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North Nowra

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for North Nowra is 5,950, with a population density of 5.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

North Nowra is bounded by the locality of Bangalee and Bomaderry Creek in the north, the locality of Bomaderry, Bomaderry Creek and the Princes Highway in the east and the Shoalhaven River in the south and west.

Name origin

North Nowra is named for the area north of Nowra, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "black cockatoo" or "camping place".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population increased slightly during the early 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 1996 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

North Nowra is a residential area, with some industrial areas and outlying rural areas. Predominate industries include manufacturing, education, retail and tourism. The majority of the workforce commute to Nowra/Bomaderry. North Nowra has a median age of 39 and is 6km from Nowra.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nowra Golf and Recreation Club, Bomaderry Creek Regional Park, Nowra Wildlife Park, Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, Booragal Place Reserve, Devlin Avenue Reserve, Crest Park, Drexel Oval, Gordon Cook Reserve, Greys Beach Reserve, Phillip Drive Reserve, Sharman Park, Sharp Reserve, Greys Beach and two schools.