Amidst a busy week the ABS released updated regional population statistics: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2011-12. This also includes lots of interesting commentary. Data is provided for Local Government Areas, Significant urban Areas, and SA2 level to June 30, 2012.
Growth was 1.9% for CRC and 2% for the Cairns SUA. The SA2 data within that area shows the highest growth rates were on the northern beaches with Trinity Beach-Smithfield at 3.4% and Kewarra-Clifton at 4.3%.
So growth in Cairns is in line with broad Queensland growth also at 1.9%, and above the national growth rate of 1.6%. Given the weak local economy and unemployment in recent years population growth at such rates should probably be regarded as positive.
Growth in surrounding council regions was not so strong with Tablelands 0.7%; Cassowary Coast 0.1%; and Cook 0.5%. Not surprisingly Weipa was the standout SA2 in the Far North with 5% growth.