Some coastal populations are predicted to grow, others to shrink

The population of local government areas on the western side of the Braddon electorate will shrink over the next 30 years, according to predictions in a Department of Treasury and Finance report.

According to the ministry’s recently released Tas POPP 2024 report, Tasmania’s population is expected to grow by another 70,000 over the next 30 years, with numbers in seven municipalities actually declining.

Five of these – Circular Head, Burnie, West Coast, Waratah-Wynyard and King Island are part of Braddon.

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Circular Head faces the greatest loss of 708, followed by Burine, 620, and the West Coast with a population growth of minus 463, while Waratah-Wynyard is expected to lose 128 people by 2053.

At the other end of the scale, it seems likely that Latrobe will remain one of the state’s fastest growing municipalities, with a projected growth of 4,708.

Kentish is expected to grow by 870 people, Central Coast by 363 and Devonport by 252.