Australian Bureau of Statistics
3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1996 to 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/07/2007
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Population: Mining areas boom, drought-affected areas decline
The population of several mining regions grew rapidly between 2001 and 2006, while some drought-affected regions declined, according to population estimates released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In the five years to 2006 the population of the north Queensland mining town of Weipa increased by 39%. East Pilbara in the north of Western Australia grew by 27% and Roxby Downs, near the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia, grew by 18%. The district of Mackay, which services the inland Queensland Bowen Basin mining region, increased by almost 13,000 people.
Meanwhile the drought appears to have impacted on several regions in inland Australia. The populations of the western NSW areas of Bourke and Central Darling decreased by almost 20%. Some inland Queensland areas were also hard hit, including Balonne (down 12%).
Capital cities and coastal areas continue to grow
Between 2001 and 2006 the Melbourne Statistical Division (SD) experienced the largest population growth of all Australian capital cities, increasing by 273,000 people (or 150 people per day). The SDs of Brisbane increased by 191,000 and Sydney increased by 156,000.
The populations of many inner-city areas continue to grow substantially. The inner-city Local Government Area (LGA) of Melbourne grew by just over 50%, with large increases also for the inner-city LGAs of Adelaide (33%) and Sydney (27%).
Many regional coastal areas also continued to show strong population growth, with increases of around 20% for the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast-Tweed districts, while Mandurah (19%) also grew significantly.
Big turnarounds in population have occurred in some regions, including the South Australian areas of Whyalla (which increased by 200 people between 2001-2006 after declining by 2,200 over the previous five years) and Port Augusta (increased by 600, compared to a previous decline of 500).
Further information is in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1996 to 2006(cat. no. 3218.0).
MEDIA NOTE: Today's release builds on the 2006 Census results by including estimates for people overseas or missed in the 8 August 2006 snapshot. For further information see the Census Media Fact Sheet 70/2007 The difference explained: comparing the Census population count and the estimated resident population. The percentages used above refer to five-year growth, while average annual growth rates are used in the publication.
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