Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner says the research findings will affect future decisions regarding aged and health care facilities.
Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner says the research findings will affect future decisions regarding aged and health care facilities.

Tweed growth set to soar

TWEED'S booming population is set to continue its high rate of growth for at least 20 years, according to new figures released by consultants to Tweed Shire Council.

Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner, who on the weekend addressed a childhood education conference in the new Tweed Coast township of Salt, has warned many of those will be over 60 and will place higher demands on aged care and health services.

The top five growth areas are tipped to be Cobaki, Bilambil Heights, Casuarina, Pottsville and Murwillumbah.

The study, conducted by the council's demographic and business trends researchers, ID Consulting, has been placed on the council's website and predicts the Tweed is set to grow by 41% over the next 20 years.

That is a total of 37,753 new residents who will tip the balance of Tweed's population strongly towards the elderly.

Current trends of people moving to the Tweed are expected to continue with the majority of new residents coming from Sydney, coastal New South Wales and overseas.

Surprisingly however, the study predicts very little “net migration” south from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

In line with national forecasts, the Tweed's population is expected to continue getting older.

While those aged 45 to 49 years of age are currently the biggest group, the 60 to 64 age group is expected to be dominant by 2021, rising further to the 65 to 69 bracket by 2031.

Casuarina, Pottsville and Terranora are likely to experience the highest growth in people over 70 years old over the next 20 years, with Banora Point experiencing the lowest proportional growth for the same age bracket.

“This demonstrates that over the next 20 years we need to start looking towards providing better strategic decisions regarding social infrastructure as well as aged and health care facilities on the Tweed Coast,” said Cr Skinner.

Last week Cr Skinner attended the National Sea Change conference organised by non-metropolitan coastal councils.

The conference was told population growth in regional coastal areas is outstripping the national average.

Speakers told those attending the population in coastal areas outside the capital cities would increase to around 13.2 million people by the year 2050 – equivalent to another 12 or 13 Gold Coasts .



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