Coffs Harbour to grow by 17,000 residents
AN ADDITIONAL 8000 homes will be built in Coffs Harbour over the next 17 years to accommodate the city's growing population, which is expected to increase by 17,000 residents.
That's been the finding of revised population projections released by the Department of Planning and Environment.
In 2011 the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area's population stood at 70,950 residents and between now and 2031 it's expected to rise by 24.2% to 88,100 residents.
The majority of the increase is expected to occur between now and 2016, with baby boomers favouring the coast in retirement.
While Coffs Harbour and its neighbouring suburbs look set to experience population growth of 1.1% per annum, Bellingen Shire's population is tipped to fall, while Nambucca Heads' growth will be steady.
By 2031, Bellingen Shire's population should be about 12,800 residents, 100 people less than currently.
An additional 1400 residents are expected to move to the Nambucca Shire and its population rises to 20,650 people.
The department has found careful management is needed in the future growth of the Mid North Coast and a considerable challenge will be maintaining job growth as the population increases.