MITCHELL Shire has cemented its status as one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities.
Recently released 2016 census data shows Mitchell’s population grew 35.5 per cent in 10 years (2006-16) — an increase of 10,909 people, which puts the shire in the top 10 across the state.
Mitchell grew significantly more than neighbouring municipalities, including Strathbogie Shire which grew 8.6 per cent.
Within the next 30 years, the entire Mitchell Shire is expected to be home to 210,000 people, who will predominantly be housed in the northern growth corridor, particularly Beveridge and Wallan.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the data backed up the work council was doing to plan for growth. ‘‘We’ve been seeing significant population growth in our shire for some time now and this data certainly justifies all the planning we’ve been doing in preparation for our current community as well as new residents,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘We have been, and we will continue to, work hard to do everything we can to manage this expected growth in our shire.
‘‘It’s an exciting time of change for our community and we will continue to advocate on behalf of current and future communities to encourage all levels of government to invest in community facilities, services and infrastructure for residents and businesses.’’
To view more Mitchell Shire census statistics, visit www.profile.id.com.au/mitchell