Today saw the release of the annual Regional Population Estimates from the ABS. The ABS produce these numbers at both Local Government, SA2 and State Electoral Division level.
The results show the estimated CCRC resident population in 2014 at 28,705 which is a 0.1% increase over 2013. Since 2011 the estimated population has increased by just 0.2% while over the past decade it has fallen by 2.2%. In the State as a whole growth was estimated at +1.5% in 2014 and is up 23.3% over the decade. Had the CCRC matched QLD’s growth since 2004 we would now have a population of 36,172; or almost 7,500 more people….that’s very nearly a whole new Johnstone area population!
Within the CCRC the SA2 level data shows Innisfail with a 0.2% increase for the year, Johnstone down 0.4% and Tully (which includes Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell) up 0.5%.
The Hinchinbrook State Electorate saw 2.1% growth, driven by increases in the Townsville Northern Beaches which fall into this electorate (Ingham saw declines of 1.6%). Mulgrave State Electorate saw growth of 1.1% with sluggish growth in Innisfail being offset by strong growth in the Southern Cairns areas.
Loose change has posted on the updated population figures in Cairns; Population growth slows in Cairns