THE NSW Department of Planning released its population projections last week, revealing that strong growth is projected in many areas of New South Wales. The figures are contained in a new population projections report, produced by the Department of Planning, which covers the period from 2006 to 2036.
Regional areas with the strongest projected population growth are Queanbeyan (up 72%), Maitland (up 71%), Palerang (up 69%) and Tweed (up 59%). Other areas with strong growth included Yass Valley, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Eurobodalla, Coffs Harbour, Snowy River and Great Lakes.
The Sydney metropolitan area is projected to have a population over just over 5.5 million in 2036. The greatest projected population growth in Sydney metropolitan subregions area are the South West (increase of 113%), Sydney City (60%) and the North West (52%).
Planning Minister Tony Kelly said "it's pleasing to see some of our inland and coastal areas are expected to experience strong growth, helping the State's regional economy. Apart from regional centres, the projections also indicated strong population growth in western Sydney, central Sydney, coastal areas and areas to the north and east of Canberra."