THE NSW Government has released updated state-wide and local area projections which forecast how our population is expected to change over the next 20 years, with Bombala being included.
While the overall projections show that NSW will grow by 100,000 people on average each year until 2031, Bombala is amongst those areas that is predicted to decline in population.
The preliminary figures show Bombala’s population at 2,450 in 2011, being predicted to drop by 19.6% to a population of 2,000 by the year 2031.
This decline is believed to be due largely to an ageing population and what is known as migration loss as young people leave the area.
The report summarises population trends and projections based on new demographic information relating to births, deaths and migration. Assumptions about what will happen in relation to all of these aspects of population change have been informed by demographic modelling.
The resulting report is a preliminary release of information to ensure that users of population information from the Department of Planning & Infrastructure have up-to-date statistics available while a final review of the population projections is completed for release in early 2014.