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Nyora - Poowong and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Nyora - Poowong and District is 2,797, with a population density of 0.15 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Nyora - Poowong and District is bounded by Cardinia and Baw Baw Shires in the north, the Lang Lang River and the locality of Poowong East in the east, the localities of Korumburra, Bena and Jeetho in the south, and Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Colliers Road, Boundary Road, the South Gippsland Highway and Cardinia Shire in the west.

Name origin

Nyora is thought to be named after the native cherry. Poowong is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "carrion" or "putrefaction".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber getting. Population was minimal until townships were established in the late 1800s, accompanied by dairy farming. The most significant development occurred during the interwar and post-war periods. The population has gradually increased since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Nyora - Poowong and District is a mainly rural area which includes the townships of Loch, Nyora and Poowong. Rural land is used mainly for dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nyora Raceway, Littledike Reserve, Loch Memorial Reserve, Loch Village Reserve, Poowong North Recreation Reserve, RSL Playground, Wuchatsch Reserve, Poowong Pool and a number of schools.

Included areas

Nyora - Poowong and District includes the localities of Loch and Poowong, and the South Gippsland Shire parts of the localities of Lang Lang, Nyora and Poowong North.