NORTHERN TABLELANDS SETTING CRACKING PACE FOR GROWTH

Thursday, 26 April 2018

 

ABS population report shows 2.35% growth since 2016 Census

POPULATION figures released earlier this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirm that every single local government area in the Northern Tablelands is growing, and some quite rapidly, according to local MP Adam Marshall.

 

A delighted Mr Marshall welcomed the ABS report, Regional Population Growth, which showed that the electorate had seen an overall growth rate of 2.35 per cent from the 2016 Census (taken in August 2016), to 30 June 2017 – an increase of 1,862 residents.

 

Mr Marshall said this growth rate in the 10-month period was even greater than the region’s growth rate in the previous five years!

 

“These are an incredibly exciting and pleasing set of figures,” Mr Marshall said. “This growth in such a short period is virtually unprecedented for our region.

 

“In the past, growth has been inconsistent across our region, but now every single community is on the move.

 

“I’ve said for years that the Northern Tablelands is the best place to work, live and invest and now we’re seeing that reflected in the numbers. As a region, we’re bucking the trend compared to many other areas across country NSW.

 

“A number of communities are growing at better than the New England North West average and streets ahead of the trend across country NSW.”

 

The biggest mover was the Armidale Regional local government area (LGA) (population of 30,552), with a massive increase of 1,103 people since the Census, an increase of 3.75 per cent, making it one of the fastest growing LGAs in country NSW. Inverell Shire also fared very well (16,780) with 297 residents at 1.8 per cent growth.

 

Taking advantage of its close proximity to Armidale and quality lifestyle options, Uralla Shire (6,115) continued to develop, growing by 1.1 per cent, with an extra 67 residents.

 

Glen Innes Severn LGA (8,924) has taken advantage of the booming renewables sector in recent times, adding another 88 people, an increase of 1 per cent.

 

Mr Marshall said he was particularly pleased to see Moree Plains and Gwydir LGAs arrest their previous patchy growth or slight declining trends and show population upswings since the 2016 Census.

 

Gwydir LGA (5,316) grew by 58 residents (1.1 per cent) and Moree Plains (13,408) added 249 people to the community, a growth of 1.9 per cent.

 

“The growth in Moree is a result for the community, which has faced its fair share of adversity in recent years,” Mr Marshall. “The community is resilient and now is turning a corner, especially with inland rail and other economic infrastructure firmly on the agenda.

 

“A growing region will attract better services, new employment opportunities and greater investment.

 

“These figures highlight the need to continue to promote country NSW and what is has to offer and to support government and non-government initiatives that help people and businesses relocate and assist existing business and industry to grow.

 

“These results show the strength of our Northern Tablelands communities and this trend bodea very well for the future.”

 

MEDIA: Adam Marshall 0429 440 054

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