Population is a growing concern
DESPITE population booming in Victoria and across the country, regional towns are missing out. Some towns like Rochester aren’t growing at all. According to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report, many new arrivals are flocking to the big cities seeing regional numbers relatively stagnant if not in decline.
The Australian Demographic Statistics June 2016 report saw Rochester shrink by 0.9 per cent in 2014-15 — seeing 34 people move elsewhere.
Some regional towns such as Echuca saw growth in their population by a mere 66 people in the same year.
The results of their city counterparts are far more impressive, with Greater Melbourne growing by 2.06 per cent which saw an extra 91,593 people preferring to settle in the big smoke.
Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all the states and territories at 2.1 per cent.