Facts and figures: Get to know your region
  • Tuesday 15 December 2009

Free factsheets giving an accurate snapshot of who lives on the Sunshine Coast, the services available and the region’s emerging trends will be available this week from the Sunshine Coast Council.

Residents, students, government agencies and local businesses are expected to be among those using the 14 demographic factsheets that provide reliable data sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The factsheets, provided free of charge as a community service, are available from this week on council’s website and from libraries and council customer service centres.

Endorsed by council last week, the factsheets provide a statistical overview of the social demographic profile of the region and include information on the following categories:

  • Introduction to the Region
  • Population
  • Indigenous Population
  • Households and Families
  • Youth Population
  • Positive Ageing
  • Active and Healthy
  • Population Health
  • Education
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Transport
  • Access and Equity
  • Community Safety
  • Tourism

The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with the population reaching well over 300,000.

The fact sheets reveal that 17% of our population are 11-24 years and that 16% are 65 years and older. They also report that a person on the Sunshine Coast is expected to live for an average of 81 years, with Australia having the second highest life expectancy in the world.

Social Strategy Portfolio holder Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said council uses the ABS data and council’s community profiling tool, available via council’s website, to develop the fact sheets.

“This ABS data gives us reliable and objective insights into the current needs of our community and helps us to plan for the region as we continue to grow,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“Now the public has free access to this information too so they can learn the ins and outs of the community they live in.”

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Councillor Jenny McKay said the benefit of knowing the facts will help both the private sector and government sector to plan for the region.

“Local and national businesses of all sizes will benefit greatly from knowing more about the region, allowing them to better serve our residents, “ Cr McKay said.