Yanchep records big population increase

The latest ABS data supports the City of Wanneroo’s claim that most of its population growth and need for infrastructure is centred around Yanchep. Picture : Anita McInnes

THE latest data on population growth in Yanchep reinforces the City of Wanneroo’s call for more infrastructure to be provided for the area.

In November Mayor Tracey Roberts said 55 per cent of the city’s growth was expected to be in Yanchep and surrounding suburbs – Alkimos, Eglinton and Two Rocks.

Last week Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed Yanchep’s population had increased by 4300 to reach 18,900 people in 2015-16.

Not only did Yanchep record the biggest increase in regional population growth but it also was the fastest growing statistical area level 2 in Western Australia in 2015-16, up by 29 per cent.

The same Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the three statistical area level 2 suburbs across Australia with the biggest population growth were South Morang and Cranbourne East (both recorded a population increase of 5000) and Craigieburn – Mickleham (4500).

In terms of the fastest growth Yanchep at 29 per cent was beaten by Canberra’s South West (38 per cent) and Pimpana (35 per cent) on the Gold Coast.

Last year in the lead up to the March State Election the city started advocating for the rail line to extend to Yanchep and for Mitchell Fwy to extend to Romeo Rd, Alkimos in a campaign it called Connect Wanneroo.

At the Connect Wanneroo launch on October 23 Cr Roberts said the city wanted the rail line extended to Yanchep and the freeway extended to Romeo Rd so residents could beat traffic congestion and help create employment.

At the opening of a National Growth Areas Alliance congress in Mindarie on November 14 Cr Roberts, who is also deputy chairwoman of the alliance, said the city, which already had a population of 198,000 expected to be home to 200,000 residents by the end of the 2016.

She said this made Wanneroo the fastest growing local government area in Western Australia and one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.