Port Stephens Profile
Port Stephens is known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, tourist and lifestyle destination - 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 71,118 in 2016. 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 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.
2020 Community advocacy priorities
An important part of Council's role is to advocate for our community. We have developed the 2020 Community Advocacy Priorities that will shape the future of the region for decades to come.
Port Stephens overview
View the Port Stephens Economic Profile. The diversity within the local economy, affordable housing, and lifestyle attributes attract leading business and industry to the area.
View the Port Stephens Community snapshot. The diversity among families, households and population that make up the Port Stephens Community.
Economic Development unit plays an important role in Council's strategic planning approach, providing input into land use planning, town centre strategies as well as guiding informed decision making through the provision of detailed economic data.
History of Port Stephens
Read all about Port Stephens rich history from its first inhabitants followed by it's exploration and settlement.