Mitcham area joins citywide population boom

October 6, 2018 by  

Suburbs including Mitcham are seeing an enormous influx of new residents as population growth across Melbourne hits record levels.

The city grew by 2.7% last year, almost a whole percentage point higher than Sydney, putting it among the fastest rising populations in the world.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the state of Victoria had a net gain of 137,000 new people between 2017 and 2018, accounting for over a third of the country’s entire growth. The City of Whitehorse, which incorporates the suburb of Mitcham, had a population increase of over 5% between the 2011 and 2016 census.

The fast pace of population growth has led to calls for better infrastructure and other ways to deal with the city’s already sprawling suburban area. The Victorian Government recently put forward a plan for an outer suburban rail loop that would reduce road congestion and make getting around the city on public transport easier, but admitted the project would not be completed until about 2050 when Melbourne’s population is expected to hit 8 million.

Other proposals include limiting suburban growth through more stringent council approvals and setting an outright cap on the number of people allowed to live in certain areas. Businesses and organisations often need to create documents to present their proposals to the correct authorities and often turn to print shops for help.