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                                 Figure 1: Map of the Whitsunday Region



   •   The Whitsunday region is one of the world’s most desirable tourism destinations, serving as a
       gateway to the Great Barrier Reef while offering 74 idyllic island destinations. Major towns
       within the region include Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsville whilst tropical
       resorts are dotted throughout the Whitsunday Island chain, including those on Hayman,
       Hamilton and Daydream Islands.

   •   Aside from its strong tourism industry, the Whitsunday economy also derives significant
       income from sugar cane farming, cattle grazing, agriculture, mining, small-scale
       manufacturing and a range of support and service industries.

   •   The Whitsunday Shire in 2008 amalgamated with Bowen Shire and has formed the
       Whitsunday Regional Council.

   •   As at 30 June 2007, the estimated resident population of the Whitsunday Regional Council
       was 32,017 persons, representing 0.8% of the State’s population.

   •   The annual average rate of change in population in Whitsunday Regional Council between 30
       June 2002 and 30 June 2007 was 2.3%, compared with 2.4% for the State.

   •   In Whitsunday Regional Council in June 2007, 17.6% of persons were aged 0 to 14 years,
       71.1% were aged 15 to 64 years and 10.8% were aged 65 years and over.
  Estimated resident population by local government area
  Whitsunday Regional Council, 2002, 2006 and 2007

                         Estimate residential population at                       Change              Region rank (2006 to
                                      30 June                                                         2007)
                                                                            2002 to      2006 to      Fastest   Largest
    Local                2002              2006            2007             2007(b)      2007         Growth    Growth
    government                                                                                        (c)       (d)
    area

                                  -Number-                                  %            %
    Whitsunday           28,637        31,355              32,017           2.3          2.1          ..                ...
    Regional
    Council

    QLD                  3,714,798         4,090,908       4,181,431        2.4          2.2          ..                ..

    Region as a          0.8               0.8             0.8              ..           ..           ..                ..
    % of QLD

  Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional Population Growth (Cat. no. 3218.0) and unpublished data
      (a) Figures may differ from ABS: Population Estimates by age and sex.
      (b) Average annual growth rate
      (c) Based on % change in population
      (d) Based on absolute number change in population




  Estimated resident population by age groups, by local government area
  Whitsunday Regional Council, 30 June 2007

                                                                  Population by age
    Local                 0-14                   15-24             25-44            45-64                         65+
    government
    area
                          #            %         #         %        #             %       #                %      #           %
    Whitsunday            5,628        17.6      4,372     13.7     9,710         30.3    8,861            27.7   3,446       10.8
    Regional
    Council
    QLD                   844,941      20.2      592,761   14.2     1,188,308     28.4    1,043,912        25.0   511,509     12.2
    Region as a %         0.7          ..        0.7       ..       0.8           ..      0.8              ..     0.7         ..
    of QLD
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Population Estimates by Age and Sex. Australia and States (Cat. no. 3235.0.55.001)
Population by age group and sex
Whitsunday Regional Council and Queensland, June 2007

The following figures highlight the differences in age groups between Whitsunday Regional Council
and QLD in June 2007.




Note: Based on ASGC 2007.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Population Estimates by Age and Sex, Australia and States (Cat. no. 3235.0.55.001)


Estimated resident population by major urban centre/locality
Whitsunday Regional Council, 2007

                                                                                                            State rank
                               Estimated resident population as                            Population       (population
Urban centre/locality                          at 30 June 2007                 Area           density             size)
                                                       number                 sq km         per sq km
Bowen                                                        7,944              18.4            430.9                26
Cannonvale                                                   4,301               8.1            533.3                46
Proserpine                                                   3,553               8.8            404.6                52
Airlie Beach                                                 2,952              11.7            251.3                64
Collinsville                                                 2,191              17.6            124.5                84
Hamilton Island                                              1,446              11.4            126.3               112
Mount Julian (L)                                               471               6.7             70.0               258
Hideaway Bay-Dingo
Beach (L)                                                      395                9.5            41.7               279
Merinda (L)                                                    243                1.2           196.4               342
Shutehaven (L)                                                 140                2.4            58.1               362

Whitsunday Regional
Council                                                 32,017          23,862.8                     –                ..
Queensland                                          4,091,546        1,734,174.0                   2.4                ..
Note: Based on ASGC 2007.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional Population Growth (Cat no. 3218.0) and unpublished data
     •    In broad terms, an Urban Centre is a population cluster of 1,000 or more people while a
          Locality is a population cluster of between 200 and 999 people. For statistical purposes,
          people living in urban centres are classified as ‘urban’ while those in localities are classified
          as rural. Each Urban Centre/Locality has a clearly defined boundary and comprises one or
          more whole Census Collection Districts.

