Gladstone's shops can expect to get a lot busier given the projected population growth.
Gladstone's shops can expect to get a lot busier given the projected population growth. Chrissy Harris

Gladstone population set to double in less than 20 years

GLADSTONE'S population is set to double in less than two decades, but Gladstone Regional Council says our boom-town region can cope with the growth.

During Thursday's annual GAPDL Gladstone Region Future Summit, the council's chief executive, Stuart Randle, said the region could meet the demands of an extra 50,000 residents.

"Given that the available land is able to cater for the 2031 projected population comfortably, we are confident that the development industry will be able to meet housing demand," Mr Randle said.

According to the Office of Economic and Statistical Research, medium series projections show Gladstone's population will increase by about 50,000 to 111,690 people by 2031.

But as a result of strategic residential planning, Mr Randle said the council could accommodate an increase of 65,000 people by the same year.

More than 10,000 additional housing lots could be developed from existing Gladstone residential-zoned land.

Existing housing estates still have thousands of lots available for purchase, including 2900 available at Riverstone Rise and 2000 at the Sands in Tannum Sands.

Tannum Blue still has the capacity to build on 750 lots, while Vantage has 600, Hillclose 160; and Mt Larcom 250.

Mr Randle said there was still an opportunity to build behind Kirkwood Rd, Agnes Water, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Calliope.

"There is also a continued demand for high density residential developments in Gladstone's CBD," Mr Randle said.

The economic and statistical research report also found that population increases were expected to be between 70,959 and 77,629 people by 2016.

The council also revealed that 1100 development applications were approved last year, with developers given four years to build on the approved land.

How we will grow

Gladstone's population to almost double by 2031

Population to reach 111,690 people

10,000 additional housing lots

1100 development applications approved by GRC last year