The Regional Community

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The region has a total population of approximately 155 000 people based on 2004 estimates, 145 800 of which reside in Townsville. Townsville is the major regional hub of the Burdekin and for other areas of North and Western Queensland. General population issues include:

  • There is an average rural population loss (~1% pa)

  • There is an increase (~1.8% pa) in the population of Townsville

  • The median population age for 2001 has increased, indicating an ageing population, and is higher than the Australian average.

  • There is a decline in the population of persons younger than 15 years

  • There is a decline in population of people between 20-39 years of age: particularly in the Charters Towers, Dalrymple, Flinders and Burdekin shires (B. Burkett, pers com.).


  • Burkett, B. Department of Communities

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