Courtney Trenwith – March 30, 2012

Perth’s outer suburbs are some of the fastest growing in the country, with population growth rates up to five times the national average.

The CBD also is the fastest growing of all the inner capital city local government areas, increasing by 18,000 people or 3.7 per cent during 2010-11, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The urban fringes of Perth and Melbourne made up six of the top 10 fastest growing areas across Australia during 2010-11, continuing the trend that is seeing more people move further from cities.

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The north coastal LGA of Wanneroo experienced the largest population growth in the state, with more than 6200 new people (a 4.2 per cent increase).

The City of Stirling, which takes in suburbs including Mt Lawley, Innaloo, Balcatta and Scarborough, recorded the second largest population growth, with 4000 more people (a 2 per cent increase).

It was followed by Rockingham (3900 more people, a 3.7 per cent increase), Mandurah (3700 more people, a 5.3 per cent increase) and Armadale (3300 more people, a 5.4 per cent increase).

The fastest growing LGA was the shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale in Perth’s outer south-east, which grew by 6.9 per cent to 18,400 people.

Armadale and Mandurah also were the second and third fastest growing areas.

Perth’s industrial hub Kwinana had the fourth fastest growth, at 4.8 per cent (1400 more people).

Exmouth on the state’s mid-coast was the only LGA outside the Perth and surrounding districts to make the top five, although its 4.3 per cent growth was made up of only 110 additional residents.

WA’s population has soared in the past five years, with more than 50,000 new people calling the state home each year.

The latest population figures, released yesterday, showed the population growth topped 60,000 in the year to September. The rate of 2.6 per cent was the fastest in the country.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said her city was growing so fast it would become the largest LGA in WA by 2021.

The population had doubled from 80,000 in the past 11 years and was projected to be about 300,000 by 2026.

“We are adding a sizeable country town to our city every year – bigger than the Shires of Northam, York and Toodyay combined,” Ms Roberts said.

The enormous population growth was causing growing pains. Ms Roberts said planning for new suburbs, transport, roads, sporting and community facilities and services was essential.

“As the City of Wanneroo moves rapidly towards this size, the region will require considerable investment in infrastructure to provide for maintenance of facilities in existing communities as well as providing for communities in fast-growing new suburbs to the north and east,” Ms Roberts said.

“Roads, rail, stations and freeway, parks, playing fields, community centres, schools, hospitals will be needed in a short space of time”.

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