Has the tide turned on coastal growth?

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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2 Responses

  1. Simon says:

    Interesting observations Simone. Could housing constraints on NSW’s mid north coast be playing a role at all? Similarly, as the research only analyses total growth (not disaggregated by age) – could the out-migration of youth / young adults have been off-setting the in-migration of retirees?

    • Simone says:

      Hi Simon,

      I think there’s an element of truth to what you’ve written, but as with all things demographic there are a complex set of factors involved. The migration data from the Census was released today (Oct 30th) so we’ll have the evidence base with respect to the age specific patterns. I also think that people might be delaying their retirement on account of diminished value of superannuation, so this obviously impacts on the opportunity to move, let alone invest in real estate. I will have a look at some of these issues in future blogs – thanks heaps for your interest!

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