Sunshine Coast attracting thousands of internal migrants
JOBS and lifestyle are driving a migration boom on the Sunshine Coast with the region attracting more internal migrants than nearly every other region in Queensland.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows only the Moreton Bay and Gold Coast council areas experienced greater net gains from Australians moving in the 2015-16 year.
In that year 23,113 people moved to the Sunshine Coast council area from other parts of Australia; 16,913 people moved away from the area. The net increase of 6200 people is the third most in Queensland.
The figures do not include population growth from births and deaths or foreign migration.
Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast chair Tony Riddle said many people moved to the region for the economy as well as the lifestyle.
"There's a lot happening on the Coast,” he said.
"People have long moved here because of the lifestyle we have, that's what we're known for.
"Technology is helping people base themselves in places they want to live - like the Sunshine Coast - but work in jobs they once would have had to have lived in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.”
Mr Riddle said entrepreneurship was growing with the latest figures showing about 36,000 small businesses based on the Sunshine Coast - about one for every 10 residents.
But he said the Coast was also attracting major businesses to the region - pointing to companies such as insurance giant Youi as well as government developments like the Sunshine Coast hospital.
Regional Australia Institute chief Jack Archer said across Australia cities just outside capitals were benefiting from people looking for a change.
"We see the Sunshine Coast as a 'connected lifestyle city', popular with retirees and people seeking a great lifestyle alternative on the coast,” he said.
"The trend for growth reflects Australia's national growth pattern of very high growth rates on the edges of our major cities. This trend is driven by a complex mix of housing, land availability and affordability as well as lifestyle preferences.”