     •    At 30 June 2007 there were 10 urban centres and localities in the Whitsunday Regional
          Council.

     •    There were 7,944 persons resident in the urban centre of Bowen, followed by 4,301 persons
          in the urban centre of Cannonvale.

     •    The urban centre of Cannonvale had the highest population density in the region, with 533.3
          persons per square kilometre.


Number of persons by Indigenous status (a), Whitsunday Regional Council, 2006

Local               Aboriginal      Torres           Both (b)      Total              Indigenous      Non-         Total
government                          Strait                         Indigenous         proportion      indigenous   persons
Area                                Islander                                                                       (c)
                                    Number                                            %               number
Whitsunday          919             125              85            1,129              3.8             25,171       29,332
regional
Council
QLD                 98,716          18,374           10,488        127,578            3.3             3,552,041    3,904,532
Region as a         0.9             0.7              0.8           0.9                ..              0.7          0.8
% of QLD
(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Applicable to persons who are of 'Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin'.
(c) Includes Indigenous status not stated.

Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The
concordance is population based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department
of Infrastructure and Planning.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, Indigenous Profile - I02

     •    At the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing there were 1,129 persons in
          Whitsunday Regional Council who stated that they were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
          origin.

     •    These persons made up 3.8 per cent of the total population (compared with 3.3 per cent in
          Queensland).

     •    Of the 1,129 persons who stated that they were of Indigenous origin, 919 persons stated that
          they were of Aboriginal origin, 125 persons stated that they were of Torres Strait Islander
          origin, and 85 persons stated that they were of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
          origin.
Country of Birth Main Responses, 2006

            Country                    Residents born in
                                        selected region
 Australia                          22,003
 New Zealand                        1,089
 England                            870
 Philippines                        184
 Korea, Republic of                 160
 Germany                            150
Source: Census, 2006

     •    77% of persons usually resident in Bowen stated they were born in Australia.

     •    73.6% of persons usually resident in Whitsunday stated they were born in Australia.


Overseas-born persons by proficiency in spoken English (a)
Whitsunday Regional Council, 2006

Speaks other language and speaks English

                                             Speaks very well                 not well                      Total
Local government area                    English only or well             or not at all     Total (b) persons (c)
Whitsunday Regional Council                      2,976          676                130           816             3,827
Queensland                                    476,791 180,936                  35,676       218,958         699,445
Region as % of Qld                                  0.6          0.4                0.4           0.4              0.5
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006, Basic Community Profile - B11

(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Includes proficiency in English not stated.
(c) Persons born overseas. Excludes persons who did not state their country of birth.

Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The
concordance is population based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department
of Infrastructure and Planning.



     •    At the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing in Whitsunday Regional Council,
          there were 816 persons born overseas who stated that they spoke a language other than
          English at home (21.3 per cent of the overseas-born population).

     •    In Queensland, 31.3 per cent of the overseas-born population spoke a language other than
          English at home.

     •    Of the overseas-born persons in Whitsunday Regional Council who stated that they spoke a
          language other than English, 130 persons stated that they spoke English not well or not at all.

     •    This was 3.4 per cent of the overseas-born population of Whitsunday Regional Council,
          compared with 5.1 per cent in Queensland as a whole.
  One-parent families and total families (a)
  Whitsunday Regional Council, 2006

                                                  One-parent         Total                  Proportion of
  Local government area                              families families (b)                    all families
                                                     — number —                                         %

  Whitsunday Regional Council                              900               7,167                     12.6
  Queensland                                          164,219          1,032,034                       15.9
  Region as % of Qld                                        0.5                0.7                        ..
  (a) Based on place of usual residence.
  (b) Includes same-sex couple families.

  Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
  Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The
  concordance is population based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department
  of Infrastructure and Planning.

  Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006, Basic Community Profile - B24

       •    At the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing there were 900 one-parent families
            in Whitsunday Regional Council, 12.6 per cent of all families. In comparison, 15.9 per cent of
            Queensland families were one-parent families.


  Population projections, medium series,
  Whitsunday region and QLD, 2001 to 2026

                                     Region                QLD                     Region as a % of QLD
   2001                              27,931                3,628,946               0.8
   2006                              30,634                4,041,368               0.8
   2011                              33,378                4,428,138               0.8
   2016                              36,326                4,823,408               0.8
   2021                              39,344                5,211,995               0.8
   2026                              42,115                5,583,956               0.8
   Annual av. Growth rate            1.7                   1.7                     ..
   2001-2026 (%)
Source: State and Statistical Divisions: Queensland Government, Queensland Government Population Projections (2006 edition).
LGA: Department of Local Government and Planning, Queensland's Future Population (2006 edition), 2001 Geographical
Boundaries


       •    Population projections indicate that the population of the Whitsunday region will increase from
            27,931 in 2001 to 42,115 in 2026.

