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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bomaderry is 6,828, with a population density of 8.24 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bomaderry is bounded by the locality of Meroo Meadow in the north, the locality of Bolong and Hanigans Lane in the east, the Shoalhaven River in the south and the Princes Highway, Bomaderry Creek, Bomaderry Creek Regional Park, the locality of North Nowra, Moss Vale Road and Bells Lane in the west.

Name origin

Bomaderry is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "fighting ground" or "running water".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1859 when the township was laid out. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, accompanied by industrial growth. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Bomaderry is a mainly residential area, with some industrial areas. Predominate industries include manufacturing, retail and tourism with the majority of the workforce commuting to Nowra/Bomaderry. The town of Bomaderry has a median age of 43 and is 4km from Nowra.

Major features

Major features of the area include TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute (Nowra Campus), Shoalhaven Camellia Gardens, Bomaderry Sporting Complex, Shoalhaven Basketball Stadium, Artie Smith Oval, Bomaderry Oval, Bomaderry Lions Park, Endeavour Park, John Berry Reserve, Mulgen Crescent Reserve, Penrose Drive Reserve, Reid Park, Sampson Park, Sheraton Gardens Reserve, Thurgate Oval, Bomaderry Creek Walking Track and a number of schools.