Gracemere's population doubled in the past 10 years
GRACMERE has become the region's hot spot for growth after its population doubled in just 10 years since 2004, according to the Queensland Treasury's Regional Profiles Resident report last month.
The report reveals the growth rate in Gracemere is on the rise again after experiencing a slight decline at the end of the resources boom in 2009.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said this is a positive outlook for the future as council continues to invest and deliver key infrastructure projects in the area.
With a current estimated population of over 11,000 people and an average growth rate of 3.4%, Gracemere could reach 20,000 people by 2031.
"With our core infrastructure now in place, we are focusing on enhancing the Gracemere community lifestyle itself and we have taken this growth into consideration for future budgets," she said.
"Gracemere has become a very affordable place to live for families, and over the next twelve months to three years we have plans in place to equip families with essential services and harness economic investment opportunities.
"The re-development of Cedric Archer Park is an exciting project currently underway and Council has also been lobbying for other services to get up off the ground including a Gracemere High School and upgrades to Gracemere's main street.
"We will continually look at how we can improve and upgrade facilities to ensure Gracemere is an attractive place for people to live and businesses thrive," she said.