Rutherford is a suburb in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Located within the City of Maitland, the area is home to almost 12,000 residents, according to the 2016 census. This makes it the most well populated suburb in the local government area.
Rutherford is positioned on the banks of the Hunter River, and is just a two hour drive north of Sydney, and 35 minutes from Newcastle Airport.
The New England Highway passes through Rutherford. This road sees well over 20,000 commuters per day. Completion of the Hunter Expressway in mid 2016 saw traffic largely relieved through the area. This stretch of the highway also supplies a bypass for traffic from Newcastle and Sydney to the upper part of Hunter Valley, New England and further.
Taking the train from Sydney to Maitland, you will pass by several stunning local vistas along with shopping precincts, a wide mix of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. Nearby monthly market, the Maitland Markets, has over 600 stalls to look at, offering the best in local produce, gourmet cuisine and other delicacies.
Rutherford, and the wider City of Maitland offer a secure and healthy community. There is an emphasis on healthy lifestyle, and an environmentally sustainable future with involved residents.
As of the 2011 census, there were 67,478 in the City of Maitland. 48.9% of those were male, 51.1% were female. The average age of those in the city was 36 years. The median age of people in the City of Mainland was 36 years, a little lower than the national average of 37 years.
The Hunter Region sees a lot of coal mining, manufacturing, agriculture, viticulture and wine making. Other industries booming in and around the area include dairy farming, beef cattle farming and horse breeding. It is a well renowned area for its red and white wine varieties.
The City of Maitland council provides residents with a range of community jobs and volunteer roles. These services include planning, development, construction, community offerings, roads and transport and ongoing economic development.
The City of Maitland urban settlement plan has documented plans for future urban development in the local region. The region is currently experiencing healthy population growth and is anticipated to acquire land areas for housing and employment growth. The council has also announced residential development, urban infill, large lot residential, and commercial development.
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