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Canberra keeps growing.

By Thumper - 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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FredJ 4:00 pm 03 Jul 08

I’ve been everywhere man!

Seriously though. If we want to get started on that. I’ve lived in Nottingham, NE England, Bristol, Bavaria, Frankfurt, South Wales, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra (in that order) and this is the place I like best! BUT only because I’m now in my forties – don’t think I could have lived here 10 years ago. The best beer was in Bavaria – by a mile. Speaking of which – does anyone know if Zierholz have opened up their bar/restaurant at the brewery yet?

V8-Prius 2:53 pm 03 Jul 08

Deadmandrinking said :

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!

You just decribed… me. Creepy.

Holden Caulfield 1:31 pm 03 Jul 08

I’ve lived in London, Melbourne, country SA/Vic, and I’d still pick Canberra out of all those options. I know our city won’t meet everyone’s approval, and nor should it really, but I love living here all the same.

I do find the Canberra bashing rather tiresome though. However, that still doesn’t outweigh the overwhelming benefits of living in Canberra.

I’ve always said Canberra is to Australia, what Queanbeyan is to Canberra. Many Canberrans love their city and want to keep it their secret while taking any opportunity to dump on our NSW neighbour. Just as people who live in Queanbeyan seem to enjoy it and want to keep their city to themselves.

Thumper 10:08 am 03 Jul 08

Like Iemmaville…

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

Because with massive cities come massive city problems. Canberra has issues for sure, but not on the scale of larger cities.

toriness 9:37 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!?!

shanefos 9:10 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.

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

Thumper 7:54 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 😉

Deadmandrinking 7:15 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!

Spideydog 12:44 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.

vg 12:04 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

ant 10:26 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.

neanderthalsis 11:45 am 02 Jul 08

oops, Coolum…

neanderthalsis 11:44 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.

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