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Canberra keeps growing.

By 1 July 2008 35

The Canberra Times is reporting that, even though four people a day are leaving the ACT, a baby boom and an influx of immigrants boosted the capital’s population by almost 4500 last year. The population now stands at 340,800.

The biggest increase to Canberra’s population came from births. A record 4750 babies were born in the territory last year about 90 a week.

Interstate migration accounted for 8per cent of the population increase, with 350 people becoming ACT residents in 2007. Overseas migration was responsible for 44 per cent of the growth.

Last year 960 more people came to live in Canberra from overseas than left Canberra to live overseas the highest result in 20 years

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35 Responses to Canberra keeps growing.
#1
Spitfire34:18 pm, 01 Jul 08

Yay! We’ve finally broken the big 340,800 psychological barrier!

But seriously, why would anyone want to move out of here. Canberra kicks pants.

#2
peterh4:33 pm, 01 Jul 08

4,750 babies last year? where will they all go to school??

#3
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_4:39 pm, 01 Jul 08

Sweet – growing demand for my investment properties! Better buy another one…

#4
luke795:45 pm, 01 Jul 08

i moved away 4 months ago, i could give a very long list of reasons. im not a canberra hater though, i love the place will prolly always call it home, beautifull place… i just dont think too highly of the people there.

#5
Thumper5:57 pm, 01 Jul 08

Well come on!

Let’s see the list!

We demand the list ;)

#6
luke796:02 pm, 01 Jul 08

lol, im not about to start a bitch fight

#7
Thumper6:06 pm, 01 Jul 08

hehe, fair call…

#8
miz6:06 pm, 01 Jul 08

When do we get our third fed seat back then?

#9
Spideydog6:50 pm, 01 Jul 08

I’m not a native Canberran, I can say that it is an ok place to live. But being an “outsider” I can say that for Canberra to be taken seriously as the capital of Australia, it really needs to become a “city”

#10
Deadmandrinking7:09 pm, 01 Jul 08

I agree Spideydog. We’re still a national joke.

#11
Vincent Vega7:16 pm, 01 Jul 08

Great! Another 160,000 and we get an IKEA.

#12
Woody Mann-Caruso8:36 pm, 01 Jul 08

“City” – “noun” – a “place” where “people” use “air quotes” to give the “impression” there’s “substance” to what they’re “talking about” when there “isn’t any”.

#13
ant9:16 pm, 01 Jul 08

We definitely need more pollution, more crowding, and an IKEA.

Well, we need one of those three.

#14
Spideydog12:22 am, 02 Jul 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

“City” – “noun” – a “place” where “people” use “air quotes” to give the “impression” there’s “substance” to what they’re “talking about” when there “isn’t any”.

Are you really that fickle??

#15
Mick196510:12 am, 02 Jul 08

I was born in the Royal Canberra Hospital in 1965 and lived in Canberra all my life until 2007 when I moved to Brisbane.

The place is beautiful – a stunning, clean, well designed city.

Sadly, the soil is not too fertile (NSW picked the least fertile spot they could). And yes it gets bloody cold in winter – but it’s also close to the snow.

I guess it is the spirit that I found to be lacking. It certainly is a PUBLIC SERVICE city and that means most of the people you meet are…you guessed it…petty thinking, mindless, anal (etc) public servants.

I do miss bits of Canberra but I seriously think everyone there needs to live elsewhere for at least a year. Those born in Canberra have parents whose jobs demanded they be there…don’t do that to your kids! :)

#16
Spitfire311:17 am, 02 Jul 08

That’s crap. Canberra makes me feel more like an Australian than any of the other places I’ve lived.

#17
V8-Prius11:27 am, 02 Jul 08

Spideydog said :

I’m not a native Canberran, I can say that it is an ok place to live. But being an “outsider” I can say that for Canberra to be taken seriously as the capital of Australia, it really needs to become a “city”

The most proven way to transform a “town” into a “city” is by accepting Sudanese immigrants. Within weeks the place will get an urban ghetto!

#18
Thumper11:32 am, 02 Jul 08

Go and spend a week in Redcliffe.

Beautiful place, well kept, quiet, by the sea, all seems serene.

