Steady Growth For The Hastings

Steady Growth For The Hastings

Figures released this week suggest the population growth of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area will continue to increase by around 1% a year for the next 18 years.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the news that our region will see an increase of 14,500 people or 19.3% bringing our population to 89,450 people by 2031.

“Growth is good news for the local economy, but with it comes an increased demand for a range of infrastructure and services.

“The data reflects significant increases in both our young and older demographics,” Mrs Williams said.

“Over 65s will increase by 58.5% or 10,650 people and under 15s increasing by 10.1% or 1,350 people.

“This of course will mean an increased demand for a range of services to cater for these two very different age sectors including health, education, transport and housing.

“Since the March 2011 election, we have been successful in attracting millions of dollars in funding for improved youth services including a new PCYC in Port Macquarie and a new public school at Lake Cathie.

“The benefits of these two projects alone will have far reaching positive impacts for local communities,” Mrs Williams said.

“The substantial growth of seniors living in our area will place greater stress on the delivery of age related services including retirement villages, nursing homes and particularly health related services.

“Our area already has one of the highest prevalence of dementia in Australia and is predicted to increase dramatically over the next 30 years.

“I convene the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Group and am currently working with Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW) on developing improved dementia services for our community.

“As our community ages, all levels of Government will need to take responsibility to deliver improved and expanded services.

“We will all need to work collaboratively if we are to meet the challenges facing the Port Macquarie Hastings community over the coming decades,” Mrs Williams said.

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