Australian Bureau of Statistics
3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/04/2009
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GROWTH IN MELBOURNE
At June 2008 there were an estimated 3.9 million people residing in the Melbourne SD, an increase of 74,600 people or 2.0% since June 2007. Melbourne SD experienced the largest growth of all Australian capital city SDs for the year to June 2008.
Melbourne SD accounted for 81% of Victoria's population growth between June 2007 and June 2008, and was home to 73% of Victoria's population.
Growth in the outer suburbs
Victoria's largest population growth continued to occur in the outer suburban fringes of the Melbourne SD. Wyndham (C), located to the south-west of Melbourne's city centre, experienced the largest increase of Victorian LGAs, increasing by 8,900 people in 2007-08. Almost half of this growth occurred in the SLA of Wyndham (C) - North.
Casey (C), located to the south-east of Melbourne city, experienced the second-largest growth of Victorian LGAs in 2007-08, increasing by 8,000 people, followed by Melton (S), west of Melbourne city, which increased by 6,000 people.
Wyndham (C) also experienced the fastest growth (7.2%) of all Victorian LGAs. Other LGAs on the suburban fringes of Melbourne that grew quickly included Melton (S) (7.0%), Cardinia (S) (5.5%), which is south-east of Melbourne city, and Whittlesea (C) (4.0%) to the north.
Growth in the inner city
Melbourne (C) had the sixth-largest increase of all LGAs in Victoria in 2007-08 (3,500 people) and continued to experience fast growth with an annual growth rate of 4.1%. However, this was lower than the average annual rate of 6.1% for the five years to June 2008. Within Melbourne (C), the SLA of Melbourne (C) - Remainder grew by 1,700 people (3.0%), Melbourne (C) - Southbank-Docklands by 1,100 people (7.0%) and Melbourne (C) - Inner by 730 people (5.5%).
GROWTH IN REGIONAL VICTORIA
In the year to June 2008, the population of the balance of Victoria increased by 17,900 (1.3%) to 1.4 million people.
During this period, all SDs experienced population growth. The fastest growth occurred in the SDs of Barwon (1.6%), Central Highlands and Gippsland (both 1.5%). The populations in both Loddon SD and East Gippsland SD increased by 1.3%.
Local Government Areas
Within regional Victoria, the LGA of Greater Geelong (C), located south-west of Melbourne, experienced the largest increase in population (3,000 people) for the year to June 2008. This was followed by Ballarat (C) (1,800 people), which is west of Melbourne, and Greater Bendigo (C) (1,600 people) in central Victoria.
The fastest population growth in regional Victoria during 2007-08 continued to occur along the coast. The LGA of Surf Coast (S), covering areas such as Torquay along the Great Ocean Road, experienced the fastest growth in regional Victoria, with an increase of 3.6%. Bass Coast (S), incorporating areas such as Phillip Island, was the second-fastest, increasing by 2.3%, followed by Queenscliffe (B) (2.2%), a small LGA on the coast to the east of Geelong.
In the year to June 2008, all Victorian LGAs that experienced a decline in population were in regional Victoria. The fastest population declines (0.7%) occurred in Yarriambiack (S) and Hindmarsh (S), which are predominately agricultural areas in north-west Victoria. The populations of Buloke (S), also in north-west Victoria in the Mallee area, and Benalla (RC), in north-east Victoria, declined by 0.5%.
CENTRES OF POPULATION
Victoria's centre of population at June 2008 was in the Melbourne LGA of Moreland (C), reflecting the high proportion of the Victorian population living in the state's capital. In the five years to June 2008, Victoria's centre of population moved around 0.6 kilometres south, edging closer to the inner city of Melbourne.
At June 2008, the centre of population for the Melbourne SD was in the suburb of Glen Iris, in the middle of the Monash Freeway.
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