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.

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