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3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
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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 2007-08 (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 - 2007-08
Diagram: SLA population change, NSW, 2007-08


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 north-west, Liverpool (C) (3,200 people) in the south-west, and in the inner-city LGA of Sydney (C) (2,500 people). Within the Sydney SD, LGAs which experienced population decline in 2007-08 were Ashfield (A), in the inner west, as well as Manly (A) and Lane Cove (A) in northern Sydney.

In 2007-08, 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 central-western 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 south-west 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
2007r-2008p
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), Mid-North Coast and Richmond-Tweed (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 Richmond-Tweed (1.6%), Mid-North 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 one-third 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 Macquarie-Hastings (A) and Coffs Harbour (C) (both 1.9%) on the mid-north 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 2007-08 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 fastest-growing 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 2007-08, indicating the on-going 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 central-west NSW.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, New South Wales

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
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
Cooma-Monaro (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 (%)

Ku-ring-gai (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
Mid-Western 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 Macquarie-Hastings (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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