Population growth centres have shifted o suburbs south of the river

Rockingham in 2004. Photo courtesy Google, Digital Globe and NASA.
Rockingham in 2004. Photo courtesy Google, Digital Globe and NASA.

POPULATION growth centres in the Perth metropolitan area have shifted for the first time to suburbs south of the river, with Rockingham one of the main areas.

According to figures collected by the City of Rockingham in 2013, the population of the city was 120,859 ” nearly four times as many people living here than in 1986.

Then, the City had a population of 32,845 and figures for five year intervals thereafter show the City has been growing steadily.

At the City’s recent Economic and Development Strategy launch, South West Group director Mick McCarthy said available land and a solid infrastructure network had led to the shift in population growth centres to the southern suburbs.

‘For the first time in its history, Perth’s population growth centres have shifted south of the river and they will continue to shift and remain south of the river,’ he said.

Mr McCarthy said the City’s population growth was 3.7 per cent per year, well above the national average of 1.6 per cent.

‘Rockingham is one of the largest local government areas in the State and the City’s population is expected to grow to 178,000 by 2026, over 200,000 by 2031 and 300,000 by 2050,’ he said.

‘That is pretty massive growth for any council, let alone compared to other regions, and they are very impressive figures when you consider Rockingham is outperforming most other local councils.’

POPULATION BOOM

2001 – 74,018

2006 – 87,033

2011 – 109,415

2013 – 120,859

2026 – 178,000 (forecast)

2050 – 300,000 (forecast)

Kwinana to double

City of Kwinana’s population is set to double within the next 20 years, highlighting the ‘hyper growth’ of the area.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, the City’s population is 34,413 and is forecast to reach almost 68,000 by 2031.

Its population was 17,242 in 1991 and 20,765 a decade later.

Significant levels of new residential development are expected in areas along the Mandurah train line, including Wellard, Leda, Casuarina, Anketell and Wandi, according to the ABS.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City had adopted its Plan for the Future ” Kwinana 2030 document to analyse population trends.

‘The City of Kwinana is an area of hyper growth and while it is essential the City take a strategic approach to monitoring this growth, the demands are immense,’ she said.

‘There is additional traffic on the roads and a need for greater levels of community services, such as schools, police resources, recreational facilities, libraries and youth services.

‘The intensive population growth places pressure on existing infrastructure and creates demand for new, more sustainable infrastructure.’

GROWTH DETAILS

2001 – 20,765

2006 – 23,198

2011 – 29,227

2013 – 34,413

2024 – 55,563

2031 – 67,932