Australia’s shrinking populations

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Australia’s shrinking populations

In a follow up to Australia’s population growth hotspots, Your Investment Property reveals those areas whose populations are experiencing a worrying decline.  

According to the latest population growth figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the 12 months to June 2011, the fastest decline in percentage terms was seen in the West Coast LGA of Tasmania (-2.1%). Barunga West in South Australia followed up with a -1.9% decline, and third place went to Wellington in NSW (-1.5%).

Overall, Victoria had nine of the 25 LGAs that recorded the fastest population declines, followed by New South Wales (6), South Australia (4), Tasmania (3), the Northern Territory (2) and Queensland (1).

Fastest declines:

LGA

State

Estimated pop 30 June 2010

Estimated pop 30 June 2011

Change

%

West Coast

Tas

5,247

5,139

-108

-2.1

Barunga West

SA

2,632

2,581

-51

-1.9

Wellington

NSW

8,860

8,725

-135

-1.5

Hindmarsh

Vic

6,140

6,054

-86

-1.4

Balranald

NSW

2,472

2,438

-34

-1.4

West Wimmera

Vic

4,584

4,521

-63

-1.4

Yarriambiack

Vic

7,602

7,498

-104

-1.4

Alice Springs

NT

27,957

27,589

-368

-1.3

Buloke

Vic

7,017

6,925

-92

-1.3

Katherine

NT

10,093

9,967

-126

-1.2

Gannawarra

Vic

11,598

11,467

-131

-1.1

Southern Mallee

SA

2,171

2,147

-24

-1.1

Lockhart

NSW

3,312

3,279

-33

-1.0

Loddon

Vic

8,034

7,957

-77

-1.0

Towong

Vic

6,333

6,276

-57

-0.9

Kentish

Tas

6,282

6,229

-53

-0.8

Hay

NSW

3,343

3,315

-28

-0.8

Wattle Range

SA

12,615

12,512

-103

-0.8

Northern Grampians

Vic

12,296

12,196

-100

-0.8

Central Highlands

Tas

2,320

2,303

-17

-0.7

Torres Strait Island

Qld

5,071

5,035

-36

-0.7

Walgett

NSW

7,222

7,171

-51

-0.7

Goyder

SA

4,284

4,256

-28

-0.7

Central Goldfields

Vic

12,876

12,792

-84

-0.7

Wentworth

NSW

7,108

7,065

-43

-0.6

Source: ABS, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11

When it came to those LGAs that saw the largest drop in resident numbers in the 12 months to June 2011, Alice Springs came out on top with a decline of -368. Wellington once again featured in the top three, with its resident drop of -135, followed by Gannawarra in Victoria (-131).

Overall Victoria has 10 of the top 25 LGAs with the largest population declines, followed by South Australia (6) and New South Wales (3). The Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia each had two LGAs in the top 25.

Largest declines:

LGA

State

Estimated pop 30 June 2010

Estimated pop 30 June 2011

Change

%

Alice Springs

NT

27,957

27,589

-368

-1.3

Wellington

NSW

8,860

8,725

-135

-1.5

Gannawarra

Vic

11,598

11,467

-131

-1.1

Katherine

NT

10,093

9,967

-126

-1.2

West Coast

Tas

5,247

5,139

-108

-2.1

Yarriambiack

Vic

7,602

7,498

-104

-1.4

Wattle Range

SA

12,615

12,512

-103

-0.8

Northern Grampians

Vic

12,296

12,196

-100

-0.8

Buloke

Vic

7,017

6,925

-92

-1.3

Southern Grampians

Vic

17,503

17,411

-92

-0.5

Hindmarsh

Vic

6,140

6,054

-86

-1.4

Central Goldfields

Vic

12,876

12,792

-84

-0.7

Broken Hill

NSW

19,784

19,703

-81

-0.4

Loddon

Vic

8,034

7,957

-77

-1.0

Port Pirie City and Dists

SA

18,242

18,169

-73

-0.4

West Wimmera

Vic

4,584

4,521

-63

-1.4

Manjimup

WA

10,159

10,098

-61

-0.6

Towong

Vic

6,333

6,276

-57

-0.9

Renmark Paringa

SA

9,891

9,834

-57

-0.6

Brookton

WA

1,006

952

-54

-5.4

Kentish

Tas

6,282

6,229

-53

-0.8

Walgett

NSW

7,222

7,171

-51

-0.7

Barunga West

SA

2,632

2,581

-51

-1.9

Tea Tree Gully

SA

100,524

100,474

-50

-0.1

Port Augusta

SA

14,774

14,725

-49

-0.3

Source: ABS, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11

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