       •    The annual average growth rate between 2001 and 2026 in the Whitsunday region is
            projected to be 1.7 per cent. This compares with an annual average growth rate of 1.7 per
            cent for the State.

       •    The Office of Economic and Statistical Research release a population projection (2008
            Edition) for Queensland (State and Statistical Divisions) has forecast in the year 2031, the
            Whitsunday region’s population would be 48,041.

       •    From these forecasts (based on 2008 ASGC) the average population change (over 25 years)
            until 2031 is an increase of 667 people per year resulting in a 1.7% change.
School students by local government area (a)
Whitsunday Regional Council, 12 months ending 31 December 2006

                       Government school                          Non-government school                        Total
                       students                                   students                                     school
                                                                                                               students
 Local                 Primary      Secondary       Total (b)     Primary        Secondary      Total (b)
                       (years 1-    (Years 8 -                    (years 1-7)    (Years 8 -
 government
                       7)           12)                                          12)
 area
                                                                        number
 Whitsunday            2,129        1,591           3,999         538            90             728            4,727
 Regional
 Council
 QLD                   284,726      165,285         489,295       104,861        96,115         211,132        700,427
 Region as a %         0.7          1.0             0.8           0.5            0.1            0.3            0.7
 of QLD
(a) Based on school location instead of student's place of usual residence.
(b) Includes prep year and pre-school students, and ungraded and special school students.

Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The
concordance is population based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department
of Infrastructure and Planning.

Source: Queensland Department of Education, Schools Census, Unpublished data


     •    In the 12 months ending 31 December 2006, for students attending a school in Whitsunday
          Regional Council, 84.6 per cent attended Government schools and 15.4 per cent attended
          non-government schools.

     •    The corresponding percentages for Queensland were 69.9 per cent of school students
          attended government schools and 30.1 per cent attended non-government schools.

     •    There were 2,129 students attending a government primary school (years 1 to 7) in
          Whitsunday Regional Council and 538 students attending a non-government primary school.

     •    In secondary school (years 8 to 12) there were 1,591 government students and 90 non-
          government students.



Post-School qualifications by level of education (a)
Whitsunday Regional Council, 2006

                Level of Education
        Local Bachelor      Advanced
  government degree or     diploma or Certificate        Persons                 Total
         area higher (b)      diploma         (c) with a qualification (d) persons (e)
                           — number —                              number           %                                  number
Whitsunday
Regional
Council                 1,639               1,267               4,985                     12,271            51.2         23,955
Queensland           405,904             204,039            554,243                   1,560,868              50    3,097,995
Region as %
of Qld                     0.4                0.6                 0.9                         0.8             ..            0.8
(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Includes bachelor degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate and postgraduate degree.
(c) Includes Certificate, I, II, III and IV and Certificates not further defined responses.
(d) Persons aged 15 years and over, includes 'inadequately described' and 'not stated' level of education responses.
(e) Persons aged 15 years and over.

Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The
concordance is population based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department
of Infrastructure and Planning.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006, Basic Community Profile - B39


     •     At the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing in Whitsunday Regional Council,
           there were 12,271 persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification, 51.2 per cent of the
           population in this age group.

     •     This percentage was higher than that for Queensland (50.4 per cent).

     •     In Whitsunday Regional Council there were 1,639 persons with a bachelor degree or higher,
           1,267 persons with an advanced diploma or diploma, and 4,985 persons with a certificate.

     •     Of persons aged 15 years and over with a qualification, 13.4 per cent had bachelor degree or
           higher (26.0 per cent in Queensland), 10.3 per cent had an advanced diploma or diploma
           (13.1 per cent in Queensland), and 40.6 per cent had a certificate (35.5 per cent in
           Queensland).



Number of unemployed persons, persons in the labour force and unemployment rate (a),
Whitsunday Regional Council, 2006
Local government area                                     Unemployed                Labour force                 Unemployment rate
                                                                             — number —                                         %

Whitsunday Regional Council                                          556                         15,028                               3.7
Queensland                                                       90,950                      1,915,947                                4.7
Region as % of Qld                                                    0.6                             0.8                                  .
(a) Based on place of usual residence.

Note: Based on ASGC 2006.
Data for Reformed Local Government Area(s) are based on concorded Statistical Local Area data (ASGC 2006). The concordance is population
based and has been derived from Planning Information and Forecasting Unit within the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006, Basic Community Profile - B41


     •     At the time of 2006 Census of Population and Housing in Whitsunday Regional Council, there were 556
           unemployed persons.

     •     With a labour force consisting of 15,028 persons, this corresponded to an unemployment rate of 3.7 per
           cent.

     •     The unemployment rate in Queensland as a whole was 4.7 per cent.

				
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