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Published Monday 5 September 2022

Mitchell’s population growth exceeding expectations

More than 181,000 people are expected to call Mitchell home in the next 20 years, more than triple the number of residents we have today.

The latest figures from Population Forecast indicate the region’s population is growing faster than expected with 11,000 more residents expected to move in compared to the previous population forecasts from 2020.

Forecast population in 2041

  • 0 Current 4681
  • 0 Current 5532
  • 0 Current 10,189
    Kilmore and Kilmore East
  • 0 Current 2075
    Pyalong – Rural North West
  • 0 Current 2723
    Rural North East
  • 0 current 6765
  • 0 current 14,898
  • 0 current 3134
    Wandong and Heathcote Junction

These latest figures reconfirm Mitchell is Victoria’s fastest-growing municipality.

While much of the shire will see population increases, the largest pockets of growth will be in the south.

Identified as part of the urban growth corridor, Beveridge and Wallan will welcome more than 114,000 new residents over the next two decades.

Beveridge’s population alone will more than double every 5 years.

In 2031 more than 30,400 people will be living in the suburb compared to just 4631 today.

By 2041, the number of people calling Beveridge home will rise to more than 78,000.

While this growth brings many opportunities it also puts pressure on the shire’s infrastructure and services.

Accurate population figures help plan for the future however Council will need the support of the State and Federal Governments to deliver the infrastructure for this rapidly growing community.

Council has planned for kindergartens, maternal and child health facilities, multi-purpose community hubs, and sporting facilities including ovals, pitches, courts, and stadiums that communities will need as they grow. There is also planning based on development sequencing of when these facilities need to be ready for communities.

Council will continue to plan for other parts of the shire ensuring services and infrastructure are refreshed and accessible.

Visit to view Mitchell Shire’s population forecasts, community profiles and more.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“Population figures help us understand our growth and help us to better plan for our communities. A critical factor in all this growth is to have jobs and employment.

“Our region is growing at a rapid rate, and while this is exciting and brings many opportunities it also brings many challenges and puts a strain on our existing infrastructure and services.

“This population growth is why we are advocating in the state election for the infrastructure we need including, improved transport connectively, recreational facilities, schools, jobs and an investment in health and wellbeing services."

This page was last updated on 6 September 2022.