150,000 added to state pop­u­la­tion

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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