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3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
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QUEENSLAND



STATE SUMMARY

SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND

POPULATION GROWTH IN THE REMAINDER OF QUEENSLAND

DECLINING POPULATIONS

CENTRES OF POPULATION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS


STATE SUMMARY

At 30 June 2008, the estimated resident population of Queensland was 4.29 million, an increase of 97,900 people since June 2007. For the five years from June 2003 to June 2008, Queensland's average annual growth rate was 2.4% per year, making it the fastest-growing state or territory for that period. The 2007-08 growth rate was 2.3%, joining the Northern Territory as the second-fastest growing state or territory (following Western Australia). This was the slowest annual growth rate for Queensland in the five years to June 2008.

SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Queensland - 2007-08
Diagram: SLA population change, Queensland, 2007-08


SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND

At June 2008, south-east Queensland, which comprises the SDs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and West Moreton, accounted for two-thirds (66%) of Queensland's population. From June 2007 to June 2008, the population in south-east Queensland increased by 67,500, which was 69% of Queensland's total growth.

The Brisbane SD experienced the largest growth of all SDs within Queensland, recording an increase of 43,400 people in the year to June 2008 and reaching a population of 1.95 million (or 45% of Queensland's population). The fastest-growing SD in south-east Queensland was Sunshine Coast, which increased by 2.9% (or 8,700 people) in the same period.

In the year to June 2008, the three most populous LGAs in Australia - Brisbane (C), Gold Coast (C) and Moreton Bay (R) - also recorded the largest increases in population. Brisbane (C) increased by 17,400 people, Gold Coast (C) by 13,200 people and Moreton Bay (R) by 11,800 people.

All 10 LGAs within south-east Queensland experienced population growth in the year to June 2008. Among these, Ipswich (C), Moreton Bay (R), and Lockyer Valley (R) grew by 3.0% or more, with Ipswich (C) recording the fastest growth, at 4.1%. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the growth of Ipswich (C) occurred in the SLA of Ipswich (C) - East (up 6.7% or 3,700 people) due to the construction of new housing estates.


Brisbane City

Population growth within Brisbane (C) was widespread, with more than 85% of SLAs recording an increase in population. The SLA with the largest and fastest growth in the year to June 2008 was Wakerley, which increased by 930 people (19.1%). The SLAs with the second and third-largest growth were Calamvale (750 people) and Parkinson-Drewvale (740 people). All three SLAs are in the Southeast Outer Brisbane SSD.


Gold Coast City

Of the 38 Gold Coast (C) SLAs, nearly four-fifths recorded population growth in the year to June 2008. As in previous years, the SLA of Kingsholme-Upper Coomera experienced the largest growth, with an increase of 2,800 people (15.5%), followed by Ormeau-Yatala (1,300 people or 10.4%) and Pimpama-Coomera (1,100 people or 15.7%).

POPULATION GROWTH IN THE REMAINDER OF QUEENSLAND

In the year to June 2008, seven of the nine SDs outside south-east Queensland increased in population, with four growing by more than 2.4%. The fastest-growing SD in Queensland was Far North (3.1%).

Many coastal LGAs outside south-east Queensland experienced large population increases in the year to June 2008. Of these, Cairns (R) had the largest growth, with an increase of 6,000 people, followed by Townsville (C) (5,100) and Fraser Coast (R) (3,100). Mackay (R) and Bundaberg (R) also recorded population increases of greater than 2,000 people.

Cairns (R) also had the fastest population growth (3.9%) of the LGAs outside south-east Queensland (excluding those with populations less than 2,000 at 30 June 2007). The coastal LGAs of Torres (S), Fraser Coast (R) and Gladstone (R) all grew by 3.4%.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH, Queensland

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Brisbane (C)
1 027 800
17 400
1.7
Gold Coast (C)
497 800
13 200
2.7
Moreton Bay (R)
356 700
11 800
3.4
Sunshine Coast (R)
312 800
8 700
2.9
Ipswich (C)
154 200
6 100
4.1

FASTEST GROWTH(a)

Ipswich (C)
154 200
6 100
4.1
Cairns (R)
158 700
6 000
3.9
Moreton Bay (R)
356 700
11 800
3.4
Torres (S)
3 700
120
3.4
Fraser Coast (R)
95 700
3 100
3.4

(a) Excludes LGAs with a population of less than 2,000 at June 2007.


DECLINING POPULATIONS

The trend of population decline in western areas of Queensland continued in 2007-08, with the SDs of Central West and South West decreasing by 140 and 60 people respectively. Both of these SDs were drought-affected during the period.

