NEW SOUTH WALES
STATE SUMMARY
POPULATION CHANGE IN SYDNEY
POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REMAINDER OF NSW
CENTRES OF POPULATION
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS
STATE SUMMARY
At 30 June 2008 the estimated resident population of New South Wales (NSW) was 6.98 million people, an increase of 79,200 people since June 2007. The NSW growth rate for 200708 (1.1%) was higher than the average annual growth rate for the five years to June 2008 (0.9%).
SLA POPULATION CHANGE, New South Wales
 200708
POPULATION CHANGE IN SYDNEY
In the year to June 2008 the population of the Sydney SD increased by 55,000 people (1.3%) to 4.4 million people. The Sydney SD represented around 63% of the NSW population.
Almost all LGAs in Sydney experienced population growth in the year to June 2008. Nine of the ten LGAs with the largest population growth in NSW were within the Sydney SD. Blacktown (C) in western Sydney had the largest population increase of any LGA in NSW, up 5,300 people, followed by the adjacent LGA of Parramatta (C) (4,000 people). Large population growth also occurred in Baulkham Hills (A) (3,300 people) in the northwest, Liverpool (C) (3,200 people) in the southwest, and in the innercity LGA of Sydney (C) (2,500 people). Within the Sydney SD, LGAs which experienced population decline in 200708 were Ashfield (A), in the inner west, as well as Manly (A) and Lane Cove (A) in northern Sydney.
In 200708, over half of Sydney's LGAs experienced a growth rate higher than the NSW rate of 1.1%, with around one in five LGAs recording growth rates of 2.0% or more. Auburn (A) in centralwestern Sydney experienced the fastest growth of any Sydney LGA, at 3.1%, followed by neighbouring Parramatta (C) (2.5%). Other LGAs with fast growth were Strathfield (A) (2.4%) and Canada Bay (A) (2.3%) in the inner west, Camden (A) (2.2%) in the outer southwest and Holroyd (C) (2.1%) in western Sydney.
LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH, New South Wales 

 ERP at 30 June  Population Change 
 2008p  2007r2008p 
LGA  no.  no.  % 
LARGEST GROWTH 

Blacktown (C)  291 600  5 300  1.9 
Parramatta (C)  161 900  4 000  2.5 
Baulkham Hills (A)  171 000  3 300  2.0 
Liverpool (C)  176 900  3 200  1.9 
Sydney (C)  172 700  2 500  1.5 
FASTEST GROWTH 

Wellington (A)  8 700  370  4.4 
Auburn (A)  73 500  2 200  3.1 
Palerang (A)  13 900  390  2.9 
Tweed (A)  86 800  2 200  2.6 
Parramatta (C)  161 900  4 000  2.5 

POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REMAINDER OF NSW
At June 2008 the population in the remainder of NSW was 2.58 million people (37% of the NSW population). The population had increased by 24,200 people (0.9%) since June 2007. Of all the SDs in the remainder of NSW, the Hunter SD, located on the coast north of Sydney, had the largest population increase (up 6,900 people). Also recording large increases were the coastal SDs of Illawarra (4,400 people), MidNorth Coast and RichmondTweed (both 3,700 people). The Far West was the only SD in NSW to experience a population decline, losing 150 people.
The fastest growing SDs in NSW outside Sydney were RichmondTweed (1.6%), MidNorth Coast (1.2%), Hunter and South Eastern (both 1.1%). The Central West, Far West, Northern and North Western SDs all recorded growth rates below 0.5%.
Coastal Change
At June 2008 around 20% of the NSW population (1.38 million people) lived in coastal LGAs (LGAs with a boundary adjoining the sea) outside the Sydney SD. Combined, the population of these 21 coastal LGAs increased by 16,100 (1.2%) between June 2007 and June 2008.
As in previous years, all NSW coastal LGAs outside the Sydney SD had population increases, with onethird recording rates higher than the state average of 1.1%. The largest and fastest population increase was in Tweed (A), on the far north coast, with an increase of 2,200 people (2.6%). Large population increases also occurred in Wollongong (C) (up 2,100 people) in the Illawarra SD, and Lake Macquarie (C) (2,000 people) and Newcastle (C) (1,700 people), both in the Hunter region.
Other coastal LGAs experiencing fast population growth were: Port MacquarieHastings (A) and Coffs Harbour (C) (both 1.9%) on the midnorth coast, Shellharbour (C) (1.7%) south of Wollongong, and Byron (A) (1.6%) and Ballina (A) (1.5%) on the far north coast.
Inland Population Change
At June 2008 about 17% of the NSW population (1.2 million people) lived in inland NSW LGAs (LGAs not in the Sydney SD or coastal NSW). The combined population of these inland LGAs increased by 8,000 (0.7%) between June 2007 and June 2008.
The largest population increase for an inland LGA in 200708 occurred in Maitland (C) (1,100 people) in the Hunter region. Other LGAs with large population increases included the regional centres of Wagga Wagga (C) (920 people), Cessnock (C) (750 people) and Queanbeyan (C) (700 people).
Less than one in five of the 88 inland LGAs in NSW had growth rates higher than the 1.1% recorded for the whole of NSW. The fastestgrowing LGA in NSW was Wellington (A) (4.4%), in the central west, largely due to the opening of a new correctional centre. Fast growth rates also occurred in Palerang (A) (2.9%), Queanbeyan (C) (1.8%) and Yass Valley (A) (1.6%), which all share borders with the Australian Capital Territory.
Around half of NSW inland LGAs experienced population decline in 200708, indicating the ongoing impacts of drought and changes in the mining industry. The largest inland population declines, of around 100 people, were in Broken Hill (C) in the far west, Gwydir (A) and Moree Plains (A) in the north, and Cowra (A) and Bland (A) in centralwest NSW.
LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, New South Wales 

