150,000 added to state population
VICTORIA’S population is growing faster than ever before, with population growth of almost 150,000 people in the last year.
The increase can be attributed to natural increas of 36,556 while net overseas migration contributed 83,446 and interstate migration added 18,557.
As of March 2017 victoria’s population stood at 6.29 million and Greater Melbourne just over 4.8 million.
Melbourne is being swamped with more than 125,000 new residents last year, while many rural areas are losing population.
As reported in The Euroa Gazette on July 12, Strathbogie Shire’s population has grown by an estimaed 316 over the past 12 months.
This growth has been spurred on by the success of new housing developments in Nagambie, Avenel and Euroa, lower interest rates, good returns on invesmtnt, and new inventives to buy in regional areas l ike the Shire of Strathbogie.
Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for population, Matthew Guy, said last week that the government has been caught without a plan to manage this overwhelming population growth, with traffic worsening every day, and no plan to protect our liveability.
“Crime is out of control, and Victoria now has the highest unemployment rate in Australia,” he said.
Mr Guy said a Liberal National Government would focus on decentralising population to the state’s regions, helping to create jobs and liveable towns and cities in country Victoria.
He believes that for the sake of the future sustainability of the state government must focus on decentralising population growth.