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WESTERN AUSTRALIA



STATE SUMMARY

PERTH STATISTICAL DIVISION

POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REGIONS

CENTRES OF POPULATION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS


STATE SUMMARY

Western Australia's (WA's) estimated resident population at 30 June 2008 was 2.17 million people, an increase of 58,200 since June 2007. This financial-year increase was the state's largest since records commenced. It represents an annual growth rate of 2.8%, which was higher than the average annual growth rate (2.1%) for the five years to June 2008.

Western Australia's growth rate in 2007-08 was also the fastest of all of the states and territories. The state population as a proportion of Australia's population increased from 9.8% in 2003 to 10.1% in June 2008.

SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Western Australia - 2007-08
Diagram: SLA population change, WA, 2007-08


PERTH STATISTICAL DIVISION

The Perth SD experienced the state's largest growth, increasing by 43,400 people (2.8%) in 2007-08 to reach 1.6 million people. Almost three-quarters of WA's population resided in the Perth SD and three-quarters of the state's population growth occurred in this SD in 2007-08.

The populations of almost all of the thirty LGAs within the Perth SD, increased during 2007-08. Five LGAs - Wanneroo (C), Swan (C), Rockingham (C), Stirling (C) and Cockburn (C) - each grew by more than 3,000 people in the year to June 2008. Together these accounted for over half of the growth in the metropolitan area. Wanneroo (C) and Stirling (C) are in the north of the metropolitan area, Swan (C) is to the east and Rockingham (C) and Cockburn (C) are coastal LGAs to the south of the city.

In the Perth SD, the fastest-growing LGAs in 2007-08 were Perth (C) (up by 10.8%), Serpentine-Jarrahdale (S) (7.6%) and Wanneroo (S) (6.8%).

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH, Western Australia

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

LARGEST GROWTH

Wanneroo (C)
134 300
8 600
6.8
Swan (C)
105 400
4 300
4.3
Rockingham (C)
96 100
3 800
4.2
Stirling (C)
193 300
3 800
2.0
Cockburn (C)
84 700
3 200
3.9

FASTEST GROWTH

Perth (C)
15 100
1 500
10.8
Ravensthorpe (S)
2 500
210
9.1
Serpentine-Jarrahdale (S)
15 300
1 100
7.6
Wanneroo (C)
134 300
8 600
6.8
Murray (S)
13 800
790
6.0



POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REGIONS

Each of the nine Statistical Divisions within the state experienced population growth in the year to June 2008.

The South West SD was the state's fastest-growing region, increasing by 3.9% (8,900 people) in 2007-08. All LGAs in the South West SD experienced growth during the year with Murray (S) growing the fastest (6.0%), and Mandurah (C) gaining the most people (3,200). Harvey (S), Dardanup (S), Capel (S) and Busselton (S) also experienced growth at a rate faster than the region's average.

Outside the metropolitan area, the Kimberley was the state's second fastest-growing SD, with 2.8% growth, followed by South Eastern SD with 2.3%. With the shires of Wyndham-East Kimberley (S) and Ravensthorpe (S) leading the way, growth in these areas partly followed developments associated with the expansion of the resources sector.

Although not apparent at the broader (SD) level, 37% of LGAs outside the Perth metropolitan area experienced either population decline or had no change in their populations during the year to 2008. Of these, nearly two-thirds already had populations fewer than one thousand.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, Western Australia

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

LARGEST DECLINE

Lake Grace (S)
1 500
-60
-4.1
Merredin (S)
3 400
-60
-1.6
Wagin (S)
1 900
-50
-2.8
Narembeen (S)
900
-50
-5.7
Cue (S)
300
-50
-13.3

FASTEST DECLINE(a)

Merredin (S)
3 400
-60
-1.6
Halls Creek (S)
3 300
-30
-0.8
Katanning (S)
4 400
-10
-0.2

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


CENTRES OF POPULATION

At June 2008, Western Australia's centre of population was adjacent to the Avon River in the LGA of Toodyay (S), approximately 60 kilometres north-east of Perth. The centre of population has moved 3.8 kilometres south-west since June 2003, reflecting the large population growth in Perth SD and South West SD.

For the Perth SD, the centre of population was in the Swan River, just south-west of Perth's central business district.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS, Western Australia

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

Albany (C)
34 667
705
2.1
Armadale (C)
55 432
1 825
3.4
Ashburton (S)
6 604
54
0.8
Augusta-Margaret River (S)
11 830
222
1.9
Bassendean (T)
14 233
123
0.9
Bayswater (C)
60 089
706
1.2
Belmont (C)
33 416
819
2.5
Beverley (S)
1 708
0
0.0
Boddington (S)
1 545
51
3.4
Boyup Brook (S)
1 594
13
0.8
Bridgetown-Greenbushes (S)
4 339
81
1.9
Brookton (S)
1 028
1
0.1
Broome (S)
15 386
353
2.3
Broomehill-Tambellup (S)
1 214
-8
-0.7
Bruce Rock (S)
1 029
14
1.4
Bunbury (C)
32 841
804
2.5
Busselton (S)
29 183
1 290
4.6
Cambridge (T)
25 924
393
1.5
Canning (C)
84 974
1 802
2.2
Capel (S)
11 935
520
4.6
Carnamah (S)
786
-18
-2.2
Carnarvon (S)
6 091
67
1.1
Chapman Valley (S)
1 049
70
7.2
Chittering (S)
4 076
153
3.9
Claremont (T)
9 605
71
0.7

