Coast population boom continues

POPULATION growth on the Fraser Coast is outstripping the state's average by close to one percentage point, but it has been subdued from the heady days when a 3.8 per cent annual became the norm from 2001 to 2006.

The Fraser Coast was Queensland's second-fastest growing local government area in 2008-09 outside south-east Queensland with a growth rate of 3.6 per cent.

A government report titled Population Growth Highlights and Trends Queensland 2010 showed the Fraser Coast was the sixth-largest LGA outside south-east Queensland, with a population of 99,500 at June 2009.

“The Fraser Coast continues to perform well in the population stakes, attracting 3500 people in the year to June 2009,” Treasurer Andrew Fraser said.

“To manage this growth, to lead for the future, we are developing a statutory regional plan. The draft Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan will shape the region over the next 20 years and not only manage growth but also protect the environment and the area's unique lifestyle.”

Mr Fraser said it was as important as ever to continue to deliver the government's $17 billion building program.

“We have embarked on our unprecedented infrastructure program – again our $17 billion program is in action.

“In this year's budget we're spending some $13 million towards improving roads, upgrading the pathology laboratory at Hervey Bay Hospital and completing the new $1.2 million fire and rescue station at Agnes Water.”

Townsville accounted for 15.7 per cent of growth outside south-east Queensland.

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