 ERP at 30 June  Population Change 
 2008p  2007r2008p 
LGA  no.  no.  % 
LARGEST DECLINE 

Ashfield (A)  41 900  290  0.7 
Manly (A)  39 700  270  0.7 
Lane Cove (A)  31 600  220  0.7 
Broken Hill (C)  20 000  110  0.6 
Gwydir (A)  5 300  110  2.0 
FASTEST DECLINE 

Hay (A)  3 400  80  2.2 
Gwydir (A)  5 300  110  2.0 
Harden (A)  3 600  70  1.9 
Central Darling (A)  2 000  40  1.9 
Gilgandra (A)  4 600  80  1.7 

CENTRES OF POPULATION
At June 2008, the centre of population for NSW was on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the LGA of Baulkham Hills (A). Between June 2003 and June 2008 the centre moved approximately 1.4 kilometres east, reflecting relatively high population growth along the coast of NSW.
The centre of population of the Sydney SD at June 2008 was in the suburb of Ermington, just north of the Parramatta River.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS, New South Wales

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Albury (C)  49 779  494  1.0 
Armidale Dumaresq (A)  25 228  409  1.6 
Ashfield (A)  41 863  287  0.7 
Auburn (A)  73 495  2 201  3.1 
Ballina (A)  41 677  617  1.5 
Balranald (A)  2 488  41  1.6 
Bankstown (C)  182 178  2 033  1.1 
Bathurst Regional (A)  38 326  502  1.3 
Baulkham Hills (A)  170 965  3 326  2.0 
Bega Valley (A)  32 956  173  0.5 
Bellingen (A)  13 153  76  0.6 
Berrigan (A)  8 494  47  0.6 
Blacktown (C)  291 612  5 346  1.9 
Bland (A)  6 289  101  1.6 
Blayney (A)  6 985  10  0.1 
Blue Mountains (C)  76 719  457  0.6 
Bogan (A)  2 989  34  1.1 
Bombala (A)  2 601  20  0.8 
Boorowa (A)  2 390  36  1.5 
Botany Bay (C)  38 628  627  1.6 
Bourke (A)  3 091  39  1.2 
Brewarrina (A)  1 983  11  0.6 
Broken Hill (C)  20 001  114  0.6 
Burwood (A)  33 269  207  0.6 
Byron (A)  31 503  496  1.6 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Cabonne (A)  12 994  40  0.3 
Camden (A)  53 394  1 134  2.2 
Campbelltown (C)  149 071  982  0.7 
Canada Bay (A)  72 262  1 630  2.3 
Canterbury (C)  139 985  2 323  1.7 
Carrathool (A)  2 916  13  0.4 
Central Darling (A)  1 984  38  1.9 
Cessnock (C)  49 888  751  1.5 
Clarence Valley (A)  51 007  342  0.7 
Cobar (A)  5 120  70  1.3 
Coffs Harbour (C)  70 371  1 300  1.9 
Conargo (A)  1 710  21  1.2 
Coolamon (A)  4 177  12  0.3 
CoomaMonaro (A)  10 202  27  0.3 
Coonamble (A)  4 287  36  0.8 
Cootamundra (A)  7 530  46  0.6 
Corowa Shire (A)  11 481  41  0.4 
Cowra (A)  12 835  107  0.8 
Deniliquin (A)  7 635  73  0.9 
Dubbo (C)  40 306  301  0.8 
Dungog (A)  8 447  42  0.5 
Eurobodalla (A)  37 064  213  0.6 
Fairfield (C)  190 657  1 978  1.0 
Forbes (A)  9 649  80  0.8 
Gilgandra (A)  4 564  81  1.7 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Glen Innes Severn (A)  9 145  17  0.2 
Gloucester (A)  5 001  31  0.6 
Gosford (C)  163 957  1 126  0.7 
Goulburn Mulwaree (A)  27 706  351  1.3 
Greater Taree (C)  47 781  396  0.8 
Greater Hume Shire (A)  10 273  8  0.1 
Great Lakes (A)  34 853  197  0.6 
Griffith (C)  25 278  226  0.9 
Gundagai (A)  3 827  12  0.3 
Gunnedah (A)  11 985  54  0.4 
Guyra (A)  4 435  1  0.0 
Gwydir (A)  5 328  108  2.0 
Harden (A)  3 636  70  1.9 
Hawkesbury (C)  62 828  389  0.6 
Hay (A)  3 389  76  2.2 
Holroyd (C)  97 638  1 995  2.1 
Hornsby (A)  159 211  1 119  0.7 
Hunters Hill (A)  14 092  120  0.9 
Hurstville (C)  78 036  609  0.8 
