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Rural South East

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural South East is 3,376, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural South East is bounded by the Fitzroy River in the north, Raglan Creek and the Gladstone Regional Council area in the east, the Gladstone Regional Council area and Banana Shire in the south, and the localities of Fletcher Creek, Nine Mile Creek, Limestone, Struck Oil, Moongan, The Mine, Stanwell, Nine Mile and Gracemere, the Bruce Highway, the locality of Allenstown and Prospect Street in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Some growth took place in the 1860s, due to gold discoveries in Bouldercombe. A gold mine was established at Bouldercombe in 1897, with a gold dredging company operating from 1935 to 1946. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population generally increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Rural South East is a predominantly rural area, with some industrial land use, and a village at Bouldercombe. Rural land is used mainly for cattle grazing and farming, with some limeworks and salt production.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bouldercombe Gorge Resources Reserve, Bajool Explosives Depot, Port Alma and several schools.

Included areas

Rural South East encompasses the localities of Bajool, Bouldercombe, Kabra, Marmor, Midgee, Port Alma and Port Curtis, and part of Thompson Point.