New population growth figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Golden Plains Shire is still one of the fastest growing areas in regional Victoria.
Between 2016 and 2017 Golden Plains Shire grew by 2.5%, taking the Shire’s population to 22,480 people and making Golden Plains the fifth fastest growing regional LGA in Victoria (by percentage growth rate). It follows closely behind Surf Coast, who were the fastest growing regional LGA at 2.9%, and Greater Geelong at 2.6% who were placed fourth.
The data also showed that Bannockburn and surrounds (by Statistical Area Level 2), grew by 4.9% to bring the population to 6,838 people. Bannockburn and surrounds is now the fourth fastest growing regional Statistical Area Level 2 (by percentage growth rate), behind Grovedale in Geelong, Alfredton in Ballarat and White Hills-Ascot in Bendigo.
Councillor Helena Kirby, Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council, said these figures prove what Council has been observing over the last few years.
“Our growth is visible and it’s an exciting time for the Shire,” she said.
“Golden Plains Shire Council continues to plan for strong population growth in the Shire, with projects such as the Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct, the Golden Plains Community and Civic Centre and the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct providing excellent foundations for our growing population.”
“Golden Plains is a wonderful place to live, work and run a business and we’re pleased to see this potential being realised with more people moving into the Shire.
“Our communities are thriving and we are so lucky to have access to idyllic rural settings as well as the services of nearby large regional centres.
“We are working closely with all levels of Government to make sure our growing population is catered for, and ensure that we continue to provide employment opportunities locally and within our neighbouring regional cities of Geelong and Ballarat,” finished Cr Kirby.
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Released by: Eric Braslis, CEO, Golden Plains Shire Council
Media contact: Ann Card, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Golden Plains Shire Council
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