Friday, 24 April 2009

A slow move north and west

The centre of population is one way in which the Australian Bureau of Statistics describes the spatial distribution of Australia's population This centre point marks the average latitude and longitude around which the Australian people are distributed and figures released this week show it is moving north-west.
At June 2008, Australia's centre of population was located around 50 kilometres east of the town of Ivanhoe in the western NSW LGA of Central Darling (A). This reflects the concentration of people in south-eastern Australia, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. Since June 2003, the centre of population in Australia has moved approximately 11 kilometres north-west as a result of the relatively large population growth occurring in northern NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.

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