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Rural North East

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural North East is 2,908, with a population density of 0.04 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural North East is bounded by Baw Baw Shire and the locality of Mirboo North in the north, Latrobe City and Wellington Shire in the east, the localities of Toora North and Mount Best, the Franklin River, the locality of Wonga, Boolarra-Foster Road and the localities of Foster, Foster North, Stony Creek and Meeniyan in the south, and the localities of Nerrena, Leongatha, Kardella South, Korumburra, Poowong and Poowong North in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with gradual growth from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. The most significant development occurred during the interwar and post-war periods. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, a result of few dwellings being added to the area and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population increased between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Rural North East is a predominantly rural area, with some small townships. Land is used mainly for dairy and beef farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mirboo North Regional Park, Moss Vale Park, Memorial Park, Turtons Creek Reserve and one school.

Included areas

Rural North East includes the localities of Arawata, Berrys Creek, Boolarong, Boorool, Dollar, Dumbalk North, Fairbank, Gunyah, Kardella, Koorooman, Leongatha North, Mardan, Mount Eccles, Mount Eccles South, Ranceby, Ruby, Turtons Creek, Wild Dog Valley, Woorarra West and Wooreen, the South Gippsland Shire parts of the localities of Allambee Reserve, Allambee South, Darlimurla, Delburn, Hallston, Mirboo, Poowong East, Strzelecki, Thorpdale, Thorpdale South and Trida, and parts of the localities of Dumbalk, Nerrena and Stony Creek.