Population data shows Wagga Wagga continues to grow

Published: 31 Mar 2017 11:40am

It’s official – Wagga Wagga is booming.

Australian Bureau of Statistics population data released today showed Wagga Wagga has a strong growth rate of 1.2 per cent and the city’s northern suburbs have the second fastest growth rate in regional NSW at 5.1 per cent.

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM welcomed the report, which also stated Wagga Wagga’s estimated population is almost 65,000.

“These figures are proof Wagga Wagga is one of the most important regional cities in Australia,” he said.

“With major projects in the works such as the Bomen Enabling Roads, the future has never been brighter for Wagga Wagga.”

Cr Conkey said the release of the data was timely, particularly regarding the speed of growth in the city’s north.

“This news comes at a time when we are planning for our community’s future needs and will help ensure infrastructure and services can match the growth,” he said.

“Staff are in the early stages of developing the Activation Strategy, which will plan for this growth in the north and across the Local Government Area. The strategy will also consider how residential growth can be integrated with employment and regional infrastructure.

“We’re also currently partnering with Charles Sturt University to create a Northern Sporting Precinct, which will cater for the families already living in the area and for the future.”

The newly released population data is also timely as it will be used to develop the draft Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy.

“Since the traffic studies were put out for public comment, City staff have workshopped strategic priorities and key projects with industry, local experts and the community to facilitate appropriate growth north of the Murrumbidgee River,” Cr Conkey said.

The full ABS data can be found on their website.