Deniliquin Council has welcomed the release of the latest statistics which show Deniliquin's population is rising.April 15, 2014 3:57am
Contrary to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s prediction, Deniliquin’s population is on the rise.
Deniliquin Council has welcomed the release of the latest statistics which show the town’s population has increased by 19 people from 2011 to 2012 and 40 people from 2012 to 2013.
Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the Australian Bureau of Statistics data for country and regional NSW is proof the town is growing again, after a decline during the Millennium Drought.
Cr Renwick said the recently released figures shows the town’s population had increased by one per cent in 2012 and 2013, taking the town’s population to 7376 as of 2013.
The data also adds considerable weight to council’s calls for a review of a report from the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure released in September last year, which predicts Deniliquin will lose a quarter of its population (1600 people) within 20 years.
That report was based on the 2011 census, but only took into account the population decline during the drought, not the recent recovery.
‘‘There has been a slight increase in our population in both 2012 and 2013, which is in line with what council has believed,’’ Cr Renwick said.
‘‘Although the increase is only one per cent, it shows we are now heading in the right direction after the challenging years of the drought and the closure or our rice mill and abattoirs.’’
Cr Renwick said council is confident two projects of state significance will go ahead.
If they do, he believes the town will experience its strongest growth in history.
‘‘It is disappointing when inaccurate figures about our town’s future are being distributed,’’ Cr Renwick said.
‘‘However, on the positive side the latest ABS data is proof that our population is slowly increasing.
‘‘Council is confident that two projects of state significance will go ahead, and if this occurs we are likely to have the strongest growth in our town’s history.
‘‘This is the message we want to get out to potential developers.’’
Cr Renwick acknowledged that suggestions of a population decline could have a negative impact on development, but believes this will be overshadowed by the latest figures, coupled with an air of confidence surrounding the town’s future.
‘‘Deniliquin is open for business. That is the message the council wants to deliver and I am pleased that we now have data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics which proves our population is heading in the right direction,’’ Cr Renwick said.
He said there were exciting times ahead for the town, with growth prospects stronger than he had seen in about 17 years on council.
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