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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    South east, mining and regional centres: growth hotspots

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    South east, mining and regional centres: growth hotspots

    The latest spotlight Queensland’s future predicts expansion in mining communities, major regional centres and continued growth in the south-east corner.

    Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade Andrew Fraser said the Queensland Government population projections to 2031 report, shows Queensland’s population is expected to grow by 1 million people to around 5.6 million by 2031.

    “Queensland has been at the forefront of population growth for a generation, and that trend is not going to change,” Mr Fraser said.

    “This report predicts that Queensland population will reach between 7.3 million and 11.15 million by 2056.

    “While that is significant growth, it won’t be at the same pace we have experienced in recent years, with a general slowing of population growth in Queensland matching the national trend.

    “We are also expecting to see continuation of a recent new trend – the key drivers of population growth being net overseas migration and natural increase (births minus deaths).

    “While both overseas and interstate migration has slowed in recent years, Queensland is still the number one destination for interstate migration.

    In the future, people are still projected to continue to move to Queensland, in particular to regional centres with the promise of employment opportunities.”

    The Treasurer said the ‘rise of the regions’ will be apparent in the coming decades.

    “Mining towns are expected to boom but Ipswich will have the fastest growth, while Gold Coast will have the most growth.

    “The impact of continuing resource sector development and investment is particularly evident in Gladstone, Isaac and Central Highlands, all of which feature in the top 10 fastest growing local government areas in the next decade.”

    Mr Fraser said the report confirms that Queensland’s population is ageing.

    “We are getting older: about one third of the growth in the next decade will be in the age group 65 and over.

    “Our life expectancy is to increase by approximately 10 years to 89.4 years for males and 92.2 for females by 2056.”

    Mr Fraser said the Government’s nation-leading investment in infrastructure will help cater for long-term needs.

    “The Bligh Government has invested around $50 billion in infrastructure over the last three years – far outstripping the investment in other states.

    “We will continue to approach planning for population growth with a view to the horizon, not just to tomorrow.”

    Queensland Government population projections to 2031: local government areas is available on the Office of Economic and Statistical Research website: www.oesr.qld.gov.au

    Media contact: Treasurer’s Office – 3224 6361