Australian Bureau of Statistics
3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration
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At June 2008, south-east Queensland, which comprises the SDs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and West Moreton, accounted for two-thirds (66%) of Queensland's population. From June 2007 to June 2008, the population in south-east Queensland increased by 67,500, which was 69% of Queensland's total growth.
The Brisbane SD experienced the largest growth of all SDs within Queensland, recording an increase of 43,400 people in the year to June 2008 and reaching a population of 1.95 million (or 45% of Queensland's population). The fastest-growing SD in south-east Queensland was Sunshine Coast, which increased by 2.9% (or 8,700 people) in the same period.
In the year to June 2008, the three most populous LGAs in Australia - Brisbane (C), Gold Coast (C) and Moreton Bay (R) - also recorded the largest increases in population. Brisbane (C) increased by 17,400 people, Gold Coast (C) by 13,200 people and Moreton Bay (R) by 11,800 people.
All 10 LGAs within south-east Queensland experienced population growth in the year to June 2008. Among these, Ipswich (C), Moreton Bay (R), and Lockyer Valley (R) grew by 3.0% or more, with Ipswich (C) recording the fastest growth, at 4.1%. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the growth of Ipswich (C) occurred in the SLA of Ipswich (C) - East (up 6.7% or 3,700 people) due to the construction of new housing estates.
Population growth within Brisbane (C) was widespread, with more than 85% of SLAs recording an increase in population. The SLA with the largest and fastest growth in the year to June 2008 was Wakerley, which increased by 930 people (19.1%). The SLAs with the second and third-largest growth were Calamvale (750 people) and Parkinson-Drewvale (740 people). All three SLAs are in the Southeast Outer Brisbane SSD.
Gold Coast City
Of the 38 Gold Coast (C) SLAs, nearly four-fifths recorded population growth in the year to June 2008. As in previous years, the SLA of Kingsholme-Upper Coomera experienced the largest growth, with an increase of 2,800 people (15.5%), followed by Ormeau-Yatala (1,300 people or 10.4%) and Pimpama-Coomera (1,100 people or 15.7%).
POPULATION GROWTH IN THE REMAINDER OF QUEENSLAND
In the year to June 2008, seven of the nine SDs outside south-east Queensland increased in population, with four growing by more than 2.4%. The fastest-growing SD in Queensland was Far North (3.1%).
Many coastal LGAs outside south-east Queensland experienced large population increases in the year to June 2008. Of these, Cairns (R) had the largest growth, with an increase of 6,000 people, followed by Townsville (C) (5,100) and Fraser Coast (R) (3,100). Mackay (R) and Bundaberg (R) also recorded population increases of greater than 2,000 people.
Cairns (R) also had the fastest population growth (3.9%) of the LGAs outside south-east Queensland (excluding those with populations less than 2,000 at 30 June 2007). The coastal LGAs of Torres (S), Fraser Coast (R) and Gladstone (R) all grew by 3.4%.
The trend of population decline in western areas of Queensland continued in 2007-08, with the SDs of Central West and South West decreasing by 140 and 60 people respectively. Both of these SDs were drought-affected during the period.
In the year to June 2008, one-fifth of Queensland's LGAs experienced population decline. The largest population decrease of 90 people occurred in Burdekin (S) in the Northern SD.
CENTRES OF POPULATION
The centre of population in Queensland at June 2008, was in the North Burnett (R) - Gayndah SLA, around 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. Since June 2003, the centre has moved approximately 2.6 kilometres east, reflecting the strong population growth along the Queensland coast.
For the Brisbane SD, the centre of population at June 2008 was just south of the central business district, near the Botanic Gardens and Parliament House.
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