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Australians are on the move - big time : Comments

By Paul Collits, published 10/5/2013

I think many people would be amazed at just how much 'churn' (flow, or turnover) there is, even in areas that, on the surface, appear to have stable populations.

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< What, if anything, can communities and regions do to reduce churn, in particular, to retain the new people who come? >

Maybe a high churn rate would be whole lot better than a higher rate of retention of new people in many areas??

Most places that have a high turnover also have considerable population growth, which brings downsides amongst the positives, and a strong net downside in areas with stressed water-supply capability, traffic congestion or various other overloaded-infrastructure-and-service issues.

Maybe some of these councils should be looking at ways of increasing churn and making the place less attractive for people to hang around in for very long !?!

< And what this means for people attraction strategies is definitely worth further investigation >

Paul, this appears to be your underlying concern. You seem to take it as a given that it would be good for ALL places to have better people attraction abilities, less churn and hence higher population growth. I am right?

What we should be most concerned about is the sustainability of populations, with respect to the resources, services and infrastructure that support them… and strive to reduce population growth, and maybe even implement strategies to encourage people to leave in some cases where there is a big and worsening imbalance between demand and supply capability…. which would include all our major cities and indeed the whole of southeast Queensland.
Posted by Ludwig, Friday, 10 May 2013 8:46:05 AM
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