Population predictions released

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

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

The figures show the Tweed LGA is expecting a growth of 59% to 131,900 residents, followed by Byron (44% growth) and Ballina (39% growth).

By comparison growth in the Lismore LGA is predicted to grow by only 11.3% or 5000 residents (from 44,200 in 2006) to 49,200 in 2036.

Mr Kelly said these figures are not NSW 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,” the Minister said.

The population projections can be found at www.planning.nsw.gov.au


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