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About the area

Name origin

Eurobodalla is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "small haven for boats" or "land between waters".

Location and boundaries

Eurobodalla Shire is located on the south coast of New South Wales, between 280 and 360 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD, and between 150 to 220 kilometres south-east of the Canberra CBD. Eurobodalla Shire is bounded by Shoalhaven City in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Bega Valley Shire and the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area in the south, and the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council area in the west.

Included areas

Eurobodalla Shire includes the townships and localities of Akolele, Batehaven, Batemans Bay, Belowra, Benandarah, Bergalia, Bimbimbie, Bingie, Bodalla, Broulee, Buckenbowra, Cadgee, Catalina, Central Tilba, Coila, Congo, Corunna, Currowan (part), Dalmeny, Denhams Beach, Deua, Deua River Valley, Dignams Creek (part), East Lynne (part), Eurobodalla, Guerilla Bay, Jeremadra, Kianga, Kiora, Lilli Pilli, Long Beach, Maloneys Beach, Malua Bay, Meringo, Merricumbene, Mogendoura, Mogo, Moruya, Moruya Heads, Mossy Point, Murrengenburg, Mystery Bay, Narooma, Nelligen, Neringla (part), Nerrigundah, North Batemans Bay, North Narooma, Potato Point, Rosedale, Runnyford, South Durras, Sunshine Bay, Surf Beach, Surfside, Tilba Tilba, Tinpot (part), Tomakin, Turlinjah, Tuross Head, Wamban, Woodlands and Yowrie (part).

Land use

Eurobodalla Shire is a rural and growing residential and resort area. The main towns are Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, with numerous other small villages. Most of the population is located along the coastal fringe, or living beside the lakes and rivers. The Shire encompasses a total land area of over 3,400 square kilometres, of which about three-quarters is national park or state forest. The major industries are timber production and dairy farming, including milk, butter and cheese production.

Transport

Eurobodalla Shire is served by the Princes Highway and the Kings Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1828, when land was settled on the north bank of the Moruya River. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, aided by gold discoveries, with Moruya becoming the centre of the Shire's development. More substantial growth took place in the late 1800s. Land was used mainly for grazing and dairy farming, with timber milling also being an important industry. Dairy farming remains one of the region's major industries. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years. The population of the Shire doubled during the 1980s and 1990s, growing from over 16,000 in 1981 to 33,000 in 2001. Growth continued between 2001 and 2011, with the population rising to over 35,000 in 2011. Recent growth has been in both rural areas and coastal townships.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Eurobodalla area were the Bugelli-Manji and Yuin Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

Eurobodalla Shire labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into Eurobodalla Shire to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.

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