Central Goldfields Shire’s population is expected to increase by just 920 people over the next 17 years, while 11 regional Victorian shires are predicted to suffer a population decrease over the same period.
The predications come from new report Victoria in Future 2019, the State Government’s projection of future size, distribution and composition of the population from 2016 to 2056.
While Victoria’s population — recorded at 6.5 million in 2018 — is expected to nearly double to 11.2 million by 2056 and has been growing faster than any other state or territory, some regional areas are struggling to keep the residents they have.
Major regional centres are expected to do well over the coming years with the cities of Ballarat, Bendigo and Greater Geelong projected to account for around half of all regional growth between 2016 and 2056.
Measured on a shorter time frame, Central Goldfields Shire is on the lower end of the growth scale, with its population of 13,210 in 2018 projected to rise by 0.4 percent to 14,130 in 2036.
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