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Port Stephens Profile

Port Stephens is known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, tourist and retirement destination, as well as a great place to live and work. For these reasons, Port Stephens has very diverse social, environmental and economic characteristics.  It is these characteristics that make us such a unique and special place.

The estimated residential population Port Stephens Community Profile has grown from 56, 677 in 2001 to 60, 488 in 2006 and 64, 807 in 2011. Population growth combined with increasing development and tourism continue to place pressure on the environmental integrity, character and attributes of the Local Government Area. This has resulted in dispersed settlement patterns and diverse (link to Diversity under LIVE) community types.

Here at Council, we work very hard to achieve sustainable outcomes around social, environmental and economic opportunities. Careful planning maintains a balance between protecting our environmental and physical characteristics, population growth and economic prosperity.