Is the sunshine coast growing?

The Sunshine Coast urban area has a total of 1,633 square kilometers (630.5 square miles). In one example, the document states that none of the government statistical projections have considered the coastal boom as a “magnet for the millennial generation”, with a tendency for more young people to move here. With a population of more than 370,000, the city is the third most populated place in Queensland by population after Brisbane and the Gold Coast. According to the census, 48.3 percent of people living on the Sunshine Coast are men, while 51.7% are women.

But he says that the Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government base their planning on outdated data from the Queensland Bureau of Statistics that underestimate the future population by 10 percent. The report predicted that without enough coastal housing, places like North Lakes and Brisbane would become “neighboring coastal regions” and not the other way around. The report warns that, without a recalibration of the data, the already serious supply of housing on the coast would reach a new low, affecting everyone's lifestyle and habitability. According to a housing market report, the population of the Sunshine Coast could increase by 60,000 people, equivalent to an additional city the size of Aura and larger than Noosa.

Direct Collective's chief operating officer, Mal Cayley, urged all coastal residents to “come together to fully understand the problem and work for a sustainable future.” However, he said that serving a rapidly growing population such as the Coast, which had land limitations due to mountains and flood-prone areas, would mean having to build instead of going out. The report states that the desire for coastal lifestyle and opportunities is expected to trigger an extreme growth trajectory until 2041 “like no other region in Australia”. Another trend caused by the pandemic was the demographic pressures exerted by local residents who chose not to leave the coast and former residents who returned to live here. The region would need to build 3,500 new units each year (townhouses, apartments, duplexes, secondary housing), but the coast is currently struggling to deliver a third of that amount, according to the report.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman responded to the report by saying that the region's population was following existing forecasts published by the Queensland Bureau of Statistics. If we analyze the last eight years of the population of the Sunshine Coast, the growth rate is very constant and solid, ranging from 1.21% to 2.24%, adding between 4,198 and 7,240 people each year to the total population. According to the census, the main occupations of people living on the Sunshine Coast are professionals (19.1%), technicians and trade workers (16.1%), office and administration workers (12.7%), community and personal services workers (12.2%) and managers (11.9%).

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