NEW POPULATION GROWTH STATISTICS SHOW WHY $800 MILLION HEALTH AND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT NEEDED IN ILLAWARRA

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New Australian Bureau of Statistics Regional Population growth statistics released overnight confirm that the Illawarra recorded the largest population expansion in the rest of the state with nearly 3500 extra people making it home in 2014-15, Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson said today.

“This population expansion is just another indicator on why the State Government needs to get a move on in delivering the $800 million investment it promised at the election last year to the southern Illawarra region.

“We need a start to the upgrade of the Shellharbour Hospital in this year’s state budget – by 1 July 2016.

“We need to start construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass by 1 July 2017.

“The State Government can’t stick its head in the sand anymore in the provision of improved health and road transport infrastructure to the southern Illawarra.

“We simply cannot wait until the eve of another state election in 2019 for these two projects, worth $800 million in investment, to start flowing”, she said.

31 March 2016

 

BACKGROUND:

In 2014-15, the SA4 of Illawarra SA4, to Sydney’s south, experienced the largest increase in population in the rest of NSW, up by 3,400 people.

Wollongong & Illawarra

In the Illawarra SA4, the largest growth occurred in Wollongong, up by 590 people, followed by Shellharbour – Flinders (up by 500), which also had the fastest growth (3.2%). The next large increases were in Shellharbour – Oak Flats (280) and Dapto – Avondale (250). Unanderra – Mount Kembla recorded the only decline in the region, down by 30 people.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3218.0Main%20Features202014-15?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3218.0&issue=2014-15&num=&view

 

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