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|Port Stephens Council
New South Wales
|New South Wales|
|• Density:||61.78/km² (160.0/sq mi)|
|Area:||979 km² (378.0 sq mi) |
• Summer (DST)
|Council Seat:||Raymond Terrace
(116 Adelaide St)
|Region:||Hunter, Mid North Coast|
Port Stephens Council is a Local Government Area (LGA) in the Hunter Region of Australia, located just north of Newcastle in New South Wales. It is bisected by the Pacific Highway which runs through Raymond Terrace, the largest town and Council seat. The LGA is named after Port Stephens, which is the major geographical feature of the area.
Most of the population is concentrated in Raymond Terrace and its satellite suburb of Heatherbrae or around or near the shores of Port Stephens in the suburbs of Anna Bay, Boat Harbour, Corlette, Fingal Bay, Fishermans Bay, Karuah, Lemon Tree Passage, Mallabula, Nelson Bay, One Mile, Oyster Cove, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, Swan Bay, Tanilba Bay and Taylors Beach. However, another significant portion of the population lives in a large rural/semi-rural area to the west of the Pacific Highway in the towns and suburbs of Balickera, Butterwick, Duns Creek, Eagleton, East Seaham, Glen Oak, Hinton, Nelsons Plains, Osterley, Seaham, Wallalong and Woodville and in the predominantly residential estate of Brandy Hill.
In the southern part of the LGA are the rural communities of Bobs Farm, Fern Bay, Fullerton Cove, Salt Ash, Tomago and Williamtown. Tomago supports both rural and industrial communities while Williamtown is the location for a Royal Australian Air Force base that shares its airfield with Newcastle Airport.
At the northern end of the LGA are Karuah and Twelve Mile Creek. Located adjacent to Port Stephens and straddling the Karuah River, Karuah is predominantly residential. It is the location of the largest Aboriginal community in the LGA. Twelve Mile Creek is almost exclusively rural.
Centrally located in the LGA, between Raymond Terrace and Port Stephens are Campvale, Ferodale and Medowie. Ferodale is dominated by Grahamstown Dam, a man-made dam with a capacity of 131,800 megalitres that is a major source of fresh water in the region. The remainder of this area is a mix of rural, semi-rural and residential developments.
A map of the various towns, suburbs and localities within the Port Stephens LGA is available from the Port Stephens Council website.
- were 21,149 wage and salary earners (ranked 42nd in New South Wales and 113rd in Australia, 0.8% of New South Wales's 2,558,415 and 0.3% of Australia's 7,831,856)
- was a total income of $757,559,870 (around $758 million) (ranked 45th in New South Wales and 117th in Australia, 0.7% of New South Wales's $107,179,688,262 (around $107 billion) and 0.2% of Australia's $304,034,755,876 (around $304 billion))
- was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $35,820 (ranked 66th in New South Wales and 208th in Australia, 87% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 92% of Australia's $38,820)
- was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $32,473 (ranked 69th in New South Wales and 233rd in Australia, 92% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 95% of Australia's $34,149).
Port Stephens Council covers an area of 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi), stretching approximately 57 kilometres (35 mi) from east to west and approximately 30 km (19 mi) from north to south, and experiences various climatic conditions throughout the LGA. These are monitored by five weather stations, four of which are located at the approximate cardinal points of the LGA, operated by the Bureau of Meteorology. The fifth station is located on RAAF Base Williamtown. The following tables indicate average climatic data throughout the LGA.
|Climate data for Nelson Head, Nelson Bay|
|Mean maximum (°C)||27.3||27.1||25.9||23.7||20.8||18.4||17.5||18.9||21.4||23.3||24.8||26.3||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||18.2||18.4||17.0||14.6||11.7||9.4||8.4||9.3||11.2||13.5||15.2||17.1||13.7|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||100.8||111.3||119.2||126.7||152.2||153.1||141.1||105.5||88.8||78.3||78.8||95.0||1348.9|
|Climate data for Wallaroo State Forest, Twelve Mile Creek|
|Mean maximum (°C)||28.3||27.8||26.5||23.0||19.8||17.1||16.4||18.0||21.2||23.7||26.2||28.0||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||16.3||16.4||14.8||11.0||7.4||5.8||3.6||4.8||6.7||10.2||12.4||14.6||10.3|
|Highest (°C)||(no data)|
|Lowest (°C)||(no data)|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||124.8||121.7||142.6||100.0||99.7||118.7||63.4||68.1||58.2||79.7||83.0||90.6||1151.8|
|Climate data for RAAF Base Williamtown, Williamtown|
|Mean maximum (°C)||27.9||27.5||26.2||23.7||20.2||17.6||17.0||18.6||21.2||23.6||25.4||27.2||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||18.0||18.1||16.3||13.2||10.1||7.8||6.4||6.9||9.0||12.0||14.2||16.5||12.4|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||99.9||121.4||121.7||104.2||115.0||121.0||71.6||78.1||59.4||74.5||80.9||80.0||1125.6|
|Climate data for Tocal Automatic Weather Station (AWS), Tocal|
|Mean maximum (°C)||29.6||28.8||26.9||24.3||20.7||17.7||17.3||19.3||22.2||24.9||26.6||29.1||24.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||17.5||17.5||15.6||12.4||9.7||7.4||6.1||6.6||8.8||11.4||13.8||16.2||11.9|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||108.5||116.3||118.1||76.4||76.8||71.1||39.3||37.9||47.8||67.3||81.5||78.2||925.2|
|Climate data for Nobbys Signal Station AWS, Newcastle|
|Mean maximum (°C)||25.5||25.4||24.7||22.8||20.0||17.5||16.7||18.0||20.2||22.1||23.5||24.9||21.8|
|Mean minimum (°C)||19.2||19.3||18.2||15.3||12.0||9.6||8.4||9.2||11.4||14.0||16.1||18.0||14.2|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||89.5||108.0||120.8||116.6||118.0||117.5||95.0||75.1||73.0||73.2||70.5||81.8||1140.8|
Port Stephens has sister city relationships with the following cities:
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