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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:

    Very interesting Glenn. A few years ago there were a lot of predictions that Perth would overtake Brisbane – not sure if that was the significant urban area or greater metro populations. I’d be interested in your view on whether this is still the case, because based on these figures and growth it doesn’t look likely to me. If anything I think the gap is widening. What do you think? I think the other takeout for me is Gold Coast topping 700,000 people. This is really significant I think, along with the Sunshine Coast being about 350,000. If you look at the population within 100km of the Brisbane GPO you’re looing at 3.5 million.

    • Thanks for the comment Brian. You’re right – Brisbane has the large South East Queensland agglomeration, while Perth is just Perth pretty much (Mandurah has joined in but it’s not huge). As with all these things it depends where you draw the boundaries. It’s also possible to make a case that Greater Sydney engulfs Newcastle and Wollongong – with a couple of breaks for national parks it’s pretty much urban land use all the way from Raymond Terrace in the north to Kiama in the south. Brisbane is similarly joined to the Gold Coast now, not quite to the Sunshine Coast, but South East Queensland has very different growth characteristics to the rest of Qld. I can’t see Perth overtaking it any time soon.

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