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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Freshwater is 9,658, with a population density of 52.50 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Freshwater is bounded by Brighton Street, Corella Street, Gardere Avenue, Cooksey Avenue, Wyadra Avenue, Batho Street, Loch Street and Wyndora Avenue in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, generally by Undercliffe Road, Oliver Street and Pittwater Road in the south, and Hillcrest Place, McDonald Street, Marlborough Avenue, Ozone Street, Wyadra Avenue and Harbord Road in the west.

Name origin

Freshwater was known as Harbord until 2008. Freshwater is thought to be named after a stream of fresh water which ran down to the beach.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1815 when the first land grant was made. Growth was minimal until the 1880s, with expansion continuing during the interwar period. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, including the construction of medium density housing. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 1991 and 2006. The population increased slightly between 2006 and 2011, largely due to an increase in both dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Freshwater is an established residential area, with a small commercial area along Albert Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Harbord Village Shopping Centre, Freshwater Beach, Freshwater Rockpool, Freshwater Beach Reserve, Harbord Park, Jacka Park, McKillop Park and two schools.