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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/03/2007   
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Regional Population Growth, Australia 2005-06 (cat. no. 3218.0) is a free web-based product which provides population estimates for metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Australia at 30 June 2006.

For the first time, this product also provides a time series of population estimates at 30 June for all years back to 1996. These estimates are provided for a wide range of defined areas, including Statistical Local Areas, Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Statistical Divisions.

Highlights in 2005-06 for NSW include:

  • Sydney population reaches 4,293,100, an increase of 37,200 people (0.9%).
  • Largest population increases in the outer-suburban LGAs of Blacktown (5,000 people) and Bankstown (2,900 people).
  • The City of Sydney LGA recorded the third largest growth of NSW (up 2,900 people).
  • Continued growth in most coastal areas, with Tweed recording the largest increase (1,300 people) and Richmond Valley the fastest increase (1.9%) of NSW coastal LGAs.
  • Largest increases in inland NSW occurred in the LGAs of Maitland and Wagga Wagga.

For further information contact Andrew Howe on (08) 8237 7370, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email

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