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Hobart's population is booming, is Launceston being left behind?

Posted On August 30, 2019

Manning Mitchell is the type of resident Launceston is desperate to attract.

The 26-year-old podiatrist had never visited the northern Tasmanian city before he moved from Melbourne in 2018, but he has no regrets.

"It's 15, 20 minutes to get anywhere around town, you'll get a park anywhere within 50 metres if you've got to go into town to do something, there's cafes, bars," he said.

Mr Mitchell has made friends and joined a local football club.

A tale of two cities

While Hobart and south-east Tasmania recorded population growth of 1.5 per cent in the 2017-18 financial year, the growth rate in Launceston and north east Tasmania was almost half that at 0.8 per cent.

Demographer Dr Lisa Denny said without international immigration, mainly made up of refugees and international students, Launceston's population would be going backwards.

The changing make-up of Launceston's population is also fuelling concerns about a shrinking pool of working-age residents.

Between 2011 and 2016, the Launceston region gained an extra 2,000 residents aged 55 or older.

But the proportion of residents between the ages of 15 and 54 shrank by 600.

The Northern Tasmania Development Corporation (NTDC) commissioned the National Institute for Economic and Industry Research to model future population growth in the region and found the picture for working-age population could worsen.


Source: ABC News

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