By 2040, Wyndham population will surge past half a million

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This year alone there will be 4,999 babies born in Wyndham, compared to 3075 in Geelong, says Wyndham City Mayor Cr Josh Gilligan

Wyndham’s population is continuing to reach new heights, with the municipality predicted to be home for 500,000 people for the first time.

Figures released by population forecast analysts show that by 2040 Wyndham’s population will surge past half a million people, and by 2041 it will be 512,591.

Wyndham City Mayor Cr Josh Gilligan said this growth would only increase the need for governments to close the infrastructure and services gap between Wyndham and other areas.

“This is the first time ever that forecasts have shown Wyndham’s population will reach 500,000 people. That’s a growth of 88% on today’s population,” Cr Gilligan said.

“We are already growing at almost triple the rate of regional hubs Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo combined. Previously it was predicted that our population would reach 480,000 people by 2041. Now that data shows that we will hit that number three years earlier than expected.”

This, he said, would make Wyndham, almost as big as Tasmania is today, larger than Canberra and almost four times the size of Ballarat and Bendigo. This year alone there will be 4999 babies born in Wyndham, compared to 3075 in Geelong, he added.

“We simply can’t continue to grow at this rate without significant State and Federal Government investment in major infrastructure projects. The Federal Government has already flagged the possibility of a North West City Deal, and as the link between Melbourne and Geelong, and with a population that is growing so fast, Wyndham needs to be part of those discussions,” Cr Gilligan said.

“We have already been feeling the sting of this population growth for many years now, thanks to a gap in infrastructure and services. For example, we have the highest proportion of people in Victoria who spend two or more hours commuting to and from work.We need governments to work with us on creating a local transport network that reduces reliance on car travel, but also includes creating more car parks at local train stations. Wyndham already needs the Victorian Government to fund 10 new schools to cater for our existing population, and with the growth we’re experiencing we will only need more in the future. Considering the State Government has committed to building 100 new schools by 2026, their eyes should be firmly planted on Wyndham.”

Cr Gilligan said the Council was ready and willing to work with all levels of government and all sides of the political aisle to deliver projects residents need to ensure a reasonable quality of life. “Projects like Westlink, which includes the vital Ison Road Bridge grade separation, and the construction of new Regional Rail Link stations, are priorities for our communities and are needed now. We are focused on building a liveable City not just a big City,” Cr Gilligan said.

Wyndham’s population growth in numbers:

  • Wyndham’s population in 2019 is 272,274 people. That’s equal to the number of residents in Hume and Moreland combined.
  • By 2021 Wyndham’s population is forecast to surpass 300,000 people.
  • By 2040 Wyndham’s population will reach 500,000 people, and in 2041 the population is forecast to reach 512,591. That’s double Wyndham’s 2018 population.
  • Wyndham’s forecast population in 2041 will make it almost the size of today’s Tasmania (530,000), larger than today’s Canberra (429,000), more than four times the size of today’s Bendigo (118,000) and Ballarat (109,000).
  • In 2019 there will be 4999 babies born in Wyndham, compared to 3075 in Geelong.
  • Since 2015 Wyndham has grown more each year than the entire region of Greater Adelaide.

For more information visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/advocacy

 

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