Queensland’s beautiful beaches are attracting a flood of residents but North Lakes is the fastest-growing region in the state.
Located 26 kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD in Moreton Bay, North Lakes recorded a population increase of 39 per cent, from 52,000 people in 2011 to 72,000 people in 2016.
The booming areas of the state for population are revealed in the 2016 census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.
The massive growth north of the city played into the recent Queensland redistribution, which made changes to the boundaries of Murrumba, due to a significant surplus in electors and substantial projected growth in the area.
A newly created electorate of Bancroft was formed, and gained the suburb of North Lakes from the electorate of Murrumba.
Located between Brisbane and the picturesque Gold Coast, Ormeau-Oxenford was the second fastest-growing region, with its population increasing 28.7 per cent, to 121,000 people, up from 94,000 people in 2011.
People are also flocking to the sand and surf, with high growth rates since 2011 in the coastal regions of Buderim (19.1 per cent), Surfers Paradise (15.6 per cent), and Caloundra (15.6 per cent).
Looking at Australia’s Glitter Strip, the Gold Coast Local Government Area recorded a resident population of 555,721 people, an increase of 12.4 per cent from 2011.
It comes as data reveals the population of Greater Brisbane has increased 9.9 per cent in the past five years, from 2.07 million to 2.27 million.
Almost half of all Queensland residents live in the Sunshine State’s capital city of Brisbane.
The census counted 4,703,193 usual residents of Queensland on census night, an 8.6 per cent increase from 2011.
Authorities pushed for a take-up of the digital census rather than paper-based forms, but the website suffered a denial of service attack and other issues, and it was shut down for more than a day, prompting a #Censusfail debacle.
However, an independent panel found the data could be used with confidence, and there was a response rate of 95.1 per cent across the nation.
Australian statistician David W Kalisch said the census data was of a high quality.
“2016 census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Treasurer Curtis Pitt was in New South Wales launching a campaign to encourage people to move to north.
More than 110,000 people have already “moved up” to Queensland in the past decade, with the campaign to focus on more than just Brisbane.
“We’re going to be seeing some people with divided loyalties for a little while,” Mr Pitt said in Sydney, referencing State of Origin.
“But the one thing that we know is that you’ll get with coming to Queensland more affordable housing, you’re going to get lower state taxes and you’re going to get a better football team.”
Mr Pitt said before the end of the year, Queensland’s population would hit 5 million, assisted by interstate migration.
He said Brisbane had lower average house prices than our southern neighbours and better payroll tax rates.
Originally Published: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/