Building slow but demand continues
WHILE Gympie Region development has slowed, in line with state-wide trends, the slow-down is coming from a fairly healthy starting point, according to council Planning and Development Committee chairman Ian Petersen.
Commenting on building application figures at this week’s committee meeting, Cr Petersen said while Gympie had been bucking the state trend, it was now “in it”.
However, Cr Petersen yesterday produced Queensland Treasury figures showing underlying demand from population growth is still continuing apace in our part of the world.
The latest figures show an annual population growth rate in the Gympie region of 3.8 per cent, compared with about 2.4 per cent for the state.
They showed population had grown from 38,807 in 2001 to 48,282 last year, an increase of 1756 people, or 3.8 per cent, over the 2008 figure.
Official population projections show a forecast population of 52,568 in 2016 and 61,993 in 2031.
The figures show almost all Gympie’s population growth since 2001 has been from migration, rather than natural increase (births minus deaths).
An example is the year to June 2008 when natural increase was 272 people, while net migration resulted in a gain of 967 people.