“Melbourne bursting at the seams as population booms”
Melbourne’s population is swelling by 2 per cent a year, adding more than 900,000 people since this century began – and putting it on track to be a city of 8 million people by 2050.
The Bureau of Statistics estimates that in mid-2012, the city’s population was about to hit 4.25 million, after six boom years in which it grew by almost half a million.
Recent bureau figures imply that Melbourne today is home to 4.35 million people – and 27 per cent bigger than the city it was at the start of 2000.
If growth continues at that rate, Melbourne’s population would pass 5 million by 2025, overtake Sydney by 2037, and reach 8 million by 2049.
The booming population growth raises serious doubts about the Napthine government’s plans to build only one major infrastructure project at a time, and avoid new debt.
With a rapidly growing population squeezing into road and rail systems that are barely growing at all, this would intensify the strain on the city’s infrastructure, leading to increased congestion on the roads and overcrowding on trains.
Most of Melbourne’s growth is in the outer suburbs. The bureau reports that South Morang had the biggest population growth of any suburb in Australia, growing by 500 people a month over the five years to 2012. Point Cook was second, Tarneit third and Craigieburn fourth.
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