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Growth statistics confirm Mitchell’s population is booming

14 August 2017

Mitchell Shire has cemented its status as one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities.

Recently released 2016 Census data shows Mitchell’s population grew 35.5 per cent from 2006 to 2016 - an increase of 10,909 people and in the top 10 across the state.

Mitchell grew significantly more than neighbouring municipalities Macedon Ranges (20.6 per cent), Strathbogie (8.6 per cent) and Murrindindi (2.4 per cent), and only slightly less than Hume (36 per cent).

It is expected the northern growth corridor, including Beveridge and Wallan, will reach 153,000 people in the next 30 years – more people than the City of Melbourne has now.

In that time, the entire Mitchell Shire is expected to be home to 210,000 people.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the data backed up the work Council was doing to plan for growth.

“We’ve been seeing significant population growth in our Shire for some time now and this data certainly justifies all the planning we’ve been doing in preparation for our current community as well as our new residents,” Cr Sanderson said.

“We have been, and we will continue to, work hard to do everything we can to manage this expected growth in our Shire – such as our recent strategic Greenhill land purchase at the top of the northern growth corridor.

“It’s an exciting time of change for our community, and we will continue to advocate on behalf of our current and future communities to encourage all levels of government to invest in community facilities, services and infrastructure for our residents and businesses.”

To view more Mitchell Shire statistics, please visit www.profile.id.com.au/mitchell or www.abs.gov.au.