Wyndham’s population has outgrown greater Geelong for the first time ever, prompting calls for the area to be officially recognised as a new region in its own right.

According to the latest figures from .id Consulting, which provides population data for over 130 Councils throughout Australia, Wyndham is currently home to 250,186 people, while Greater Geelong’s population is 247,068.

Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard, said Council was calling on both the State and Federal Governments to drive investment in the region.

“This is the first time Wyndham’s population has ever been greater than Geelong’s. Between 2011 and 2016 our population increased by an incredible 37 per cent, while greater Geelong’s grew by 11 per cent. Our population has been growing by an average of 12,000 people every year and an average of 86 babies are being born in Wyndham every week,” Cr Maynard said.

“Being one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities is a major challenge, not a badge of honour. It’s crazy to think that a municipality on Melbourne’s urban fringe is now bigger than the second largest city in Victoria.”

“But the growth we’re experiencing is not showing any signs of slowing down. By 2036 our population will grow by a further 74.2 per cent and reach more than 435,000 people. State and Federal Governments need to be visionary and lead a new agenda that prioritises investment in fast growing areas like Wyndham.”

“That’s why we’re calling on a new region to be established, called the Wyndham, Avalon and Geelong City-Rural Region. Geelong needs Wyndham, Wyndham needs Geelong and this plan would help attract investment in both areas.”

“It’s time that governments shifted focus away from the CBD and inner-city suburbs, towards the regions in Victoria that have the most to offer. Wyndham and other growth areas around the country on the urban boundaries must be considered as regions within their own right. We hold some of the keys to being hubs for jobs, transport, education and freight and industrial movements.”

Cr Maynard said Wyndham City had also recently made formal submissions to both the State and Federal Government budgets, calling for greater investment in education, infrastructure and community safety.

“Our analysis has shown that we will need 25 new kindergartens, 20 primary schools and six secondary schools by 2036. In the lead up to the 2018/19 Victorian Budget, we’re calling on the State Government to fund the early planning and land acquisition for seven new primary schools, one specialist school and two secondary schools. We’ve also called for the construction of a senior secondary college, two primary schools and five early years or family learning centres,” he said.

“We’re also pushing for an integrated service hub for the future Wyndham Justice Precinct (WJP) to be established. The WJP service model would ensure that the community has access to a good quality, safe, and integrated community services system. It would be the first of its kind and size in an outer growth area, and could be replicated in other growth areas.”

“Another key project we have called to be funded is the Western Interstate Freight Terminal. For this project we have asked both the State and Federal Governments to jointly fund a business case, a land and infrastructure planning study, a master plan development and land acquisition.”

“This project will include the construction of an interstate freight terminal and warehousing precinct in Truganina and a rail link to the interstate rail freight network.”

“The terminal will mean freight can be moved more efficiently, reducing the number and length of truck trips needed. It will also reduce freight traffic in Melbourne’s inner West.”

To view both submissions visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/about-council/advocacy/what-advocacy.

Wyndham growth figures:

  • 250,186 people currently live in Wyndham
  • 86 babies are born in Wyndham every week
  • Wyndham’s population grew by 37% between 2011 and 2016
  • Wyndham’s population increased by 61,839 between 2011 and 2016
  • Wyndham’s population will grow by an average of 10,000 every year for the next 18 years
  • Wyndham’s population is expected to increase by 74.2% and reach 435,832 by 2036

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