Beach, Woolleys Beach, the Western Port foreshore and several schools.