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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Hastings is 9,455, with a population density of 3.56 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Hastings is bounded by Graydens Road, Frankston-Flinders Road and Denham Road in the north, Western Port in the east, Warringine Creek, Hunts Road and Hendersons Road in the south, and Coolart Road in the west.

Name origin

Hastings is thought to be named after the British imperial administrator Warren Hastings, or after a fishing village in England. It was previously known as King's Creek, Star Point and Tyabb.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with fishing being the main industry. Growth took place from the 1850s into the 1870s as the township of Hastings developed. Expansion continued in the late 1880s and 1890s, aided by the construction of the railway line and the establishment of many orchards. Significant residential development occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, spurred by industrial growth and public housing construction. Growth began to slow during the 1980s. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, with substantial growth between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Hastings is a residential, industrial and rural area, with rural areas mainly in the west, and industrial areas mainly in the north-east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Western Port Marina, Western Port Works BlueScope Steel, Esso/BHP Billiton, Hastings Shopping Centre, Hastings Fitness & Leisure Centre, Fred Smith Reserve, Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Hastings Park, King Creek Bushland Reserve, Thomas Barclay Oval, Warrangine Park, Westernport Athletics Track, Hastings Jetty, Long Island Point Jetty, Western Port mangroves, two wineries/vineyards and numerous schools.