Saturday, March 18, 2006

Pull Yer Elbows In

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the Regional Population Growth figures for the 2004-05 financial year, and the figures are surprising in some areas.

In the next 25 years, Sydney will need to find room for an extra million people. However, Queensland and Melbourne are growing at an even quicker rate than Sydney.

Brisbanes growth rate of 1.9% is the highest of all Australias capital cities. If that growth rate continues, Brisbanes population (currently at 1,810,900) will double in just over 35 years. South East Queensland as a whole has been growing at a staggering 1,000 people per week.

Queenslands Premiere Peter Beattie recently said "The biggest challenge I face every day is the challenge of growth. It's a huge problem for us."

More Info...

  • Sydney falls behind in population growth

  • Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2004-05

  • Queensland: beautiful one day, basket case the next