Pop­u­la­tion on track to reach 200k

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

TOWNSVILLE now has more than 192,000 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to new pop­u­la­tion data re­leased by the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics.

The data shows an es­ti­mated res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion of 192,058 for Townsville, while Deer­a­gun has recorded the third largest growth in the state over the past decade.

The largest- grow­ing area in Queens­land be­tween 2006 and 2016 was North LakesMango Hill, with an in­crease of 22,000 peo­ple, fol­lowed by Up­per Coomera- Wil­low Vale, up by 17,400, and Deer­a­gun which has recorded an ex­tra 14,200 peo­ple.

In the year to June 2016, Townsville’s pop­u­la­tion growth rate was 0.7 per cent.

Econ­o­mist Colin Dwyer said, based on cur­rent pro­jec­tions, Townsville should reach the 200,000 mark in the next three to five years.

“Pop­u­la­tion growth has been af­fected by a pro­longed eco­nomic down­turn with de­clines in min­ing, con­struc­tion and trans­port ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

“Townsville’s younger age pro­file and ca­pac­ity for new ba­bies has saved it from a neg­a­tive pop­u­la­tion growth.”

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at TP Hu­man Cap­i­tal Clayton Cook said the growth rate in Deer­a­gun was a pos­i­tive for the city.

“Of course we should be fur­ther ahead if it weren’t for eco­nomic fac­tors,” he said.

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