Ku-ring-gai tops most ad­van­taged list

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Newly re­leased sta­tis­tics from the Aus­tralia Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­veals Ku-ring-gai's pop­u­la­tion is not just one of the most ad­van­taged in the coun­try, but also one of the most rapidly chang­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­dex of Rel­a­tive So­cio-Eco­nomic Dis­ad­van­tage which is based on in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by peo­ple who took part in the 2016 Cen­sus, Ku-ring-gai is the most ad­van­taged lo­cal gov­ern­ment area in the coun­try in terms of em­ploy­ment, in­come and level of ed­u­ca­tion.

Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jennifer An­der­son said that al­though the re­port re­leased by the ABS “clearly showed that Ku-ring­gai residents lead what many would con­sider priv­i­leged lives, the Coun­cil still has much to do.

"Around 40% of our residents are mi­grants and many of these are non-English speak­ing, need­ing our help to build their lives here.

"The 2016 Cen­sus data also shows that we have far higher pro­por­tions of the very young and the very old and these age groups are set to in­crease in the next 20 to 30 years. Pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices for those aged over 80 and un­der 30 is at the fore­front of our strate­gic planning," she added.

Ku-ring-gai's pop­u­la­tion is pro­jected to grow from 124,000 to over 130,000 in the next 20 years, and says Coun­cil, the multi-mil­lion dol­lar de­vel­op­ments at Lind­field, Tur­ra­murra and Gor­don are in re­sponse to those chang­ing needs.

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