But I’d never live there. I’d die of boredom. And the people up there are just plain weird, or redneck, or jesus freaks.

Or (d) all of the above…

#19
V8-Prius11:38 am, 02 Jul 08

Thumper said :

Go and spend a week in Redcliffe.

Beautiful place, well kept, quiet, by the sea, all seems serene.

But I’d never live there. I’d die of boredom. And the people up there are just plain weird, or redneck, or jesus freaks.

Or (d) all of the above…

Any Sudanese?

#20
Thumper11:40 am, 02 Jul 08

No.

In fact no-one that is not a WASP.

Still, it’s nice for a quick holiday in the middle of a Canberra winter.

#21
neanderthalsis11:44 am, 02 Jul 08

Redcliffe is the retirement hub for the working classes of South East QLD. Those with money retire to Colum or the Gold Coast hinterland, those without go to redcliffe. Still, it is a beautiful spot, good fishing and crabbing and some nice eateries.

And V8-prius, no sudanese, they all live in Little Khartoum / Annerly.

#22
neanderthalsis11:45 am, 02 Jul 08

oops, Coolum…

#23
ant10:26 pm, 02 Jul 08

Queanbeyan’s got some sudanese. Well, they’re definitely African, so they’re probably Sudanese. Any minute now, Qbn will qualify as a “city” and overtake Canberra.

#24
vg12:04 am, 03 Jul 08

Mick1965 said :

I was born in the Royal Canberra Hospital in 1965 and lived in Canberra all my life until 2007 when I moved to Brisbane.

The place is beautiful – a stunning, clean, well designed city.

Sadly, the soil is not too fertile (NSW picked the least fertile spot they could). And yes it gets bloody cold in winter – but it’s also close to the snow.

I guess it is the spirit that I found to be lacking. It certainly is a PUBLIC SERVICE city and that means most of the people you meet are…you guessed it…petty thinking, mindless, anal (etc) public servants.

I do miss bits of Canberra but I seriously think everyone there needs to live elsewhere for at least a year. Those born in Canberra have parents whose jobs demanded they be there…don’t do that to your kids! :)

Lived overseas for lengthy periods. Lived in Australia outside of the city I was born and bred in (Canberra) for 4 years. All was great fun but couldn’t wait to get back home. Those who don’t like it please stay away. Some of us are very happy with it.

Best part of any big city in Australia are its lights as they disappear in the rear view mirror as you leave

#25
Spideydog12:44 am, 03 Jul 08

I’m not going to argue the points of City V Country (i”d use quotation marks, but apparently I’m not allowed too….) My point was Canberra is not taken seriously as the “capital” of Australia as it is tiny compared to the other capital cities. Canberra needs something to set it apart and help with it’s image of Little Brother syndrome. Whether that be a major metropolitan centre or have a “wonder” as a major drawcard.

In my opinion the rest of the country sees Canberra as a bit of a gimick, which is a real shame really.

#26
Deadmandrinking7:15 am, 03 Jul 08

Yeah, V8, you really have to be careful of them Sudanese.

They, the former immigration ministers swears;

- Hang around in ‘gangs’ (groups of up to more than TEN youths at a time!)

- Drink in public places like parks.

- Get into fights in nightclubs.

I’ll give you a moment to contain your shock and horror. We’ve never seen this in Canberra…we don’t want it to start happening now!

#27
Thumper7:54 am, 03 Jul 08

In my opinion the rest of the country sees Canberra as a bit of a gimick

Better than a basket case laughing stock like Sydney ;)

#28
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_8:38 am, 03 Jul 08

I don’t think we need to change too much about Canberra – I don’t want it to be a massive metropolis.

#29
shanefos9:10 am, 03 Jul 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

…I don’t want it to be a massive metropolis.

Why not?! Then we might actually get that second lane one the GDE! Or a couple more buses for Action. One or the other.

#30
toriness9:37 am, 03 Jul 08

does it really matter whether we are considered by others to be a ‘city’ or not? it has no bearing on whether we are the capital of australia – because we are the capital as a fact.

anyway, i just want an IKEA. another 120K people if that’s what it takes. how many people in queenbean – can we apply to IKEA on behalf of both canberra and queenbean!?!

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