A new report has predicted a boom in Murray Shire's population in the next 20 years and a decline in neighbouring Deniliquin Council, but not everyone is convinced about the figures.By Jess Craig
Newly-released figures from the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure show Murray Shire’s population is due to boom in the future.
The projections show Murray Shire’s population increasing from 7150 to 10,950, or 52.9 per cent, by 2031.
The key drivers in the population increase are expected to be a high birth rate, migration gains and a higher population of retirees moving to the area.
The projected increase is the second highest in regional NSW, with Palerang Shire at 57.4 per cent.
Murray Shire’s percentage increase is higher than that of Albury, Greater Hume and Wagga Wagga combined.
Conargo Shire Council is also predicted to receive a population increase of 16.7 per cent by 2031.
‘‘The projections are very positive,’’ Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich said.
‘‘We’ve got a great shire and we’ve got great staff working on the council.
‘‘We’re obviously doing something right.
In contrast, Deniliquin Council is expected to experience a decrease of 1600 people, or 21.4 per cent, as its population ages and people move interstate.
But Deniliquin councillors have been quick to dismiss the figures.
Mayor Lindsay Renwick said by 2031 he would have thought the population would increase by 1600 people, ‘‘if not double that’’.
‘‘I just don’t think the figures are correct,’’ he told the Deniliquin Pastoral Times.
‘‘Where do they get these figures from?
‘‘We’ve got one or two things in the works, like in the rice and food industries and entertainment
Cr Weyrich said it was not surprising Deniliquin Council had dismissed the figures.
‘‘The projections are based on births, deaths and migration data from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and NSW Health,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s three different groups, and they’ve all come to the same conclusion, that Murray Shire is going forwards and Deniliquin is going backwards.’’
Cr Weyrich said he hoped the NSW Government would consider the projected population increases in Murray Shire and decide against amalgamating the shire with Deniliquin and Conargo.
‘‘I think there are two options related to these figures
‘‘The second is that Deniliquin will go to them, cap in hand, and push harder for amalgamation.
‘‘I like Deniliquin, I don’t have an issue with Deniliquin.
‘‘But they’re trying to look after their town and I’m trying to look after our shire.
‘‘In my mind, amalgamating with Deniliquin serves no benefit to us. They have everything to gain, and our ratepayers have everything to lose.
‘‘Deniliquin ratepayers pay some of the highest rates in NSW, and I guarantee they would be passed on to our residents if we were to amalgamate.
‘‘We have good infrastructure programs, we’re a tourist hotspot and we’ve been prudent in our spending.
‘‘It would be a serious detriment to Murray Shire if we were to amalgamate with Deniliquin.’’
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