Coast population set to boom

Tweed, Byron and Ballina will be the fastest-growing local areas on the North Coast, according to population projections released this week by the NSW Government.


Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the figures were contained in a new local area population projections report, produced by the Department of Planning, which covers the period from 2006 to 2036.


It presents population projections for both statistical local areas (SLAs) and local government areas (LGAs).
The figures show the local areas with the largest population growth will be:


Tweed (59% growth to 131,900 residents); Byron (44% growth to 44,300 residents); and Ballina (39% growth to 56,200 residents).


Mr Kelly said these figures were not government targets but projections based on an analysis of existing demographic trends and informed assumptions about expected future changes.


“These population projections allow all levels of government to know and plan for the challenges facing us over the next 25 years, be it to reverse decline in some rural areas or meet the needs of a booming population in high-growth areas,” he said.
 


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