English an­ces­try strong in Har­vey

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

THE Shire of Har­vey has a higher per­cent­age of peo­ple claim­ing English an­ces­try than the State av­er­age ac­cord­ing to a new web­site.

The web­site has shone a light on the cul­tural di­ver­sity of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in WA in­clud­ing Bun­bury, Col­lie, Dar­danup, Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup and Har­vey.

De­vel­oped by the State Gov­ern­ment, Search Di­ver­sity WA is an on­line search fa­cil­ity that de­tails the de­mo­graphic, cul­tural and so­cial and eco­nomic back­grounds of West Aus­tralians, in­clud­ing pro­files of all WA elec­toral di­vi­sions and lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Us­ing data from the Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, the web­site gives fig­ures on an­ces­try, birth­place, year of ar­rival, lan­guage spo­ken at home, pro­fi­ciency in English, re­li­gion and ci­ti­zen­ship rates.

It also shows data on de­mo­graph­ics, ed­u­ca­tion and work, house­holds and dis­abil­i­ties in key ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, 44.01 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion of Har­vey claim English an­ces­try com­pared to the State av­er­age of 37.63.

The high­est num­ber of over­seas mi­grants to Har­vey oc­curred in 2007 when 262 peo­ple ar­rived in the shire.

The num­ber of mi­grants com­ing to Har­vey since 2007 has dropped sig­nif­i­cantly, with only 58 peo­ple ar­riv­ing in 2016.

Ar­rivals in Capel and Dar­danup peaked in 2008 when 259 and 129 peo­ple ar­rived in the shires re­spec­tively.

Con­versely, Col­lie’s ar­rivals peaked back in 1950 when 45 peo­ple ar­rived in the shire while Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup peaked in 1968 with the ar­rival 40 mi­grants.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, the most com­mon birth­place for all mi­grants com­ing to the re­gion was Eng­land fol­lowed by New Zealand.

Col­lie had the high­est per­cent­age of peo­ple born in Aus­tralia at 79.04 per cent, while Bun­bury had the low­est at 71.32 per cent.

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