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Rural West - Mardi Rural

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rural West - Mardi Rural is 2,214, with a population density of 0.06 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rural West - Mardi Rural is bounded by Walkers Ridge Forest Road, Wollombi Forest Road, Watagan Forest Road and Prickly Ridge Road in the north, Lake Macquarie City, Mandalong Road, Jilliby Jilliby Creek, the Wyong River and the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway in the east, Old Maitland Road, the locality of Kangy Angy and generally by the transmission line in the south and Gosford City in the west.

Name origin

Mardi is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "stone knife".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from the late 1800s. The most significant development occurred from the 1970s. The population fluctuated slightly between 1991 and 2011, due to small changes in dwelling stock, dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Rural West - Mardi Rural is predominantly a rural area, with the main industries including turf and hobby farms.

Major features

Major features of the area include The Great North Walk, Jilliby State Conservation Area, Olney State Forest, Ourimbah State Forest, Wyong State Forest, Mardi Dam, Yarramalong Macadamia Nut Farm, Muirs Lookout, Jack Gear Reserve, Kulnura Sports Ground, Woodbury Park and a number of small primary schools (Dooralang, Jilliby, Wyong Creek and Yarramalong).

Included areas

This small area includes the localities of Cedar Brush Creek, Lemon Tree, Little Jilliby, Ravensdale, Wyong Creek and Yarramalong, parts of the localities of Dooralong, Jilliby, Mardi, Ourimbah and Palm Grove, and the Wyong Shire parts of the localities of Central Mangrove and Kulnura.