3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2004-05
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/02/2006
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Melbourne grows faster than Sydney in 2004-05
Melbourne's population grew faster than Sydney's during 2004-05 but Brisbane topped all capitals, according to regional population figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
During 2004-05, the population of Melbourne Statistical Division (SD) increased by 1.1%, or 41,300 people, while Sydney SD's population grew by 0.7% (29,800 people). Melbourne's population increase equates to an average of 790 people per week with Sydney recording an average increase of 570 people per week.
However, it is Brisbane SD which continues to have the highest growth rate of all of Australia's capital cities, its population increasing by 1.9% (33,300 people) over 2004-05.
The total population of South East Queensland, comprising Brisbane and the surrounding Moreton SD (which includes Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast), grew by 53,300 people during this period, or more than 1,000 people per week.
Outer suburban areas of capital cities continued to record large increases. In Melbourne, Wyndham increased by 7,900 people and Casey by 7,400 people, while in Sydney, Blacktown increased by 5,400 people and Baulkham Hills by 3,500 people. The largest population increase in Western Australia during 2004-05 was in the Perth Local Government Area (LGA) of Wanneroo (7,100 people).
A number of inner city areas also experienced large growth in 2004-05. The LGA of the city of Melbourne increased by 3,500 people while the city of Sydney increased by 2,400 people. The city of Perth recorded the highest rate of growth of all LGAs in Australia, up 13.1% (1,400 people).
Many coastal areas recorded strong growth. Mandurah and Busselton, both to the south of Perth, increased by 3,400 and 1,700 people respectively, while in Queensland, Cairns increased by 3,000 people and Caloundra increased by 2,800 people. Shoalhaven, on the south coast of New South Wales, increased by 2,000 people.
Inland regional centres such as Ballarat (up 1,800 people) and Greater Bendigo (up 1,500) in Victoria, Toowoomba (up 1,800) in Queensland, Maitland (up 1,700) in New South Wales and Albury-Wodonga (up 1,000) on the New South Wales/Victorian border, all continued to gain population.
Further information is in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 3218.0).
REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH DATA HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2004-05
NEW SOUTH WALES
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