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Nowra - Bomaderry Structure Plan area

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Nowra - Bomaderry Structure Plan area is 35,827, with a population density of 1.93 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Nowra - Bomaderry Structure Plan area is located in the northern part of Shoalhaven City.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1850s when townships were established. Nowra developed as the largest town on the NSW south coast and the business and administrative 'capital' of Shoalhaven City. Some growth took place in the late 1800s. Significant residential development did not occur until the post-war years, accompanied by industrial growth. Rapid growth took place from the 1970s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

The Nowra - Bomaderry Structure Plan area is a growing residential area, with some commercial and industrial land use, and outlying rural areas. Predominate industries include retail, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, defence, government and education. The majority of the workforce commutes within Nowra/Bomaderry. Nowra/Bomaderry has a median age of 39.

Due to environmental constraints the majority of future urban growth for the northern Shoalhaven will occur within the Nowra/Bomaderry Structure Plan area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Shoalhaven City Council Administrative Centre, Nowra Central Business District, Stockland Nowra (shopping centre), TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute (Nowra Campus), University of Wollongong (Shoalhaven Campus), Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Nowra Private Hospital, Nowra Airport, HMAS Albatross, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra Golf & Recreation Club, Worrigee Links Golf Course, Nowra Speedway, Bernie Regan Sporting Complex, Bomaderry Sporting Complex, Shoalhaven Basketball Stadium, Shoalhaven Camellia Gardens, Bomaderry Creek Walking Track, Bomaderry Creek Regional Park, Nowra Wildlife Park, Meerogal (historic home), Bamarang Nature Reserve, Brundee Swamp Nature Reserve, Tapitallee Nature Reserve, Triplarina Nature Reserve, Wogamia Nature Reserve, Worrigee Nature Reserve, various state forests and numerous schools.

Included areas

The Nowra - Bomaderry Structure Plan area includes the localities of Bangalee, Bomaderry, Cambewarra Village, Longreach, Mundamia, North Nowra, Nowra, South Nowra, Terara and West Nowra, and parts of the localities of Bamarang, Bolong, Brundee, Cambewarra, Comberton, Meroo Meadow, Nowra Hill, Numbaa, Tapitallee, Watersleigh and Worrigee.