Queensland has second-fastest population growth rate
CENTRAL Queensland and the Sunshine Coast are among the fastest growing regions in Queensland to June last year, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have revealed.
The figures show Mackay, Fitzroy (including Rockhampton and Gladstone), the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and Townsville have the biggest population growth outside of Brisbane in the previous 12 months.
Queensland's population reached 4.56 million in June last year, with an extra 86,000 people moving to the sunshine state since June 2011.
It was the second-fastest population growth rate of any state or territory, at 1.9%, surpassed only by booming Western Australia at 3.3%.
Of those who moved to the sunshine state during the 2011-12 year, 43,300 people moved to greater Brisbane and 42,700 moved to regional areas.
Most of those who moved to regional areas went to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, with 16,500 new residents, while a further 14,700 moved to Mackay, Fitzroy and Townsville during the year.
The Central Queensland region of Fitzroy, including Rockhampton and Gladstone, had the fastest growth of all regional areas, up 2.7% of 5,900; followed by Mackay, up 2.6% or 4400 and Gold Coast and Townsville, both up 2%.
New residents also flocked to the Sunshine Coast, with a population growth of 5800 people, included as part of the Gold Coast's statistical growth of 2% in the year to June 2012.
The ABS data release came just a week after the nation's population passed 23 million, primarily on the back of new migrants, temporary visa holders, and international students.
Data did not reveal whether the growth was due to natural attrition (new births), or people moving from interstate or other regions within Queensland.