Archive for January, 2011
Hmmm… is this a list of areas that .id has profiled or forecasted? Well some of them are, but not quite. They are in fact the weird and wonderful destinations from a 1980s Melbourne Comeng train destination roll. This handsome piece helps decorate the office at .id and provides a unique insight into Melbourne’s railway network (existing and proposed) in the early 1980s. Read the rest of this entry
One of the funny things about doing population forecasting is the response you get from clients about certain issues. One such issue that cuts close to the bone is this vexed issue of when will the children leave home?
Share of population aged 25-29 by relationship in household, 2006, selected locations
Source: ABS, 2006 Census of Population and Housing
I was riding my bike home from work in the rain last night, when I came across an unexpected lump on the cycle track. To my amazement, it turned out to be a turtle crossing the road. This was not something I expected to see in the middle of a city of just under 4 million people. I picked the little guy up and moved him off the road – and then spent the rest of the ride home worrying that I’d put him on the wrong side of the road and now he’d have to to through the whole slow process again to get to the other side. It also got me to thinking about the statistics of commuting by bike in Melbourne.
Australia’s record population growth rate has begun to slow, driven by a decline in overseas migration, according to the latest issue of Australian Demographic Statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 21 December 2010.
There are likely to be media headlines about a “population crash”, but what is the full story?
Having recently begun .id’s first overseas foray, Johnny, Lailani and I went to Wellington to launch the first New Zealand profile.id site for the City of Wellington. The Mayor Celia Wade-Brown made an eloquent presentation, backed up by some great press from the local paper.
“The profile enables us to have the mazimum confidence in the decisions we make, to manage our assets to meet changing demands of changing populations and allocate resources where they are most needed.”
At these events it is always ideal to find a good news story from the socio-economic data which, as it turns out, was a pretty easy task for the City of Wellington.