Strong population growth in NSW and WA

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. Wendy Snook says:

    Re the slowing of growth in Eurobodalla and Bega Valley over last 5 years. That could correlate with the closing of the Pambula hospital in 2007, making the area less attractive to retirees, and thus slowing service industry jobs and younger families moving there for jobs. Have you ever done a correlation between hospital closures and migration patterns? Thanks. Wendy

    • Simone says:

      Thanks for the comment Wendy. You’ve definitely touched on some of the issues that are relevant. However the expansion of Bega Hospital should negate the closing of Pambula. I think there are other factors at play on the lower south coast of NSW – the latest ABS population release at the SA2 level indicates Narooma is losing population. We will be updating the population forecasts for both councils in the next 12 months so will tap into the local intelligence at that time.

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