Population on track to reach 200k
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.