Inverell (A)  16 375  93  0.6 
Jerilderie (A)  1 657  20  1.2 
Junee (A)  6 107  34  0.6 
Kempsey (A)  28 856  126  0.4 
Kiama (A)  20 258  80  0.4 
Kogarah (A)  56 591  804  1.4 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Kuringgai (A)  108 135  2 000  1.9 
Kyogle (A)  9 683  13  0.1 
Lachlan (A)  6 838  32  0.5 
Lake Macquarie (C)  195 559  1 984  1.0 
Lane Cove (A)  31 638  219  0.7 
Leeton (A)  11 727  28  0.2 
Leichhardt (A)  53 217  800  1.5 
Lismore (C)  44 993  275  0.6 
Lithgow (C)  20 620  25  0.1 
Liverpool (C)  176 903  3 231  1.9 
Liverpool Plains (A)  7 880  4  0.1 
Lockhart (A)  3 275  8  0.2 
Maitland (C)  67 621  1 053  1.6 
Manly (A)  39 667  270  0.7 
Marrickville (A)  77 141  647  0.8 
MidWestern Regional (A)  22 359  117  0.5 
Moree Plains (A)  14 338  97  0.7 
Mosman (A)  28 356  336  1.2 
Murray (A)  7 076  141  2.0 
Murrumbidgee (A)  2 547  16  0.6 
Muswellbrook (A)  16 116  45  0.3 
Nambucca (A)  18 921  124  0.7 
Narrabri (A)  13 507  82  0.6 
Narrandera (A)  6 181  34  0.5 
Narromine (A)  6 785  1  0.0 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Newcastle (C)  152 659  1 690  1.1 
North Sydney (A)  62 668  192  0.3 
Oberon (A)  5 291  13  0.2 
Orange (C)  37 991  466  1.2 
Palerang (A)  13 852  388  2.9 
Parkes (A)  14 956  34  0.2 
Parramatta (C)  161 912  4 020  2.5 
Penrith (C)  180 766  2 146  1.2 
Pittwater (A)  57 018  19  0.0 
Port MacquarieHastings (A)  73 870  1 377  1.9 
Port Stephens (A)  65 464  745  1.2 
Queanbeyan (C)  39 603  704  1.8 
Randwick (C)  129 171  1 199  0.9 
Richmond Valley (A)  22 672  175  0.8 
Rockdale (C)  100 007  2 007  2.0 
Ryde (C)  103 597  1 061  1.0 
Shellharbour (C)  65 587  1 107  1.7 
Shoalhaven (C)  93 900  640  0.7 
Singleton (A)  23 458  201  0.9 
Snowy River (A)  7 894  118  1.5 
Strathfield (A)  35 124  832  2.4 
Sutherland Shire (A)  215 868  1 707  0.8 
Sydney (C)  172 685  2 512  1.5 
Tamworth Regional (A)  57 182  473  0.8 
Temora (A)  6 022  2  0.0 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Tenterfield (A)  6 907  50  0.7 
Tumbarumba (A)  3 672  9  0.2 
Tumut Shire (A)  11 236  43  0.4 
Tweed (A)  86 833  2 164  2.6 
Upper Hunter Shire (A)  13 785  178  1.3 
Upper Lachlan Shire (A)  7 392  43  0.6 
Uralla (A)  6 081  61  1.0 
Urana (A)  1 270  20  1.6 
Wagga Wagga (C)  61 656  915  1.5 
Wakool (A)  4 414  36  0.8 
Walcha (A)  3 276  30  0.9 
Walgett (A)  7 093  76  1.1 
Warren (A)  2 799  20  0.7 
Warringah (A)  141 686  738  0.5 
Warrumbungle Shire (A)  10 197  51  0.5 
Waverley (A)  66 852  1 081  1.6 
Weddin (A)  3 752  23  0.6 
Wellington (A)  8 711  366  4.4 
Wentworth (A)  7 159  20  0.3 
Willoughby (C)  68 008  4  0.0 
Wingecarribee (A)  45 418  451  1.0 
Wollondilly (A)  42 397  543  1.3 
Wollongong (C)  198 324  2 121  1.1 
Woollahra (A)  53 866  96  0.2 
Wyong (A)  146 589  2 284  1.6 

Local Government Area  Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008  Change over previous
year  Change over previous
year (%) 

Yass Valley (A)  14 395  233  1.6 
Young (A)  12 547  37  0.3 
Unincorporated NSW  1 116  0  0.0 
TOTAL NEW SOUTH WALES  6 984 172  79 230  1.1 

(C) City 
(A) Area 

Estimates for 2008 are preliminary. 

Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08 (cat. no. 3218.0). 
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