Pop­u­la­tion boom on the cards for Sound cities

Southern Telegraph - - News -

A pre­dicted pop­u­la­tion boom over the next two decades will lead to Kwinana al­most dou­bling in size by 2036 and Rock­ing­ham be­ing home to more than 190,000 peo­ple.

Pop­u­la­tion fore­casts by Aus­tralian de­mog­ra­phers for more than 20 Perth coun­cils show that ar­eas on the edge of the metropoli­tan re­gion are primed for ma­jor growth.

Kwinana’s present pop­u­la­tion fig­ure of 44,791 is pre­dicted to grow by 90.12 per cent by 2036, which will see 85,158 peo­ple call the city home.

Kwinana’s per­cent­age growth is fore­cast to be the sec­ond-high­est in the metropoli­tan re­gion, with only Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale (120.16 per cent) pre­dicted to be more.

Rock­ing­ham is pre­dicted to be the third-big­gest city in Perth by 2036, with only Swan and Wan­neroo to have more peo­ple liv­ing there.

This will see a 38.18 per cent in­crease in res­i­dents from 139,531 to 192,805.

The re­port said the growth would mostly be be­cause of chang­ing land de­vel­op­ment from big­ger ru­ral prop­er­ties to green­field lots.

“The out­ward growth of metropoli­tan Perth to­wards the shire in re­cent years has al­ready and will con­tinue to change these land-use dy­nam­ics, with ex­tra pres­sure for ur­ban and ru­ral res­i­den­tial ex­pan­sion at the north­ern end of the shire,” it said.

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