Goomeri, Rainbow Beach lead region in land of opportunity

Rainbow Beach and Goomeri, home of the pumpkin festival, lead our region in advantages for residents.
Rainbow Beach and Goomeri, home of the pumpkin festival, lead our region in advantages for residents. CONTRIBUTED

AT opposite ends of the region, Goomeri and Rainbow Beach are the most advantaged areas in the Gympie region, according to a new Census analysis.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the new figures result from an attempt at deeper and more useful analysis of 2011 Census data.

This includes interesting comparisons of local authority and post code areas on the basis of factors that include education, job and health opportunities and results.

Although we come off much worse than the Sunshine Coast, where near Gympie centres like Cooroy and Pomona show massively better results, the analysis in its nature ignores the shared advantages of two closely interconnected regions.

Coast education, job and health opportunities, for example, do not begin and end at the council border and are often accessed by Gympie region commuters driving or being driven between the two regions.

The figures ignore a shared university and health district, as well as business and work links.

And the figures were gathered before the opening of a USC campus in Gympie and the new Polleys' shuttle bus link between Gympie and the USC Sippy Downs campus.

Results for the Gympie post code area appear also to have been negatively affected by the decimation of its Mary Valley districts, following the failed Traveston Crossing dam plan.

On a post code breakdown, Gympie rates as disadvantaged compared with Rainbow Beach and Goomeri, but better off than Tiaro, in the Fraser Coast region.

Tiaro is marginally better off than Kilkivan, which is more advantaged than Tin Can Bay.

The spokesman said numbers attributed to localities show where they rate on national and state lists.

On a scale of 74 Queensland councils, Gympie scores 25, Fraser Coast 21 and Sunshine Coast 65.

Of 564 councils nationally, Gympie comes in at 98, Fraser Coast 81 and Sunshine Coast 414.

On a post code analysis, localities are rated against 419 post codes assessed across Queensland and 2481 nationally.

The spokesman said some areas had been left out because of insufficient population to give reliable figures, or other problems with data.

With higher scores showing more advantages, Gympie, including the Mary Valley, rated 68 across Queensland and 385 nationally.

Rainbow Beach scored 132 and 681, compared to Goomeri at 86 and 445, Tiaro 47 and 260, Kilkivan 46 and 259, Tin Can Bay 25 and 119, Cooroy 242 and 1311 and Pomona 213 and 1133.

The ABS says the figures are intended to help determine areas needing improved funding or services.


How we rate by post code

Our place on a list of 419 post code localities in Queensland and 2481 nationally:

  • Gympie (including Mary Valley) - 68 of 419 (Qld) and 385 of 2481 (Aust);
  • Rainbow Beach - 132 and 681;
  • Goomeri - 86 and 445;
  • Tiaro - 47 and 260;
  • Kilkivan - 46 and 259;
  • Tin Can Bay - 25 and 119;
  • Cooroy - 242 and 1311;
  • Pomona - 213 and 1133.


How we rate by region

Our place on a list of 74 councils rated in Queensland and 564 nationally:

  • Gympie region - 25 of 74 (Qld) and 98 of 564 (Aust);
  • Fraser Coast - 21 and 81;
  • Sunshine Coast - 65 and 414.
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