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Rural West

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural West is 3,521, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural West is bounded by Livingstone Shire, Marlborough Creek and the Fitzroy River in the north, the Fitzroy River, Lion Creek, Nine Mile Road, Old Nine Mile Road, the locality of West Rockhampton, Murray Lagoon, Yeppen Yeppen Lagoon, the Bruce Highway, the locality of Gracemere, Scrubby Creek, Neerkol Creek and the localities of Kabra, Bouldercombe and The Mine in the east, the locality of Boulder Creek and Banana Shire in the south, and the Central Highlands Regional Council area in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for cattle grazing and farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population increased during the early 1990s, then declined slightly between 1996 and 2006. The population increased again between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Rural West is a predominantly rural area, with land used mainly for cattle grazing and farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Goodedulla National Park, numerous state forests, Stanwell Power Station, Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, various lagoons and several schools.

Included areas

Rural West encompasses the localities of Alton Downs, Bushley, Dalma, Fairy Bower, Garnant, Glenroy, Gogango, Kalapa, Morinish, Morinish South, Nine Mile, Pink Lily, Ridgelands, Stanwell, South Yaamba, Westwood and Wycarbah.