The Gold Coast population saw an increase of over 15,000 people in 2019-20 – the second highest growth in the state after Brisbane. Key areas for population growth included:
- Upper Coomera
- Surfers Paradise
When it comes to development growth, the key players are predominantly along the M1 Corridor. And given the success of the 2032 Olympics bid, this corridor between the two cities is set to expand even further, bridging the gap to connect the south-east more than ever.
Pimpama, in particular, has had consistent growth for a number of years, with 2019 recording a 20% population rise. There are a few things the suburb has that are keeping it moving ahead. For starters, it’s located just 26 minutes’ drive from Surfers Paradise, but also just 40 minutes from Brisbane CBD, giving residents simple highway access to both cities. Development projects boosting the suburb include the new $82 million North Gold Coast Sports and Community Hub.
Of course, Yatala has continued to play a huge part in industrial and commercial development as well. At just 10 minutes’ drive closer to Brisbane, the Yatala Enterprise Area (3,300 hectares) is filled with manufacturing facilities, warehouses and offices.
Also, along the corridor, Coomera is also a great suburb for commercial growth, with experts predicting a surge. The region grew by 23% between 2016 and 2019, with the $1.5 billion Coomera Town Centre being developed to support this growth. This community hub contains nine precincts, including a $470 million Westfield Shopping Centre. The $2.4 billion Coomera Connector, an alternative to the M1 freeway, is also set to relieve congestion between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as the Gold Coast Marine Project proceeds to build the largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Further south, and according to reports, Robina and Varsity Lakes are the suburbs to watch. Based on demographic modelling and data forecasts to the year 2050, leading Australian futurist and demographer Bernard Salt has chosen these two suburbs as the primary population growth, infrastructure, and employment hub for Gold Coast City’s future. Reports state that there are 50 hectares of approved, developable land and a slew of vital infrastructure and services already in place in the area. As such, few places can match Robina’s capability for growth and expansion, or its ability to deliver a diverse range of housing and workspaces.
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