Unprecedented Population Growth

The recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population data has the Tablelands Region growth outstripping neighbouring regions.

Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Rod Marti says the region is leading the way, with the largest increase in population outside of Cairns.

‘On census night there were actually 27,711 people (including visitors) in our region, with our usual population numbering 26,244.

‘Since the last census (in 2016) our region grew by 1417 (6%) while Mareeba grew by 1301, Douglas by 623, Cassowary Coast by 431 and Cook by 285.

‘Our largest population increases were in the towns of:

  • Tolga and Walkamin +514
  • Carrington +401
  • Atherton +298
  • Herberton +130
  • Millaa Millaa +142
  • Tinaroo and Kairi +117

‘Our actual population growth far exceeded the estimated number and bucked the trend of other areas.

‘It also supports what we are seeing on the ground.

‘Our strong population growth is supporting our industries and our economy and driving demand for jobs and housing.

‘As a result our economy grew by 7.3% in 2020–21 compared to Queensland at 2.3%.

‘Other interesting census figures for our region include the number of families increased from 20% to 31.6%, and single person households increased from 25% to 29.3% (Queensland average 24.7%).

‘It’s important we understand the implications of these changes to our community, now and into the future.

‘As a Council we are working to meet the needs of medium-density housing through our new Investment Incentives Policy, and building new playgrounds and skate parks for our growing families.

‘We will continue to use these figures to plan well into the future for our flourishing community,’ said Mayor Marti.