Pop­u­lar place

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mitchell Shire is the place to be, with the equiv­a­lent of a class­room of new res­i­dents be­ing wel­comed to the area each week.

The lat­est Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics population data shows Mitchell Shire was the state’s fastest grow­ing re­gional mu­nic­i­pal­ity from 2015 to 2016.

In that time, the shire’s population grew by 3.2 per cent, or 1265 peo­ple, which equates to about 25 new res­i­dents each week.

Ac­cord­ing to the data, Mitchell Shire’s population has grown by al­most 10 000 peo­ple in the past 10 years, from 30 723 in 2006 to 40 595 in 2016.

In the last fi­nan­cial year alone, there were 300 new homes built and 500 new ba­bies wel­comed to the shire.

While growth is largely hap­pen­ing in the shire’s south, Sey­mour is also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ris­ing population num­bers.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said many fac­tors made Mitchell Shire a de­sir­able place to live.

‘‘Mitchell Shire re­ally is on Mel­bourne’s doorstep. We’re just a short com­mute into the CBD, we have af­ford­able hous­ing and a won­der­ful mix of ru­ral, semi-ru­ral and ur­ban liv­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple are at­tracted to the Mitchell Shire life­style. We have the best of both worlds.’’

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