The Burdekin Shire’s population is on the rise, according to the latest Queensland Treasury figures.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the estimated resident population as at June 30, 2010, showed the Shire recorded an increase of 0.5 per cent.
“This is good news for the Burdekin as these figures show the region is undergoing stable, but steady growth,” he said.
“With our growing industry base and interest in the employment opportunities these industries offer, I would expect the region’s population to continue to grow at a steady rate.
“The future is looking bright for our region.”
Mr Vaccaro said confidence in the Shire was also reflected in the increase in new dwelling approvals.
“There is still a strong demand for residential land as shown by an increase in new dwelling approvals,” he said.
“There was a 33 per cent increase in new housing approvals in the year ending December 2011.
“Figures also show the Burdekin region’s average household size of 2.5 person per private household was comparable to that of the State’s 2.6.”
Mr Vaccaro said the strategic location of the Burdekin and its abundant water, land and sunshine were drawcards for industries and families.
“These key strengths give the potential to create significant further employment and wealth creation opportunities,” he said.
“There is no other region in the country which has such an abundance of water and people are starting to recognise that.
“We are planning for a prosperous future with population growth, increased agricultural and horticultural opportunities and value-adding industries.”