3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia and New Zealand, 2003-04
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South- East QLD has Highest Population Growth in 2003-04
South-East Queensland had the highest population growth in Australia during 2003-04, according to regional population figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast grew by 17,600 and 13,200 people respectively, the two largest increases in population of all Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Australia.
Brisbane and Moreton Statistical Divisions (SD) together increased by 61,900 people, equating to an average increase of just under 1,200 people per week.
In comparison, the resident population of Melbourne (SD) increased by an average 860 people per week (44,800 people in 2003-04), Sydney SD increased by 640 people per week (33,500 people), and Perth SD increased by 500 people per week (26,100 people).
Outer suburban areas of capital cities continued to record large increases. In Melbourne, Casey increased by 8,700 people and Wyndham by 8,400 people, while in Sydney, Blacktown increased by 5,500 people and Baulkham Hills by 3,500 people. The largest population increase in Western Australia during 2003-04 occurred in the Perth LGA of Wanneroo (6,700 people).
A number of inner city areas experienced large growth in 2003-04. The LGA of the city of Sydney increased by 5,100 people while the city of Melbourne increased by 3,700 people. The city of Perth recorded the highest rate of growth of all LGAs in Australia, up 12.1% (1,100 people).
Many coastal areas also recorded strong growth. In New South Wales the LGAs of Tweed and Hastings increased by 1,700 and 1,300 people respectively, while in Queensland Cairns increased by 2,800 people and Hervey Bay increased by 2,600 people. Mandurah, to the south of Perth in Western Australia, increased by 4,300 people.
Inland regional centres such as Maitland (up 1,000 people) in New South Wales, Albury-Wodonga (up 1,600 people) on the New South Wales/Victorian border, Greater Bendigo and Ballarat (up 1,700 and 1,300 people respectively) in Victoria, and Toowoomba (up 1,400 people) in Queensland, all continued to gain population.
Further information is in Regional Population Growth, Australia and New Zealand, 2003-04 (cat. no. 3218.0).
REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH DATA HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2003-04
NEW SOUTH WALES
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
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