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Beresfield - Tarro

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Beresfield - Tarro is 4,926, with a population density of 4.08 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Beresfield - Tarro is bounded by the New England Highway, the railway line and Maitland City in the north, the Hunter River in the east, Purgatory Creek, the localities of Hexham and Black Hill, the New England Highway and John Renshaw Drive in the south, and Cessnock City and Maitland City in the west.

Name origin

Tarro is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "stone".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s. The railway line was built through the area in the 1850s. The area remained rural until the 1920s when land was offered for residential sale. Development was minimal until the post-war years, with growth mainly in the township of Beresfield. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Beresfield - Tarro is a rural and township area, with some industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Beresfield Golf Course, Beresfield Park, Fiona John Park, Lindsay Memorial Park, McCaulay Park, Tarro Recreation Area, Vera Wilson Park, Beresfield Pool, Newcastle Memorial Park and several schools.