Aussies still heading to regions

THE trend of people leaving outlying rural and remote areas to head to mining regions and the capital cities has continued, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Monday.

The bureau released Census data on population growth and turnover in local government areas between 2000 and 2006 across the nation.

It revealed the Bowen Basin mining region and Weipa in north Queensland were among the top six areas with the highest population turnover in the country.

Other regions with low turnover rates were primarily rural agriculture or indigenous-dominated regions, such as Cobar and Murrumbidgee in New South Wales.

Local government areas with both high turnover and high growth rates included Emerald, Chinchilla, Nebo and Warroo in Queensland, with 65.8% of high growth and high turnover regions.

Areas with low population growth and high turnover in Queensland included Banana, Barcoo, Bulloo, Diamantina and Inglewood.

The data also showed population growth and turnover remained largely unchanged in Northern NSW and the far north NSW coast.

Areas with low population growth and turnover were mostly in regional areas of NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

The capital cities and big centres such as the Gold Coast continue to have high turnover rates, but overall low population growth, with Perth and inner Sydney leading the pack.

Top population growth and turnover rates:

  • East Pilbara, WA
  • Bowen, QLD
  • Roxby Downs, SA
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Perth, WA
  • Adelaide, SA

Lowest population growth and turnover rates:

  • Cobar and Murrumbidgee, NSW
  • Longreach, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, QLD
  • Coober Pedy, SA