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Rural West

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural West is 2,414, with a population density of 0.06 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural West is bounded by the localities of Loch, Korumburra, Kardella and Leongatha and the Tarwin River West Branch in the north, the localities of Koorooman, Dumbalk and Meeniyan in the east, the localities of Tarwin and Pound Creek, the Bass Highway, Wares Road, Meeks Road, Outtrim-Inverloch Road, Scotts Estate Road, Stewarts Road, Inverloch-Kongwak Road and Bass Coast Shire in the south, and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Bena-Kongwak Road, Sheepways Road and Bass Coast Shire in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, 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 fluctuated slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural West is a predominantly rural area, with some small townships. Land is used mainly for dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bass Phillip Wines, Tarwin Ridge Winery, Lyre Bird Hill Winery, Bena Bus Terminal Playground, R N Scott Reserve and two schools.

Included areas

Rural West includes the localities of Bena, Jeetho, Jumbunna, Kardella South, Koonwarra, Korumburra South, Leongatha South, Moyarra and Whitelaw, the South Gippsland Shire parts of the localities of Kongwak, Krowera and Outtrim, and parts of the localities of Nerrena and Pound Creek.