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Tweed Shire is located in the far north coast of New South Wales. The Shire is adjacent to the Gold Coast in Queensland - in fact the northern suburbs of Tweed Shire are essentially an extension of the Gold Coast urban area. European settlement of the Shire dates from 1844, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Once timber supplies were exhausted the Tweed Valley became a centre for sugar cane and banana growing. The Shire contains large tracts of national parks and environmentally sensitive areas, including part of the UNESCO heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests.
Note: The migration flows depicted above are historical and do not represent future or forecast migration flows or subsequent council boundary changes. The arrows represent migration flows to the area as a whole and do not indicate an origin or destination for any specific localities within the area. Overseas flow shows overseas arrivals based on answers to the census question "where did the person usually live 5-years ago" and .id estimates of international out-migration.
The Shire comprises some diversity in terms of residential and economic role and function. Tweed Heads comprises large numbers of medium and high density dwellings that attract retirees, as well as young adults seeking rental accommodation. Murwillumbah and the smaller rural towns are more traditional rural service centres with good access to the coast and are expected to slowly increase in population. These areas will continue to lose young adults (18-24 year olds) seeking employment, educational and lifestyle opportunities closer to Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Tweed Heads South, Banora Point, Terranora and Bilambil have more of a ‘suburban’ role in attracting families. Towns further south including Kingscliff, Casuarina Beach and Pottsville, as well as new growth areas such as Cobaki Lakes are expected to attract both families with children as well as retirees. This variety of function and role of the small areas in Tweed Shire means that population outcomes differ significantly across the area.
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