Concerns for regional towns as population grows

September 5, 2023 12:45 pm in by
Photo: Eyre Peninsula Broadcasters

We’re in the midst of a regional renaissance as more millennials make the move from capital cities to country communities.

The Regional Australia Institute’s Big Movers report for 2023 found an additional 54,000 millennials went regional from 2016-2021 compared to 2011-2016.

The Eyre Peninsula is a popular destination, with Tumby Bay seeing a net millennial migration rate of 12.29 per cent, and the Lower EP 11.97 per cent.

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RAI CEO Liz Ritchie says the shift in population may have serious implications for regional Australia, with the accelerated migration straining social and physical infrastructure.

She says we need governments, policymakers, leaders and communities to shift their gaze towards the regions and work together to support regional Australia through this period of change.