LEAFY STREET: Richmond St in Wardell is a pleasant place to be.
LEAFY STREET: Richmond St in Wardell is a pleasant place to be. Samantha Elley

It's full steam ahead for Wardell

IF CENSUS 2011 details are anything to go by, then Wardell is the fastest-growing village in the Rivertown Times circulation area.

Since the previous census in 2006, Wardell has grown by 54.43% compared with the next highest growth in Woodburn at 48.75%.

The "jewel" of Richmond Valley, Evans Head, had only grown by 30.06% in the same amount of time.

The census records also revealed that Wardell was the richest village with a median weekly household income of $907.

Amongst the other villages, the next richest was Woodburn with a median weekly household income of $838.

The schools must be good at Wardell as well, as family numbers increased by a whopping 60.57% respectively over the five years between census figures.

Nestled by the Richmond River and with a main street that is as leafy as the leafiest North Shore suburb in Sydney, it's no surprise that Wardell has caught the attention of so many new residents.

New cafe owners Barry and Shelly Clifford know how great it is to live in Wardell.

"We were going to buy a takeaway shop in West Ballina but thought 'why go all the way out there when we live here'," he said.

"We've totally stripped down the general store and done it up all new.

"We've been open a month now."

Residents can take a leisurely stroll to Barry and Shelly's cafe and enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch or simply have a coffee.

A bit of retail therapy can also be exercised at Sue McGowan's shop, Simply Fashion and Beauty, or do all your errands conveniently at the Wardell Post Office and say "hi" to Sue Wardrobe at the same time.

Residents who need their carpets cleaned can also shop locally by calling in Kris from Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning for an outstanding job.

Wardell Census Results 2011

Population: 959

Male: 492

Female: 467

Median age: 41

Families: 281

Average people per household: 2.6

Median weekly household income: $907

Wardell Census Results 2006

Population: 621

Male: 300

Female: 321

Median age: 36

Families: 175

Average people per household: 2.6

Median weekly household income: $708



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