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.’’