Newcomers swell Valley numbers
THE Derwent Valley’s population has passed 10,000 and median household incomes are rising. Russell Alphey, pictured, is part of the growth spurt, having moved from Melbourne to New Norfolk because “it ticks a lot of boxes” for lifestyle. For more on the latest census data,
THE ever-growing Derwent Valley has ticked over 10,000 residents, figures from the 2016 Census show.
The 2016 Census of Population and Housing, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows that 10,021 people live in the region, up from 9704 in 2011 and 9479 in 2006.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans hopes to see the population increase to 15,000 by 2025, and welcomed the latest milestone.
“It’s a great figure to attain, because it shows our region is continually growing, and with that growth comes change, new ideas and energy from people who have been attracted by the lifestyle we enjoy here, but take for granted,” Councillor Evans said.
One new resident who moved to the Derwent Valley between the 2011 Census and the 2016 Census is Russell Alphey.
Mr Alphey moved from Melbourne to New Norfolk about 18 months ago with his wife Deb Emerson after holidaying in the region a number of times.
He has no regrets about the move.
“On the last [holiday], we were like ‘we should probably have a look at the properties and see what’s available,’ and within a day we had bought one,” Mr Alphey said.
He loves the lifestyle the Derwent Valley offers, as well as the stunning scenic surrounds.
“It just seemed to tick lots of boxes,” he said. “We love Tassie, we love New Norfolk, it’s a good life down here.”
Mr Alphey would like to see more people living in the region, as long as they were evenly distributed.
“You wouldn’t want there to be half a million people here, but I guess the other thing as well is that’s not going to happen for a long time,” he said.
“[But] I think it would be good for the community to have a few more people, it would be nicer to have a few less closed shops, so more people means more businesses and things going on, a bit more variety.”
The 2016 Census shows that females and males are split evenly at 50 per cent in the Derwent Valley.
The median age is 43, slightly higher than for Australia generally (38).
Most Derwent Valley residents (84.1 per cent) were born in Australia, with England the next most common country of birth at 3.2 per cent.
Median household weekly income in the region is $998, up from $869 in 2011 and $731 in 2006.
More 2016 Census information for the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands can be found at censusdata.abs.gov.au