Forster, New South Wales

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Forster
New South Wales
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Forster
Coordinates 32°10′50″S152°30′42″E / 32.18056°S 152.51167°E / -32.18056; 152.51167 Coordinates: 32°10′50″S152°30′42″E / 32.18056°S 152.51167°E / -32.18056; 152.51167
Population13,740 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2428
Elevation6 m (20 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
Region Mid North Coast
County Gloucester
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Localities around Forster:
Tuncurry Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Tasman Sea
Tasman Sea

Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308 km north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. Forster is known for its stunning waters & Manning Valley beauty.

New South Wales state of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In March 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 7.9 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Mid-Coast Council Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

Mid–Coast Council is a local government area (LGA) located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The council was formed on 12 May 2016 through a merger of the Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and City of Greater Taree councils.

Local government in Australia

Local government in Australia is the third tier of government in Australia administered by the states and territories, which in turn are beneath the federal tier. Local government is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and two referenda in the 1970s and 1980s to alter the Constitution relating to local government were unsuccessful. Every state government recognises local government in their respective constitutions. Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of local government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.

Contents

At the 2016 census, the Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 19,918 people, [2] while the permanent population of Forster alone was 13,740. [1]

History

Forster is named after William Forster, who also was the 2nd Premier of New South Wales and who later served as Agent-General in London. [3] The first post office in Forster opened on 1 October 1872, with John Wyllie Breckenridge as postmaster at a salary of £10 a year. [4]

William Forster (Australian politician) Premier of New South Wales

William Forster was a pastoral squatter, colonial British politician, Premier of New South Wales from 27 October 1859 to 9 March 1860 and poet.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

A Post office is a public department that services the people of the United States and handles their mail needs. Post offices offer mail-related services such as acceptance of letters and parcels; provision of post office boxes; and sale of postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices offer additional services: providing and accepting government forms, processing government services and fees, and banking services. The chief administrator of a post office is called a postmaster.

Population

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 13,740 people in Forster.

The 2016 Australian census was the seventeenth national population census held in Australia. The census was officially conducted with effect on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. The total population of the Commonwealth of Australia was counted as 23,401,892 – an increase of 8.8 per cent or 1,894,175 people since the 2011 census. Norfolk Island joined the census for the first time in 2016, adding 1,748 to the population.

Tourism

Because of its close proximity to Sydney, just under 4 hours drive, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination; in the hotter months the population increases considerably. Due to this most of its shops and restaurants work on seasonal income, with some opening in the Summer months exclusively.

The school holidays in the colder months also bring a considerable number of holidaymakers. Forster-Tuncurry is predominantly a family holiday location with large lakes and white sandy beaches. Notable nearby attractions the Bicentennial Trail, Cape Hawke, and Booti Booti National Park. [5]

Cape Hawke point in Australia

Cape Hawke is a coastal headland in Australia on the New South Wales coast, just south of Forster/Tuncurry and within the Booti Booti National Park.

Booti Booti National Park Protected area in New South Wales, Australia

Booti Booti National Park is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 282 kilometres (175 mi), by road, north-north-east of Sydney. The holiday town of Forster-Tuncurry lies immediately to the north.

The most popular beaches are Forster Main Beach and One Mile Beach, serviced by Forster and Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Clubs respectively. Pebbly Beach is popular with local surfers.

The relatively small Forster SLSC achieved national recognition in 1996 when their under-18 beach sprint relay team won gold at the Australian Championships.

Climate

Climate data for Forster (Forster-Tuncurry Marine Rescue, 1896–2013)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)37.5
(99.5)
38.0
(100.4)
33.5
(92.3)
30.0
(86.0)
28.2
(82.8)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77.0)
30.0
(86.0)
39.1
(102.4)
37.0
(98.6)
36.0
(96.8)
43.0
(109.4)
43.0
(109.4)
Average high °C (°F)26.4
(79.5)
26.3
(79.3)
25.5
(77.9)
23.6
(74.5)
21.0
(69.8)
18.8
(65.8)
18.0
(64.4)
19.3
(66.7)
21.6
(70.9)
22.7
(72.9)
23.6
(74.5)
25.5
(77.9)
22.7
(72.9)
Average low °C (°F)19.6
(67.3)
19.5
(67.1)
17.6
(63.7)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
9.8
(49.6)
8.7
(47.7)
9.2
(48.6)
11.7
(53.1)
13.8
(56.8)
16.3
(61.3)
18.0
(64.4)
14.3
(57.7)
Record low °C (°F)12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
11.5
(52.7)
6.6
(43.9)
4.5
(40.1)
3.9
(39.0)
2.5
(36.5)
2.0
(35.6)
4.7
(40.5)
5.6
(42.1)
9.0
(48.2)
10.0
(50.0)
2.0
(35.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches)107.4
(4.23)
121.1
(4.77)
148.8
(5.86)
128.7
(5.07)
117.9
(4.64)
118.9
(4.68)
87.3
(3.44)
71.5
(2.81)
66.5
(2.62)
78.7
(3.10)
82.0
(3.23)
92.4
(3.64)
1,221.6
(48.09)
Average precipitation days8.38.79.99.09.18.77.97.26.98.18.57.9100.2
Average relative humidity (%)73747069646863596468727268
Source: Bureau of Meteorology [6]

Clubs

Forster has a range of sporting clubs in the area.

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References

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