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Moorooduc - Tuerong

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Moorooduc - Tuerong is 1,509, with a population density of 0.18 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Moorooduc - Tuerong is bounded by the locality of Baxter in the north, Coolart Road in the east, Hunts Road, Balnarring Road and Foxeys Road in the south, and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Moorooduc Highway in the west.

Name origin

Moorooduc is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "flat and swampy" or "dark".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for farming and timber-getting, and later fruit growing. Growth took place between the 1860s and 1880s, spurred by gold mining at Tuerong. Gradual growth resumed from the 1950s. The population fluctuated during the 1990s, and then was stable between 2001 and 2006. The population declined between 2006 and 2011, a result of dwelling stock loss and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Moorooduc - Tuerong is a rural area. Land is used largely for grazing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Devilbend Golf Club, Camp Niall Scout Park, Devilbend Reservoir, Bittern Reservoir, Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc Recreation Reserve, R M Hooper Reserve, Tuerong Reserve, Woods Bushland Reserve, several wineries/vineyards and two schools.