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Rural North

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural North is 3,177, with a population density of 0.21 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural North is located to the immediate north, east and south of the urban centre of Orange. Rural North is bounded by the Cabonne Council area in the north and east, the locality of Lucknow, Gosling Creek and the localities of Spring Creek, Springside and Canobolas in the south, and the Cabonne Council area and the urban township area of Orange in the south-west and west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1850s. Some growth took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years. The population increased substantially from the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly in Clifton Grove.

Land use

Rural North is a predominantly rural area. Land is used mainly for forestry, mining and farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Charles Sturt University (Orange Campus), TAFE NSW Western Institute (Orange Rural Skills Centre), Orange Health Service (Hospital), Orange Grove Homemakers Centre, Orange Ex-Services' Country Club, Highlands Paceway, Suma Park Reservoir, Bloomfield Park, Gosling Creek Reserve and various wineries.

Included areas

Rural North encompasses the Orange City parts of the localities of Clifton Grove and Emu Swamp, and the non-urban section of the Orange City part of the locality of Orange.