Region gets a little bit bigger

The Gatton SA2 recorded the highest population growth over 2022/2023 within the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Rosewood area according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Picture: ABS

The Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions recorded a combined population growth of 2.58%, or 1,759 new residents.

The data comes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the 2022/2023 regional population report, released on 26 March.

Of the seven SA2s (Statistical Area Level 2) within the region, Gatton recorded the highest population increase with 3.7%, up to 8,436 residents.

Lockyer Valley East recorded the second highest increase with 3%, followed by Rosewood/Ipswich West (2.7 %), Lowood/Fernvale (2.5%, Lockyer Valley West (2.1%), Kilcoy (1.8%), and Esk/Toogoolawah (1.2%).

Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s population grew by 2.86% from 42,634 to 43,853, while Somerset Regional Council recorded a 2.1% increase from 25,705 to 26,245.

Somerset Mayor Jason Wendt said he was pleased to see the region growing although it was no surprise.

“We are always pleased to see the annual official population increase figures as they help confirm that people are voting with their feet and moving to Somerset to enjoy the lifestyle we offer,” Cr Wendt said.

“The latest figures are from the 2022/2023 year – so they were affected by the 2022 floods – but we are pleased with the rate of growth in Somerset compared to other areas.

“At a practical level, the increasing population will help us to continue securing grants for our region which in turn helps Council to provide services at an affordable cost.

“We can also invest these grants into transport and other infrastructure to make our community safer and more productive.”

ABS regional population statistics are available online, visit: abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/regional-population/2022-23