In the year to June 2008, one-fifth of Queensland's LGAs experienced population decline. The largest population decrease of 90 people occurred in Burdekin (S) in the Northern SD.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, Queensland

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST DECLINE

Burdekin (S)
18 200
-90
-0.5
Paroo (S)
2 000
-60
-3.0
Winton (S)
1 400
-60
-4.0
Balonne (S)
4 800
-60
-1.1
Barcaldine (R)
3 400
-40
-1.3

FASTEST DECLINE(a)

Paroo (S)
2 000
-60
-3.0
Barcaldine (R)
3 400
-40
-1.3
Balonne (S)
4 800
-60
-1.1
Blackall Tambo (R)
2 100
-20
-1.1
Longreach (R)
4 300
-20
-0.5

(a) Excludes LGAs with a population of less than 2,000 at June 2007.


CENTRES OF POPULATION

The centre of population in Queensland at June 2008, was in the North Burnett (R) - Gayndah SLA, around 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. Since June 2003, the centre has moved approximately 2.6 kilometres east, reflecting the strong population growth along the Queensland coast.

For the Brisbane SD, the centre of population at June 2008 was just south of the central business district, near the Botanic Gardens and Parliament House.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS, Queensland

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

Aurukun (S)
1 196
40
3.5
Balonne (S)
4 835
-55
-1.1
Banana (S)
15 429
47
0.3
Barcaldine (R)
3 394
-43
-1.3
Barcoo (S)
369
-5
-1.3
Blackall Tambo (R)
2 067
-22
-1.1
Boulia (S)
440
0
0.0
Brisbane (C)
1 027 847
17 368
1.7
Bulloo (S)
376
-1
-0.3
Bundaberg (R)
92 341
2 039
2.3
Burdekin (S)
18 207
-89
-0.5
Burke (S)
562
18
3.3
Cairns (R)
158 653
5 985
3.9
Carpentaria (S)
2 117
11
0.5
Cassowary Coast (R)
30 356
351
1.2
Central Highlands (R)
29 244
472
1.6
Charters Towers (R)
12 506
239
1.9
Cherbourg (S)
1 213
24
2.0
Cloncurry (S)
3 394
35
1.0
Cook (S)
3 812
64
1.7
Croydon (S)
276
9
3.4
Dalby (R)
30 869
444
1.5
Diamantina (S)
314
6
1.9
Doomadgee (S)
1 240
3
0.2
Etheridge (S)
932
-5
-0.5

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

Flinders (S)
1 864
-18
-1.0
Fraser Coast (R)
95 689
3 124
3.4
Gladstone (R)
57 587
1 871
3.4
Gold Coast (C)
497 848
13 210
2.7
Goondiwindi (R)
10 985
163
1.5
Gympie (R)
46 371
1 084
2.4
Hinchinbrook (S)
12 208
-23
-0.2
Hope Vale (S)
832
-1
-0.1
Ipswich (C)
154 153
6 104
4.1
Isaac (R)
21 933
390
1.8
Kowanyama (S)
1 141
11
1.0
Lockhart River (S)
608
4
0.7
Lockyer Valley (R)
33 946
1 073
3.3
Logan (C)
269 986
5 225
2.0
Longreach (R)
4 268
-21
-0.5
Mackay (R)
112 607
2 650
2.4
McKinlay (S)
961
0
0.0
Mapoon (S)
263
3
1.2
Moreton Bay (R)
356 709
11 831
3.4
Mornington (S)
1 088
-43
-3.8
Mount Isa (C)
21 570
287
1.3
Murweh (S)
4 821
25
0.5
Napranum (S)
928
13
1.4
North Burnett (R)
10 646
-39
-0.4
Northern Peninsula Area (R)
2 264
42
1.9

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

Palm Island (S)
2 193
29
1.3
Paroo (S)
1 955
-61
-3.0
Pormpuraaw (S)
673
6
0.9
Quilpie (S)
1 018
6
0.6
Redland (C)
136 944
2 876
2.1
Richmond (S)
950
1
0.1
Rockhampton (R)
111 528
1 412
1.3
Roma (R)
13 145
25
0.2
Scenic Rim (R)
36 179
550
1.5
Somerset (R)
20 613
528
2.6
South Burnett (R)
31 705
419
1.3
Southern Downs (R)
34 621
498
1.5
Sunshine Coast (R)
312 804
8 734
2.9
Tablelands (R)
45 297
915
2.1
Toowoomba (R)
155 124
1 657
1.1
Torres (S)
3 690
122
3.4
Torres Strait Island (R)
4 895
99
2.1
Townsville (C)
175 542
5 134
3.0
Weipa (T)
3 291
81
2.5
Whitsunday (R)
33 126
997
3.1
Winton (S)
1 404
-59
-4.0
Woorabinda (S)
965
18
1.9
Wujal Wujal (S)
352
8
2.3
Yarrabah (S)
2 636
39
1.5
TOTAL QUEENSLAND
4 293 915
97 934
2.3

(C) City
(R) Regional Council
(S) Shire
(T) Town
Estimates for 2008 are preliminary.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08 (cat. no. 3218.0).


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