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Vol 4. Autumn/Winter
BOOM TOWN WODONGA
regional centre in state
WODONGA is the second
fastest-growing regional city
in Victoria, a result that will
give the centre need for a
renewed focus on additional
infrastructure and services, mayor Cr Mark Byatt
(pictured, below) said last month.
Wodonga welcomed 677 new residents
during the 2009-10 financial year, a 1.9 per cent
increase on the previous 12 months.
The city was ranked as having the 15th fastest
rate of growth across 79 local government areas
in Victoria, just behind Ballarat, in 14th, and the
state's fastest-growing regional city with 1950
There were 641 newcomers to Albury during
2009-10, a 1.3 per cent increase on the
previous year and giving the city a ranking for
growth of 55 among 148 local government
areas in NSW.
Cr Byatt said the result was "outstanding for
us as a city, demonstrating how we are evolving
as a regional city with a true and sincere respect
to our rural roots".
He said Wodonga's population was predicted
to reach about 55,000 in 2031, an average
annual increase of 1.89 per cent.
"The figures match this prediction which
is important as it allows the council to plan
accurately for Wodonga's future," Cr Byatt said.
"The availability of flat affordable land,
employment opportunities and first home owner
grants coupled with Wodonga's envious lifestyle
are reasons why more people are choosing to
move to our wonderful city from capital cities
and other regional cities."
Following Wodonga among Victoria's fastest-
growing regional cities was Bendigo with 1800
new arrivals, Geelong (3600), Warrnambool (527),
Shepparton (929), Latrobe (838), Wangaratta
(257), Horsham (178) and Mildura (427).
The shire of Bass Coast grew the fastest in
regional Victoria with a growth rate of 4.6 per cent.
"To be benchmarking for growth among
significant cities such as Ballarat, Geelong and
Bendigo is a solid indication of where we are as
a regional city," Cr Byatt said.
Among the strongest regional performers in
NSW were Wollongong with 2300 new arrivals,
Newcastle (1500), Port Macquarie-Hastings
(1300) Maitland (1200), Tamworth (1000),
Cessnock (920) and Queanbeyan (810).
Regional cities growing faster than Albury
included Bathurst (1.6 per cent), Dubbo (1.4 per
cent), Orange (1.8 per cent), Tamworth (1.9 per
cent) and Queanbeyan (2 per cent).
Cr Byatt said as part of his role as chairman
of Regional Cities Victoria, the issue of
regional growth had already been a subject
for discussion with the previous Brumby
government and the new Baillieu government.
"Regional cities have a role in easing the
burden on Melbourne and can be part of the
population solution for Victoria," he said.
"That is something we are getting traction
with, with government.
“But it requires an investment to harness that
population growth and increase the service
offering to regional centres.
"What incentives the state government puts
out there will be something we have to look
at, and this result positions us well to have a
first hand, valued discussion as a priority with
Wodonga is ranked 15
out of 79 Victorian local
Population growth in Border
and North East 2009-10
51,112 641 1.3 55
Wodonga 36,432 677 1.9 15
12,866 63 0.5 62
14,293 76 0.5 58
8644 62 0.7 101
11,773 100 0.9 90
Denilliquin 7633 -52 -0.7 147
Gr. Hume 10,447 58 0.6 111
16,111 157 1.0 38
29,385 240 0.8 48
6343 -1 0.0 69
Tumbarumba 3765 34 0.9 82
1261 -7 -0.6 -
63,500 660 1.1 68
Wangaratta 28,938 257 0.9 43
Total Increase % State
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