Extract from an article by Barry Kennedy
SUNBURY’S population has surged past 40,000, with 18 per cent more people calling the town home in the past 10 years.
Newly released Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the town’s population hit 40,978 in 2016, up from 34,721 in 2006.
Significantly, with the Victorian Planning Authority about to deliberate on two huge precinct structure plans, Sunbury could soon pass the 50,000 mark.
The precinct plans detail growth of 20,000 new homes, four extra town centres and another two train stations over the next 20 to 30 years.
Sunbury councillor Jack Medcraft said it was realistic there would be 60,000 residents in Sunbury in 10 years’ time.
He said Sunbury retained many of the qualities of a much smaller town.
“It’s a very safe place to live and people still go down the street and say hello to each other,” he said.
“Sunbury seems to be a sleeping giant for people who have recognised you can buy affordable housing close to the city.”
Cr Medcraft said while Sunbury had now been discovered, it was important to embrace the growth, as it was only through this that community infrastructure such as a hospital, more public transport and further educational developments became viable.
“Some people don’t like the growth, but if you look at a place like Melton and want to get a hospital, you have to grow,” Cr Medcraft said.
Sunbury Community Health Service building healthier communities manager Bernadette Hetherington said the rise in population brought both challenges and opportunities…(continues)
SOURCE: Barry Kennedy, “Sunbury population hits 40,000 after 18 per cent growth in 10 years”, Leader Community News, 08 August 2017
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