Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia

The Cairns Post has a story today on the submission by Cairns Regional Council to the parliamentary committee delegated with the white paper on Northern Australia: The four limitations of growth in Far North Queensland

There are today currently a total of 95 submissions listed on the committee web page: Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia.

There are sure to be some interesting submissions to provide rainy day reading! I just hope someone has been delegated to provide a summary for the committee chair?

The Cairns Post report also includes some robust population forecasts:
Mayor Bob Manning said infrastructure investment was needed to meet growth in the area, with Cairns' population expected to almost triple by 2050, from 145,986 in 2011 to 406,400. 
This forecast is actually an extrapolation based on 1991-2011 population growth and would see Cairns easily surpass Townsville by 2050. However, we may have some catching to do already after the past three years?

Queensland Economy Watch has recently posted on the Queensland Plan population projections and infrastructure:   Regional infrastructure plan should be based on updated population projections

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