Geelong region – a growth area’s affordable housing journey

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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  1. Brian says:

    Interesting read, thanks. I’m interested in a comparison of the commuting numbers from Geelong to Melbourne. I assume it’s up there with numbers who commute from Gold Coast to Brisbane or Central Coast to Sydney? It would be interesting to compare numbers of commuters into the major cities from nearby (but separate) cities.

    • Actually, the rate of commuting between Geelong and Melbourne is not as high as you might think. It is about 15% of the workforce all up, but only about 5% go to the City of Melbourne – Quite a few work in the LGAs of Wyndham, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, which are on the western side of Melbourne, and not necessarily a long commute for someone from the northern suburbs of Geelong. From the Central Coast to other parts of Sydney (Central Coast is actually in Greater Sydney) is about 20% of their resident workers – so a little higher, but still commuting to the City of Sydney is around 5%. For Gold Coast, it’s only about 11% of residents who travel to the Greater Brisbane area. City of Brisbane makes up 7% of that, but it’s not really comparable to Sydney or Melbourne as it’s a much larger LGA. All of these are significant, but the idea that huge numbers of people commute from these nearby large centres into capital cities is a bit of a myth!

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