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South West Coastal District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for South West Coastal District is 2,846, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

South West Coastal District is bounded by Wares Road, the Bass Highway, the localities of Leongatha South, Koonwarra, Nerrena and Dumbalk in the north, the localities of Dollar, Foster North, Fish Creek and Walkerville in the east, Bass Strait in the south and south-west, and Pound Creek, Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, Pound Creek Road, the Bass Highway and Stuchberry Road in the north-west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly between the 1960s and the 1980s, with the coastal areas becoming popular holiday destinations. The population has generally increased since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area.

Land use

South West Coastal District is a rural and holiday area which includes the townships of Meeniyan, Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay. Rural land is used mainly for beef and dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Anderson Inlet, Meeniyan Golf Club, Stony Creek Racecourse, Bald Hills Wetlands, Point Smythe Reserve, Fishermans Jetty Reserve, Helen’s Park, Jupiter Boulevard Park, Pandora Reserve, People’s Park, R V Fisher Reserve, Saturn Reserve, Stony Creek Park, Tandarra Park, T P Taylor Reserve, Van Cleef Reserve, Venus Bay Community Centre Reserve, various beaches and one school.

Included areas

South West Coastal District includes the localities of Buffalo, Meeniyan, Middle Tarwin, Tarwin, Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay and Walkerville South, the South Gippsland Shire part of the locality of Inverloch, and parts of the localities of Dumbalk, Nerrena, Pound Creek and Stony Creek.