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

Cockburn (C)
84 652
3 178
3.9
Collie (S)
9 151
72
0.8
Coolgardie (S)
4 083
7
0.2
Coorow (S)
1 181
-31
-2.6
Corrigin (S)
1 257
37
3.0
Cottesloe (T)
7 929
122
1.6
Cranbrook (S)
1 130
-3
-0.3
Cuballing (S)
843
-2
-0.2
Cue (S)
301
-46
-13.3
Cunderdin (S)
1 298
1
0.1
Dalwallinu (S)
1 371
-31
-2.2
Dandaragan (S)
3 146
30
1.0
Dardanup (S)
12 167
554
4.8
Denmark (S)
5 167
140
2.8
Derby-West Kimberley (S)
7 799
241
3.2
Donnybrook-Balingup (S)
5 198
97
1.9
Dowerin (S)
756
12
1.6
Dumbleyung (S)
669
-7
-1.0
Dundas (S)
1 184
44
3.9
East Fremantle (T)
7 251
118
1.7
East Pilbara (S)
7 597
233
3.2
Esperance (S)
14 443
248
1.7
Exmouth (S)
2 330
56
2.5
Fremantle (C)
27 453
558
2.1
Geraldton-Greenough (C)
36 887
1 008
2.8

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

Gingin (S)
4 824
149
3.2
Gnowangerup (S)
1 415
10
0.7
Goomalling (S)
1 013
10
1.0
Gosnells (C)
100 594
2 797
2.9
Halls Creek (S)
3 338
-27
-0.8
Harvey (S)
22 529
979
4.5
Irwin (S)
3 477
114
3.4
Jerramungup (S)
1 174
-12
-1.0
Joondalup (C)
159 986
1 759
1.1
Kalamunda (S)
53 363
841
1.6
Kalgoorlie/Boulder (C)
31 716
774
2.5
Katanning (S)
4 418
-8
-0.2
Kellerberrin (S)
1 280
12
0.9
Kent (S)
602
-4
-0.7
Kojonup (S)
2 269
31
1.4
Kondinin (S)
1 011
-5
-0.5
Koorda (S)
471
-5
-1.1
Kulin (S)
896
0
0.0
Kwinana (T)
26 387
1 259
5.0
Lake Grace (S)
1 455
-62
-4.1
Laverton (S)
757
3
0.4
Leonora (S)
1 600
-3
-0.2
Mandurah (C)
64 787
3 163
5.1
Manjimup (S)
9 995
120
1.2
Meekatharra (S)
1 224
-10
-0.8

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

Melville (C)
99 351
637
0.6
Menzies (S)
239
0
0.0
Merredin (S)
3 383
-55
-1.6
Mingenew (S)
473
-30
-6.0
Moora (S)
2 521
1
0.0
Morawa (S)
891
15
1.7
Mosman Park (T)
9 096
160
1.8
Mount Magnet (S)
642
0
0.0
Mount Marshall (S)
672
16
2.4
Mukinbudin (S)
578
-10
-1.7
Mullewa (S)
883
-43
-4.6
Mundaring (S)
37 361
310
0.8
Murchison (S)
111
-8
-6.7
Murray (S)
13 825
788
6.0
Nannup (S)
1 325
28
2.2
Narembeen (S)
863
-52
-5.7
Narrogin (T)
4 687
99
2.2
Narrogin (S)
905
22
2.5
Nedlands (C)
22 012
260
1.2
Ngaanyatjarraku (S)
1 551
20
1.3
Northam (S)
10 704
295
2.8
Northampton (S)
3 481
56
1.6
Nungarin (S)
257
-4
-1.5
Peppermint Grove (S)
1 688
-1
-0.1
Perenjori (S)
525
-19
-3.5

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

Perth (C)
15 113
1 478
10.8
Pingelly (S)
1 235
-10
-0.8
Plantagenet (S)
4 950
130
2.7
Port Hedland (T)
13 375
395
3.0
Quairading (S)
1 134
39
3.6
Ravensthorpe (S)
2 501
208
9.1
Rockingham (C)
96 068
3 837
4.2
Roebourne (S)
18 407
129
0.7
Sandstone (S)
133
0
0.0
Serpentine-Jarrahdale (S)
15 281
1 080
7.6
Shark Bay (S)
941
32
3.5
South Perth (C)
42 595
1 021
2.5
Stirling (C)
193 300
3 805
2.0
Subiaco (C)
18 115
341
1.9
Swan (C)
105 432
4 303
4.3
Tammin (S)
422
11
2.7
Three Springs (S)
696
10
1.5
Toodyay (S)
4 548
76
1.7
Trayning (S)
406
5
1.2
Upper Gascoyne (S)
306
-10
-3.2
Victoria Park (T)
31 148
992
3.3
Victoria Plains (S)
939
4
0.4
Vincent (T)
30 453
235
0.8
Wagin (S)
1 891
-54
-2.8
Wandering (S)
403
10
2.5

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

Wanneroo (C)
134 258
8 552
6.8
Waroona (S)
3 814
100
2.7
West Arthur (S)
883
-12
-1.3
Westonia (S)
212
-22
-9.4
Wickepin (S)
753
-17
-2.2
Williams (S)
971
41
4.4
Wiluna (S)
735
-5
-0.7
Wongan-Ballidu (S)
1 440
-1
-0.1
Woodanilling (S)
433
3
0.7
Wyalkatchem (S)
557
-21
-3.6
Wyndham-East Kimberley (S)
7 662
352
4.8
Yalgoo (S)
266
0
0.0
Yilgarn (S)
1 546
1
0.1
York (S)
3 449
75
2.2
TOTAL WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2 171 197
58 230
2.8

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


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