Pop­u­la­tion growth

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QUEENS­LAND Plan puts re­gional pop­u­la­tion growth back on the agenda

The Newman Gov­ern­ment’s move to take up the chal­lenge of en­cour­ag­ing greater pop­u­la­tion growth in re­gions out­side south­east Queens­land has been ap­plauded by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land.

LGAQ chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Hal­lam said the pro­posal to work to­ward bal­anc­ing pop­u­la­tion growth to the re­gions re­flected many of the rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in the LGAQ’s land­mark 2010 re­port into the need for a for­mal state pop­u­la­tion pol­icy.

That re­port, the prod­uct of an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry chaired by one of Aus­tralia’s fore­most pop­u­la­tion ex­perts, Pro­fes­sor Peter McDon­ald, said there was strong sup­port in the com­mu­nity for in­creas­ing the pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing out­side south­east Queens­land.

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