Torquay’s Adrian and Jess Clarke and their newborn son Ethan. Their son will have plenty of kids to play with when he is older after it was revealed that Australia had a record number of births last year.
Torquay’s Adrian and Jess Clarke and their newborn son Ethan. Their son will have plenty of kids to play with when he is older after it was revealed that Australia had a record number of births last year. Alistair Brightman

Lots more little feet across Oz

A RECORD number of 296,600 babies were born in Australia in 2008 – and 1043 of those were born on the Fraser Coast.

The national figure represented a jump of 11,400 babies from the previous year when 63,132 babies were born in Queensland.

The number of babies born on the Fraser Coast in 2008 was seven less than the year before, however.

In 2007 there were 1050 babies born on the Fraser Coast.

This year the Fraser Coast is lagging behind a bit – only 824 babies have been born up to the end of October.

One of the women who became a mum on the Fraser Coast this year, Jessica Clarke, said she had noticed many of her friends either had babies or were expecting.

“I have noticed,” she said of seeing a lot of babies and young children around the area.

“I have quite a few friends who are pregnant now and due in January or February.”

Ms Clarke had her first child on November 8, Ethan William, and said she was thrilled to become a mum.

“I love it.”

Ethan wasn’t planned but he was definitely a pleasant surprise for Ms Clarke and his dad, Adrian.

It was a great time for the family to have their first child because, as Ms Clarke said, there will be plenty of young children around for Ethan to play with.

“There definitely will be,” she said.

Australia’s national fertility rate jumped from 1.92 babies per woman in 2007 to 1.97 in 2008.

The median age of all mothers in 2008 was 30.7 years.



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