Bronnson Joseph Earle was born into the Clarence Valley last week at Grafton Base Hospital. He is pictured with his mother, Jacqueline Earle of Yamba.
Bronnson Joseph Earle was born into the Clarence Valley last week at Grafton Base Hospital. He is pictured with his mother, Jacqueline Earle of Yamba.

Clarence Valley population to grow

THE Clarence Valley will see a steady increase in population growth over the next 20 years according to population projections released by the NSW Government yesterday.

However, Grafton is predicted to see a decline in numbers between 2031 and 2036 as opposed to Yamba, Maclean and surrounding areas which show an increase.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the latest regional strategy which has just been adopted by State Government identified growth in the Clarence Valley.

“Cr Williamson said before the amalgamation of the councils, the old borders that previously fell under Grafton City had little room for development

“There is room for big development in James Creek, Gulmarrad, Junction Hill, Clarenza and land west of Yamba,” he said.

The NSW statistical local area population projection report states that Grafton is one of only two areas that will undergo a population decline due to net migration losses and natural decrease.

Projected figures

Clarence Valley (coast)

2021 – 24,000

2031 – 26,000

2036 – 27, 100

Grafton

2021 – 23, 700

2031 – 23,100

2036 – 22, 700

Clarence Valley (remainder)

2021 – 6,800

2031 – 7,300

2036 – 7,500



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