Gracemere is the hot spot for population growth

GRACEMERE'S population has doubled in the past 10 years, making it Central Queensland's hot spot for growth, a report reveals.

According to the Queensland Treasury's Regional Profiles Resident Report last month, the growth rate in the country town west of Rockhampton is on the rise again after experiencing a slight decline at the end of the resources boom in 2009.

One of the major trends in the report shows 50% of the people living in Gracemere during 2006 had not lived there before and were previously living elsewhere in Queensland.

Gracemere's population grew at an average annual rate of 6.7% between 2004 and 2014, with the average over the past five years a little lower at 5.3%.

Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow (pictured) said this was a positive outlook for the future as council continued to invest and deliver key infrastructure projects in the area.

"Over the past three to four years we have completed a number of infrastructure and lifestyle projects in Gracemere that will accommodate for ongoing growth," Cr Strelow said.

With a current estimated population of more than 11,000 people and an average growth rate of 3.4%, Gracemere could reach 20,000 people by 2031.

Some of the major infrastructure projects for Gracemere's growth included the $50 million Gracemere overpass, the construction of the water pipeline from the Agnes St Pump Station, and the sewerage pump that has been designed to cater for existing and future development.

"Gracemere has become a very affordable place to live for families, and over the next 12 months to three years we have plans in place to equip families with essential services and to harness economic investment opportunities," Cr Strelow said.

The re-development of Cedric Archer Park is also underway and council has also been lobbying for other services, including a Gracemere high school and upgrades to Gracemere's main street.

GROWTH STATS

With a current estimated population of more than 11,000 people and an average growth rate of 3.4%, Gracemere could reach 20,000 people by 2031.



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