TASMANIAN State Growth Minister Matthew Groom last week said the State Government is committed to increasing the state's population to 650,000 people by 2050 to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the standard of living for all Tasmanians.
"We know this is a bold target that's not without its challenges but we need to go for growth because we recognise that population growth is critical to sustaining economic growth for Tasmania," Mr Groom said.
"Given the significance of the population challenge, growing the population will require deliberate, targeted and strategic intervention.
"That is why the Government is developing a Population Strategy to outline how government, stakeholders and the community can work together to grow our population."
The Minister said the next step in the process is the release of a Discussion Paper that outlines Tasmania's population challenge, the process for developing Tasmania's Population Strategy and the type of input that is being sought from the community.
"We have also commissioned a Background Issues Paper by a specialist demographer to provide independent advice to inform the development of the Population Strategy," Mr Groom said.
"Over the next six weeks, the Department of State Growth will be releasing a series of video case studies, telling the stories of migrants, expats and Tasmanians, talking about why they have come to, or stayed in Tasmania.
"We are encouraging stakeholders and the community to listen to these stories, to reflect on them and to use these as a basis for suggestions as to how we grow Tasmania.
"Our Population Strategy will be a comprehensive blueprint for Tasmania's future and will complement our long-term Plan for the State."
The Tasmanian Government is seeking input into the development of the Population Strategy by 14 June 2014. More information is available from the Department of State Growth website at <http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/>.
Photo: Tasmania from Space / 'Tasmania.A2005320.2355.250m' / Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC / Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.